DIY Summer Project Ideas

DIY Summer Project Ideas

While there are do-it-yourself projects for every season, summer is our favorite. The weather is perfect for taking on projects outside that give you an opportunity to enjoy the sun and make an impact on home and garage improvement or organization.

Refinish a piece of outdoor furniture.

Whether you have a picnic bench that could use a refreshing coat of paint, or a piece of wicker you’d like to paint a new color, summer is the perfect time to do it. Often you’ll need to start with sanding and/or power washing, and follow up with a primer and paint. If the piece of furniture is wicker, use caution, as it’s fragile. Dreading the painting process? Don’t forget about spray paint. The best part? You can use your Shop-Vac® wet dry vac to clean up the paint chips and sawdust after the sanding or power washing process.*

Add a water feature.

If your landscaping is pretty much set, how about adding a water feature? Water features come in a variety of sizes, so there’s sure to be one that will fit your back yard (or even your back porch!). Obviously the larger features (like a fountain) are more work intensive, so be sure to choose one that isn’t too overwhelming for you. Best part? If you live in a part of the country with 4 distinct seasons, you can easily use your Shop-Vac® wet dry vac to remove the water from your new water feature for easy clean up going in to winter.

Create your own backyard games.

When you’re hosting friends and family, it’s nice to have some games to play. During the summer, outside games are all the rage. Rather than spending money on expensive outdoor games and activities, consider building your own! Ring toss, cornhole and a giant Jenga® set are all manageable and have DIY instructions online. We’re confident you’re up for the challenge!

Add lights to your landscape.

Sure, your place looks great during the day. Perhaps you’ve spent time on improving your curb appeal. But what about at night? You can install solar lights to light guests’ way in and out of your place, or buy a set of those magical, decorative hanging lights to set the mood for outdoor dinner parties. While buying the lights might not be a big DIY project, it takes time installing them just the way you want.

Boost your curb appeal.

Summer is a great season to evaluate your curb appeal. Is there anything you can do to improve it? Do you have shutters? If not, consider adding them. If you do, consider cleaning them with a power washer to brighten them up. Are there any landscaping touch-ups you could do? Consider adding window boxes, or even something as simple as updating your house numbers.

Plant a garden.

Regardless of where you live, planting a garden is almost always feasible. Rather than the traditional garden on the flat piece of land, consider adding a raised garden bed for your veggies. Raised beds can often easily be created with some lumbar and tools. They also add some variety to your outdoor space, and can be a great way to give your landscape a new look and grow some veggies all at the same time.

Build a shed.

If you don’t already have a place to store and organize your lawn and garden tools, consider building a shed. A shed can be a great way to get your lawn mower, leaf blower and garden tools out of your way in the garage and into their own space year round. There are a variety of DIY instructions online that can help you with building plans and the supplies needed to get the job done.

Make your own compost.

Sure, you can buy ready-made compost to improve your soil and make plants happy, but why not reuse your own yard waste and kitchen scraps, rather than adding your junk to the landfill? After all, a compost pile pretty much does the work itself, as long as you give it a jump start. We don’t profess to be composting experts, but a simple search online should get your started with the basics like what to use, how to care for it, etc.

What DIY projects do you take on in the summer? Are there any you have had your Shop-Vac® brand vac help you with? Please share them with us.

*WARNING! Do NOT use this vacuum cleaner to vacuum lead paint debris because this may disperse fine lead particles into the air. This vacuum cleaner is not intended for use under EPA Regulation 40 CFR Part 745 for lead paint material cleanup.

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