Well, since it is STILL cold around here this week, I STILL can’t get outside and clean up the flower beds or rake up the broken branches and brittle brown leaves that blew into our yard over the winter. Yesterday it was raining, snowing, and windy, but today at least the sun is kind of shining, peeking out between the clouds. It’s not nearly as dreary and gloomy as it has been, but it is STILL really cold. So I decided to make a few plans for bringing a bit of springtime inside if I can’t go outside quite yet!
We have a couple more rooms to paint this spring, and we want to replace the flooring in the dining room and the girls’ bedrooms, but we’ve made enough progress on our home update this past year that I’m finally feeling like I can start adding some of the final touches with seasonal decor and family photos. Since I’m SO ready for spring to arrive (well, it has actually “arrived” but it sure doesn’t feel like it!), I thought it might make me feel better if I create a bit of my own fresh air and sunshine with a few DIY spring home decor projects. Here are a few that I found as I was searching for a few new ideas to keep me creatively and domestically busy while I’m waiting to get outside in my gardens.
I’ve seen these colorful colanders and thought about how cute they are and how I could use them in our kitchen . . . . but this is even better! I’m not thinking I would use them as hanging planters, but I want to set a few potted plants outside our kitchen door and this would be a perfect way to display them. I could even use old colanders that I could pick up at the thrift store and spray paint them. Just too cute! Now I’m really getting inspired to get outside as soon as the weather warms up a bit!
We painted our pantry closet this past autumn, along with lots of other painting projects we had to do after our laundry room flooded in October, and even though we also painted the louvered doors (so the really do look much better than they did!) they are still rather wobbly on the tracks at the top so I was thinking of replacing them soon. I don’t know how much it would cost to buy a couple of these charming screen porch doors, but it really would look great on our freshly painted pantry cupboard!
With all of the old books we have around here I’m sure I could come up with a few book bundles, tied up with ribbon and lace, to bring a bit of springtime joy to our home. I’ve also seen old books that have been painted and stacked and tied up with ribbons. They are really quite elegant and quaint, and add a touch of charm to a room. Guess I better find the really old ones that will probably never be read again and start painting the covers! The rest, the ones that we might actually read again someday, could still be stacked and wrapped and embellished.
While trying to think “outside the box” (or perhaps “outside the wreath”) when coming up with fun, creative ideas for our front door, I came across this idea. I’ve seen all kinds of things used for seasonal door decor including rain boots, a green garden hose wrapped in a circle and tied with ribbon, a bushel basket of faux apples, and a few other interesting objects. This green polka dot umbrella with the white and yellow daisies, all wrapped up with a bright yellow ribbon is quite cheerful, don’t you think?
Just inside our door off the deck is our entry way. We have a closet that we have removed the doors and painted the inside so it is bright and cheerful. There’s a bench in there now (which actually is much prettier, in my opinion, than this one!) so all I would need to do is swap out the pillows for this type of summery theme, add a few vintage books, flower pots, and rusty old wash tub or colander, and voila! I’ve recreated this adorable little corner of coziness in our home!
Here’s one more idea for creating springtime charm and nostalgia on our front door. A rusty old watering can filled with beautiful colorful blooms and foliage and then embellished with a lovely blue bow makes a delightful door decor. I think I’ll go looking for an old watering can at the local antique shop that is just down the road from our house and see what I can find. A few silk flowers and greens from Hobby Lobby, wrap it all up with a pretty bow and I’ll be all set with a sweet spring welcome on our door.
I had an herb garden for many years when we lived in Michigan. We had plenty of room in our back yard for a raised garden where I could devote a couple of boxes just to my herbs. I even won the blue ribbon at the local 4H fair a few years with my entry in the herb collection category. Of course, that was because I was the only person, at that time, who actually grew herbs in the garden, so I was the only entry in that category! Still, I loved the way the herb garden looked and smelled, even if I didn’t always know exactly what to do with the various plants. Here’s an idea for creating a small, container herb garden . . . which is what I think I’ll be doing with most of my growing things this summer. Container gardening is much less work and easier to take care of than a great big garden that I used to plant. So when I came across this idea, I decided to add it to my collection today. It gives me hope that it really will eventually warm up and I can get outside.
Until then, I’ll work on inside projects and keep planning and dreaming of a beautiful spring day, filled with fresh air and sunshine, when I’ll be able to work on some of those outside projects, too. What are you doing this spring? Do you like to do spring cleaning and decorate your home and garden with fresh new decor? I would love to hear your ideas of how you bring springtime into your life. Hope to hear from you soon!