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Got plans this weekend? Check out these quick summer home renovation ideas

By AYIE LICSI, The Philippine STAR Published Apr 30, 2021 5:40 pm

Summer is finally here but the weather’s not the only thing bringing the heat. There’s another culprit: cabin fever. After two summers under lockdown, you’re probably itching for a change of scenery. But while it’s not yet safe to hit the road or head to the beach, you can still find that fresh new view you’ve been looking for by sprucing up your home.

This season’s the perfect time to get your hands dirty with renovation projects. The weather is perfect for the job because you don’t have to worry about the rain ruining whatever you’re working on. The summer heat can also spark inspiration and ideas for you to makeover your living space and make it look refreshing.

Before you embark on any project, though, consider your free time and budget because some renovations can take weeks or months to complete and these are more costly, too. Not everyone has a lot of free time during the weekdays so what you’ll need are project ideas that you can do over the weekend.

Enhance your entrance

The goal is to make your entrance more inviting. Let’s talk about the front door first: dress it up by giving it a fresh coat of color that will blend well with the vibrant weather and your home’s overall style. If you’ve got more time on your hands, replace the door completely; but if you’re short on time, just elevate your door with new hardware. Finish it off by adding outdoor light fixtures to make it look more welcoming.

Inside, spruce up your entryway by adding a storage area. Do this with a compact table or a wall-mount shelf where you can place drop-zone items like keys, hats, bills, coins, and more within easy reach.

Make your kitchen work for you

When you have more efficient and smarter appliances in the kitchen, your time spent preparing and cooking food can be cut in half. Use that time for more summer bonding moments with the family while the kids aren’t busy with online classes. Most smart appliances are energy-efficient and they look pretty sleek and modern, too.

If the DIY bug bit you hard, you can also try refinishing cabinet handles, replacing your kitchen island surface, and redoing the tiles on your backsplash. Adding a backsplash will prevent water from staining and ruining your walls.

Calla Lily Spray 66CM, P199.75; Serving Bowl, P599.75; Xhantis 4 Seater Bar Set, P22,595, Mason Storage Jar With Lid, P350

Elevate dinnerware

While you’re giving your kitchen a smarter makeover, change up your dinnerware in the process. Even though you’re just having dinner in lockdown at home, you can make summer feasts more fun with stylish plates, mugs, utensils, centerpieces, and mats.

Trudeai 6" Prof Salt Mill Acrylic Empty, P995; Porcelain Sandy Soil Shiny White w Under Glazed Hand Painting Flat Bowl, P359.75; Porchelain Sandy Soil Shiny White w Under Glazed Hand Painting Bowl, P244.75; Porchelain Sandy Soil Shiny White w Under Glazed Hand Painting Round Plate, P499.75; Onaida Spoon Gold, P424.75; Shiny Blue Reactive Glaze w Design Mug, P404.75

Liven up the living room 

There’s more opportunity for family bonding time during the summer. And for this reason, the living room needs to be taken up a notch. One thing you can do is upgrade your entertainment system with smart TVs paired with sound bars. Also, add storage stands or shelves for both decor and convenience.

Your other task, which you can do with your loved ones, is to decorate blank walls or give them a fresh coat of paint. Something bright will be fitting for the season. Decorated walls add character to your home and they don’t even need to come at high costs. Meanwhile, painting your walls will give you that change of scenery you’ve been yearning for. The possibilities are endless! You can choose to paint them different colors, add accents, and more! If you’re up for it, you can also splash on a coat to your ceilings.

Empress 3 Seater Sofa, P47,995/P1,999/24MOS; Uliricii Center Table, P9,595; Bakuang Coil Tray With Handle Big, P1,999.75; 4X6 Photo Frame Black % White, P599.75; Xandra Rocking Chair, P144,795; 17X17 Gray Embossed 2 Tone Throw Pillow Case, P309.75; Princess Bed Bench, P42,995; 18X18 Biege Embro ZigZag Throw Pillow Case, P799.75; Snuggles 60X90 White Flan Bl w Pompoms, P799.75

Open up your workspace

The shining summer sun is a great natural light source. Save up on your electricity bill by creating a workspace next to a bright, open window. Dress up walls with decor like plants, a chic wall clock, and art pieces—anything that radiates good vibes to keep you motivated.

Wall Art 16X20 Wild Birds Hoopoe, P400.75; Wall Art 16X20 Wild Birds Lazuli Bunting, P499.75; 3 Tier Shelves Black, P13,995; Kamille Dining Chair, P13,695

Refresh your bathroom

Roll up those sleeves because renovating your bathroom will take a lot of work. But it will all be worth it as you reap the benefits of your excitingly fresh, refreshed bathroom. Open up this space by replacing your old school medicine cabinet with open or wide shelves.

Tired of a boring look? Look for a unique geometric mirror to give your bathroom extra oomph. And to add more convenience, install new fixtures like towel holders, rods, grab bars, upgraded light switches, and new faucets and shower heads.

Inax Gc-3003vn Echinos 1 pc Toilet w/p, P45,999; Linen n things 27X54 Border 3 Gargoyle Bath Towel, P349.75; Inax Al/Gl-300V L-300 Vessel Basin, P6,699; Inx Fbv-1700r-Drop-in Btub Ocean Fb1700, P36,999; Bath Accessories Set with Black Lines, P364.75; Bamboo Tissue Box Medium, P299.75

Be ready to beat the heat

Get ready for high temperatures this season. Keep your home cool by installing ceiling fans and save up on energy costs from air conditioners while you’re at it. They come in different styles and colors to complement any room.

Consider replacing older appliances, too, with more energy-efficient ones. Some of them might come with a bigger price tag, but in the long run, they save you more money on your electricity bill than cheaper, non-energy efficient options.

Rattan Tray Big, P1,799.75; Rattan Tray Small, P1,399.75; Kimberly Chest of 6 Drawer, P41,995; Planter Medium, P629.75; Abaca Truck Med, P4,499.75; Planter Small, P599.75; Snuggles 60X90 Cream Polar Blankets w Ribbon, P579.75; 17X17 Blue Fern Leaves Canvass Throw Pillow Case, P199.75

Equip yourself for home renovations

Have your home renovation projects lined up for the summer? Get everything you will need for these projects--from tools and tiles to appliances, sanitary wares, kitchenware, and more at AllHome.

At AllHome’s online store, you can scroll through a wide selection of items and materials that you’ll need for building and furnishing. Once you’ve placed your order, expect your purchases to arrive after three to five working days.

AllHome accepts a variety of payment options including bank transfer, GCash, PayMaya, PayPal, and cash on delivery. Those who will visit AllHome can also opt for the pay in store method as well as Park and Shop for quick and easy shopping.

Make your space instagrammable and comfortable this summer. Browse AllHome’s 2021 Summer catalog at bit.ly/AHSummerReadyHome and find more inspiration for your renovation projects. Start shopping now at www.allhome.com.ph.

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