The crisp fall weather is great inspiration to make your home look and feel cozier than ever. Thankfully, there are all kinds of simple, inexpensive DIY home projects that you can tackle this season—here are 7 of our favorites!
- Paint your front door
With just a can of paint, a brush, and a few hours, you can give your home a burst of freshness and color that will make it stand out—but in a good way!
Before you choose your color, tape the paint chips you’re considering to your door to see how they look in natural light, and be sure to check them at different times of day to see how the color changes.
- Clean out your gutters
While cleaning your gutters may not exactly sound like a renovation, the payoff you’ll get from completing this project is enough to make it seem like one!
Gutters are often overlooked, but letting them clog up with leaf litter, sticks, and other debris can literally take years off your roof’s life. This is also why fall is such a great time to tackle this project—by starting out with clean gutters, you’re less likely to experience problems from the falling leaves that come with the season.
De-cluttering is one of the most effective and rewarding ways to give your house a more open, clean, spacious feel. Of course, it’s also one of the most daunting, which is why so many of us put it off.
To keep the prospect of decluttering from being quite so overwhelming, start with one single area: a drawer, a shelf, or another small space that you can start and complete in one sitting. Finishing the project will give you a boost of confidence, and make moving on to another small area seem much more manageable.
Decluttering is especially important if you’re considering selling your home in the near future.
- Rearrange furniture
Who said renovations had to cost anything? The truth is, you can make your home feel brand-new using only the furniture you already have: you just have to rearrange it thoughtfully.
If your family room is currently centered around entertainment (i.e. a television), consider moving your seating into a more conversation-friendly setup. If you’re not happy with how your kitchen is functioning, consider moving your countertop appliances around or even placing them in cabinets, hidden from sight.
- Rearrange decor
Some simple decor updates or refreshes can work wonders for your living space. If you have decor items that you no longer love, find them a new home—and remember, you don’t necessarily need to replace them. With decor, less is often more.
Thrift shops can be great places for finding inexpensive and unique decor pieces, and often they can be made to look like new with a simple cleaning or a fresh coat of paint. As you look around, try not to worry too much about what’s trendy this season, and stick to things that are timeless and that you truly love. All too often, the decor trends of today become the home decor trends to avoid tomorrow.
- Add some removable wallpaper to your space
While there’s nothing easy about regular wallpaper, that’s not the case with removable wallpaper. Removable wallpaper, which is waterproof, washable, and sticks with adhesive rather than wallpaper paste, comes in a huge variety of designs and colors and can be moved, reused, and repositioned as needed.
- Apply a new backsplash in your kitchen.
Just like there’s peel-and-stick wallpaper, there’s also peel-and-stick tile—and it’s perfect for kitchen backsplashes.
If you prefer the real stuff instead, a backsplash can be completed in a day or so, as long as you’ve got the right tools. Whichever direction you decide to go, just make sure you take the time up front to measure your space and cut your tiles correctly, so you don’t end up with an unsightly asymmetry.
Fall is the perfect season to spend some time sprucing up your home with some easy DIY projects. Happy project-ing!