Winter is over, which means it’s the perfect time to get stuck into some DIY projects around the house and refresh your home for spring.
DIY doesn’t need to be a huge, time-consuming task. In fact, there are plenty of projects that can be easily completed over a weekend. Cherie Barber, Founder of Renovating for Profit shares her top five makeover ideas to transform your home from drab to fab this spring.
Clean and declutter
First things first, make sure that your property is clean of rubbish and fallen leaves, and grassy areas and paths are clear. Get rid of any broken pot plants and old patio furniture. Tidy up garden beds and trim unruly shrubs. Then break out the high-pressure hose for an industrial clean of brickwork.
Repair and restore
Walk around the exterior of your home and take note of any minor repairs to be made such as buckling deck boards or peeling paint. Head to your local hardware store and pick up any supplies you’ll need such as replacement deck boards, paint scrapers and paint. Attention to details like these will leave your home looking polished and ready for backyard summer entertaining.
Bring in a splash of colour
Turn over a new leaf for spring by painting the front door a bright colour. Pack a punch with fire engine red, canary yellow, deep purple or Cote D’Azur blue. Inside, mix neutral paints with coloured accessories to liven up a dull interior. Here’s one renovation project I did recently adding accents with Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017, Greenery, perfect for spring!
Spruce up the kitchen and bathroom
New paint and resurfacing in the kitchen and bathroom can deliver overnight transformation, particularly if you don’t have the time or finances for a full renovation. Consider installing modern taps and hardware like handles, door knobs and hooks too – they’re the small details that together add up to a really big difference.
Let there be light
No one likes living in darkness or having to leave the lights on during the day. Using mirrors, trimming branches and changing window dressings are all ways to increase the amount of natural light. Remember the trifecta: ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting, and think about what you can update. Smart feature lighting in places like the bathroom can also be used to create an inviting mood whilst two or three pendant light over an island bench or breakfast bar provide a focal point as well as task lighting.
Cherie Barber is the CEO of Renovating For Profit and a regular on Network TEN’s The Living Room. She’s personally renovated more than 100 properties and teaches anyone how to buy and renovate for a profit, using her proven 8-step strategy. See www.renovatingforprofit.com.au for course information.
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