I usually like to share a spring home tour with you every year but I wanted to do something a little different this year. Most spring home tours are all about the pretty spring touches that are sprinkled around the house. Lots of flowers and a change of bedding and pillow covers are the usual fare but, to me, getting the house ready for spring (and summer) isn’t just about flowers. Yes, I love adding fresh flowers around the house (if you want to see more check out my Instagram) but spring also means that it’s time to freshen the house, and the only way to do that is to give it a good cleaning. 

So, I guess I’m not only sharing bits and pieces of my spring home but also how I get my house ready for spring.

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your home a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Spring Bedding

My spring home cleaning ritual usually starts with the changing of bedding. I don’t go by the calendar when I’m changing bedding but by the temps outside. Once we turn the heat off, I know its time to get my spring and summer bedding out. This is a good weekend job that starts with stripping the whole bed, including the mattress pad, and throwing it in the wash. While that’s going, I vacuum the mattress and as much of the boxspring as I can. I also give the bed frame and headboard a cleaning and we spin our mattress. After the linens are clean and dry, I make the bed and bring out the clean bedding that was put away in the fall. 

There’s nothing like slipping under cool, crisp sheets after your bed is all clean and ready for spring. 

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your bedroom a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Windows

This is, by far, my least favorite task to do when I’m getting ready for spring and summer. Besides cleaning the glass, the blinds all get vacuumed and cleaned as well.  Ugh, I hate every minute of it while I’m doing it but, once it’s done, I’m so glad I did it. 

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your windows a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Bathroom

I clean the bathroom on a regular basis but when I’m spring cleaning, I like to take the shower curtain down and run the it through the washing machine (you can see how I do it here). I also wash the fabric shower curtain as well as the bathroom rug. 

A different kind of spring home tour | Chatfield Court

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your bathroom a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Closets

We have a small house, with only 3 closets, so I’m only able to have clothes out for one season at a time. When I bring out the warm weather clothes and pack up the winter ones, I always do a quick inventory. Things that haven’t been worn in a year get donated and I make sure everything is clean and there are no holes or tears. It’s a pain to do but it’s a good way to keep my small closet in order.

Floors 

Spring is a great time to give the floors a good cleaning. We don’t wear shoes in our house and vacuum regularly so it ends up being a quick and easy job. I also like to give our area rugs a good cleaning by moving all the furniture off of it and vacuuming. 

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your floors a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Outside

Not only do I clean the inside of the house but I also go outside to do a thorough cleaning of the front porch. That means dragging the hose up and hosing down the walls, windows and porch. The chairs get a good shower too, since they’re waterproof, and the IKEA cabinet gets wiped down with a wet towel. Once everything is clean and dry, I add a pretty spring basket.

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your front porch a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Pretty Spring Touches

Of course, the most fun part of getting the house ready for spring is getting the “pretties” out. For me that usually means changing the heavy winter pillow covers for lighter, more spring-like pillow covers and adding fresh flowers. I’ve given up buying snacks at the grocery store so I can get a small bunch or two of fresh flowers once a week. I try to keep the budget at $10-$12 weekly, and I will spend even less if I can get to Trader Joe’s.

I love to spread them all through the house and I’m fanatical about taking care of them so that they last a whole week. It’s definitely a splurge for me but they make me happy (much happier than a snack). 😉

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your kitchen a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your living room a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Spring is my favorite season and I love adding spring touches to our home but the cleaning part? Not so much. Although I don’t like doing it I love how the house feels when I’m done. I think it’s worth it. 

What do you do to get your home ready for spring? 

 

 

 

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This time last year decorating for spring was the farthest thing from my mind. We were busy packing up our house and getting ready for our big move from Illinois to North Carolina so I wasn’t able to do any spring decorating. This year though, we are more settled. We’re enjoying life in our little stone cottage and I’m excited to get the house decorated for our first spring.

Wow! This cute spring front door basket, made from bunches of faux forsythia, is so pretty and it's a super easy DIY craft project. It just took minutes to do | Chatfield Court

I’ve already busted out some of my spring pillows and I have been enjoying the pretty spring blooms I’ve gotten from the store, but my front door was looking sad.

I took the basket I had filled with greens off the door after Christmas thinking that I’d hang something else up, but that never happened. I thought about hanging the wreath I made a few years ago, but couldn’t find it in the moving mess in the basement, so I pulled out the basket again. This time around it would be the spring front door basket of my dreams.

Just kidding…

I just wanted something that looked spring-y and was easy to do.  

Usually, I keep it simple when I do something like this and I stuck with that same idea this time. On a quick trip to Hobby Lobby, I picked up a few spring stems and I was ready to create. 

Quick and Easy Spring Front Door Basket | Chatfield Court

Supplies

  • Basket
  • 6 forsythia branches
  • 1  leafy green stem
  • wire cutters
  • jute rope
  • floral foam (optional)

I try to pick out realistic looking stems, or as close to realistic as possible, without spending a fortune. I liked the middle group the best (the 2 with the light brown stems) but they were pricey so I only got 2 and went with a cheaper bunch to mix in. In all, with the 50% off, I spent under $20 for all of the stems and I can use them again for something else. 

Since it was already in there, I made use of the floral foam in the bottom of the basket. I could easily do this without it so if you don’t want to buy it, or don’t have any, you can still successfully build your spring basket. 

Quick and Easy Spring Front Door Basket | Chatfield Court

No pictures of the next part because my method is a trade secret.

Not really…

I just used my wire cutters to shorten the stems and shoved them in. I know…very technical and it took years of practice. 😉

Once all of the stems were in, I just moved them around until I liked the way they looked. Seriously, that’s it.

