Home Improvement Spruce Ups to Tackle at Home Now!

If you find yourself with a little extra time at home in the coming days (smart social distance + #earthisshutdown), perhaps spruce ups will (1) keep you moving and (2) keep you from despairing. You’ll find a dozen or so spring cleaning and home improvement tasks I intend to tackle in Home Improvement Spruce Ups to Tackle at Home Now.

Exterior of our Nordic style cottage exterior with French Courtyard. Hello Lovely Studio.
Exterior of our Nordic style cottage exterior with French Courtyard. Hello Lovely Studio.

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Home Improvement Spruce Ups to Tackle at Home Now

Shabby chic white living room with Ektorp sofa (Ikea) with custom Belgian linen slipcover (Bemz) - Hello Lovely Studio.
Inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio about the sunrise and sunset.

Improvement No. 1: Declutter

I went into some detail HERE about decluttering after reading a great book on the topic that approaches organization from a very realistic and also psychological perspective.

Hello Lovely Studio's Nordic French bedroom with Belgian linen accent chair and campaign style table. #nordicfrenchstyle #bedroomdecor #serenedecor #interiordesign #europeancountry
Home Improvement Spruce Ups to Tackle at Home Now in case you’re ready for spring cleaning!

One of the easiest places to begin to clear clutter for spring and summer (at least when you’re me) is to store away winter clothing, as well as pillows and throws which seem to accumulate during winte.

My closet with a Victorian dresser I painted grey and a mirror stenciled to look etched.
I dish about tidying up my closet HERE

If you lack closet or attic space for such winter storage items, there are always these under-bed containers which will keep them dust free.

These containers are so helpful if you have downsized like us.

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Spruce Up No. 2: Pillow Talk

Fresh new pillows for spring and summer!

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Reclaimed pine statement wall was a breeze to install (Find Stikwood HERE)

There’s nothing like fresh pillowy goodness. Here’s my own personal fave I told you about HERE.

My French country courtyard with wood bench and rustic farmhouse decor - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Should you also feel the itch to add a few throw pillows for spring, here are some pretty alternatives.

Blessing quote from Irish poet John O'Donohue on Hello Lovely. #blessingquotes #inspirationalquotes #faithquotes #spirituality #johnodonohue

Home Task No. 3: Sparkling Range & Oven

Viatera Minuet quartz countertop in my classic white kitchen (with Modern French influence) paired with polished marble subway tile backsplash - Hello Lovely Studio. #whitequartz #quartzcountertops #minuet

Hey, no one said this list of spring spruce ups would be glamorous…ha! Let’s see how Martha recommends cleaning the range.

While I’m consistent about sprucing up the cooktop daily, with the frequent winter baking I do, the oven can get crunchy.

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet

If you live in a region with long, frigid winters like us, then you probably wait until spring for this chore.

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For a self-cleaning oven, open a window since the process is not the most fragrant. Cleaning it by hand? Wear gloves and a mask.

Inspirational quote about the soul by N. R. Hart on Hello Lovely Studio.

Play soothing music and think about a sweet little reward you’ll treat yourself to when that oven is sparkling clean following the labor.

Viatera Minuet quartz countertop in my classic white kitchen (with Modern French influence) paired with polished marble subway tile backsplash - Hello Lovely Studio. #whitequartz #quartzcountertops #minuet
White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Wicker Trunk Storage
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Vintage Collapsible French Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
White Artichoke Lamp
Helmsley Bronze Door Hardware
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic French Confit Pot
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Linen Dining Chair
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
PARIS Framed Print
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Holborn Lantern Pendant
Rustic End Table
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Antiqued Sunburst Mirror
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Round Marble Side Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Wicker Patio Chair
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing

Home Improvement No. 4: Fresher Frig

It’s my least favorite thing to do! And I can talk myself out of it like an ultimate Procrastinatista. However, every single time I break down and clean the refrigerator, I am amazed it at how gratified I feel afterward.

