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Summer Home Improvement Ideas and Projects – Saturday Spotlight

Happy weekend – and welcome to the Saturday Spotlight!  Can you believe that July is almost over?  If you’re like me, you have a huge list of summer home improvement ideas and projects you’d love to accomplish.  From gardening to decorating and organizing, there’s always something to tackle!  Today, I’ll show you a few things I’ve done in my home along with even more inspiring ideas I’ve found around the internet.

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Summer Home Improvement Projects and Plans:

Do you ever notice how one simple change can make a huge impact? 

Recently in my foyer, I switched my dark red rug for a new navy blue rug.  (You can get a peek of the previous red rug in my foyer decorating blog post.)  Though hardly a home improvement “project“, the simple change definitely improved the look of the space.

Navy Blue Rug in Foyer - Summer Home Improvement Ideas

navy blue area rugseagrass door basket

At first, I thought I wanted to go lighter with the rug but after a few days, I decided to keep this one!  Sometimes, you need to live with something before making a decision.  Now I can’t imagine a different rug in that spot.  Plus, the new rug goes so well with my navy blue walls in the dining room!

Speaking of navy blue…

2 Rolls of Navy peel and stick wallpaper - summer home improvement ideas

Recently, I purchased a couple rolls of peel and stick navy blue wallpaper.  I chose a style with a grasscloth look and I think it will be beautiful on the backs on my office bookcases..  Though I’ll admit, I’m a little nervous about this project so I’ve been putting it off for several weeks.  As soon as I get up the nerve, I’ll get moving and then share the project in a blog post…so stay tuned! 

Also, if I end up with leftover pieces of wallpaper, I have some plans for that too!  Now I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat with anticipation…lol.

Ongoing Summer Organization Projects:

Although, I’m not sure how “blogworthy” it will be, I plan to continue organizing some additional areas of my garage…

hanging pool towels and garage storage tips - summer home improvement ideas

Last year, I worked on organizing the pool and patio section of my garage and it made a huge difference!  To this day, we’ve kept that space neat and organized and I love how cabana-like it still feels!  

Sometimes a huge project like organizing a whole garage can feel overwhelming.  For me, breaking it up into sections makes the job less intimidating and much more doable!  

A Paint Project You Can Accomplish in a Weekend:

If you don’t want a huge time commitment with your summer home improvement project, consider something you can achieve in a weekend.  A few years ago, I painted the vanity in our sons’ bathroom…

Painted Gray Vanity in Boys Bathroom Makeover - summer home improvement ideas

Since I wanted to remodel their bathroom on a budget, painting the vanity was much cheaper than buying a new one.  Basically, the whole project took a couple days and I was thrilled with the results.  If you’re thinking of painting a cabinet in your home, be sure to read my painting tips!

Behind the Scenes Summer Projects:

(Not home improvement related but still worth mentioning)…

In case you haven’t noticed, I updated my blog theme last week…which is why I skipped that week of the Saturday Spotlight.  I’m still tweaking a few things but basically this is how it will look.  Feel free to take a look around and let me know if you have any questions or problems finding things.  

In addition to my blog theme, I’ve also changed my email service.  Those of you who subscribe to my newsletter have already noticed that.  Once again, please let me know if you have any comments or issues regarding my email service…and if you haven’t subscribed, please join us!  That way, you can stay up to date with all my latest blog posts!

Shopping Finds for Your Home:

Now, here are some simple yet helpful home improvement finds for you!

Organize your garage or pantry with this metal tiered shelf.

If you’re always looking around for a tape measure, keep an extra one on hand…

Here’s another home improvement staple to have in your supply kit – Gorilla Wood Glue.  We use our all the time!

For even more summer home project ideas, here are some helpful finds from around the internet:

Hopefully, some of these summer home improvement ideas will inspire you to tackle some projects in your home!

Do you have any summer projects you’d like to share?

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Sharing these summer home projects with these blogs:

Pieced Pastimes – Saturday Sparks, The House on Silverado – Sundays on SilveradoEclectic Red Barn – Happiness is Homemade, Life and Linda – Love Your Creativity, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia – Inspire Me Monday, A Stroll Thru Life – Inspire Me Tuesday, Follow the Yellow Brick Home – All About Home, My Wee Abode – Tuesday Turn AroundMy Life Abundant – Wonderful Wednesday, Imparting Grace – Grace at Home

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16 Comments

  1. I love the rug! I also really love that you have decorated the back of your front door. That’s inspired!

    1. Thanks Carol! I second guessed myself on the rug at first so I’m glad I gave it a chance. Glad you like my door basket too!

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! Hopefully, I won’t destroy my bookshelves with this attempt…lol.

  2. I’d be nervous with wallpaper too. Other bloggers say it’s easy.

    Navy blue grass cloth paper sounds perfect for the back of your bookcase.

  3. I’ve always got a list a mile long, just haven’t tackled much this summer. But you’ve inspired me with the peel and stick wallpaper – I love the navy you chose!

  4. That dark blue rug is gorgeous! It looks beautiful with the wood tones in your home. I also love your new theme – in fact, I have the same one! I’m still tweaking mine too even though I have had it for a few months 😉 Pinning this post!

    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! It took me awhile to choose a rug for the spot, but like I said, I always love navy! I’ll have to look at your blog to compare theme details. I still have to tweak a few things!

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