Spring in Charleston is the perfect time of year for home DIY projects. With a bit of time, energy and creativity, you can breathe new life into your house this season.

DIY Wall Artwork

It’s easier than you think to make attractive artwork for your walls. Gather your supplies: a pencil, scissors, white paper, tissue paper, Mod Podge and a frame. Cut out various shapes from the tissue paper, arrange them on the white paper to create an abstract artwork and then use the Mod Podge to hold everything in place. Once the Mod Podge has dried you can frame and hang it.

Build a Lamp

Take a vase that you love and turn it into something more useful! It’s easier than you think to build a lamp. If you don’t have a vase, search for a great, sturdy, ceramic vase at a nearby antique or thrift store. You’ll also need to head to a hardware store to get the rest of your supplies: cap, neck, socket, base, harp, threaded pipe and nuts, washers and a cord. If you don’t have them on hand, the tools you’ll need to purchase include a screwdriver and a hacksaw. You’ll need to drill a hole through the bottom of the vase so that the cord has somewhere to go. Next, you’ll attach the lamp to the base, push the electrical cord through the hole and then put together the rest of the lamp.

Repurpose Old Teacups

Instead of throwing out the old coffee cups and teacups you no longer use, consider repurposing them. Mugs and cups make perfect flower pots for small plants and succulents. If you like the look but don’t have any cups to spare, head to an antique shop or thrift store to pick up a few.

The key to using a coffee cup or teacup as a flower pot is to make sure the water can drain out the bottom. You’ll need a small drill bit to create the hole. Since the bottom of the mug is going to be slippery, it’ll be easier to keep the drill bit in place if you put a piece of masking tape over the area you’re going to drill.

Give Old Furniture a Facelift

If you have an old piece of furniture that’s still in pretty good condition, you can make it look completely different with a fresh coat of paint. If the drawers aren’t falling apart, there’s no reason to replace a perfectly good dresser. Pick an assortment of colors and paint each drawer a different one. You can also replace the hardware by swapping out what’s currently there for new ceramic, brass or glass drawer pulls.

Make Every Room Smell Delicious

It’s not hard to create the perfect room spray for spring. Head to your favorite health food or organic store for essential oils. You’ll also need an eight-ounce glass spray bottle, 1.5 ounces of witch hazel, and distilled water, plus a way to label the bottle (try a blank label and a permanent marker). Mix everything together, along with 40 drops total of your essential oils, and pour it into the bottle.

Creating a space that you love to return to at the end of each day is easier than you think. There are plenty of do-it-yourself projects that you can tackle in a day or a weekend. For projects that aren’t DIY, contact Alair Homes Charleston to freshen your home this spring.