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10 Home Improvement Projects Everyone's Afraid Of (And How To Do Them)

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All day, people are posting amazing projects - big and small - to Hometalk, and we're always impressed. But every now and then, we see a project that we would be WAY too nervous to try ourselves. Which made us curious...what projects is everyone the most afraid to try?
We asked the community what projects they fear the most, and here's what we found out! But instead of just telling you what they said, we're telling you how to brave these terrifying feats. Turns out, no matter what the project is, there's an easier way to do it than you might know! Good luck :)!

1. Redoing a Staircase


It seems like people are most afraid to tackle their ugly staircases, but everyone who's done it says it's not only easier than it looks, but so worthwhile!

2. Painting Kitchen Cabinets


Next least popular DIY on the list was painting the kitchen cabinets. Everyone want to do this, but no one wants to do this. The painted kitchen cabinet trend has us all dreaming, but if you're too nervous to actually pick up a brush and do something about that desire, this might convince you to try!

  • This thorough cabinet makeover takes some time, but, says the poster, "if you want a paint job that will look great and stand the test of time, it's best to take the time and do it right." Get a professional finish, from sanding and painting to caulking and sealing all those awkward gaps.

  • Then again, you could opt for chalk paint or milk paint, and skip all that sanding and priming. It took this Hometalker just 5 days!

3. Redoing a Tub and Shower


It's no wonder that people are pretty terrified to rip into their fiberglass bathtub surround or start breaking through their tiled shower - this is a big job! But the finished result (as you'll see in these posts) is just so incredibly worthwhile. There are a couple different ways to go about updating your bathing space, so choose one that won't scare you off.

  • To start with the most challenging but biggest change, this step-by-step tutorial can help you pull apart the fiberglass surround on your tub in a single hour.

  • Too big too fast? No worries - adding wood paneling doesn't require any bashing or breaking, and it can be done, beginning to end, in one weekend.

  • The simplest option for a drastic bathtub makeover is this easy and elegant mosaic project. Make your bathtub look 10x better in half a day, with some artistic tiling.

4. Ripping up the Carpet


If you live in an older home, you've probably got carpets everywhere, and if you're like many people here, chances are you're quite tired of keeping them clean, fixing them, or even seeing them at all! Getting that crisper, cleaner flooring look isn't as tough as you might think.

5. Updating Wood Flooring


Word on the web is that people are apprehensive to update their dull wooden floors. But there are so many ways to rejuvenate or makeover a blah wooden floor that there's no reason to push it off. Here are a few options:

6. Recovering Countertops


After everyone has dealt with their cabinets, the next item on the kitchen (or bathroom) makeover list is those dull countertops! Luckily, some countertop updates don't have to be pricey or take up a huge chunk of time, so what is there to be afraid of? You got this!

7. Putting in a New Kitchen Backsplash


With so many breathtaking backsplash updates on Hometalk, it's no wonder that people are itching to redo theirs, too. But all that ripping down, building up, and tiling seems like quite a headache. Have no fear, these are here to help:

8. Painting Over Tile


Believe it or not, painting tile is just about the same as painting a blank wall. The idea makes a lot of people really nervous, but those who have braved it say it was easy as pie. Here's an idea to give you courage to take on your tiled spaces.

  • She covers her tiles in oil-based paint & the effect it shockingly bright and totally refreshed! Who knew you could get that look without tearing out and replacing the tiles?

9. Adding Open Shelving


This trend has been around for a couple of years now, and people are still loving it from afar. Well, it's time to take the risk and turn your closed and cloistered cabinets into airy open shelves. There are three pretty simple ways to do it!

10. Installing Barn Doors


Barn doors are everyone's new favorite way to break up the rooms in your home, while simultaneously saving space and instilling some style. It's not a surprise - they're so charming! But, according to the Hometalk community, they're also a little intimidating. Not anymore:

So, do you feel invigorated to take on those daunting tasks? If we missed the project you're too nervous to take on, let us know what it is in the comments! Good luck, Hometalkers - and remember to share your finished projects so we can all celebrate with you!

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  • Scarlet Paolicchi
    Scarlet Paolicchi Nashville, TN
    on Jan 31, 2016

    I love the painted stairs idea!

  • Hope Williams
    Hope Williams Thomasville, GA
    on Feb 1, 2016

    These are great suggestions for these projects. The one thing I would add is to just replace your fiberglass tub/shower unit out. Rip it out and start fresh! It's the best way to be sure your not just covering up mold and mildew or rotting floors, subfloors or joists. Just my opinion on what I've found over and over again. You may not even see water damage or a hairline crack but they can be there. I opted for safe and never regretted it.

    • Hope Williams
      Hope Williams Thomasville, GA
      on Feb 1, 2016

      @Danielle I agree with Heather Cooney. I replaced my one piece surround with a brand new, 5 ft. cast enamel, left hand drain for $185 from Home Depot. The tile I used was bought from The Restore for less than $100 and the mortar and grout, bought from the same restore, (leftovers), cost less than $25! Labor was me, so it was just sweat equity. So I completely don't see a reason to NOT replace it. I would not spend money to tile an old fiberglass tub.

  • Johnchip
    Johnchip
    on Feb 1, 2016

    Barn doors belong in barns and industrial spaces. Putting this 'new fad' look into a home only lowers the value and will chase off potential buyers. We all end up having to sell the house someday. Big mistake.

  • Phil N Jacque Shearer
    Phil N Jacque Shearer High Point, NC
    on Feb 1, 2016

    Love the kitchen change to open shelving and the aqua with white! Sweet!

  • Hb
    Hb Canada
    on Feb 1, 2016

    Although I love the look of your open shelved "cupboards" they simply would not be feasible here . I live in the "Country" or at least it used to be before they paved the road in front of the house (nuff said) but the side road is gravel and I am surrounded by farm fields . There is always a wind and ALWAYS dust . I would spend my whole time either dusting dishes or washing dishes and truthfully I'd rather spend my time in the gardens ...so as much as I love your idea ......not gonna happen here !

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