I’m a DIY Expert – nine cheap ways to refresh your home for summer that you can do in an hour

WITH sunshine sweeping across the land, it’s the perfect time to get your home ready for summer.

And one handyman proved that you don’t have to spend thousands on an interior makeover.

Lindsey Davis shared her top DIY tips for cheap ways to update your home for summer that you can do in an hour

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Lindsey Davis shared her top DIY tips for cheap ways to update your home for summer that you can do in an hourPhoto credit: Getty
The DIY expert recommends replacing your window decorations and painting your patio

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The DIY expert recommends replacing your window decorations and painting your patioCredit: Lindsey Davis

Speaking to Fabulous, www.Realhomes.com Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Davis shares her top DIY tips for modernizing your home for summer on a budget.

And maybe the best? They can all be done in under an hour.

1. Swap out your window displays

Lindsey notes that swapping out your window displays can have an incredible impact on your interior.

And that, according to the expert, in no time at all!

“Heavy curtains for colder weather can be swapped out for light and airy voiles,” she says.

“This may not be appropriate for a bedroom where you want window decoration that blocks the light, but you could swap out your drapes for a blackout blind paired with summer drapes.”

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She adds: “Blinds, which you can cut to size, don’t take long to fit and can be picked up at most hardware and decoration stores on High Street.”

2. Paint your patio

If you have ugly old panels that don’t really go together, Lindsey advises refreshing them with some masonry or concrete paint.

“Once they’re cleaned, painted, and dried, you can apply a pattern to make them look like Spanish tiles, or even terrazzo if you have a little more time,” she adds.

3. Try peel and stick wallpapers

Lindsey says that one of the easiest ways to give your home a summery update is to opt for peel and stick wallpaper.

“There are so many available now and since it’s so easy to put on and take off, it doesn’t matter if you don’t get it quite right,” she explains.

“Try it in an alcove to define a space, or in an open media unit for a pattern swatch.”

4. Freehand a feature wall

For those with an artistic eye, Lindsey recommends buying a test pot and sponge and getting creative with a clear wall.

“If there’s a plain wall in your house that needs a little lift, choose a contrasting color and turn your sponge into a stamp,” she says.

Heavy curtains for colder weather can be exchanged for light and airy voiles

Lindsey DavisDIY expert

She adds, “You could cut it into a small circle for polka dots, or cut ridges out of it to create a repeatable geometric pattern.”

Periodically dab across your wall (use masking tape as a guide if needed) for a super quick and fun update.

5. Add open shelves to display your favorite things

The DIY expert says that hanging a shelf comes naturally to most DIYers, and with the right tools you can put together a small shelf or two in an hour.

She adds, “This creates much-needed storage space and is a great way to display your favorite kitchen essentials or anything else that could serve as decoration.”

You can then style that seasonally.”

6. Spray finds from the charity shop and existing accessories for a unified system

Lindsey says you can create a truly put together look with second hand items and any decor you already have by making them all look more alike.

“Just use a spray primer, let it dry, and then coat all your items the same color,” she advises.

“If you’re feeling a little more confident, you can use a few shades of this color for some variety, but this is a great way to create a scheme with old picture frames, candle holders, and anything else that doesn’t quite match.”

7. Replace handles on cabinets and drawers

The DIY expert also recommends giving old-fashioned cabinet handles a modern update.

If there’s a plain wall in your house that needs a little lift, choose a contrasting color and turn your sponge into a stamp

Lindsey DavisDIY expert

“The smallest details can make all the difference,” she says. “You can buy really nice doorknobs and pulls on Etsy in a range of designs and swap out your existing hardware for a new look.”

8. Create your own artwork

“Art is subjective, so whatever you love to look at deserves a place on your walls,” explains Lindsey.

“Frame your children’s most treasured creations in matching frames for a very personal gallery wall, or even let the whole family create a canvas together – maybe your little ones will be the next Jackson Pollock?”

9. Turn loved items into wall art

Lindsey suggests that you can turn sentimental items, even if they’re not stunning to look at, into wonderful wall art by mounting them in a box frame.

She gives a few examples, like a movie ticket from a first date, baby’s first shoes, or even a piece of jewelry your grandma gave you on vacation.

“These are the frames that have a big gap between the back and the glass, so you can fill them with items that mean something to you,” she explains.

“Use pins, museum gel, or glue to hold them in place.”

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