If you’re anything like us, you’re counting down the days until summer officially hits the USA!
The good news is that summer is just a couple of weeks out. The bad news is that your kids are going to have a ton of time off, and you’re going to have to keep them entertained.
What are you going to do?
While there are a lot of activities that you can coordinate for your family this summer, doing things that revolve around DIY home ideas are some of the most productive and rewarding tasks that you can tackle.
Not sure which home improvement projects to start with? Below, we list off some suggestions that your family will love.
1. Wallpaper Your Rec Room
Putting up a fresh sheet of wallpaper is a special experience that kids will absolutely love. The process can be creative, messy and when complete, a new sheet of wallpaper can completely transform the look of your room.
To keep the stakes low while wallpapering, we recommend that you focus this DIY home idea favorite on a room that’s built for fun, like a game or recreation room.
Take the whole family down to a hardware store, pick out a fun paper design that everybody loves, spend the day putting it up and then spend the night having fun in your fresh new space!
2. Install Smart Bulbs
If you’ve never experienced turning on and off your lights with your voice, you haven’t lived yet.
Products like Hue by Phillips are light bulbs that can change colors/shades and can be controlled by your smartphone or at-home assistant, such as Alexa or Google Home.
Installing smart bulbs only takes a few minutes. The amount of fun that you and your family can have with them afterward, though, will go on for a very long time.
3. Improve Your Landscaping
Kids love to get dirty and work in the yard. Take advantage of those natural instincts!
Plan a front or backyard landscaping project.
Projects can be as simple as mowing the lawn or as complicated as installing a Koi Fish pond.
Whatever you choose to do, just make sure that you’re prepared to delegate some tasks to your kids so that they feel like they’re contributing to making their yard shine!
4. Build a Backyard Playground
There are few DIY home ideas as exciting to kids as having a playground in their backyard. If you’re up to the task and have a little bit of money to spend, then this makes for the perfect summer activity to tackle.
You could go to a big box store and buy swing sets or jungle gyms to assemble.
Alternatively, if you’re crafty, you could construct your own playground equipment with materials that you pick up from the hardware store. Building breathtaking sandboxes or digging out mini swimming pools could both be fun options.
5. Upgrade Your Bathtub
Dirty bathtubs not only look unsightly, but they also make getting clean an uncomfortable experience. To make your bathtub sparkle again, all you need is some time and a little bit of elbow grease.
Put your kids to work scrubbing down the family tub. Then, call a drain cleaning service to hose out the years worth of junk that has built up beneath your tub.
Finally, to tie your effort off, install a new shower head!
6. Shampoo Your Rug
This might not sound like a fun DIY home suggestion to you. To your kids though, pushing and pulling around a giant, loud carpet cleaner can be a blast!
Simply walk into your local grocery or hardware store and rent out one of their Rug Doctor machines. Then, show your kids how to use the device and set them loose.
Once your carpet is squeaky clean, set up some board games on your fresh rug and spend the night playing.
7. Create a Chalk Wall
Do you have some creative family members that would love to tag up a wall in your house without getting in trouble? If you do, a chalk wall could be a fun project that could stoke their creative nature and save you from needing to scrub art projects off of non-chalk walls.
Putting in a chalk wall is just about the easiest DIY home idea that you can run with.
All you have to do is buy chalk wall paint, put it over your existing wall’s coat and let it dry.
Just like that, your whole family will have a giant easel that they can play around with.
8. Paint Your Front Door
The first thing that people see when they walk up to your house is your front door. Since first impressions are everything, your front door should embody a little bit of your personality.
Have a family meeting and collectively decide on what color your front door should be. Once you’ve landed on a color, pick up your paint and have the whole family work to make the front of your house a little homier!
Wrapping Up Our Affordable DIY Home Ideas
Summer can be a boring period of time for families if there aren’t activities to tackle. To make sure that your kids spend more time with you then they do with their digital devices, we recommend implementing the DIY home ideas that we’ve laid out for you.
Each of them will provide ample hours of stimulation and fun.
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