I love spring. When you live in Chicago, spring is the beginning
of many things: fresh air, open windows, long walks, days in the
park, birds chirping and my favorite -- home projects.
After being stuck inside for months, you begin to notice the
many issues your home has. For instance, the drab paint color that
hasn't been updated in, oh I don't know, two years. Or the cracks
on the ceiling, or the broken porch screens or the dusty ceiling
light fixtures. The list is endless.
Well, at least for me, the list is endless. I know many
homeowners wait for warmer temps to begin home projects. We wait
because we simply want to be able to open the windows or maybe you
need to do the projects outside because of paint fumes. Regardless,
my local Benjamin Moore store gets excited when Chicago temps hit
41 degrees because that means their shop gets busy again. It was no
different when I recently headed in and saw a line of contractors
ready to check out, a handful of soon-to-be mommies staring at
color chips and some DIY'ers picking out new brushes.
Ah, that is the look of spring in Chicago!
Anyhoo, it is no different for me. Every spring I have a MASSIVE
list of home projects to be accomplished. As I was looking over the
list, I realized that there are some home improvement plans every
homeowner, or at least every Chicagoan, should consider this and/or
Paint is the best way to freshen up any space. Whether it is an
accent wall or entire room, open up some windows and take on a
paint project. Every spring I also do "touch up" paint throughout
the house. Patch and paint corners, holes on walls and
Caulk is a homeowner's best friend. After those long winters
there is cracking or separating between crown mouldings. Make sure
you look up and simply caulk those areas. Caulk around door frames
and built-ins, too. Since you have the caulk out, go ahead and head
into the bathroom to caulk around toilets, showers and sinks.
Since you might be on a ladder caulking, grab a Swiffer and
swiffer those ceilings. No joke, every spring I grab a Swiffer and
wipe the walls and ceilings. You would be amazed at how dusty the
walls and ceilings actually get. Try it out and you will see.
This is my go to for anything wood. Grab a bottle in your stain
of choice and an old rag. Then shine up those wood pieces. From
dining tables to chairs, give your furniture some good
Your wood pieces need a little juice after a long winter. Grab
some all natural wood lemon oil and restore some juice into their
lives. They will soak it up and thank you later.
This is something my Papi Leo taught me via my mom. Nothing like
WD-40. Spray it in all the squeaking doors. From a front door to
your bedroom door. I spray a little on all the windows as well, so
that they slide easier after a winter of being closed up. Also, if
you have a dining table that has extensions, spray some into the
springs. Everything needs a little juice so that it will continue
to function properly.
If you are not painting your baseboards this spring (I try to
paint my baseboards every three years), then grab a wet rag and
wipe them all down. These also collect dirt and dust. If needed, do
some touch ups along the way.
We all have them throughout the home. From vases to knick knacks
and decor accessories. Grab every piece of glassware or ceramic
ware throughout your house and take them into the kitchen. Go ahead
and place them in the dishwasher. Give them a good old wash down.
We all wipe them down when cleaning our home, but you will be
amazed to see how much they actually shine after a good old
If you have wood cabinets use some lemon oil to give them a
happy face. Take everything out and wipe down the insides as well.
And don't forget to spray a little WD-40 on hinges.
We Swiffer and we mop, but do we really scrub? I mean down on
our knees with a toothbrush. Grab a bucket and floor brush and give
your tiles some attention.
Do you have slipcover furniture or throw pillows? Remove the
slipcovers and the pillows covers and throw them in the wash. If
you cannot remove the pillow covers, take them to a local dry
cleaners and have them washed for you. Trust me, you will be
Well, those are my top 10 spring home improvement tips, what are
Born and raised in Chicago and it's northern suburb, Cecilia is a traveling hockey/soccer momma, a business owner and a crazed Thrifty Home D.I.Y blogging fanatic documenting it all as her alter ego on homewithkeki.blogspot.com.
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