The beginning of Summer is always a great time of year to sit down and carefully reconsider both your personal goals and your home goals too. Afterall, you have the added benefit of knowing what has worked well for you these past 6 months and which things you would like to spend time tweaking from now until the end of the year.
I know it looks like most DIY and home décor projects especially room makeovers take about 30 minutes on TV, but I’m convinced unless you already have all the details nailed down in advance and a large work crew at the ready, the can process take more like 4-6 weeks.
This is particularly true if you’re like us trying to complete projects around work schedules, travel plans and family life.
We started adding board and batten to the office last week and it got me thinking about all the projects we’ve completed for our home over the years. While some of these projects took an extra set of hands and some DIY skills, other projects can simply be completed with a little time, paint, or stain.
Keep in mind, the 3 most important things you can do give your home a refresh in any season is to
- Add a fresh coat of paint to the walls
- Unify the color palette in your home
That said, now is a great time to energize your home by working on all those projects you’ve been dreaming of completing or have been putting off during a busy spring season.
Here are 17 Home Décor and DIY Projects to Complete this Summer….
Add a Coat of Fresh Paint to the Walls
We spent a good portion of last summer uniting our home’s color palette by adding a fresh coat paint to all the walls with Valspar’s Bistro White. It seems like such a small change, but it honestly made a big difference throughout our home. Looking back, I wish we had done it sooner!
Paint is an inexpensive way to update any room in your home but especially those spaces like the bedrooms where we spend so much time. You can find out more about how we created this bedroom makeover here.
Change Out Your Curtains, Bedding or Pillows
I know good quality bedding and linens can sometimes be expensive, but we given we *mostly* sleep anywhere from 4-8 hours a night, it makes sense to make your bedroom as comfortable as possible. If you have mostly neutral color palette it’s fairly simple to change out your curtains and pillows to give your bedroom a fresh feel in any season.
Stencil the Floor
The floors in our laundry room as well as in one of the bedrooms have both been stenciled for some time now and they’re both holding up really well! While this project can be a bit time consuming, it’s another one of those creative endeavors that made a budget friendly impact to the space. You can find out more about how to paint concrete floors like a pro here .
Hang a New Light, Chandelier or Add Chandelier Shades
Obviously adding chandelier shades to an existing chandelier is a super easy way to update the chandeliers in your home. That said, vintage inspired lights and chandeliers can be found at most places now from home improvement stores to antique malls and even on Amazon at very reasonable prices.
Declutter & Organize
Decluttering and organizing all the things might not be high on your priority list this summer but believe me, taking the time to declutter and organize your spaces now will go a long way in helping to create a sense of calm in your home all season long.
It’s also a great time to get your kids and family on board while they’re home on summer break, that way they can continue to help with age appropriate chores and embrace a solid cleaning routine. If you haven’t had a chance to join our 52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge yet, you can get started with us at your own pace right now.
Create a Set of Party Drawers and/or a Dish Pantry for Storage
Much like ironstone, dishes are a total weakness for me especially vintage dishes. I used to have them in the closets, under the beds, in the cabinets – it was bananas.
I finally decided to take control and create a dish pantry and it was a game changer. In some ways, it forced me to keep only those pieces I loved and to organize our party and tablescape supplies in one area. Now, when I find a set of dishes I can’t live without, I know there is only a certain amount of room in our dish pantry and if I want to bring them home, I’m going to have to let another set of dishes go.
Likewise, we have no shortage of party supplies and blog props around here so a few years ago I asked my bestie S to help me build a set of party storage drawers to go inside the pantry. Not only did it cut down on our party décor clutter, it also really helped to make things simple when I was getting ready for guests or pulling together tablescapes. Having everything corralled together is such a timesaver too!
Stencil the walls
Last fall we stenciled the walls of our pantry and every time I walk into that tiny space it makes me happy. It took longer than I expected because the walls had to be hand stenciled, but it was absolutely worth it. Once we get the office makeover finished, I’m excited to start stenciling several closets in the house now too!