Classic white kitchen with Viatera quartz countertop (Minuet) - Hello Lovely Studio.

I can’t seem to tackle my frig cleaning without help from:

It can be awfully motivating to watch someone demonstrate their personal method for cleaning that big boy.

Spruce Up No. 5: Clean Windows Like Martha

This quick video from Martha will enlighten:

Maybe these will come in handy:

French farmhouse style courtyard with stone wall, rustic alder front door, and galvanized farmhouse decor - Hello Lovely Studio.
Psalm 143:8: Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love. Inspirational scripture on Hello Lovely studio.
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Spring Clean Idea No. 6: Upgrade Towels

Old ones can become dingy, and fresh new towels can be one of those ‘everyday lovely’ layers of daily hygiene to bring function and smiles.

Industrial farmhouse metal chair, white painted farm table, and woven round placemat in my kitchen - Hello Lovely Studio.

I recently discovered the beauty of soft muslin cloths for gently removing makeup, cleansing my face, and anything for which you might use a washcloth. These cloths are used in spas for facials and more commonly, for babies.

Since I have sensitive skin prone to rosacea, making the switch from more abrasive terry cloth to baby-soft cotton-y layered muslin has made a significant difference. (While exfoliation can be wonderful, you don’t want to overdo it and disturb the skin’s barrier.)

Inspirational quote about love by Cleo Wade on Hello Lovely Studio.
French farmhouse style courtyard with pea gravel, bench, boxwood, and galvanized farmhouse buckets - Hello Lovely Studio.

House Spruce Up No. 7: Porch Pretty

Choose a mild and less windy day to sweep, clear debris with a leaf blower, and hose off your porch to set the stage for spring.

Here’s a pretty book I own that may inspire you decor-wise:

Porch Living by James T. Farmer (Gibbs Smith)

We have two of these these planters from Home Depot on the front porch flanking the front door, and anything planted or plopped in them looks fabulous.

They can be left outdoors year-round, which helps so much when your storage is limited!

This is my favorite custom, grainsack handmade pillow found HERE.

French farmhouse porch decor with industrial farmhouse metal chair with grainsack pillow and galvanized bucket with lavender - Hello Lovely Studio.
Inspirational quote by C. S. Lewis on Hello Lovely Studio about dreams.

Home Improvement No. 8: Replace the Shower Curtain Liner

Here’s a little spruce up packing a huge punch, and changing out a new shower curtain liner each year takes all of about 5 minutes!

I like buying the extra long liner for our walk-in shower for extra flexibility in positioning the curtain rod and extra protection for keeping moisture inside the shower.

Classic white bathroom with console sink, Venetian mirror, Thibaut wallpaper (Lizette), and simple decor - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Over time, those splashes outside of the shower can create mildew issues and worse!

Spruce Up No. 9: Change Filters

Where ever you have filters, make sure you have fresh ones. The furnace is an obvious place to start, but also check any ice maker, vacuum, and vent hood filters (mine become greasy quickly!)

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet
Find out the kitchen essentials I can’t live without HERE
Inspirational quote by JFK on Hello Lovely Studio about courage.
Our French country courtyard with pea gravel, stone wall, bench, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.

Spring Cleaning No. 10: Steam Clean Rugs & Carpet

Don’t you love that feeling after the rugs have been cleaned!?! A no shoes in the house policy helps tremendously with keeping them cleaner all year round. You’re likely well aware of the dangers of chemicals traditionally used for cleaning carpets.

Belgian linen slope arm chairs around round dining table in our home - Hello Lovely Studio. #diningroom #modernfarmhouse #belgianlinen #interiordesign
Home Improvement Spruce Ups to Tackle at Home Now in case you’re ready for spring cleaning!

Here’s an article that mentions conventional household ingredients to create powdered mixtures for the job. Steam cleaning is our preferred method and has always worked well. If you plan to buy a cleaning product for the job, make sure to look for nontoxic, green-certified, cleaning solutions that are recognized as safe by the FDA.

