3 Simple Projects to Get Your Home Ready for Summer

HomeAdvisorSeptember 13, 2018

For some, summer and home improvement projects go hand in hand. The weather’s nice and many of us have some vacation time to work with. But not all summertime upgrades need to be extensive. You can add charm and utility to your home with these three simple DIY hacks:

1. Create a Window Box Planter

There’s no better time than summer to bring the natural beauty of flowers inside your home. Sure, you can always pick up a bunch of fresh flowers and use little bud vases. But why not get a little more creative and decorative? Here’s how to make an indoor window box planter in one day.

  1. Find a window in your home that gets ample sunlight.
  2. Cut a section of aluminum gutter to length.
  3. Drill little holes for proper drainage.
  4. Attach the gutter to the frame of the window with wood screws.
  5. Seal the holes with silicone caulk.

Voila! Now you can make your favorite plants or summer flowers a permanent part of your home.

2. Give Your Home’s Exterior a Bath

Power washing (or pressure washing, as some call it) is important to do before repainting a home’s exterior if you want a coat of paint to last. Even if you have no interest in repainting, giving your home a thorough cleaning can transform how it looks for the better. This is another project you can tackle without the help of a professional. Just follow these steps:

  1. Rent a pressure washer best suited for the housing material you’re washing (Find out how many pounds per square inch of pressure you should use to avoid causing any damage).
  2. Cover light fixtures, plants, and shrubs with drop cloths.
  3. If your washer has a detergent dispenser, add one pound of non-phosphate cleaner for every four gallons of water.
  4. Hold the nozzle with both hands a few feet away from the wall before you start spraying. Then slowly move closer until you can tell the spray is strong enough to remove dirt, but not strong enough to cause damage.
  5. Start up high, spraying under-hangs and gutters from side to side, then work your way down.
  6. When you’re all done, rinse your home with a garden hose – again, moving from top to bottom.

After removing years of dirt, mildew and mold build-up, your home just might look brand new!

3. Add Traction to Decks and Patios

Painting your deck is a great way to freshen up your outdoor living space. You can even add some sand to the mix to help prevent slips and falls. After you buy your paint, pick up some “play sand” at any home improvement store (or order some online) and follow these steps:

  1. Scrape away any peeling paint from the area you’re refinishing.
  2. Sand the surface and wash it down.
  3. After the area is totally dry, add one cup of play sand to every four cups of paint you plan to use.
  4. Apply the sand-paint combination and let it dry.
  5. After the first coat is completely dry, apply a second coat of just paint.

The second coat should hide the sand to an extent, but you’ll still probably notice some dark specks. If you’d prefer a less noticeable alternative to sand, use clear plastic grit instead.

Keep It Simple

Improving the look of your home this summer doesn’t have to be costly or complicated. All it takes is a little elbow grease to have your home looking fantastic for summertime gatherings. Best of all, you don’t need to have advanced home improvement knowledge to complete any of these tasks!

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