People spend these rare days off in different ways, whether it’s spending the day with the kids, catching up with your TV shows or simply doing nothing. But whatever you plan on doing, make sure you make the most of it by doing something productive and useful. When it comes to home improvement, majority of us want it all. We’ve brought you a few ideas you could do to maximise your time and effort in improving your home.
If it’s a nice day where you’re able to sit in the garden most of the morning and afternoon, this is a good chance for you to clip your weeds or start planting new flowers ready for the summer. At the same time, getting some fresh air doesn’t hurt either so take this opportunity to be outside as much as you can whilst tidying up your garden or to lie outside to read a book or enjoy a cool beverage.
Being in the garage gives you access to all sorts of odds and ends with lots of space so it’s a good place to be if you want to fix or make things. Making or fixing new things can be fairly messy especially if it involves gluing, painting, sawing or drilling so it’s always convenient to be prepared to minimise this chaos. Having a pan and brush and a large bin bag will be helpful to sweep up excess and unwanted waste as soon as you’ve finished doing your job. As well, having wipes nearby will help you quickly wipe up or clean those spillages/accidents without you having to run to find something to mop it up. Specialty wipes for tools and equipment are also suitable to clean and wipe down your tools once you’re done them to help maintain its usage and longevity. Also remember to wipe your hands before you go back in to the house so you don’t leave black finger marks on the walls… So next time you’re at the hardware store, don’t forget to pick up a pack of these.
Have you ever wandered through your own house and thought “that could do with a lick of paint” and just walked away from it? Well, now is probably the best time to actually go put some paint on it. It’s understandable that you can’t be bothered to do it after a long day of work or when you’ve got exciting plans for the weekend but on a rare and handy day off, it’s time to get the paint and paint brushes out. If it’s just random spots around the house that need painting then make sure you’ve got all the right equipment to do the job. It’ll be handy to have a large old rag to drape over any surfaces that the paint could get into contact with as well as having a spare pack of wipes to wipe up any paint accidents that unintentionally occur. If you get some paint on your hands remember to wipe it off before it dries.
Paint your old furniture
Shopping for all brand new furniture is costly and sometimes not very environmental-friendly if they are still in good conditions. Why not think outside the box and give your old chest of drawer a lick of paint to freshen up its look? Use the sandpaper and wipe all the dust and dirt away from the surface before painting to have a smooth, new surface on your furniture.
Tip: To avoid any excess paint dripping away from the brush or uneven paint streaks, place a large rubber band on top of the paint tin opening. When dipping your brush, remove excess paint by brushing it back and forth on the rubber band.
Squeaky doors, floors and furniture
Squeaky doors or floors are irritating and terrible for pretty much every other reason apart from catching a snoop in your house! Chairs, floorboards, doors, stairs - most of the times they are easy fixes, and here is a good source to silence them once and for all.
Insulate Pipes and Water Tank
Insulating your pipes and water tank can be a fiddly job but a small fiddly job that takes a chunk of your day to do and you’ll only really have to do it once. Pipes that aren’t insulated can freeze or burst which can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage which is something we all know we wouldn’t personally have to deal with. Insulating your hot-water tank and pipes can save on your annual heating bill so it’s better to act sooner rather than later. You can buy pre-slit foam insulation from your local hardware store that you can easily slip onto the pipes and seal it with gaffer tape. As for your water tank, you are able to buy purpose made insulation jackets to wrap around them from your local hardware store. Once they’re done, you won’t ever have to worry about sky-high heating bills anymore.
So whatever you do, make sure you do something worthwhile and make the most of your rare day off because before you know it, you’ll be back at work again and you never know when the next time you’ll get to do these home improvements!