The second wave of coronavirus that has plagued the world since last year has been in full swing. Countries across the world are going back into lockdown and returning to quarantine rules. This means that people around the globe are stuck in their homes and apartments, unable to go outside.
After work and household chores, you will have a lot of time on your hands and nothing to do. This can lead to people feeling like they’re losing their sanity from being locked inside. As they say, idle hands are the devil’s workshop! Instead, why not try and give your home a chic, easy upgrade? Let’s find out what you can do.
A great way to upgrade your home and add a dash of elegance is to start a garden you can eat from. Kitchen gardens have gained popularity in recent years as everyone scrambles to save whatever little they can from their budget. While a kitchen garden probably won’t make a dent in your bills, they are a great way to supplement your diet with organic, fresh options.
Depending on the space you have available, and the time you can give this project, it can be as big as your imagination allows. Starting a herb garden in recycled containers is an excellent way to dip your toes in the world of gardening. Since most herbs are weeds, this is an easy way to start and give you dividends quickly.
If you live in your own house, consider changing up your look and painting your walls. If you look online, there are excellent guides on what equipment you will need to get started. Keep the size of the room in mind when you begin to decide what you want to paint. Colours affect our mood and our perception of the space.
Dark colours make a room look smaller, while light colours make it look bigger. If you have a smaller space but like dark colours, consider making one wall an accent wall. This means this wall would be a stark contrast to the others. For example, you can have polished plaster colours on three walls while using a matte navy blue on the fourth.
Many people might be intimidated by the thought of changing your entire flooring. Changing your floor is usually left to professionals. However, there are three easier ways to go about this that are easy to install and take off. These won’t damage your existing floors. However, if you have expensive flooring now, like hardwood floors, we would recommend going to a professional.
If you have cheaper flooring in your home or live in a rental, you have three options. You can install cork floors, you can paint over your existing floor, and you can also use wallpaper. Cork floors can come configured to fit together like jigsaw pieces, so they are easy to install and great options for cold places as they are excellent insulation. You can buy paint at your local hardware store. If you choose to use wallpaper, remember to choose a durable and waterproof one.
Wooden furniture and accents get worn down over time. The varnish degrades and erodes, leaving your wood looking old and frumpy. If you want to do a quick weekend project, you can refinish and reseal all the wooden parts of your house. This means any wooden furniture, stairs, handrails, porch – everything.
Depending on how much time and effort you want to spend, you can quickly go over these with varnish, or you can strip it down and give it a new coating of protective material. If you’re re-staining wood, you can consider a colour change from dark to light or vice-versa. This would showcase your work more starkly and update the look of the spaces more effectively.
If you’re looking for an oddly but intensely satisfying upgrade experience, you don’t have to look further than power washing. Power washing is the act of cleaning a space or object using a high-presser washer. It is generally used on hard surfaces like concrete and brick. However, some machines come with an upholstery attachment that you can use on soft toys and cushions.
Power washing is hugely satisfying to watch as there is a very high contrast between the before and after pictures. The process itself looks satisfying, as well as you can see how much dirt you get off immediately. You can buy power washers online or at your local store. Who knows, you might end up discovering you’re an artist!