If you’re anything like us, then the thought of a big DIY project can be a bit daunting. Living in dusty chaos for weeks isn’t our idea of a good time! Fortunately, there are plenty of smaller jobs you can do that only take a few hours and will make a big impact. Now the weather is improving, we’ve put together a big ideas to help you get your spring off to a flying start.
Makeover a flowerbed
If the thought of tackling your whole garden leaves you cold, then start small with a single bed. For the best time investment, choose the bed that’s most visible from the house! First, spend a little time looking at what’s already there and what can be saved. If the bed is very neglected then lots of things might be overgrown, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be saved if you prune them a little. Earmark everything you want to keep, and dig up the rest. Dig the bed over thoroughly and work in some compost, then decide what to plant – the RHS PlantFinder tool is a great source of inspiration. Spring is a great time to plant annuals and bedding plants for a bright display of summer flowers later in the year.
Paint a feature wall
Painting a whole room is a bit of a pain – you have to move all the furniture out, sheet it all up and stop using the room until it’s finished. If the rest of the paint still looks fairly fresh, then why not try painting just a feature wall? It’s quick, easy and will make an impact with minimal effort – plus you only have to move the furniture to the other side of the room. If your chosen colour is much darker than the rest of the walls, it can be hard to get the lines straight, so you can either cheat by masking the edges with low-tack masking tape first, or invest in a special brush.
Revamp a piece of furniture
A nice piece of furniture can make or break a room, and customising something to your own personal taste is always fun! If your furniture is painted already, what about sanding or stripping it? If it’s not painted, paint it! Stick collages on from photographs, change the drawer knobs, take the legs off (although probably not all of those options!) until you have something really individual.
Repainting cupboard doors or even just changing the door handles can give a fresh new feel.
Give your kitchen a facelift
If you’re not planning to refit the kitchen completely, there are still lots of budget-friendly and quick ways to update it. Change the handles on the kitchen cabinets, paint the cupboard doors, install a coloured splashback of tiles or simply change the cupboard doors completely for new ones.
Change your window treatments
If you’ve had the same curtains for years, you’ll be surprised how big a difference new ones can make. If you’re changing the curtains, then you could also consider going for a different treatment altogether such as a plantation blind. Simply changing the curtains and cushions in a room can make it look and feel completely different, and won’t break the bank.
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