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8 Home Improvement Projects You Can Do This Summer

As spring turned to summer (with most of us still staying at home), your Amazon cart began filling with DIY supplies. Who can blame you? Spending so much time at home makes most itchy to do some quick improvements or even a full-blown remodel project.

But of course, nobody wants to spend the nicest months of the year drudging through projects that are all sweat and no fun. The following 8 ideas may not be lion-tamer-sky-diver fun...but they are pretty enjoyable and actually yield nice results!

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1. Add Some Color to an All White Room

If you’re getting bored with an all white room, this is the perfect time to make a change. Even better, you’ve got so many options. Obviously, you can redo the entire room in a new hue. If that seems like too much, try painting a single wall to create an eye-catching focal point. Another option is to paint the trim, or take the color up to your chair molding.

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What if the idea of painting isn’t appealing to you? There are other options! Try adding bursts of color with lamps and other home decor items. Hit the local art galleries for some unique wall art that will stand out against your white backdrop. Here’s some inspiration from Pinterest:

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2. Redo Your Front Door

If you’re looking for a project that will improve curb appeal, take a look at your front door. With a bit of effort, you can make your entryway more welcoming (much to all those delivery folks delight). This is also a hit DIY project because it can be as simple or as complex as you’d like it to be.

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Would you like to take the easier approach? Start with a fresh coat of paint around the trim. Next, add a stylish new knob and knocker. Finish the job with a seasonal wreath, and a new set of house numbers.

Now for something a bit more advanced. If you’d like to make this your big summer project you could:

  • Add decorative millwork.
  • Install a new storm door.
  • Replace your boring front porch light.
  • Strip and restore your front door to its original glory.

3. Add New Storage Space to Your Utility/Laundry Room

Laundry rooms, utility rooms, and mud rooms have two things in common. They tend to get daily use. And they also tend to be ignored when it comes to home improvement. That’s a shame, because it doesn’t take much to add new functionality to these spaces. In fact, you can accomplish quite a bit simply by resolving any storage issues by:

  • Building and installing open wall shelves with brackets and planks.
  • Adding a clothing organizer for more efficient hanging and folding.
  • Use hanging wire baskets for soap and other supplies.
  • Make use of colorful bins and wicker baskets to get rid of clutter.

4. Turn Your Garage Into a Real Workspace

Have you ever dreamt of using your garage to restore an old car, start a woodworking hobby, or work on other pet projects? That’s not easy to do when that space isn’t good for much more than parking cars. This is the perfect time to transform this space, then spend the rest of the summer indulging fun hobbies.

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You can start with a deep cleaning and degreasing. Next, redo the floor with an epoxy and flake paint job. For the walls try pegboard, steel shelving units, and cabinetry. Finally, install LED high bay lights, so you can see exactly what you’re working on.

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5. Create a Home For Butterflies and Bees

Bees, butterflies, and other helpful bugs will gladly make their homes in your yard. All you have to do is create an attractive habitat for them. Doing this is easier than you might think. You don’t even need a huge space. In fact, you can do this in a window box or containers. Start your project by doing one or more of the following:

  • Planting sunflowers. Use dwarf varieties in small spaces.
  • Add birdhouses and bee baths.
  • Border a small corner of your yard with small landscaping fence or stones, and let that area return to its natural state.
  • Replace annuals with native plants.
  • Plant flowers in a variety of shapes and colors to attract a variety of pollinators.
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6. Dress up an Old Headboard

Some of the best DIY projects are ones that you can finish in a day. This one is perfect for that. It doesn’t take much time or expertise to renew a boring headboard. Add new life to yours by doing any of the following:

  • Add new paint or stain.
  • Stencil on a design or phrase.
  • Introduce texture and color with a fabric cover.
  • Add a new pattern or design with washi tape.

7. Build a Game Organizer

This is the perfect summer to schedule a regular family game night. As long as you aren’t left dealing with missing pieces, or hard to reach games. Consider repurposing a barely used closet or cabinet into an organizer for your games. Make the most of the space you have and keep it organized with baskets, bins, drawers, and other accessories.

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8. Tackle Storage Issues in a Kid’s Bedroom

Nobody wants to spend the summer giving or receiving lectures about cluttered, messy bedrooms. It’s perfectly reasonable to want kids to take ownership of their rooms. On the other hand, the process of cleaning and organizing can be overwhelming if they don’t have anywhere to put their things. Plan a bedroom storage makeover to take care of that problem, and involve kids in a project that will encourage them to take pride in their space. It’s also perfect for staving off summer boredom. Here are some great ideas:

  • Use over the door organizers for art and craft supplies.
  • Add a simple set of desktop accessories for pens, pencils, and other items.
  • Find a used bookshelf that your kid can decorate in their own style.
  • Put up cork board for hanging papers, posters, photos, and other objects.
  • Make use of under the bed storage containers to clear out even more space.

If you’re looking for a summer project you can take on without investing too much money, or enlisting the services of a professional contractor, these eight ideas are perfect. Every DIY project here is simple enough to finish in just a few days. Best of all, the results will be something your family can enjoy for the foreseeable future.

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