As spring arrives, it brings with it warmer weather and longer days. That means it’s a great time to get stuck into those projects you’ve been putting off and get your home smartened up. The clocks go forward on March 29 so it’s also the perfect opportunity to spruce things up in the garden too, ready to spend more time outside.
Of course DIY can be costly, but it needn’t be. Giving rooms a fresh lick of paint, getting a few new accessories and adding a splash of colour to your outside space will work wonders for your home, and you don’t have to spend lots to do it.
So, roll out your paintbrushes and dig out your trowels as we give you our guide to spring DIY that won’t break the bank.
Give individual rooms a facelift
There’s no need to go mad and decorate your whole home. Pick rooms that are looking a little tired or you haven’t paid much attention to lately. Kitchens are a great place to start as most families spend a lot of time there. Simply painting the walls, changing the door knobs or handles and adding a few colourful utensils will inject your kitchen with a new lease of life. If you want a completely new look, painting the units or replacing old cabinet doors will make you feel like you’ve got a new kitchen without having to go to great expense.
Lounges and bedrooms could benefit from repainting or wallpapering as well. Just wallpapering one wall rather than the whole room can have a similar impact and saves you a few pounds. And, depending on the size of the rooms, you should be able to get it all done in a weekend.
Update your furnishings
An easy and affordable way to transform your home is to update your furnishings. You don’t need to trek round the furniture shops looking for a new sofa though - changing your cushions or curtains makes a massive difference. Think about dropping in a few brighter colours and patterns for a bold impact. If you’re feeling creative, a good way to save money is to make your own. All you need is some fabric, a sewing kit and your imagination. Making some cushion covers, table runners or a new pair of curtains gives you a chance to get your creative juices flowing and an enormous sense of pride when you’ve finished.
Give your garden a once over
It’s important to show your outside space some love too, especially as you’ll be planning to spend more time there as the weather improves. Give your flowerbeds and borders a good tidy up... trim back overgrown bushes, plants, hedges and trees, and dig out anything that’s on its last legs.
Spring is also a good time to get some new plants and shrubs into the garden ready for summer. All your existing plants will bloom back to life as the season changes, but a few new additions will give you something fresh to enjoy. Gladioli and small evergreens are ideal to pop in your garden in spring, while Dahlias are perfect for pots on the patio.
Unfortunately weeds also love the better conditions, so make sure you dig them all out. You may be unhappy to hear it’s also time to start mowing your lawns again too. Get on top of these particular jobs early and it’ll be easier to maintain a glorious garden throughout the warmer months.
Finish those little jobs
Finally make sure all those little DIY jobs are finished. Fix broken handles and hinges, oil squeaking doors and sort out any old grouting in showers and bathrooms. Also, don’t forget to clear your gutters and drains of leaves and repaint or mend any drainpipes that are looking a bit worse for wear. Tackling these tasks now, before you need to get the professionals in or replace things, could save you money in the long run.
Hopefully our DIY tips that won’t break the bank have inspired you to get busy this spring.