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  • Aimee Lyons

The Best DIY Projects to Pass Time in Lockdown

Does the ongoing lockdown make you feel a bit stir crazy? Take heart! There are plenty of DIY projects you can put on your to-do list that will help you pass the time productively. Read on for a few of our favourites that will not only occupy your hands and your mind, but even improve your home environment.

Long-Term Projects

One of the benefits of extra time at home is the chance to focus on projects that you don’t normally have time to accomplish. You can peck away at them as days go by, and the steady flow of progress will be both satisfying and motivational. Think about things you put on your “someday” list, and move them to your to-do list in small increments.

For example, maybe your kitchen is dated and you have considered replacing your cabinet doors. Of course, doing it correctly can take time and work, but now is the perfect time to dive in! You can either have your supplies delivered or head to a hardware store that offers click and collect. Then set up your work space, keeping in mind that you’ll want enough elbow room to do a little cooking of your favourite Milhaan recipes!

A few other DIY kitchen projects we recommend here at Milhaan include:

  • Updating the hardware on your cabinets, doors, and even entry doors. Rose gold has gained a lot of popularity in the last few years, thanks to its ability to blend in with both dark- and light-coloured kitchens.

  • Replacing your sink and taps. This is a great project if you have some home improvement DIY experience, but beginners may be better off leaving this to professionals; lining up connecting plumbing can be a bit tricky.

  • Organise your pantry. You can keep it simple by moving dried goods into clear containers and arranging them by category, or go for a custom project by installing shelving in open areas, such as over your sink.

Future Goals

As you think in terms of long-range plans, consider whether a top-to-bottom renovation is in order. Now is an ideal time to start whittling away on all the little things will make your property feel rejuvenated and reinvigorated. A fresh coat of paint, new kitchen hardware, floor makeovers, and new windows will spruce things up and bring an older property back to life.

Keep in mind some projects can require advanced skills and/or an extra pair of hands. Floor makeovers, for example, may not be within your comfort zone. Hardwood floors can be brought back to life with a coat of wax, or a professional sanding and refinishing may be in order. Window replacement is a similar type of project that depending on your house, the windows, and your personal skill level, may best be left to a pro.

Even if you can’t tackle the project in full, you can do some prep work yourself and then bring in a handyman when social distancing restrictions loosen up. Clean the area and surfaces, move any furniture or other obstacles out of the way, and order any necessary materials.

Safe and Sound

With the world feeling topsy-turvy, many people are more aware of how vulnerable they are. If you are one who is thinking about beefing up your home’s security, you might be surprised and how many effective measures there are for do-it-yourselfers. From smart installations like doorbells and cameras, to low-tech methods like deadbolts and thorny shrubs, there are plenty of projects you can tinker with to reinforce your home’s protection and provide better peace of mind.

Just like with other supplies, many big-box electronics retailers are offering click and collect. You can also check with local shops to see what options they have—many are not only offering the same service, they might even surprise you with a drop-off option!

If you’re going a little stir crazy in lockdown, pull out your to-do list! Add some long-term projects to it in doable steps, beef up your home’s security, or think about prepping your home for an eventual sale. Whenever restrictions lighten up, you’ll have some amazing improvements knocked out, and you’ll wonder where the time went!

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