Redfin asked a few experts and me about a favorite winter DIY, and that got my wheels turning about those home improvements best tackled when there’s a chill in the air. I’d love to hear what your favorite winter DIYs are, and here are ideas for 7 Smart Winter DIY Home Projects to Tackle Now.
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7 Smart Winter DIY Home Projects to Tackle Now
1. Paint a Room
Not that you can’t do this when the temperature outdoors is 103. But I mean. Lots of us enjoy painting our interiors DIY style, and see this for a painting tip or 6 if you’re curious.
Which paint color though? SEE THESE POSTS on the topic.
I recently painted an accent wall in a bedroom in our lower level (see below). The room is large and awkward (the basement was finished before we bought the place, and with pipes and venting to “box” around in the ceiling and walls…wonky is the word), and the bed is inset in a bump-out part of the room. I haven’t painted many accent walls in my day, but it just made good design sense to do it here.
I painted out the closet doors with BEHR Sterling and mixed 50% Sterling and 50% BEHR Cameo White together for this accent wall to arrive at a pale blue-grey in a room with only a little natural light from a small window.
2. Touch Up Painted Trim
While it may not draw oohs and ahs as a dramatic before/after, touching up paint on baseboard and trim throughout our home is a favorite winter DIY project around here.
With painter’s tape, semigloss, and a 2″ angled brush in hand, it’s a job that can become a meditative exercise (play Mozart), educational (cue that history podcast), or even interactive (chat with a wireless cell phone headset). DIY painted trim touch-up never takes as long as you imagine it will and is highly gratifying in the end!
BONUS TIP: I do not enjoy dusting baseboard and trim, but I do it while I chat on the phone* with a favorite friend…what an uplifting feeling when the conversation is over, and so is the dust. *let’s face it…nobody seems to like picking up the phone or using their vocal chords anymore so there is always the threat of INVASION OF THE DUST BUNNIES ’round these parts.
If you’ll be painting trim for the first time rather than simply touching up, see this:
3. Organize the Pantry
While I don’t have a kitchen pantry beyond pull-outs which hold food in a tall cabinet, my creative dynamo friend Celia of After Orange County recently showed us the art of pantry organization. (You are bound to experience several AHA moments thanks to her brilliance.)
Step by Step Pantry Organization
4. Declutter Closets
I have been making steady progress as I address each closet in our home, and winter truly is the perfect time to dig in.
My own bedroom walk-in closet isn’t huge, but I’m fortunate to have enough space for a Victorian dresser I transformed with chalk paint. The mirror atop it is one I stenciled with a French poem…an easy 10-minute DIY. I also cozied the space with a vintage, made in Sweden, crystal chandelier. Since I’m clearing out clutter, I offered up a few things in a virtual tag sale HERE.
5. Upgrade Closet Organization
For symmetry in my smallish walk-in closet, we installed these tower units on each wall (another easy DIY).
We also installed one of these towers in a closet in our wee laundry room.
I use baskets like these below to corral my stuff but still give me easy access. Since I understand my personal style of organization, I organize with bins and use broad categories rather than very specific ones.
When it comes to re-organizing your closets, make sure your closet makes sense. You may find visual inspiration from this recent post with a few re-imagined and high functioning closets.
Tips for Organizing Your Closet
6. Deep Clean the Kitchen
Is it time to give that refrigerator or oven a good cleaning? My own frig is now sparkling clean after I removed every single thing from it and got to scrubbing. Don’t wait like I did for inspiration…just go for it! (My inspiration? Coming home from vacation to a foul mystery smell and struggling to discover the source!)
It’s easy to put off cleaning grout, scrubbing grime from filters for the range hood, and even emptying the toaster of crumbs, but it feels so much better when these tasks are completed.
I’m so sensitive to fragrances and scented anything so I’m truly grateful that I can tolerate and enjoy hard-working, good-looking on the counter, wonderfully smelling products like these.
Psst. When I went seeking an inspiring youTube of a deep cleaning kitchen tutorial, I came upon heavily trafficked vids of regular pony-tailed housewives scrubbing wood floors to soothing soundtracks. Note to entrepreneurial self: filming the most mundanely uninteresting semi-monthly repetitive chore may be ripe with potential for monetization…mercy!
7. Create Art & Get Crafting
While not everyone enjoys knitting, painting, sewing, or crafting in winter, it such an ideal time to be creative! I even gathered some of my creations together on a gallery wall in the basement bedroom I mentioned above.
How to Find Motivation to Begin These DIYs
We all have our sources of motivation, and I personally find that looking at beautifully designed timeless and tranquil interiors is the inspiration and nudge I need.
It seems seeing it done is what moves me to BEGIN. So today, for example, I’m devouring the elegant simplicity within this book by Tricia Foley:
Listen to Ms. Foley describe her approach to elegant simplicity at home.
One King’s Lane recently spotlighted Foley’s blissful Bellport home and suggests decor to get the look!
What are you making for dinner? I shared an easy yummy dinner recipe recently HERE in case you need an idea.
Peace to you right where you are.
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