Take advantage of stay-at-home winter days to make improvements around your house. Even if you have never been a Do-It-Yourself-er, these projects are excellent for beginners and offer snazzy new looks for nearly every room in your home. Make something old new again, spruce up your walls, or get crafty to keep the heat inside.
Spruce up Your Walls
Install floating shelves for your bathroom—or just about any room in your home—for an unexpectedly low cost. These shelves are both functional and decorative. In addition to the wood, you need a nail gun and nails, wood glue, screws, a drill, and stain in the colour of your choice. And even though they are fun to make, the real excitement comes when accessorizing the shelves. Clocks, candles, hand towels, fancy soaps on a dish, and a green plant will add organization and a pop of colour to your bathroom. Your head will spin thinking of all the places these shelves could go!
Removable wallpaper may be just the upgrade your room needs! And with so many colour and pattern options and the ease of installation, you can change the ambiance of any room without the fear of long-term commitment. From bold or understated florals to big buffalo plaid to popular Shiplap, your room can become the oasis of your dreams. Some wallpapers have helpful guidelines on the back for quick, easy alignment, and other brands come in various sizes to fit any wall without lots of cutting. They’re easy to reposition with no messy paste or glue and no residue left behind. You can truly have beauty and fun without commitment and a custom look in a jiffy.
First impressions count. Make your guests feel warm and welcome with this inviting entryway organizer. This beginner-level project requires common board, ceiling hooks, wall hooks, wood stain in your choice of colour, screws and nails, and a sanding block. It’s very straightforward and takes less than an hour to assemble. Plus, it is an excellent catch-all storage for your keys, wallet, purse, and other important items you want to be able to find quickly as you head out the door.
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Get ready to bring the outside inside. This step-by-step guide to painting terra cotta pots will make your live green or flowering plants look beautiful in any room, both now and in the springtime. Required supplies are minimal. All you need is a paintbrush or foam brush, craft paints, and pots. Using painter’s tape or rubber bands as guidelines ensures your stripes are perfectly aligned. These DIY pots can be more affordable than a store purchase. Make several in a pallet of seasonal colours.
There are endless opportunities for a spruced-up dinner table. From holidays and birthdays to a quiet dinner at home to snowfall, there are plenty of chances to show off your creativity. These reversible placemats are embellished with fun tassels and are easy for even the novice to make. Tassels are made out of yarn and hand-stitched to the finished placemat. Choose a seasonal fabric or your favourite two colours, or make a set now for your springtime parties.
Make the Old New Again
If you have an old, solid piece of furniture like a dresser or chair, now is the perfect time to refurbish it with a coat of paint. Chalk paint gives a soft vintage look and adheres to most finishes. A wax finish completes the look. Consider updating the hardware for a completely new look to your dresser. Go from drab to fab!
Lamps are another item in your home that may need an upgrade! Or find one at a local thrift store that has the shape you are looking for but needs a little love. This DIY Ceramic Lamp Makeover walks you through the steps of prepping and painting your lamp, so it matches your home’s style and looks fabulous!
Keep the Heat In
You may be surprised to learn how much heat escapes your home through windows, doors, and cracks. Get out the caulk and fill the spaces. Or, make some easy draft dodgers using fabric and fiberfill. Cut lengths of material to match the door bottom or window ledge, then sew all around and fill.
Installing a programmable thermostat may save you hundreds of dollars. An experienced DIYer can install most programmable thermostats and some smart thermostats. Customize your home’s indoor temperature to meet your heating and cooling needs.
Whether your winter DIY projects are just for show or practical solutions to your winter issues, we are fully confident you will have success and fun while doing it!