Winter weekends don’t have to be synonymous with Netflix marathons. Dive into these DIY projects to turn a gloomy weekend into a home improvement adventure. From decluttering your garage to creating an eye-catching gallery wall, these projects are not just about sprucing up your space—they might even save you some bucks on utility bills. Embrace the cold weather with these nine DIY ideas and make your home the cozy haven you deserve.
Is your garage a chaotic mess? Fear not! Install overhead storage racks and shelves to clear the clutter. Mount the racks to the ceiling, offering a perfect spot for seasonal items and decorations. Need more space? Plywood, nails, and a drill can fashion quick and sturdy shelves. Pro tip: Use a stud finder to secure your shelves and transform your garage into an organized haven.
Tackle the closet chaos by donating or selling clothes you no longer wear. Introduce shelf dividers to maintain neatly folded stacks and utilize over-the-door shoe organizers for accessories. Categorize your wardrobe by color and type, and stash off-season clothing in storage bins. Take a breath; your organized closet is just a few steps away.
Is your fireplace the focal point lacking flair? A small project with a significant impact: paint it! Identify the material and select an appropriate paint type. Water-based paint suits brick well. Ensure the chosen product withstands high temperatures for safety. Want a quicker change? Opt for painting just the fireplace mantel for a touch of transformation.
Breathe life into your walls by crafting an eye-catching gallery: group photos or artwork for a personalized touch. Before committing to nails, try this hack: cut newspaper into frame-sized pieces and tape them on the wall to experiment with layouts. For precision, use a laser level when hanging frames. Your walls will thank you.
Kitchen Hardware Upgrade
Revamp your kitchen effortlessly by swapping out cabinet handles and knobs—a quick visual change on a small budget. Remember to bring an existing piece when shopping to ensure the correct size. The little things make a big difference in your kitchen’s aesthetic.
Paint a Small Room
Are you yearning for a quick room transformation? A fresh coat of paint does wonders. Prep is critical—sand surfaces, fill gaps, and wipe walls clean. Drop cloths on the floor to ease cleanup. Spend a day and watch your small room undergo an instant makeover.
Smart Thermostat Installation
Take control of your HVAC system with a smart thermostat. Reduce heating costs and save about $50 annually. The installation is typically straightforward, but consult an electrician for compatibility if your system is ancient. Embrace the convenience of controlling your home’s temperature from your phone.
Beat the winter chill by weatherstripping cracks around windows and doors. Choose foam weatherstripping for irregular-size cracks. Do it early in the season to prevent heat loss—open windows during the process. Your wallet will thank you when the heating bills drop.
Shower Head Upgrade
Are you tired of a dripping showerhead? Pro tip: Replace it with a WaterSense model and save 2,700 gallons of water annually. This easy DIY task requires no plumber. Choose a model that suits your preferences and start enjoying a leak-free shower. Your water bill and your sanity will appreciate the upgrade.
Festive Front Door
Spruce up your entrance with a winter-themed wreath or doormat. Get creative with seasonal colors and textures. This simple touch adds curb appeal and welcomes you and your guests with warmth and holiday cheer.
Indoor Greenery Refresh
Bring the outdoors inside by tending to your houseplants. Winter can be harsh on them, so give them extra care. Trim any yellowing leaves, repot them if necessary, and place them strategically around your home for a burst of greenery during the colder months.
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Melissa Pino is a biologist, master gardener, and regular contributor for Planet Natural. Melissa’s work focuses on promoting environmentally-friendly practices, helping people create healthy gardens and finding ways to achieve overall health and wellness.