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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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