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Spruce up your home for spring in just a weekend
Quick, easy projects that will make a big difference in your space
 
Published Thursday, March 21, 2013
by Brandpoint

Whether itís sprucing up your decor or simply giving your home a good scrubbing, you can get your home in superb shape for spring in

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A coat of brightly-colored paint or a bouquet of freshly picked flowers are a great way to bring the outside in for spring.

just one weekend. Here are a few quick, easy projects that will make a big difference in your space.

 Wash away winter grime

The first step to making your house feel like new is to clean. Use a weekend to focus on three main areas: the kitchen, bathroom and living room.

 In the kitchen, toss expired items from your refrigerator and wipe down the inside with soap and water - donít forget to sweep underneath and give the coils a good dusting, too.

 To get the bathroom in shape, replace dingy shower curtain liners, pitch old toothbrushes and other unwanted items and purchase a new toilet brush.

 To give the living room a good spring cleaning, thoroughly dust light fixtures and blinds. Remove and launder slipcovers on couches or chairs. And while youíre at it, donít forget to replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Time to de-clutter

 Still havenít eaten that candy from Christmas? Itís time to pitch it and everything else thatís simply collecting dust and taking up space.

 Next, move on to cleaning out kitchen cabinets, cluttered closets and that dreaded junk drawer. Who knows what you will find, but youíll definitely feel more relaxed and organized as a result.

 Once youíve gotten rid of the items you no longer need, refresh shelves, drawers and pantries throughout the house by installing shelf liner. Itís an easy and inexpensive task that can give any space, whether itís the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, a new look in a jiffy. Available in a variety of colors and prints, liners are also a great way to add an unexpected pop of color and personality to your shelves and drawers, providing the perfect mix of fashion and function.

Add some accessories

Itís amazing what a few accessories can do. To revive a room without spending a fortune, attach some new trim to your existing drapes or add new shades to your favorite lamps.

Wall decals or stencils are another way to add a personal touch to a room. Highlight your favorite inspirational quote or try an interesting illustration, such as a floral design or a sophisticated chandelier. Stencils and decals are available at local craft stores in numerous shapes and sizes - some are even offered in wall-size shapes, making the project super simple.

You can also bring the season inside with spring flowers in a brightly colored vase or buy a new piece of art to hang as a focal point in your room.

Pull out your paintbrush

 If you want to go for a more dramatic redo - but one thatís still doable in a weekend - pick up some paint.

 The warmer weather means you can keep your windows wide open, making it the ideal time to add a fresh coat of paint to your room.

 For the simplest touch, paint an accent wall instead of redoing the entire room. Pick a vibrant color for some spring cheer or try tackling a decorative painting technique - such as stripes, zigzag chevron or a geometric print - to really make your room feel modern and stylish.

 To make painting a breeze, use a premium painterís tape like FrogTape brand painterís tape (frogtape.com). Its PaintBlock Technology prevents paint bleed, helping to ensure clean, sharp lines. On fresh paint 24 hours old, select the FrogTape Delicate Surface grade for best results.

 To really get in the spring spirit, make painting an excuse to have some fun with friends and family. Take turns helping friends with their painting projects and reward the effort with pizza, ice cream or other treats provided by the host.

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