It finally feels like spring is here! With the warm weather, many are getting ready to clean out the old, and start fresh with the new. But spring cleaning doesn't mean getting rid of everything in the garage. Familiar pieces showcased and refurbished in a special way can be conversation starters and a great way to add life into your space. So whether you're personalizing a new home, or revitalizing an old room, here's some do-it-yourself tips to spring up your new space!
Love cycling? Consider using old parts from your bike to construct a new, unique piece of furniture to showcase your passion for the sport. Peter Debelak, co-owner of Soulcraft Woodshop and Gallery, a woodworking workshop in Cleveland, designed a shelf using a repurposed bicycle crank-set and handlebars. By using a construction adhesive designed specifically for bonding porous to noon-porous mixed materials, such as metal to wood or ceramics to drywall, the possibilities of what to create next are endless.
Another trending style for spring is the mix of vintage and contemporary design elements to create a rustic contemporary look. KariAnne Wood, a designer, blogger, and owner of Thistlewood Farms said, "Reclaimed materials will heavily influence DIYers, and contrasting shiny and rustic materials in projects will definitely be trending in 2014." Consider gluing pieces of metal and wood together to construct an industrial-style coffee table. Metal, wood, glass, ceramic-- by mixing two of these materials, you can create a unique centerpiece that calls for attention.
A good DIY project for spring is enhancing storage. Whether you're looking to sell, or just looking for more functionality in your home, storage is always a key focus. Try hanging an old door vertically and attaching metal hooks to make an instant coat rack for your entryway. Or glue wire baskets to wood shelves to create spaces for your keys, shoes, or even outdoor accessories. Little additions to your home can create focal points that personalize and help you re-imagine your space.
Recycled wood pallets and cable spools are another major trend now. You can turn them into coffee tables, desks, or even wall art. For a simple patio project, spray paint large, wooden cable spools in fun colors and use them as outdoor tables and pops of color. If you want to take it a step further, use ProBond Advance to add a bold, ceramic tile mosaic without the hassle of grout or caulk, And the best part is, there is no building required!
Garden projects are a great place to start if you are new at DIYing, and container gardening is the hottest new trend. By using various items, like paint cans or buckets, or even extreme containers like old pickup trucks or bathtubs, you can give new life to the items and create beautiful gardens in these unique spaces. And container gardening is great for small spaces. Use different sized buckets or baskets to create petite herb gardens or colorful flower arrangements. If you can think it, you can make it!