The last weeks of winter often feel the longest. While you’re waiting for the weather to break, here are 8 DIY projects to refresh your home for spring.
Happy March, everyone! I’m Kate from This Wild Lifestyle and I’m here to share 8 Easy DIY Projects to Refresh Your Home for Spring. I don’t know about you, but here in Pittsburgh we’ve been so pummeled with snow and freezing temperatures, that as soon as the temperature rises above 30 degrees I start itching for spring. It might be a few months until spring is in full bloom, but that doesn’t mean it can’t come early in your home with these projects!
The last few weeks of winter often feel the longest. You can’t wait to be able to throw the shutters open and let the sunshine in. While you’re waiting for the weather to finally break, here are a few DIY projects to get you and your home in gear for warm and sunny weather.
While going through your wardrobe, drop in a few linen sachets made from fabric scraps or re-purposed handkerchiefs. You don’t need to be a seamstress to sew up a square — honest.
All you need is a square foot of fabric, needle and thread and your favorite dried herbs — I recommend lavender — and you’ll have a few drawers of spring scent in no time (delicate hand embroidery not necessary).
Hand-Dyed Kitchen Towels
Adding a new splash of color to your kitchen is a way to brighten up the room without a complete overhaul. Who has time for that anyway? I recommend using flour sack kitchen towels as accent pieces for several reasons, but primarily because they’re as versatile as they are functional.
Throw a few of these towels in the wash with your favorite shade dye pack and poof new towels for the kitchen. If, however, the aforementioned hand embroidery is your thing, simple and colorfully embroidered towels can also add a cheerful touch.
Add Air Plants
Even if you’re intimidated by houseplants, air plants are low maintenance and eye catching. They create an interesting accessory and don’t even use messy pots. Just hang a glass container from the ceiling, insert your air plant and keep them warm.
Paint Your Cabinets
There’s no need to paint an entire kitchen to give it a new look. Oftentimes, there’s not even a reason for a new look! Just a fresh coat of paint in the existing shade will brighten up the room. A single gallon of paint can go a long way.
You wouldn’t believe how quickly cabinets get dirty, even if you do wipe them off daily.
Simple Headboard Makeover
The bed is the centerpiece of the bedroom. There’s just no avoiding it. It’s probably the most expensive thing in the room to replace too, so instead of buying a new headboard every time you want a new look, just use a fun fabric to reupholster your headboard. It really is much more simple than you’d think. Or, if you’re looking for a little less-intensive DIY, consider making over your bedroom with new spring bedding.
Furniture to Flower Garden
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There’s definitely a balance to maintain when you transition indoor furniture to an outdoor flower garden, but it can be done successfully. If you’re removing furniture — especially wooden chairs or bookshelves — from the house, consider using them in the garden. Either shabby chic the wood or add some bright hues to make them a focal piece of the flower garden.
Instead of getting rid of furniture, consider making a slipcover for the pieces of furniture that stand out the most. It’s an easy way to create a new statement piece without spending a fortune. Also, there are no-sew versions. Good news, right?
All you really need is fabric, T-pins and patience. Just remember to pick a shade that compliments and contrasts with the rest of the room to really refresh the overall feel of the room.
Swap the Drapes
Winter is all about keeping the weather out. Now that spring is just around the corner, it’s time to make some filmy drapes that let the sunlight in.
Curtains are one of the easiest sewing projects around. They’re so easy that you often don’t even need to sew them — it just depends on the style you’re seeking. You can use fusible webbing, sheer fabric and scissors to make gorgeous curtains.
These tips will help you refresh your home without calling in a design team, and these DIY projects will help the last few weeks of winter pass by quickly. Enjoy your spring cleaning and redecorating. Warmer weather will be here before you know it!
While you’re here, be sure to check out these other spring ideas on Ideas for the Home by Kenarry™ –