Spring is in the air. Do you feel the itch to do some spring cleaning? Even if you’ve downsized into a small apartment for your golden years, there are plenty of fun and easy projects to spruce up your home.
Time to Paint!Paint is the easiest way to transform your living area. It’s easy, relatively cheap, and there are so many color choices. Spring can be the best time to get outside, lay a drop sheet in the grass on a sunny day and refresh your favorite furniture. Give the object a light sanding and then you are ready to go! Here’s a list of things to paint to get you started:
• headboard • dresser • kitchen cabinets • bookshelf • mantle • handrails and banisters • and, of course, the walls
Choose a bright color or paint fun designs to make your home seem like new!
Use Wallpaper for AccentsWallpaper comes in all sorts of fun designs these days. If you find one you love, you can use it as art all over your home.
• Cut squares and frame it for some instant art. • Use strips of wallpaper on the front of dresser doors. Your dresser can easily become the focal point of the room. • Dress up your doors. You can wallpaper the whole thing or simply the door’s panels.
Screw on New HardwareHandles and knobs are furniture’s jewelry. Give them a whole new look! You could go for uniform and sleek, or mismatched and quirky. Just twist the knobs, unscrew the handles, and put on the new ones. Handles are everywhere—in the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom. It’s an easy change that will make a huge difference in the feel of your home.
Make Fun Necklace HoldersDid you find some furniture knobs you loved but didn’t have room for? You can use the leftovers from your last project to display your jewelry.
First, find a piece of wood in any shape or size. You can paint it or leave it natural. Then, simply screw some furniture knobs into it, hang your necklaces on the knobs, and voila! Your beautiful jewelry will brighten up the room.
Bonus: you will never lose your necklaces again.
Update Your BacksplashFor many kitchens, the backsplash is the centerpiece. It is what gives your kitchen personality. Is yours lacking a little something special? You could install new tiles, but it’s even easier to use tile decals.
Tile decals are fancy stickers. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Stick them on your existing tile to create a whole new backsplash.
Create Chalkboard SignsDo you find yourself always searching for a notepad? Chalkboard signs are the perfect places to leave notes. Now you can make your own!
The best bases for chalkboard signs are framed mirrors or picture frames. Take a look at your local flea market if you don’t have any lying around. Then take some chalkboard paint, which you can find at your local craft store, and paint on the glass. Wait for it to dry, and you’ll have a place to put notes that you won’t lose.
Make Your Own ArtYou’ve had your grandchildren’s art on your fridge for years, but you can’t remember the last time you painted yourself. Well, now it’s your turn to bring out your artistic side.
Go to a local art class or bring out your old watercolors or colored pencils. Have fun with it!
Have your artwork framed and hang it on the wall. You can rotate them as you create new favorites. The next time your grandchildren come over, you can show off your talent! Plus, artwork makes great gifts for friends and family.
Color Code Your KeysHave difficulty keeping track of your keys? Paint the tops with nail polish! You can color code them by making each key a different color. It makes them much easier to tell apart.
Install a Curved Shower RodMake your shower luxurious with room to stretch. Replace your shower rod with a curved one to gain valuable space in your shower.
Hook Your Kitchen UpPut in wall-mounted hooks above your kitchen counter. Store your measuring cups on them so they’re easily at your disposal. Save one for your dishtowels to help them dry and keep your countertop clear.
Rotate Your AccessoriesDo you regularly get the itch for something new? Throw pillows, art and accessories are perfect for you. Change them out and rotate them with ease for a whole new look.
Make Your Home Feel Like NewYou can make your space feel like new without major renovations. Some elbow grease and a facelift goes a long way to making your space ready for the change in seasons!
Shayne Fitz-Coy is the Co-CEO of Alert-1, an aging-in-place technology company with offices nationwide. Shayne is an NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Harvard College and a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.