With changing seasons come changing priorities —and the same goes for your home. From tips on how to make sure your home is clean and safe for your family to relax in to easy paint jobs you can do in a weekend, Canadian Tire and Yahoo Canada are bringing you everything you need for the season.
We get it. You probably spent the Summer biking, picnicking and hitting the beach, all while promising yourself you’d get around to making your space homier. We certainly don’t blame you. Canadian Summers are fleeting and the last thing anyone wants to do is stay inside.
But now that Fall is here and Summer activities are winding down, you can start thinking about updating your home to make it a little bit cozier for the Fall and Winter. If you’re intimidated because of the perceived cost of home renovations, don’t be. There’s a whole lot you can do without hiring a contractor or spending thousands of dollars.
Smaller D.I.Y. projects are surprisingly effective. A few coats of paint and updates to your cabinet hardware can completely change the game. Here are just a few ways you can update your home without breaking the bank.
A fresh coat of paint will do wonders
Painting may seem like a huge undertaking, but it’s one of the easiest things you can do to spruce up your home. You won’t believe how fresh your space will look and feel. The hardest part is the preparation.
If you don’t already have the tools, you’ll need to invest in some drop cloths, brushes, painter’s tape, and rollers. Ensure the walls are prepped and primed before you go to town. When you’re selecting a colour and finish, consult with a paint specialist to ensure you have the best product for the room you’re working on. When it comes to actually picking the paint, we suggest Premier’s Ready To Roll paint in a bag. It’s an easy alternative to canned paint that comes in 14 pre-mixed colours and has an innovative bag design for mess-free pouring. It also reduces emissions by more than half compared to a standard paint container, and unlike many paints, can be delivered to your door.
Maximize space by adding floating shelves
Floating shelves are a great way to decorate while adding storage. Bare walls can be stark and boring but a few floating shelves and some artwork will liven things up. Decorative wall shelves can be tricky to hang but with the right tools, you’ll run into minimal issues. If you’re hanging the shelves on a concrete wall, you’ll need concrete anchors and the appropriate drill bit. Add a quaint farmhouse feel to your space with the CANVAS Driftwood floating shelf. Books, framed prints, mirrors, and small planters are great decor items to place on your new shelves to give the room character and charm.
Update old fixtures
Dated light fixtures can ruin the aesthetic of a clean modern space. Rental apartments also tend to have standard light fixtures that are an eyesore, to say the least.
You can update dated light fixtures with a coat of spray paint or switch it out for a more modern stylish option like the CANVAS Hadley Chandelier. If you have basic knowledge of electrical wiring, this can be an easy D.I.Y. project. Otherwise, have an electrician install your new light fixtures.
Replace hardware on cabinets
Small change, big impact. That’s what replacing the hardware on your cabinets can do for the look of your home. Before you go and splash out on new hardware, it’s vital that you measure the existing holes in your cabinet and purchase new ones that are relatively close in size. Otherwise, this project suddenly becomes more complex.
Give your furniture a makeover
Depending on your level of craftiness and willingness to learn, you can change the entire personality of your home by updating your furniture. Whether it’s with a coat of paint, updates to the hardware or reupholstering chairs and couches, D.I.Y. updates can save you a lot of money while giving you the satisfaction of having done it yourself.
While re-upholstering requires its own set of specialty tools, it’s a good idea to have a general tool kit on hand for all your D.I.Y. home projects. The Stanley Homeowner’s Tool Kit includes 65 pieces for almost every fix you want to make to your home.