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For day to day cleaning of floors, I have been using this cordless Dyson model for years now, and it makes so many chores easier. It is stored on the wall (mounts to a charger) in the laundry room…so convenient!

Inspirational quote about faith on Hello Lovely Studio.

Home Improvement No. 11: Rake Yard

My husband is outside this very moment with a rake, and he seems oblivious to the fact it began snowing 30 minutes ago!

Wodsy exterior of our charming cottage sited on a hill with a front stone walled courtyard. #hellolovelystudio #cottageexterior #cozycottage

No yard to rake? Lucky! Even though we downsized by half, our yard is still a doozy to address with many mature trees and fallen leaves.

Changing leaves on trees in autumn in Northern Illinois - Hello Lovely Studio.

Psst…wish I could say our yard resembles this one–you may recall this tiny house property designed supberbly by Jeffrey Dungan.

Tiny home on lake in Monteagle, TN  at Retreat TN.
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Spring Spruce Up No. 12: Paint Touch-ups

It simply will NOT take as long as you think it will.

Our master bedroom and bath have rustic knotty alder interior doors and liberal doses of French country. #hellolovelystudio #bedroomdecor #alderdoors #romanticdecor #rusticelegance

Trim touch-ups is next on my to-do list, and I always dread it because I think it will take weeks when in reality, I can typically make a big dent in the chore within a single day.

Serene and neutral European country inspired breakfast nook with window seat, round dining table, and Belgian slope arm chairs - Hello Lovely Studio.
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If you need ideas for white paint colors, see this story about paint colors you may haven’t considered.

Beautiful BEHR white paint colors on Hello Lovely Studio. #bestwhitepaint #whitepaintcolors #behrwhites #behrwhitepaintcolor

A freaky thing I do…I cannot resist collecting vintage paintbrushes from the fleamarket and garage sales. I think the aged ones look beautiful, yet I cannot bring myself to use them! Nope. Here is my favorite paint brush for any number of jobs:

If you missed the post about enchanting handpainted landscape murals printed on paper and have a moment…do be inspired by THIS LOVELINESS.

French courtyard with stone wall, boxwood, pea gravel, and bench - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Do you have a list like this you tackle at the beginning of spring?

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet

Cleaning Supplies I Love

Pssst. I have never seen the cleaning supplies (above and below) I rely upon priced so low! The scent will lift your mood!

Make sure you’re eating plenty of healthy foods in this cold/flu season….I blogged about healthy food swaps you can make HERE.

Ingredients for fresh mint tea in my white kitchen - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Have you made my gluten-free, flourless, super easy to make healthy bread?

Gluten free bread with no need to fuss or knead! My Easy Healthy Flourless Bread Recipe to Seeds the Day in case you love nutritious yum! #hellolovelystudio #breadrecipe #glutenfreebread #flourlessbread #healthyrecipe
This healthy bread I make is packed with good for you seeds and nuts and contains no flour! #hellolovelystudio #healthybread #noflourbread

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Wicker Trunk Storage
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Vintage Collapsible French Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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4 Comments

  1. Linda
    March 20, 2020 / 6:03 pm

    Enjoyed your post.

    • Michele
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 1:09 am

      Thanks so much for reading – peace to you right where you are.

  2. Amy
    March 16, 2021 / 11:45 am

    Great ideas! Loved the cleaning videos & tips I’ve never tried…soaking stove grates in sink w towel on bottom, using a squeegee to clean my windows, & wiping down interior of frig w VA extract for a wonderful smell! Funny the little things that you never knew you didn’t know! Ha! You always offer such interesting & useful info on all types of subjects! Thanks!

    • Michele
      Author
      March 16, 2021 / 11:47 am

      Happy spring cleaning, Amy – I’m feeling too sluggish to make much progress today, but maybe tomorroow! 🙂

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Deconstructed Wingback Bed
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Edgecombe End Table
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French Country Lamp Set
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Shaw Daybed
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Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
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Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
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Pardon My French Doormat
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Pamela Arm Chair
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French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
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Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing