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For many DIYers, working outside during the winter months isn’t a lot of fun. It’s usually cold, wet, windy and sometimes snowy. This makes for unpleasant and sometimes dangerous working conditions.
If this isn’t your thing, it’s time to focus your attention on the interior of your home and leave building walls, landscaping the garden and digging out an ornamental pond until next summer.
Let’s take a quick look at some internal DIY projects you can do during the colder winter months.
Painting walls, doors, ceilings and skirting boards may be a DIY job you usually do during the summertime because you like opening windows to allow ventilation. But don’t let the outside temperature deter you from taking up a paintbrush and slapping a new coat of paint onto the walls of a bedroom screaming for a makeover or smartening up shabby doors.
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Wallpapering is certainly an activity you can do during the darker times of the year. Unlike painting, you don’t need to ventilate the room. In fact, you only need to go outside to buy the wallpaper and dump the old stuff into the bin.
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3. Declutter and reorganise
Spring is the time of year we all associate with decluttering and reorganising. Getting rid of all the junk just before summer makes us feel so much better about ourselves and our home.
Why wait? If your house needs decluttering, do it any time of the year. Including winter.
4. Put up shelves
You know those shelves you’ve been promising to put up under the stairs to sort out the mass of junk you keep under there? Now’s the time to do it.
There’s no need to stop there. Once done, head over to the bedrooms, living room and kitchen to see what else you can do.
5. Insulate your loft
A well-insulated loft makes your house warmer and saves you money. If you currently have no insulation in your attic, you could be losing up to 25% of the heat you’re putting into your home. You may as well open a window and through money through it.
6. Board your loft
If you’ve ever worked in your loft during the summer, even when the temperatures are average for the time of year, you’ll know a cramped attic with no ventilation quickly becomes oppressively hot. Especially if you’re moving around and doing DIY.
Laying loft boards during the winter makes a lot of sense. Not only does it scratch the DIY itch, but it also makes your loft easier to use for storage and reduces the risk of putting your foot through the floor!
Did I mention the cooler working conditions? I boarded my loft in the middle of summer. It was a nightmare. Winter is definitely the time of year to do this job.
6. Clean or regrout tiles
Bathroom, kitchen and toilet tiles looking grubby? Spend some during the winter months making them look lovely and new again.
7. Re-plaster walls
Yes, warmer days may help the new plaster dry more quickly, but if time allows and you don’t need the walls to dry too quickly, there’s no reason why you can’t plaster walls in winter.
If you must use heat to dry new plaster, do it gently. If you warm up a room too quickly or place a heater too close to a newly plastered wall, the plaster might crack.
8. Draught Proof doors
Draught proofing doors is another easy DIY job that will save you money in the long run and make your home feel warmer, especially if you have exceptionally draughty doors in place.
9. Plan future projects
Some DIY projects take a lot of planning, research and time to organise. So winter is a great time to work on developing ideas for future projects. You have the time to think everything through, watch YouTube videos for ideas, research materials, scope out the project and work out how much each project will cost.
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