There’s something about summer that just motivates you to work on things around the house. One day you look outside and decide that it is finally time to reseed the lawn, or get started on that garden you’ve been meaning to start for the last decade. Or maybe you have the itch to work but don’t really know where to start. Here are a few summer projects that you can start this month!
Guest Post By Aurora McCausland
Work on your car in the garage
For a lot of people, working on their car is a fun and even calming pastime. It’s invigorating to fix something, especially when it’s a classic car or another car that holds a lot of sentimental value.
Just make sure that, when working in your garage on anything, but especially on a car, that you have adequate lighting and proper ventilation. Bring in a few large lamps and open up the garage door. You can even pull the car out into the driveway for better lighting and ventilation, if possible.
One of the easiest ways to refresh a room, is by painting it. If a room in your house is feeling a little drab, head to your local home improvement store and pick up some paint swatches. Tape them up in the room you want to paint, and leave them there for a few days to observe the color to see if it’s something you like. It’s recommended to do this so you can see what the color will look like in different lightings. Once you’ve picked the right color, lay out the painters tape, and get to work! It’s amazing what just a different color of paint can do to transform a room.
Add a backsplash
A backsplash is another way to completely redo a room. Whether you’re wanting to add backsplash tile to your kitchen or bathroom, either way it’s a great way to go! You can pick out samples of your favorite tiles, and arrange and grout them yourselves, or you can even purchase backsplash stickers that will be quicker to install and easy to remove if you ever change your mind.
Updating the bathroom
Sometimes, the best projects are the small ones. Like updating the faucet that’s been leaking, or getting a new shower head. Little things like this may not give a huge difference in appearance, but chances are that they’re the things that you’ll appreciate the most. Head to your bathroom and do a quick inventory on what needs updated or fixed.
Does your bathroom need to be recaulked? Or painted? Do your bathroom cabinets need new hardware? Whatever updates are necessary, this is a great place to start if you only have time for a small or quick update.
Add some planters to your porch
Gardening can be a pretty big time commitment. Not just when you’re setting it up, but for as long as everything you’ve planted is in season. If you don’t have the time, or are nervous about being able to keep all of those plants alive, start with getting a few planters! These are a lot easier to maintain than an entire garden. Do a bit of research on what plants do best in your area, and then pick your favorites up at the store while you pick up your planters. You can add these to your back patio, front porch, or even up your walkway. Just make sure that they get adequate sunshine and enough water to truly thrive.
Install a sprinkler system
If you don’t already have a sprinkler system, now is the perfect time to install one! It makes your life so much easier than having to manually water your lawn with a sprinkler head. You don’t have to install an automatic system if you don’t want to, since that is the most technical and expensive part of a sprinkler system. You can easily control it with your regular water spigot, and just turn it on and off manually. If you already have a manual sprinkler system, maybe this summer is when you embark on getting an automated system set up!