Warmer temperatures, greener landscapes and outdoor festivities are just around the corner. In preparation for this much-anticipated seasonal shift, get a head start on spring home projects.
The following projects bring life and vibrancy to your post-hibernation home. Start prepping for them now by buying the materials and saving for expensive items you’ll need. Winter just might go by faster and you’ll be ready to go when the first flower blooms to life.
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Give the artwork in your home a unique and personalized touch with this framed chalkboard that makes a bold, eye-catching statement in the living room. Surround the monochromatic piece with black-and-white family photos, add some eclectic accent colors, and write a message that describes the room’s welcoming environment.
Prep now: Start looking for the perfect chalkboard, or framed wood piece that you can paint with chalkboard paint.
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Turn the windowsill in your kitchen into a vibrantly aesthetic garden, featuring this season’s “hipster” trend—succulents. All you need is potting soil, wooden boards, plastic liners, stones and, of course, the succulents. Even if you’re not the green-thumb type, these robust plants require just a dash of sunlight and minimal maintenance in order to thrive.
Prep now: Start looking for the perfect container(s) for your succulents. Find an old flower pot that you can upcycle or make your own.
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Transform the patio space in your backyard into the undisputed neighborhood hangout with a farmhouse-chic bar top made from wooden pallets and sheetrock. The unrefined, minimalist design is perfect for casual gatherings with friends or family. Not to mention, it’s an excuse to entertain outdoors this spring—naturally, with adult beverages on-hand.
Prepare now: Start collecting pallets and sheetrock from your local grocery store or lumber seller. Consider adding a DIY pallet bench to your spring building list to go with your new bar top.
New shelving units
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Add more storage in your home with this upcycled ladder to stash those knick-knacks, picture frames, books and magazines that are all taking up space on your countertops and coffee table. This functional and decorative piece creates an industrial-rustic vibe, while maximizing your organization and decluttering needs for a cozier, more inviting atmosphere in the room.
Prepare now: Start prepping the ladder in whatever way you prefer. You may start by sanding it and then stain or paint it another color that matches your current décor.
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Take your garage to the next level with a spring project. Your garage flooring sets the tone for the space, and if you use it as an extra room for your home, you should invest in the right flooring. Once the new flooring is in, use this garage organization checklist, to prep it for use during the warm weather months.
Prep now: Research the best flooring for your garage. Common options include epoxy, concrete stain, and snap-together tiles.
DIY modern security system
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Finally, keep your home both stylish and safe by building a DIY security system:
“In just a couple hours, you can put together a customized security system inside your own home. Mix-and-match components allow you to secure the doors, windows, gates and entryways that you’re most concerned about, or change the system whenever you need to,’ explain experts at The Home Security Superstore.
Some DIY suggestions include peepholes, reinforced doorjambs, window pin-locks and even video camera decoys.
Prep now: The first step is finding a dependable, responsive and efficient alarm system. This is the backbone of your DIY system. When spring comes, purchase your system, install and fill it out with affordable DIY hacks.
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