Spring is finally here and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate! From the warming weather to the blooming greenery—we love everything about this season. And, because the days are lengthening, it’s the perfect opportunity to tackle a few home projects.
To get you in the spring spirit, we rounded up some of our favorite seasonal DIYs and home projects from Michigan bloggers. Whether you’re looking to DIY a garden shed or organize your junk drawer for the first time in five years, these Mitten State bloggers are here to help!
DIY Decor + Inspiration
If you’re a lover of “country” decor—this fake outhouse-turned-garden-shed project from Andrea Dekker is for you! Not only does it add a quaint touch to your backyard, it also gives you a handy spot to house all of your shovels, rakes, hoses and other gardening gear until you need it. All you’ll need is a few 2”x4”s, some treated plywood, barn wood, corrugated steel and some hinges. Excuse us while we go and try to find some rustic barn wood for this adorable project!
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Whether you want to show off some souvenirs from the places you’ve traveled, kids’ school pictures, spring goals or just want a place to put your junk mail—this corkboard wall from Just a Girl is a spectacular spring project for you. Just find an empty wall somewhere in your space—it can be in your kitchen, office, living room, bedroom or even your entryway—and secure a sheet of cork with strong adhesive. Voilà! You have a wall-sized cork board to display anything and everything you want.
A well-decorated entryway is a great way to make a good first impression on guests—and to make you feel happy at the end of a long day. Spruce your entryway up with this table inspiration from Liz Marie! Just take an entry half table (or make one yourself!) and decorate it with your favorite flowers, pictures or knick-knacks to create a pleasing centerpiece. Finish it all off with a mirror, because it’ll make the space look bigger and help pull everything together.
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Spring means gardening! Get a head start on your seasonal garden by creating these raised garden beds from Kristin Jones. All you’ll need is some wood, galvanized screws, a measuring tape, a pencil, a drill and a circular saw. Create as many boxes as you want and set them up in your backyard to create your dream garden escape!
For some reason, spring and brunch go hand in hand in our minds, so it’s no surprise that we’ve included this adorable breakfast nook table from The Lily Pad Cottage on our list! If you’re looking to add a cozy breakfast nook space to your kitchen this season, this table is the perfect inspiration. While Kelly doesn’t include DIY instructions on how to build the actual table, she does give you great tips on how to paint furniture. So pick up a cheap one from Amazon, get one delivered from a local furniture store or use one you already have and learn how to customize it right here.
We love changing up our front porch decorations with each season! Pumpkins on the steps during fall, sparkling lights through the winter and flourishing greenery in the spring make a porch feel welcoming, cozy and makes a great impression on your neighbors. For some inspiration, check out this post from Liz Marie! She took some large buckets and planted low-maintenance ferns to help fill out the space—creating a colorful country porch that we would love to visit!
Spring Home & Garden Projects
An “organized junk drawer” is a classic oxymoron. Isn’t it supposed to be messy? But when it comes to scouring that hard-to-close drawer for a rubber band, special highlighter, extra headphones and other random knick-knacks—if it’s organized, it makes your life so much easier. Chris from Just a Girl outlines easy steps, organization tools and junk drawer essentials so you can cross one messy spot off your list this spring.
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There’s nothing like a good deep clean to help kick off the season right! Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to get to all of those forgotten nooks and crannies that you don’t regularly touch during your normal cleaning routine. We’re talking the very tops of your shelves, your pantry and in between your washer and dryer. For more reminders of spots to include on your spring cleaning checklist, visit The Fresh Exchange for a list of places you often forget.
Andrea Dekker is basically the queen of simplified living—it is the driving force behind her entire blog after all—so there’s no better person to help you purge unwanted clutter this season than her! Her list of “20 Things You Should Purge in 2020” will help you clean out your closet, cabinets and drawers, so you can focus on the things that matter this year.
Like we said earlier, spring means gardening! But the hardest part about actually starting a garden is figuring out where to start. Luckily, Megan from The Fresh Exchange has a whole guide on how to buy seeds for your garden and what to use for indoor starts. From the companies she buys from to seed starting essentials—Megan will walk you through the entire process and you’ll be up to your ears in fresh produce in no time!
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Garage doors are one of those accents that we either totally forget about or find way too intimidating to tackle. But really all you need is a fresh coat of paint, some accent hardware and a little elbow grease to make them beautiful again. Just check out this amazing before and after from The Lily Pad Cottage!
If you live in a smaller home or an apartment, there are still plenty of ways to spruce it up for spring! We’ve found that light, bright colors like pure white or beige can actually make a space feel bigger and homier. Kristin Jones also recommends adding greenery, a lighter rug and glass to the area to brighten it up. Read more and get some inspiration on how to do it yourself here.
Which one will you tackle first?
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