7 Budget-Friendly Spring Projects for Your Home
When you think of tackling a new “home project,” you may first think of that full-blown kitchen remodel you’ve always wanted or about adding hardwood throughout the house. However, you can still make a huge impact on your home without forking over a huge amount of cash.
All you need is a fun spring project to keep you and your family busy.
1. Put in the Work Outside
It’s amazing what a weekend of outdoor work can do to improve your home’s curb appeal, especially as the spring sunshine and green grass begin to emerge. Yardwork and even small outdoor improvements can be very affordable, too, giving you a budget-friendly way to spruce up your home’s appearance all the way from the street.
Spend a few hours trimming unkempt shrubs and cutting back overgrown tree branches. Put down fresh mulch in the garden, plant a few new flowers, then give the yard a good mowing and edging. Been meaning to plant a new tree or put bushes out front? Early spring is a great time to do so, before the hotter temperatures set in.
Then, climb up on the ladder and clear out those gutters from all the fall and winter junk that’s accumulated. Clogged gutters won’t carry water well, which can result in erosion near your home’s foundation – and potentially, bigger problems down the line!
You’ll be shocked at the difference all of this can make, and you can easily spend less than $100 at your local hardware store.
2. Swap Out Hardware
There are many ways to make a big impact indoors but, unfortunately, many of them are pricey enough to consider a home improvement personal loan. If you’re looking for something much more budget-friendly (and with a lot less dust), consider a simple hardware swap.
Switching out the handles on your drawers and cabinet pulls can transform your kitchen and bathrooms. Think about adding new curtain rods in the living spaces, adding fun new hooks in bathrooms, and even swapping out the hardware on your front door.
This is a quick and relatively inexpensive way to create an entirely new look throughout your whole home.
3. Create a Kitchen Herb Garden
Spring and blooming gardens go hand in hand, so why not bring some of that greenery indoors?
With a homemade herb garden, you’ll have access to fresh, fragrant herbs all year round. This not only serves to spruce up your living space but can also save you money.
There are so many great ways to incorporate an herb garden into your home, too! You can create a windowsill greenhouse above your sink or create a hanging garden space in the dining room. If you have a patio, a tiered garden with colorful pots and planter stands might bring you joy every day when you come home.
Browse Pinterest and DIY forums for design ideas and buy affordable supplies at places like Ikea or garage sales. Then, plant some seeds and get to growing!
4. Hang a Front Door Wreath
Your front door is one of the first things that visitors will see and can set the tone of your entire home. Adding a beautiful wreath is a simple and inexpensive way to spruce up your home’s entrance and celebrate spring at the same time.
Rather than buying a wreath, consider a DIY approach. Foam, faux greenery or metal wreath frames can be purchased at craft stores, and you can decorate however you see fit.
Add fresh succulents, dried flowers or ribbon to create something unique. You can add your family’s initial if you want a personalized design that can stay up for months, or create seasonal designs for holidays like Easter.
5. Plan for the Weather Ahead
Yes, spring has only just arrived, but you’d be wise to remember that much hotter weather is just around the corner … as is allergy season. By keeping this in mind and making small home improvements today, you can not only make the coming months more tolerable but also save yourself money along the way.
Now is a great time to swap out all the air filters in your HVAC system. This will keep your system running optimally and cut the dust and allergens that will soon be upon us.
If you’ve been thinking about installing a ceiling fan – or just cleaning and rebalancing the ones you already have – spring is the perfect opportunity. A clean, working fan will help keep your family cool all summer long and help reduce your A/C costs, too.
You can also use this time to check for drafts and poor seals in your home, especially around windows, as well as check your insulation. This will also serve to reduce your cooling expenses in the hot months to come. (Checking your home’s airflow and insulation quality should make the list when it comes to winter home improvement ideas, too!)
6. Swap and Integrate Colors
Celebrate this fun season by swapping out various textiles for bright colors and happy patterns.
Putting new towels in your kitchen and bathrooms is affordable and quick, while new curtain patterns can completely change the look of your home. Adding throw pillows to chairs allows you to transform a room without needing to buy new furniture, and a colorful throw over the back of a couch can work wonders for bringing a space together.
7. Use Some Paint
If you’re ready for a bit more commitment, go grab some paint swatches and drop cloths and get to work!
The impact of paint throughout your home is incredible. It can be as minor as creating a small accent furniture piece in the living room, or as major as painting the entire exterior of the house. You’re limited only by your imagination and your budget.
Painting cabinets can transform your entire kitchen without the need for a pricey remodel, and creating an accent wall in your dining room might be all you need to find new inspiration. Swapping out the color on your front door can change the entire look of your home, while adding some color to your garden planters is an inexpensive way to brighten the space.
Even after a fairly mild winter, spring can’t come soon enough for many of us. After all, this season of renewal brings with it sunshine, flowers, and fresh starts after months of gray drab.
If you’re looking to spruce up your home for the season – but don’t have the budget for a big renovation – consider tackling some spring DIY projects. With just a few affordable changes and special touches, you can completely transform your home inside and out.
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