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Summertime is a great time to work on those DIY projects you pinned to your Pinterest page and never actually attempted. Maybe your “Pin-spirations” seemed too complicated or you simply didn’t have the time – either way, we’ve picked three of our favorite DIY ideas for summer that are sure to spruce up your space and all they require is a little creativity (and a trip to the hardware store). Get the paint smock ready!
DIY Idea #1 – Create a Rain Gutter Reading Corner
This is a great way to create a reading corner that’s fun for the kids but functional for mom and dad. Simply purchase vinyl rain gutters at your local Home Depot and arrange them the way you like. For a perfect fit in the corners, you may want to purchase some Inside Mitre pieces. Use a level to make sure they’re straight and voila!
A reading corner that features a unique way to display your books and a handy storage solution. The gutters will look great and are sturdy enough to hold tons of books and stuffed critters too.
DIY Idea #2 – Spruce Up Your Filing Cabinet with Chalkboard Paint
Give your old filing cabinet a makeover! Purchase chalkboard paint at your local Home Depot and create a whole new look. Whether you paint the sides or just the front so you can label the drawers, chalkboard paint can turn a dingy filing cabinet into a hip piece of office furniture. A 30-oz. can costs about $10 and can cover your filing cabinet and more. Chalkboard paint creates a usable chalkboard on surfaces including wood, metal, concrete, masonry and drywall. Use the extra paint to make a chalkboard in the kid’s room and see how excited they get when you tell them it’s okay to draw on that part of the wall! Chalkboard painted areas erase easily and can be cleaned with soap and water.
DIY Idea #3 – Creative Storage Solutions for Kitchen & Bathroom Products
It’s hard to stay clean when things don’t have a “place.” Create a place for everything this summer so that even the kids know where to put things away. An inexpensive way to create storage in the kitchen or bathroom is with desk organizers. Wire desk organizers come in all different shapes and sizes and the holes in them make them easy to hang with just a few thumb tacks that won’t cause damage to your cabinets. Measure your cabinet doors and then take a trip to your local office supply store or Home Goods where you can find tons of discount office and kitchen items. The desk organizer in this photo is perfect for kitchen wraps and foil but could also work well in the bathroom for curling irons, straighteners, etc.