March 7, 2013
(BPT) - As the weather gets warmer, everything outside becomes fresh and new Ė so why not make your home as nice inside as the weather is outside? In just a weekend, you can complete a few quick, easy projects that will make a big difference in your space. Get inspired to give your home a spring spruce-up with these handy tips.
Wash away winter grime
The first step to making your house feel like new is to clean. Use a weekend to focus on three main areas: the kitchen, bathroom and living room. In the kitchen, toss expired items from your refrigerator and wipe down the inside with soap and water Ė donít forget to sweep underneath and give the coils a good dusting, too. To get the bathroom in shape, replace dingy shower curtain liners, pitch old toothbrushes and other unwanted items and purchase a new toilet brush. In the living room, thoroughly dust light fixtures and blinds, and remove and launder slipcovers on couches or chairs. While youíre at it, donít forget to replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Time to de-clutter
Still havenít eaten that candy from Christmas? Itís time to pitch it. Spend a few hours cleaning out kitchen cabinets, cluttered closets and the junk drawer Ė youíll feel more relaxed and organized as a result. Once youíve gotten rid of items you no longer need, refresh shelves, drawers and pantries throughout the house by installing shelf liner. Itís an easy and inexpensive task that can give any space, whether itís the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, a new look in a jiffy. Non-adhesive shelf liners, such as those from Duck brand (duckbrand.com), are easy to cut and install. The companyís Smooth Top Easy Liner has a grip bottom, meaning the liner stays in place, with a smooth top, making it easy to clean and wipe off debris. Available in a variety of colors and prints, itís also a great way to add an unexpected pop of color and personality to your shelves and drawers, providing the perfect mix of fashion and function.
Add some accessories
Itís amazing what a few accessories can do. To revive a room without spending a fortune, attach some new trim to your existing drapes or add new shades to your favorite lamps. Wall decals or stencils are another way to add a personal touch to a room. Highlight your favorite inspirational quote or try an interesting illustration, such as a floral design or a sophisticated chandelier. Stencils and decals are available at local craft stores in numerous shapes and sizes Ė some are even offered in wall-size shapes, making the project super simple. You can also bring the season inside with spring flowers in a brightly colored vase or buy a new piece of art to hang as a focal point in your room.
Pull out your paintbrush
If you want to go for a more dramatic redo Ė but one thatís still doable in a weekend Ė pick up some paint. The warmer weather means you can keep your windows wide open, making it the ideal time to add a fresh coat of paint to your room. For the simplest touch, paint an accent wall instead of redoing the entire room. Pick a vibrant color for some spring cheer or try tackling a decorative painting technique Ė such as stripes, zig zag chevron or a geometric print Ė to really make your room feel modern and stylish. To make painting a breeze, use a premium painterís tape like FrogTape brand painterís tape (frogtape.com). Its PaintBlock Technology prevents paint bleed, helping to ensure clean, sharp lines. On fresh paint 24 hours old, select the FrogTape Delicate Surface grade for best results.
To really get in the spring spirit, make painting an excuse to have some fun with friends and family. Take turns helping friends with their painting projects and reward the effort with pizza, ice cream or other treats provided by the host.
Whether youíre going for a dramatic makeover or simply giving your home a good scrubbing, find inspiration in these tips to help you make the most of your weekend and get your home in superb shape this spring.