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Beat Cabin Fever With Winter Renovations From Metro Creative Connection When the weather outside is frightful, homeowners and renters can turn their interior spaces into something delightful. Residents can banish feelings of cabin fever by using time spent inside to make subtle or even substantial improvements to their living areas. Individuals may find that winter is a great time to tackle delayed or unfinished projects or to put plans for major renovations in motion. Homeowners may find that they have some extra time on their hands when weather and early evening darkness reduces how much Painting in lighter colors can help illuminate dark spaces and make a home feel more vivid and inviting, especially during the winter. And painting need not be reserved for walls only. Homeowners may want to sand and paint time they can spend outdoors. furniture to give items a The following projects can trendy arts-and-crafts feel. help homeowners make the • Reimagine flooring. Thanks most of their time indoors. to the bevy of laminate, • Start painting. One of the composite materials and vinyl easiest ways to transform flooring options, homeowners the look of a room is with a can engage in do-it-yourself fresh coat of paint. Painting flooring projects to perk up a room or rooms is an tired interior spaces. Many inexpensive project that “floating" flooring systems can be completed over the are user-friendly and can course of a single weekend. instantly update spaces. Some systems may not even require adhesives or nails to complete. • Redress the furniture. New furniture can be expensive. For those who are happy with the lines and scale of their current furniture, a facelift may be all that's needed to give rooms a new look. Slipcovers can make sofas, love seats and chairs look like new or blend with an entirely new color scheme. Slipcovers come in fitted and loose varieties and in many different materials. Other pieces can be updated with throws, new linens or a coat of paint or stain. • Address drafts and other inefficiencies. Colder temperatures alert homeowners to drafts, leaks and even insect or rodent infiltration. Homeowners can scout out rooms and remedy situations. • Organize the home. Rainy or snowy days are great moments to address organizational issues, such as messy mudrooms or cluttered kitchen cabinets. Get a jumpstart on spring cleaning before the warm weather arrives. Time spent indoors can be put to good use by engaging in renovation projects.