Prepping for spring for under $10.00 is the topic of today’s post. We will help you get your home out of the winter doldrums.
Hello, everyone. We are home from the Philippines, and I am exhausted but happy to be home safe. Getting back took 31 hours, and the jet lag coming from that part of the world is real. When you were having your evening meal, I was having breakfast. You can imagine how my body is revolting!!! Needless to say, not much has been accomplished chez moi today. I did manage to unpack, do laundry, make an apple pie, and some applesauce. Spring really isn’t that far away, and we have a post today about prepping for spring for under $10.00. If your home is looking or feeling a little dull about now, doing some of these tips might give it a pick-me-up. We have included links to some products that will help you meet that goal. I love writing a post like this and reading posts like this, too. We hope you find some good tips to get your home read for spring.
Buy some lemons.
Lemons say spring to me. I think it might be because my mother always made lemon meringue pies in the spring. A bowl full of lemons certainly will brighten up any table, and make your room look ready for spring. You can mix in faux ones with real ones like I did here, or you can use all faux lemons. It’s hard to tell the difference. You can buy 20 faux lemons with good reviews for $12.99 here.
Art doesn’t have to be art. Use creative things for an outside of the box look. For instance, I have framed sheet music from World War I hanging in our mud room. We have some framed antique keys hanging in the family room. Change a mat for a simple update. There are lots of things that can become art just by putting them in frames.
Wash your windows, mirrors, and light bulbs.
Mix up some vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and start spraying. You never realize that there’s a film of winter grime on your windows, mirrors, and light bulbs until you wash it away. This simple little task will make a big difference in the way your rooms look in the daytime and at night.
Buy some new hand towels.
This is an easy way to freshen up your powder room or bath room for spring. They can be a simple white or something more colorful. You can probably buy two, maybe three, hand towels for under ten bucks when they’re on sale.
Stencil a wall or a room.
Many stencils sell for under $10.00, and the paint you need goes on sale for under $1.00. Stencils are forgiving. If you mess up a little, it doesn’t really show up when the whole wall is finished, and with a small investment of your time, the results will look like you spent hundreds on new wallpaper.
Change the pulls on a piece of furniture.
If a piece of your furniture is looking tired, why not change the hardware? I bought this piece at my favorite consignment shop and have it in the dining room. I had it painted and added the cutest pulls that changed its look considerably. It’s always fun to change the personality of a piece just by changing the knobs. Can you see Mike working away there in his office?
Use bandannas or dish towels as napkins.
Bandannas usually cost around one dollar each, and dish towels are a few dollars more. Both make great napkins. You can pick out some in cheery spring colors to brighten up your table. I have this pack of 15 French style dish cloths, and they were around one dollar each. They wash up very well and don’t have to be ironed.
Just because a piece was born to be one thing doesn’t mean it can’t morph into something else. Take this old ladder, for instance. It makes the perfect end table on our porch. It is the right size for holding a drink, and it’s a perfect example of thinking out of the box. Look around your home, and see if you can repurpose something.
Change the pillows.
You didn’t think we could write a post about prepping for spring without mentioning pillows, did you? There are plenty of well-made pillow tops online for under $10.00. I found this six-pack of spring pillow covers for under $20.00. That’s less than five dollars each, and they have great reviews. I cannot make a pillow cover for that price – even when I am using a fabric remnant.
Use post cards as seasonal art.
I love post cards – both old ones and new ones. You will find framed post cards throughout our home. I love changing them on a regular basis. If you ever visit museums, be sure to check out the post card selection in the gift shop. That’s where most of my new post cards have come from. When the seasons change or when my mood changes, I pull out my post card box, and change the look in a flash. Here is a box of 100 botanical post cards from the New York Botanical Garden for just $15.50. Now, that’s a deal!
We hope you got at least one new idea here for prepping your home for spring. We would love to hear your suggestions. Let’s get a little idea sharing started here.
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