Add Trim to the Windows
With each room makeover we have completed, we have slowly been adding trim to all the windows in the house. It’s one those things that I wish we would have done a long time ago! While at first glance it’s a subtle change it helps to add a finished look to the rest of the room and depending on the type of molding and trim you choose is not a very expensive or time-consuming project to complete either. In fact, you can see how we installed trim to the windows in one of the bedrooms for around $30 here.
Install a Wall Treatment
Installing wall treatments like board and batten or shiplap to any space in your home is a simple way to add an architectural element to an otherwise basic box. Board and batten is probably the least expensive of the two treatments to install but it does require an extra set of hands, multiple power towels and a bit more than basic DIY skills.
Beware though, once you start adding wall treatments to one room in your home, you’ll absolutely want to keep adding it to even more spaces because it such a simple way to customize a builder-grade home.
Paint the Interior Doors a Bold Color
This was another home decor and diy project we completed last summer I wish we had completed earlier. It’s not that it made a huge difference in any of our spaces, but given we live in an open concept home and all of our walls are painted in Valspar’s Bistro White, it really helped to add a pop of color to what would have been an otherwise white box of a room. We were able to paint the interior doors in Valspar’s Cathedral Stone in a few hours. You can find our simple tips for panting interior doors here.
Choose a Consistent Color Palette for Your Home
Choosing a consistent color palette for your home is not always an easy thing to do, I totally get it. For years, we struggled with it too. In the beginning, we simply started with 3 -5 colors we could agree upon then slowly started changing the color palette in each room we gave a makeover to from that point forward. I completely understand how confusing it can be to try and narrow down your focus to a specific decorating style. While there is something to be said for a collected over time and layered look, if you’re looking to unify your home it’s much easier to focus on the color palette first then
Style Your Bookshelves
I can’t deny these bookcases are one of my most treasured pieces of furniture my Dad has ever made. When he first delivered them, I was gobsmacked because they were over 8 feet tall. We’ve used them in our living room and in my original home office and have loved them in both places. I know bookshelves and hutches can be a bit tricky to decorate but don’t let that stop you from styling them with the pieces and the collections you love.
Paint a Piece of Furniture
Painted furniture might not be as trendy as it once was a few years ago but it’s also one of the least expensive ways to refresh thrifted finds if your trying to decorate your home on a budget. Whether it’s adding a farmhouse feel to a new-to-you breakfast nook table or changing the look of a dresser in your bedroom most of the time painting a piece of furniture can be completed in an afternoon save for drying time and seal curing time. If you’re new to painting furniture you can read our beginners guide to painting furniture here.
Add a New Wreath to the Front Door
Welcome your family and guests into your home by adding a wreath to your front door It doesn’t even have to be a wreath per se, you could just as easily use a pretty wall basket. Wreaths, swags and wall baskets can be easily customized to compliment your home décor as well as celebrate important family milestones and holidays.
Plant Container Gardens on the Front Porch, Back Patio or Lanai
No matter if you have a large expansive front porch, a small front stoop, a back patio or screened in lanai there’s likely a spot for container gardens. Consider growing fresh herbs or veggies, seasonal flowers and trees for a simple way to add a layer of nature and pop of color to your outdoor spaces.
Turn a Workbench into a Potting Table, an Outdoor Buffet or Drink Station
Several years ago, we bought this workbench to use on our back patio for around $20 from an old warehouse and it’s been one of the best purchases we’ve made so far! It’s been used as an outdoor buffet, a drink station and even a potting table.
I’m sure it was originally meant to be used in a garage or a workshop because of the size. Honestly though, after painting it with white exterior paint it fits right in with our outdoor farmhouse style dining room table and I can’t even imagine using it in our garage.
As we shared above, summer is a great time a great time of year to sit down and carefully consider your home goals. Afterall, you have the added benefit of knowing what has worked well for you these past 6 months and which things you would like to spend time tweaking from now until the end of the year.
You can start with the projects on your list you may have been putting off for a while or simple start with the projects that are currently on your dream list. We hope this list of 17 home décor and diy projects you can complete this summer will help get you started!
What summer projects do you have on your list this year? We love to hear what you guys are planning!