Why is it that every summer always feels like the hottest one we've ever had? We know that's actually not true, but this heat seems like the worst we've had. And on top of that, our phones have been telling us there's always a chance a rain -- always. So, in order to avoid this unpredictable (and sometimes gross) weather but still remain productive, we've pulled together seven weekend DIY ideas that can be done without ever leaving your home. And the best part? You'll hardly break a sweat completing one of these.
Hang A Gallery Wall
Hanging a gallery wall is a great and easy way to stay busy indoors. The tools you'll need entirely depends on the kind of wall you want to mount your art on. This Old House, for example, has a <a href="http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/asktoh/question/0,,430642,00.html" target="_blank">great step-by-step solution</a> for rock-solid plaster walls, while Apartment Therapy has the ins and outs of <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-tohang-artwork-on-a-brick-48659" target="_blank">setting your frames up on a brick wall</a>. For tips on how to curate the ultimate gallery wall, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lauren-nelson/gallery-wall-tips_b_1951349.html#slide=1623762" target="_blank">head on over to Lauren Nelson's blog</a>.
Steady A Wobbly Chair
It's a minor annoyance we often overlook, but if we're already indoors, we might as well address it. Fixing a tottering chair now could prevent further damage and save you money from having to buy a new one. (Or at least prevent a future embarrassing chair-breaking moment.) Simply drill a hole through the chair leg and fill the hallow joint with glue. Head over to DIY maven Martha Stewart <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/266298/how-to-fix-a-wobbly-chair" target="_blank">for the simple tutorial</a>.
Fix A Loose Floorboard
If a squeaky noise is annoying you with every step you take, we've got you covered. Try stopping the noise by sprinkling talcum powder over the boards and sweeping it back and forth, allowing it to fall within the cracks. If this quick fix doesn't help, you have to close the gap between the plank and the subfloor below it. For a great tutorial on how to do just that, head over to <a href="http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/how-to-repair-floors.htm" target="_blank">TLC How Stuff Works</a>.
Recovering A Chair Seat
Upholstering a chair can be broken down into three parts: unscrewing the seat from the frame, removing the existing fabric, and recovering and stapling your new material to your chair seat. Of course, upholstery techniques require a little bit of expertise, and thanks to an <a href="http://thedecoratedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-upholster-simple-chair-seat.html" target="_blank">the easy tutorial by The Decorated House</a>, you'll be on track to refurbishing your love seat in no time.
Make A Tufted Headboard
Making a tufted headboard may take you the space of two days to finish, but if you have the time you should totally give this a try. You just have to cut the plywood to the size and shape you want and then start creating the tufted look. For the full tutorial, head on over to <a href="http://www.schuelove.com/2011/12/tufted-headboard-tutorial.html" target="_blank">Schue Love's blog</a>.
Change Your Light Fixtures
Nothing makes a room look more dated than an old fixture, and swapping it out for a new model is usually quite easy. Before you start this project, make sure to turn off the circuit breaker before unscrewing and exposing any wiring. Then note which wires are twisted together and replicate this configuration with the new addition. Lastly, screw your new hardware into the ceiling. For detailed instructions, head to Lowes.
Update Your Window Treatment
Sheer panels can often put the focus on an outdated curtain rod (read: those inexpensive white rods with built-in brackets). Luckily, curtain rods are affordable and easy to swap out, requiring little more than removing/adding screws.
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