10 House Projects You Can Still Complete on a Rainy Day

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a homeowner who wants to get a home project done will inevitably encounter storm clouds and rainy days. But just because it’s raining cats and dogs outside doesn’t mean that you have to completely call off all your projects. There are plenty of tasks to accomplish inside your home—from finally fixing that wobbly chair that’s been bothering you for months to cleaning out your appliances. Need some inspiration for your rainy day projects? Here are 10 house projects you can still complete when it’s pouring outside.

  1. Change the Air Filter

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    Change the Air Filter

    If you can’t remember the last time you changed your HVAC filter, it’s probably high time you did just that. Replacing an HVAC filter takes only a minute, and will lower your home's energy consumption, clean the air, and increase the lifespan of your system. Not bad for a day’s work.

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  2. Clean the Dishwasher

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    Clean the Dishwasher

    Noticed your dishwasher not cleaning as well as it once did? Deep clean your dishwasher, careful to remove food particles and soap scum buildup on the door, spray arm, and dishwasher tub. This attention to detail will not only make your dishwasher sparkling clean but will make it run more efficiently, too.

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  3. Change a Light Fixture

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    Change a Light Fixture

    If you only have a little bit of time but want to make a big impact, this is the project for you. A new light fixture can change the look of an entire room, and the project can be completed in about an hour. Cut the power for your light fixture on your breaker box, remove the old fixture and attach a new one to reveal an updated look for your room.

    Related: 15 "Under $100" Lighting Solutions for Every Room

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  4. Create a Chalkboard Wall

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    Create a Chalkboard Wall

    Chalkboard walls are both functional and appealing, great for writing menus or shopping lists in the kitchen, jotting household reminders, or giving kids space to channel their inner artists. To create your chalkboard wall, pick a space in your kitchen, living room, or kids room, sand the wall smooth, apply painter’s tape, and paint the wall with chalkboard paint—all doable on a rainy Saturday.

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  5. Change Out Drawer Knobs

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    Change Out Drawer Knobs

    If you’re not a fan of the outdated drawer pulls in your kitchen or bathroom, swap them for something a little bolder or more modern to freshen up your space. This project only takes about 30 minutes, provided you don’t need to create new holes in your kitchen or bathroom drawers.

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  6. Secure a Wobbly Chair

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    Secure a Wobbly Chair

    Almost everyone has that one wobbly chair that has to be put away when guests come over—so why not seize a rainy day as an opportunity to fix the bum chair? While some chairs can be fixed by simply tightening up the screws on the legs, others may require you to take apart the chair, sand the ends of the legs and apply some wood glue to fix the problem.

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  7. Organize Your Pantry

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    Organize Your Pantry

    If your pantry remains a disaster zone no matter how many times you straighten it out on grocery day, consider spending a rainy day creating an organizational system. Use decluttering tools like baskets, clear containers or even magazine holders to create an Instagram-worthy space to store all your dried goods.

    Related: 18 Photos That Prove Home Organization Is an Art Form

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  8. Defrost the Freezer

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    Defrost the Freezer

    Defrosting your freezer is a hands-off project that’s easy to get done on a rainy day when you have some time to spare. To defrost, take all your food items out (storing them in a cooler temporarily), unplug the appliance from the wall, remove drawers and ice cube trays and leave the doors open, sett down towels to soak up any moisture—then plug it back in and reset the thermostat once the appliance has defrosted for a few hours.

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  9. Clean the Dryer Vent

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    Clean the Dryer Vent

    Many homeowners severely neglect cleaning lint out of the dryer vent, and that's a big mistake, and serious safety hazard. A clogged dryer vent causes dryers to run less efficiently, and excessive lint build-up can even start house fires. So, if you need a job for a rainy day, take the opportunity to vacuum or use an air compressor to thoroughly clean your dryer hose.

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  10. Change Out a Builder-Grade Mirror

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    Change Out a Builder-Grade Mirror

    Swap your builder-grade bathroom mirror for something unique to achieve a more modern, stylish look in your bathroom. Make sure to fill in any holes left by the previous mirror with spackle and add a fresh coat of paint or application of wallpaper if your new mirror is a significantly different size than your old one.

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