While winter can easily become a depressing time of year for us, there is no better way to brush off the winter blues than to keep busy. Even though snuggling up on the couch with a cup of steamy chai tea and a good page turner sounds heavenly, there is much more potential that awaits us when we muster up some motivation.
So rather than sulking in our sorrows from the chilly weather, cure cabin fever with some affordable home improvement projects that will knock your socks off without knocking the budget.
1. Paint. Winter is the perfect season for painting and not just because you’re forced to stay inside, but because cold weather is actually ideal for the paint drying process. Paint is the cheapest way to transform a room or piece of furniture. It’s a great time to creatively change a room, add an accent wall or touch up areas that “mysteriously” got scuffed or marked. If you find yourself stumped by paint colors, try Joanna Gaine’s new paint line by Magnolia Homes Paint.
2. Trim Up. And I’m not talking about your waste line! I’m referring to the baseboards, door frames and molding. Trim is relatively inexpensive and easy to install, but makes a bold statement. Whether your trim just needs a fresh coat of paint or you’ve been considering adding a detailed finish like bead board or crown molding, winter is the perfect time to turn this simple idea into a reality.
3. Re-finish Wood or Furniture. Maybe you’re tired of your outdated bathroom vanity, kitchen cabinets or that family heirlo0m dresser in your bedroom. Take this opportunity to spruce things up with some new paint or stain.
4. Update Hardware & Doorknobs. I am a detail- oriented person and I think style is found in the details- the little things. It’s amazing what new hardware and doorknobs can do to transform your home. And again, budget-friendly!
5. Organize the Laundry Room. Since laundry is the gift that keeps on giving, it only makes sense to show it some love. Create a bin or hamper system for sorting and simplify organization by labeling each container- even husbands and kids can participate…maybe…but don’t get your hopes up! Have a designated area for hang drying clothes and ironing. Add a little simple decor to make it a space you’ll enjoy spending time in… okay, a space you’ll mind less spending time in.
6. Shed Some Light on the Subject. While paint sets the tone of the room, the lighting sets the mood of a space. Lighting strongly indicates whether a space is intimate or casual. I personally love Wayfair for lighting inspiration. Add a touch of elegance to a room with a chandelier or make a bold statement with something modern.
7. Make a Splash with Backsplash. A backsplash is a simple and economical way to change up your kitchen. This is a great element to show off your personal style. Choose something timeless, like a subway tile or add some fun with a printed mosaic tile.
This winter doesn’t have to be a total bore! Get off your couch. Get inspired. Get creative. And get to work!
The Humble Homemaker