6 Fun and Easy DIY Projects You Can Do in Self-Isolation

As we move into our second month of Washington’s statewide stay-at-home order, you’ve likely noticed something (or several somethings) you’d like to change about your home. Maybe it’s as simple as installing a ceiling fan, or as complicated as a full-blown room makeover, so we’ve rounded up several easy DIY projects to keep you busy and your home looking incredible while you’re in self-isolation.

  1. Hang Removable Wallpaper

Wallpaper offers a tremendous opportunity to add color, texture and flair to any room it’s in, but it’s a big commitment and it’s easy to damage your walls upon removal. Fortunately, there’sdiy-projects a better way: temporary wallpaper. This easy DIY project product is high-quality and long-lasting, but not nearly as expensive or difficult to take down as its permanent counterpart. Whether you want to keep it to a chic accent wall, or create a bright kid’s room, there are several high-quality brands of temporary wallpaper you can use. Here are five patterns that will look amazing in your Rob Rice Home, all available for online order via Home Depot.

  1. Orange Grove
  2. Blue Cherry Blossom
  3. Erasable Chalkboard Wallpaper
  4. Off-White Shiplap
  5. Olive Branch

Use these easy, step-by-step instructions from Apartment Therapy to guide you in the DIY hanging process.

  1. Build DIY Frame Shelves

Looking for a fresh way to display your favorite knickknacks in self-isolation? All you need are a few 1×4 boards, old picture frames, and wood glue to create shelves perfect for seasonal décor or travel souvenirs! The best part? This easy DIY project doesn’t require you to put any new holes in your walls.

Check out this fantastic tutorial from Shanty 2 Chic for detailed instructions.

  1. Paint Your Front Door

Whether you’re looking to touch things up or explore a pop of color, painting your front door can breathe new life into the look of your home. There is no better time to paint than in mild weather, though you might want to do so in the garage to avoid drizzle. While painting your front door might sound daunting, it’s a reasonably easy DIY project that can help you feel just a little less cooped up while self-isolating.

We’re sharing detailed instructions for painting and supplies from the DIY Network.

  1. Make a Cookbook Stand

Whether you choose to use it practically or for display purposes only, a cookbook stand looks amazing on your counter and adds a homey touch to any kitchen. This easy DIY project can also hold a tablet for looking up recipes and video chatting with loved ones in self-isolation. Yes, you’ll need a few basic power tools to get this done, but the results are gorgeous and can help you cook for years to come.

See full instructions here, via HGTV.com.

  1. Swap Out Your Lampshades

This may be the easiest DIY project on this list, as it’s just a purchase, but it can have one of the biggest impacts on the look and feel of your home, especially while you’re self-isolating. Whether you’re looking for the clean, bright look of a white shade, or a cozy shade perfect for a bedside or reading nook, you can refresh your room in huge and unexpected ways with this simple change.

Find the perfect lamp shade size with this handy guide from Architectural Digest.

  1. Turn Your Corks Into A Corkboard

Let’s be honest: with self-isolation, more wine is being consumed than usual. Do not throw those corks away; transform them into this adorable and easy craft. While there are more advanced versions of this project, this easy DIY project requires a box lid and minimal expertise. Use this cork board to hang your kids’ at-home-homework, photos of loved ones, or greeting cards exchanged with friends.

Get the detailed instructions from Girl Just DIY.


For Bigger Projects…

If you are looking to do more complicated remodel work, such as replacing hardware, flooring, lighting and cabinets, you may have to wait until the stay-at-home order is lifted, but it never hurts to start looking. At Rob Rice Homes, we take our partnerships with local businesses  seriously, and use only the best materials and craftsmanship when building our communities. While these have been deemed non-essential businesses and are currently closed, many of their services are viewable on their website, and they eagerly await your call once the stay-at-home order has passed.

Signature Floors & Interiors does all of our flooring, countertops and backsplash tile, and their showroom offers endless possibilities for redecorating your home to your exact specifications. Check out their website here.

Olympia Lighting sells superb fixtures for homes and businesses, with free consultations and an incredible showroom. We use them for all of our home lighting, and trust their expertise explicitly. Visit their website here.

Doors Unlimited is a local, family-owned business that handles our interior doors, millwork and door hardware, and they are extremely familiar with our processes and standards. Check out their website here.

Canyon Creek Cabinets is our cabinet supplier, and eager to assist you with a kitchen customization project. Check out their inspiration galleries and start dreaming!

It’s no fun being stuck at home, but it’s crucial that we all do our part to stay home and stay healthy in these trying times. At Rob Rice Homes, we are hopeful as ever for the health and prosperity of our local community. We wish you nothing but the best, and are excited to be able to get back in the swing of things as soon as it’s safe to do so.