Sunny Day Projects to Tackle
Sunny days are a great time to get outside and tackle home improvement projects. Whether you are a DIY expert or novice, and have an hour or a whole weekend free, there’s always something you can do outside to improve your home’s appearance (and cross another chore off that long to-do list). Need some inspiration? Here are 10 of the best DIY projects to complete on a sunny weekend.
Get Out the Power Washer
A power washer will make quick work of cleaning off large outdoor areas, such as a walkway, patio, deck, driveway, or fence. An hour (or a day) with these amazing tools will leave us shaking our heads that the siding and fence were that dirty to begin with. If you don’t have a power washer, rent one at your local hardware store or borrow one from a neighbor.
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Paint Your Front Door
One of the easiest ways to spruce up your home’s curb appeal is by giving the front door a new coat of paint. Before getting started, Benjamin Moore paints suggests removing any hardware, cleaning the surface, and sanding down any imperfections. Two coats of paint is recommended, with 24 hours of drying time between each coat.
Clean the Grill
Cleaning the grill is a project that will take a couple of hours, but it’s easy to do. Plus, keeping your grill clean will ensure it’s in tip-top shape throughout the season. Whether it’s a charcoal, gas, or pellet grill, you will need a grill brush and a few other tools to accomplish this task.
Spruce Up Landscaping
Sunny weekends are a great time to spruce up landscaping and boost a home’s curb appeal. Tasks you might tackle include trimming trees or overgrown shrubs, weeding the garden, or planting some perennials in a bare spot of the garden bed. If those things are done and you have more time to spare, freshen up the mulch and spread some grass seed. There are plenty of things you can do in a weekend to improve your landscaping—it just depends how much time and enthusiasm you have to do them!
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Refresh Exterior Trim
Painting a home’s exterior trim or fascia is a sunny weekend project that can make a big impact on a home’s appearance. This project is best done out of direct sunlight (so be sure to time which side of the house you are on at a particular time of day). According to Behr paints, you’ll get the best results if you paint when the outside temperature is between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit with moderate humidity—and you use two coats.
Repair Cracked Concrete
Cracked concrete isn’t just a safety hazard, it also looks bad. A sunny weekend is the best time to repair cracked concrete. Before getting started you’ll need a chisel, mason’s trowel, hammer, wire brush, putty knife, and concrete repair mix. Because it’s a project that creates a lot of dust, don’t forget the protective gear!
Organize the Garage or Shed
Many of the best home improvement projects have to do with organization—when everything is in its proper place, you won’t accidentally buy a third bottle of paint thinner because you thought you ran out. Whether you have just a couple hours or a whole weekend, organizing the garage or shed is a great project to get done when the weather is nice. Move everything out of the space so you can sweep it and clean up any messes. Before moving items back inside, give them a wipe down if it’s warranted.
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Restain the Deck or Fence
If the stain on your deck or fence is looking a little drab, a sunny weekend is a great time for a refresh. Be sure to work in the early morning or late afternoon out of direct sunlight and heat since those factors can work against you when staining. This project should be done in dry weather between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit because too much heat causes stain to dry quickly before the wood is able to absorb it.
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Install Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting not only raises a home’s curb appeal and provides an added measure of nighttime security, it can also make an outdoor entertaining space more accessible and comfortable. Try solar fixtures along walkways or driveways, low-voltage cable systems along a backyard patio, or string lights atop a pergola or gazebo.
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