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Turn The Cabin Fever Into Home Joy

April 14, 2020

If you’ve been keeping a close eye on the news, you’ve probably spotted that Britain’s lockdown might come to an end on May 25, according to an internal memo revealed by a Whitehall source. It’s far too early to say whether the end date will remain as planned or whether the situation will force us to spend a few more weeks in self-isolation. Medical pandemic experts have described a variety of scenarios, including one where Britain’s lockdown doesn’t end before September. In short, if you’ve been following the news for insights, you’ve probably come to the same conclusion as anyone else: we don’t know, and it’s impossible to know. What is for sure, though, is that the coronavirus lockdown will not be lifted any time soon. 

What does it mean for people like you and me? It means staying at home, day after day with your family. As much as you love your partner and your children, you’re likely to experience the lockdown cabin fever. For couples, especially, the stress and tension caused by the lockdown can affect your relationship and your attitude towards each other. Thankfully, you are not on your own to feel like this. Check these relationship tips to ensure COVID-19 stress doesn’t burden your couple’s life. Keeping your attitude in check and giving each other space can make a huge difference. But nothing is quite as compelling to turn the cabin fever into home joy than tackling home improvement projects. Here are some of the best ideas of home improvements, suitable for all DIY enthusiasts and that are guaranteed to be fun for both of you. 

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Bye-bye carpets & tiles

Here’s a simple question: What is the most popular flooring solution in the UK? If you’re thinking of carpets, you’re right. British homeowners love their carpeted floors for two simple reasons. Firstly, the carpet is reasonably inexpensive and light-weight, which makes it the ideal solution for our typically narrow-built properties. Additionally, carpets naturally inject a touch of warmth and homeliness. At least, during their first years. Unfortunately, in a busy household, your carpet is going to lose its soothing appeal rapidly. Signs of wear and tear, accidental spillages and stains, muddy footprints, and thinning surface can gradually destroy the original beauty of your floor. Rural homes experience the same issues with tiled floors. If you’ve never changed your flooring before, now’s the best occasion to learn how to. Here’s an excellent tip: Take your time, patience will get you there. But, don’t just order your next carpet. Instead, take a look at hybrid flooring options, as described on Realty Times. These can be a fantastic solution for your home as they are both stylish and durable.  

Geometric accent wall 

Painting walls is an essential home improvement project. For a lot of families, it’s fair to say that wall painting can be a life-saver against cabin fever. After all, if you’re going to stare at the same four walls for weeks, you can at least make sure these are attractive walls. But don’t stop at a fresh coat of Magnolia paint. With a little bit of extra work, you could also create an exciting accent wall. Painting geometric accents relies on the combination of quality tools and creativity. Start by getting some painter’s tape – Frog Tape is a fantastic brand for these projects. You will use it to create simple shapes on the wall. Get your colours at the ready and start colouring. For a single wall, you can use sample pots. For a larger feature, you will need to buy full-size pots. 

My home sewed curtains

The only problem when you start redecorating your home and upgrading your floor and wall paint is that you need to change your curtains too. Unfortunately, your options are limited when it comes to patterns and colours during the lockdown. However, you can turn your curtains into your next DIY project by making them from scratch. If sewing isn’t your forte, you needn’t worry. The process of making curtains can be just as simple as you need it to be. The most challenging part of the project will be to measure what size your curtains need to be and calculate how much fabric is required. But with plenty of online tutorials – including the one linked above – you should have unique curtains in no time! 

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Same furniture, new look

Now’s not the best time to change your furniture. But you can update your interior with only a paintbrush and a pot of chalk paint. Painting furniture is a lot easier than it seems with this. Indeed, chalk paint doesn’t require any prep – in other words, no sanding or priming of your old chair. Just open the tin, paint, and you’re done. If you’re unsure where to start your furniture upgrading journey, take a look at Annie Sloan online catalogue. You can order from over 40 different shades. 

More importantly, the advantage of chalk paint is that it is very forgiving. Amateurs can achieve professional-looking results in a few hours.  

A dream garden feature

Gardening is said to be a soothing hobby. However, if you’re not familiar with plants and their needs, it can become a source of stress too. If you’re sick of watching your seedlings die year after year or being accidentally trampled by the kids, you can consider a landscaping project to remodel the garden. Adding a pond, for instance, can be a weekend project that will attract more wildlife to your backyard. Digging your own pond is a matter of an afternoon’s work. If you’re worried about staying fit, let’s say that it will not be a concern anymore! You will then need to line up your pond and weigh down the lining overnight using sand or rocks. Then you can fill the pond with water, and tada, you’ve got yourself a water feature! 

You can even buy a few fish to enhance your pond and start your own ecosystem. A simple home project that starts with a shovel can become an educational tool for young children. 

Staying at home for weeks without any idea of when the situation is going to change can be stressful. But you can make your home a nest of joy and fun with DIY projects. Working with your partner on new ways to transform your house can help you to relax together and beat the cabin fever. 

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