Winter home projects free up summer time!

Having a lazy day once and a while isn't bad, but if you are stuck indoors because of the cold, why not turn your snow day into a 'go-day'? The weather outside may be frightful, but home improvement can be oh so delightful.

Window Treatments

Window treatments become tired looking after several years of sunlight and use. If your window treatments are dur for an update, now is the time to start shopping! Replacing window treatments in one of the easiest home improvement project you can do yourself, and it is also one of the most noticeable and least expensive. Search through a wide selection of window treatments such as blinds, shades, curtains, draperies, and valances.

Window Cleaning

If you are happy with your window treatments, consider improving your view of the winter wonderland outside. Winter can be a great time to wash the inside of your home's windows. you can take care of the other side of the glass when winter thaws. Best of all, for this mini-project, all you need is some basic hand/eye coordination and cleaner!

Do some painting

Did you know that cold weather is ideal for drying paint? The dryness of the winter months actually makes winter the perfect time to paint the interior, so crack a window, grab your favorite brush and make the cold work for you! Whatever you choose, new colors are a sure way to add visual interest to your walls and bring a splash of sunshine into a drab winter home.

Change out your light bulbs

This one's a bit of an investment, but you won't regret replacing your bulbs with energy-effecient ones. It's a great way to go green and save money. On average, an Energy Star qualified light bulb will save more than $40 in electricity over its lifetime, so don't let the upfront cost of these bulbs scare you away from making the purchase.

Install a backsplash

Backsplashes are to kitchens, as spices are to spaghetti sauce; they're essential for completing the flavor. If you'd like to kick your kitchen up a notch, a backsplash will help accessorize and emphasize your countertops, cabinets and appliances. For a kitchen that needs color and life, a flashy or textured tile can wake up a plain scheme. For a kitchen that already has personality, sleek, neutral tile can add elegance and unity to the room's look.

Refurbish your doors

Interior doors can have a lot of visual impact on your home. The good news is you can virtually 'replace' all of your doors without spending excessively. Here are some ways to make over your interior doors.

Paint them - dark doors can make your home look more expensive. Colored doors can look much more modern and whimsical than traditional wood.

Change the doorknobs - updated hardware is an instant fix for outdated doors.

Add molding to flat doors - molding can create dimension and give an elegant, expensive feel to any run-of-the-mill doorway.

Give your closet a makeover

If you create a place for everything, you'll be a lot more likely to put things away. There are so many things you can do to customize a closet for your needs. To start, install shelving, purchase over-the-door shoe rack and donate all the items that you no longer need, wear or fit into.

Organize your porch

Make messy porches or mudrooms a thing of the past. If your family's coats and boots are out of control, use the mess as motivation to rein in the chaos once and for all.

By focusing on the inside of your home while the weather is cold, you'll have a lot more time to tackle the warm weather stuff when spring rolls around.

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Julie Stanley

Julie Stanley

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Westman Realty Ltd.
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