No need for an overhaul, go for a home spruce-up!

After spending several hours in IKEA this afternoon, I started thinking, “Have I really been living with that kitchen sink for this long?!” and, “I didn’t even know ‘built-in’ closets could be this cool and functional!” It’s easy to get wrapped up in all of the things we wish we could do in our home. The problem is, not everyone has the time or money to remodel! With DIY projects becoming increasingly popular (and budget-friendly!), you can easily add style and value to your home in even just one weekend. No need for an over-haul, go for a spruce-up! Here are some ideas that you can quickly look up and make happen.

Work from the outside in: If your fence has never been stained, or the color has faded from the sun, adding a fresh coat is sure to brighten it up and protect the wood. First choose your stain and make sure your fence is clean and dry. Using a roller with a long attachment, coat about 3 feet of fence at a time. It is best to roll in the same direction as the wood grain. Then, move to the next section. Staining the fence in small sections will help make sure you cover each area completely. Allow to dry and apply a second coat if needed.

Need more storage space?: Why does everything have to be hidden in drawers or closets?! Floating shelves can be a great way to display books and DVDs, your dishware for special occasions, decor, jewelry, or anything you don’t mind people seeing. Any hardware store has a number of sizes, materials and colors, and you can always stain them for that personal look. Don’t be afraid to put your stuff out there!

Remove hard water stains from the bathroom and windows: Hard water stains can make your shower door and windows (any glass surface really) look dingy and dirty. The great news is, they aren’t too hard to remove! Using a sponge and pure-white vinegar, coat the shower door and repeat this as the vinegar dries, so the door is constantly saturated in wet vinegar for at least five minutes. After that, the stains and scum should dissipate. If not, repeat the process. Afterward, rinse the door with warm water.

Inside, shminside, it’s summer!: Summertime means everyone loves to be outdoors. And it’s a great time to enjoy your yard with friends and family. Great idea, make an outdoor bar. If you’re bothered by constantly running in and out to grab drinks, making an outdoor bar will help take a load off and add a new look to your yard. The easiest way? Positioning an inexpensive tiered rolling cart off to the side of your entertaining space. Stock the heaviest stuff on the bottom, glasses and cups (better to choose things that are unbreakable) in the middle, and bottles and decor up top! No need to go into the kitchen at all!

Make an indoor garden: If you DO feel like being inside, why worry about one cracked tile on the counter if you have plants to enjoy? Herbs like basil and rosemary are the easiest, but any small, part-sun plant will work. Simply transplant to new pots and then group in clusters, creating a mini-garden feel. Then relax and enjoy the convenience of herbs and veggies, and the new green look!

These are just a few fun, affordable ideas to revamp your space. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend!

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