10 Indoor DIY Projects for Nasty Weather Days
Don't let nasty weather slow down your home improvement projects. Whether it's rain, snow, extreme cold or heat keeping you inside, here are 10 indoor DIY projects to tackle on bad weather days.
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Update Cabinet Hardware
Give your kitchen or bathroom a simple and affordable update with new cabinet hardware. Once you select your new hardware, you’ll just need a screwdriver to remove the old hardware and install the new pieces and give your space a new look. Before you begin this project, be sure to read these tips and tricks for perfect cabinet hardware installation from the Family Handyman pros.
Clean Out the Dryer Vent
When was the last time you cleaned out your clothes dryer’s vent? Lint can build up and not only create a fire hazard, but it can prevent your dryer from drying clothes as quickly and efficiently as it should. You’ll need to move your dryer away from the wall, unplug it, disconnect the duct work and vacuum and/or brush out the duct.
Clean Rugs and Carpet
Since you’re stuck inside, move your furniture out of the way and give your carpet or rugs a good cleaning. If you don’t have a carpet cleaner, many home improvement stores offer them for rent. You can easily get three rooms done in a day.
Clean or Replace Your Showerhead
Over time, calcium deposits can build up in your showerhead and you may notice lower water pressure. To clean your showerhead, remove it and soak it in vinegar for eight hours before reinstalling it. Or, if you think it’s time for a new showerhead, once you select out one you like, you can generally replace the old one in less than 30 minutes.
Install a Closet Organizer
You can have a drool-worthy closet without spending a fortune. On a nasty weather day, take some time to clean out items you no longer need and install a wire shelving unit to increase your storage space. These systems are affordable and can usually be installed with a drill, level and other basic tools. This closet storage system doesn’t require any cutting and has expanding shelves that adjust to add 22 feet of shelving space and 12 feet of hanging space.
Swap Switch-Plate Covers
Do you have switch-plate covers of various colors around your home that need a bit of updating? Take a couple hours to replace them. Switch plate covers come in a variety of colors and designs, including bright white, wood, brass and some with fun graphics, including this galaxy plate.
Create a Wallpaper Accent Wall
While you may not have time to do an entire room with wallpaper, creating an accent wall is a great indoor DIY project for nasty weather days. Pre-pasted wallpaper is a good option since you don’t have to buy paste or a special applicator brush to get it to stick to your wall. If you want an even easier project that, consider these peel-and-stick wallpaper.
Install Kitchen Rollouts
Rollouts are a simple and affordable way to upgrade your kitchen storage because they help give you a bit more usable storage space in your cabinets. If you don’t want to make the rollouts yourself, you can find them at most home improvement stores and online. You’ll just have to measure to get the right width. These cabinet rollouts hold up to 100 pounds and can be installed with just four screws.