DIY Winter Home Improvement Projects

And the polar vortex strikes again! But don’t let being stuck inside give you the winter blues. Instead, strike out to revamp your basement or transform that go-to family bathroom you’ve been itching to fancy-up with some easy and functional storage solutions.

Bring your bath renos to life

Who says bathroom décor has to be boring? Whether you’re adding mini-storage cabinetry by turning your too-big bath into a compact-sized soaker tub or simply hanging that zen-like piece of mixed-media, or changing-up your shower curtain with new hues – have fun with it!

Know too that bathrooms are a great investment when it comes to personal space usage and resale value ; )

Top-three ways to make a small bathroom seem roomier:

  • Add sink consoles with extra room for towels, soaps, décor and supplies underneath
  • Place towels rack(s) on the backside of your door
  • Replace your single-lighting with a decorative “3-light bath bar” above the vanity mirror to improve illumination and create an airier feel

We love these Tiny Bathroom Ideas:

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Create the Ultimate Pantry

Ah, the pantry… not the place many would think of spending much time and home-reno-effort on. However, so many pantries could use a makeover. For instance, make life easier by creating a pantry with easy access:

  • Consider sliding-door space that allows you to see all your cooking goodies all at once while saving walk-through kitchen room
  • Or for a walk-in style pantry, look for ways to combine your pantry with existing cabinetry and counter-top areas where you can simply grab ingredients and start prepping without walking across to the other side of your baking nook
  • Sliding. Moving. Oh my! Special hardware accessories are also a neat and useful idea for your pantry. Fasten on inside-the-door spice racks to stock your oils, sauces and flavours. Then, have a look at including a rotating five-rack holder within one side of your cabinet to help boost functionality and use up quite literally, every square inch of your new ultimate pantry

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Stylishly store your basement valuables

For lots of us, the basement is where we keep vintage keepsakes we just can’t bear to part with. That, and last summer’s golf clubs, old paint colours, half-done furniture projects and, well, likely many other important items.

But instead of starting your own little Mount Everest collection of “stuff” in your basement, have a look and tackle one box at a time so you can re-organize sentimental pieces from those you don’t need.

You’ll be making piles for:

  • Yard and garage sales items
  • Recyclables – paints, paper, electronics
  • Garbage
  • And keepsakes

Have a peek at our favourite storage ideas:

This is really the tip of the iceberg when it comes to winter home improvement ideas. If you have some others you’d like to share, leave a comment on the blog, Tweet us or leave a comment on our Facebook Page. We’d love to hear from you!



Alana Kitchen
Alana Kitchen
Alana Kitchen, founder of Who To Call Inc. Taking care of a house with three boys I always needed a good drywaller on speed dial. When I moved to Calgary I quickly discovered it was an Olympic sport to find home service businesses that provided the quality service and advice I was looking for. This experience inspired Who To Call – a website dedicated to helping Calgarians find quality home service repair companies. Sign up to post your project and find quality companies today!
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