7 Smart Winter DIY Home Projects to Tackle Now

There’s serious relief from DEEP FREEZE happening since it’s a balmy 25 degrees here now! Mercy, do not ever move DIY style in winter if you can help it. Picture my nearly frostbitten fairy fingers over the weekend in 16 degrees loading cherished galvanized buckets full of frozen soil to a UHaul. Life is pretty glamorous selling castoffs on FB Marketplace, sweeping sawdust from walls at the new house, and driving thru Portillo’s. Winter is a wise time to focus on INSIDE home improvement! When Redfin asked me about favorite winter DIY home improvements to tackle when there’s a chill in the air, I added my two cents. I’d love to hear about your favorites as well, and here are 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

Sure you can paint when the temp outside reads 103. But I mean. Lots of us enjoy painting our interiors DIY style, and see this for painting tips if you’re curious.

Modern farmhouse bedroom with fireplace, shiplap, and black painted French doors. Interior design by Jaimee Rose Interiors. #bedroomdesign #modernfarmhouse #interiordesign
7 Smart Winter DIY Home Projects to Tackle Now with ideas for organization as well as encouragement and humor. See more of this home’s tour HERE…certainly lovely!

Which paint color though? SEE THESE POSTS on the topic.

Winter before last, I painted an accent wall in a bedroom in our lower level (see below, and no it is not white!).

Bedroom with accent wall painted BEHR Sterling at 50% for a very pale blue-grey.
The painting on the nightstand is a prized original by Holly Irwin, and I found the White Wild Rose wall decor flowers here.

The room is large and awkward, and the bed is inset in a bump-out part of the room.

Here’s Sterling (mixed at 50%) in our little laundry room, and you can see how soft it is and the gentle contrast with white.

Behr Sterling paint color on walls and door of Hello Lovely's laundry room. #behrsterling #paintcolors #lightgreypaint #bluegrey
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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.

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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.

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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).

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DIY painted trim touch-up never takes as long as you imagine it will and is highly gratifying in the end!

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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.

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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 showed us the art of pantry organization. (You are bound to experience several AHA moments thanks to her brilliance.)

Well organized pantry with wooden shelves and smart ideas - After Orange County. #pantryorganization
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Also find more organization inspo in this ditty about closets.

Step by Step Pantry Organization

Funny quote and humor about healthy food. Calories in one pistachio: 4 Calories burned opening one pistachio: 2,479 Take that kale #funnyquote #quotes #humor #kale #dieting #pistachio

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 serene Nordic French style bedroom with Benjamin Moore White walls and Stikwood accent wall. Hello Lovely Studio.
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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. Find more closet organizing tips in THIS STORY.

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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.

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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 post with a few re-imagined and high functioning closets.

Tips for Organizing Your Closet

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Christina Baldwin quote about the uncertainty of life. #inspirationalquotes #lifequotes

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 a trip to a mystery smell!)

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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.

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The two lines of cleaning products I have relied upon for years are Murchison-Hume (Australian White Grapefruit) and Williams-Sonoma (Meyer Lemon).

Murchison-Hume (Australian White Grapefruit)

Since I’m sensitive to fragrances and scented anything, 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 searched for an inspiring youTube of a deep cleaning kitchen tutorial, I came upon heavily trafficked vids of ordinary 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!

Humor and funny quote about DIY and crafting: Why buy it for $8 when you can make it yourself with $56 of craft supplies? #quotes #funnyquote #humor #crafting #diy #holidays

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.

Here’s my latest obsession:

Humor quote on Hello Lovely Studio.

How to Find Motivation to Begin These DIYs

We all have our sources of motivation, and I personally find that browsing beautifully designed timeless and tranquil interiors is the inspiration and nudge I need.

New Year quote - an inspirational quote to encourage and energize for the fresh year ahead. #newyearquotes #inspirationalquote #encouragement #hellolovelystudio

It seems seeing it done is what moves me to BEGIN. 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!

Tricia Foley's elegant yet simple home filled with white decor and design from a purist. #whitedecor #interiordesign #simplehome
Design: Tricia Foley; Photo: Marili Forastieri; Styling: Michelle Wong; Source: OKL
Bob Goff inspiring love quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #lovequotes #inspirationalquotes

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.

-michele

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6 Comments

    • Michele
      Author
      January 29, 2020 / 1:40 pm

      I love your blog so much, Celia, and you offer the best tips in such a generous way. How I wish I were your neighbor, friend! Thank you so much for reading. xox

  1. Jo
    January 30, 2020 / 10:12 am

    I hope your closet renovations will spur me to tackle my walk-in closet in my master bedroom! It is such a mess now but you present some very interesting ideas. Wish me luck!

    • Michele
      Author
      January 30, 2020 / 3:59 pm

      Yay! Think of how you will reward yourself when it’s done and keep your eye on the prize. 🙂

  2. Debbie
    February 21, 2021 / 5:58 am

    Still getting those ads that cover a major part of the left side of your blog! There is room on the right side…

    • Michele
      Author
      February 21, 2021 / 6:29 pm

      Thanks – I’m seeing it too and keep hearing we are waiting on Google to remedy a ‘style issue.’ It’s a you know what show these days for all things social media! Sorry, friend.

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Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
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Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
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Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
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