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The 12 Best Cold-Weather DIY Projects to Do

The cold weather may keep you inside, but it doesn't have to slow you down when it comes to home improvement projects. Whether you dream of a large home remodeling project or some small upgrades to your space, here are 12 of the best cold-weather DIY projects to focus on this winter.

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Finish the Attic

If you have the space and the time, tackle that attic remodel you’ve been dreaming about. Turn your space into a playroom, the ultimate man cave, an extra bedroom or just a quiet retreat.

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Give Your Closet a Makeover

Use the weather as an excuse to get your closet organized for good. Build a low-cost custom closet complete with drawers, shelves and a rack for hanging clothes.

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Add Some Color

Goodbye drab, hello fab. Painting is one of the best DIY projects for big impact. Now is the time to update that room with a hot new color. Try a green in your bathroom or add black as a dramatic accent wall in your living room or bedroom.

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Organize the Mudroom

Make messy a thing of the past. There are plenty of ways to organize your mudroom or entryway. This is a good way to repurpose some pieces you may already have and transform them into a great storage solution to keep dirty shoes and all those jackets and bags in order.

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Build a Bookcase

A floor-to-ceiling bookcase will add some class to your living room, office or den. The design can be adjusted to fit your space and style. DIY projects like this become an instant focal point in any room.

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Install a Backsplash

Add a tile backsplash to your kitchen for a new look. Depending on the size of your space and the tile you choose, you may be able to complete this project for a $100 or less.

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Update Your Bathroom

Whether you dream of a total bathroom renovation or just a new vanity, there are plenty of DIY bathroom remodeling projects you can tackle during the colder months. Retiling the shower, upgrading the sink or even just replacing the faucet will add new life to the room.

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Tackle Flooring

That living room carpet lived a good life, but perhaps it’s time for an upgrade. Cold weather is the best time to tackle flooring projects, such as laying tile, installing hardwood or replacing the laminate.


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Declutter and Reorganize

Probably every room in the house could use a little decluttering and reorganizing. Try organizing your basement workbench, add some shelving to your laundry room or get rid of all those old paper files you no longer need in your home office.

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Start Your Garden

Get a head start on the growing season by starting your plants indoors. Set aside some space and grab some clean containers and seed packets—your garden will thank you come spring.

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Sort Through Old Photos

Go through all those old photographs you’ve been shoving away in the closet and get them organized. Pick out some favorites to put in frames and hang in a gallery wall. DIY projects like this are so satisfying to check off of your to-do list.

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Rethink Your Kitchen Organization

Now’s a good time to go through your pantry, cabinets and drawers to toss anything that’s expired and needs to be replaced. Try adding some cabinet rollouts for more storage space.

Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.