Mother’s Day Gift: Honor Mom with Home Improvement

This Mother’s Day, give the gift of home improvement! It's a great way to give back to someone who spends so much time caring for others.

Mother’s Day weekend is all about making Mom’s life easier and showing your appreciation for everything she does. One winning Mother’s Day gift is to use your DIY savvy to finally complete that lingering project or create something new in her honor.

This season of freshening things up and getting outdoors affords lots of project opportunities to please the mom in your life. Here are just a few categories to consider.

Plant a bouquet of color:  Add colorful annuals to landscape beds, and bring blooms even closer to Mom with container displays at your home’s entry and throughout a favorite outdoor room. This would also be a great time to plant ornamental trees and shrubs that’ll put on a show in seasons to come.

Remodel an outdoor room:  Speaking of that outdoor room, make it more comfortable and inviting for summer activities with easy, affordable upgrades. Give outdoor furniture a thorough cleaning, removing rust from metal pieces and applying protective oil or sealant to wood surfaces. Bring in new pieces, such as a comfortably cushioned chaise or fun nesting tables, and add lighting that’s both strategic and decorative.

Organize in style:  Clean up garage clutter and corral what’s left with attractive shelving and cabinets. Build a gardening bench that doubles as a storage zone for supplies. Or carve out a compact, organized office center in an underutilized living space.

Seasonal spruce-ups:  Take advantage of May’s ideal temperatures to touch up outdoor trim or repaint a room. You can also get out your pressure washer and clean exterior surfaces, or take the time to install window air conditioning units before summer heat waves begin.

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