With my flowers in place, I wanted some kind of bow on the basket. My first thought was to use burlap, but I couldn’t find it (remember the mess in the basement I talked about earlier?) so I went with what I could find…jute rope.

Not my first choice but it’s rustic and quirky and a little different, just like me. 

I made a couple of loops around the basket, 2 bows (because 2 are better than 1) and my basket is done. 

Love it! This cute spring front door basket, made from bunches of faux forsythia, is so pretty and it's a super easy DIY craft project. It just took minutes to do | Chatfield Court

This basket is pretty big so we can only hang it on the screen door. It will be protected under the cover porch so it won’t get hit with any weather. 

Awesome! This cute spring front door basket, made from bunches of faux forsythia, is so pretty and it's a super easy DIY craft project. It just took minutes to do | Chatfield Court

I love how my spring front door basket looks and it really brightens up my front porch. Now I feel like I’m ready for spring, if only our weather would cooperate. 

This spring front door basket, made from bunches of faux forsythia, is so pretty and it's a super easy DIY craft project. It just took minutes to do | Chatfield Court

Have you pulled any of your spring stuff out yet?

As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a great week!

Check out these other easy DIY spring projects

DIY Spring Mason Jars

How to Make a Burlap Bow

 

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Decorating my house for spring has always been something I looked forward to, especially after a long Midwest winter. This year I was too busy getting my house ready to sell so the only spring decorating I did was to add the DIY wreath that I made last year to the front door (because a Christmas wreath on the front door in March doesn’t make a good first impression when you’re trying to sell your house 😉 ). When I pulled the wreath out of storage, the burlap bow I made for it was looking a little sad so I decided to make a new one…one that had a little oomph to it.

How to make a burlap bow for a wreath using just a few inexpensive supplies. Such a quick and easy craft. | chatfieldcourt.com

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This was such a quick and easy little project to do and only required a few supplies.

Supplies

  • burlap ribbon
  • jute twine
  • Mod Podge
  • craft paint brush
  • scissors
  • floral wire

The first step was to lay the burlap ribbon out and fold each side over.

How to make a burlap bow for a wreath using just a few inexpensive supplies. | chatfieldcourt.comHow to make a burlap bow for a wreath using just a few inexpensive supplies. A quick and easy way to dress up a spring wreath. | chatfieldcourt.comThen I folded a second piece of burlap ribbon the same way as the first piece and laid it on top.

How to make a burlap bow for a wreath using just a few inexpensive supplies. A quick and easy craft to dress up a spring wreath. | chatfieldcourt.comAt first, I folded the second piece so it was a little bit smaller than the first, but that wasn’t the kind of bow I wanted. I was going for a full, rustic look…not bow perfection.

How to make a burlap bow using just a few inexpensive supplies. A quick and easy craft to dress up a spring wreath. | chatfieldcourt.comNext, I just gathered the burlap in the middle and tied it with a piece of jute twine.

How to make a burlap bow using just a few inexpensive supplies. Such a quick and easy craft to dress up a spring wreath. | chatfieldcourt.comOnce the bow was tied I cleaned up the ends by painting on a little Mod Podge, which seals them so they don’t fray. I wasn’t going for bow perfection but stringy ends drive me nuts.

How to make a burlap bow for a spring wreath using just a few inexpensive supplies. | chatfieldcourt.comOnce the Mod Podge was dry I used a little floral wire to attach the burlap bow to the wreath.

How to make a burlap bow for a wreath using a few inexpensive supplies. Such a quick and easy craft. | chatfieldcourt.comHow to make a burlap bow for a wreath using just a few inexpensive supplies. A quick and easy craft to dress up a wreath. | chatfieldcourt.comJust the right amount of oomph and the perfect touch for my spring wreath, without being too perfect. 😉

See how I made this easy spring wreath, with a few inexpensive supplies.

An easy and inexpensive spring wreath for your front door. | chatfieldcourt.comEasy Spring Wreath

Another easy craft was this summer basket I put together for the front door.

Create this beautiful summer basket for your front door with just a few supplies. | chatfieldcourt.com Summer Front Door Basket

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Well, it’s here…moving week. We’ve been busy getting the house ready and packing for the big move to North Carolina this coming Saturday. To say that we’re overwhelmed is an understatement, but that’s part of moving right?  We have done this at time or two (or 11) before, so we know that we’ll get through this and everything will be ok sooner or later. All I know is that by next Monday we’ll be in NC and these 3 crazy weeks will be behind us.

So what do you do if you’re in the middle of packing up your house to move 700 miles away? Well, if you’re me, you get your craft on and make chalk paint mason jar planters. I was planning on doing this craft long before we knew that we were going to move, and painting is therapeutic for me when I’m stressed, so one afternoon I pulled out my paints and a few mason jars and did this fun and easy craft. I enjoyed myself but the hubs thought I was nuts, which is nothing new. 😉

An easy DIY craft making chalk paint mason jar planters using live wheatgrass. | chatfieldcourt.comThe idea behind this simple DIY was to use pastel chalk paint and live greenery to add a bit of spring to my new kitchen. I had to tweak my original idea, but I love how they turned out.

An easy DIY craft making spring mason jars using chalk paint. | chatfieldcourt.comYou can’t get any easier than slapping a couple of coats of chalk paint on mason jars. There was no prep involved but I did use a bottle to make it easier to paint each jar, and I also toned down the green and pink chalk paint with a bit of white.

An easy DIY craft making spring mason jars using pastel colored chalk paints. | chatfieldcourt.comOnce they were dry, I lightly rubbed a buffing pad over each jar to smooth out some of the brush marks. Then I took a piece of course sandpaper and sanded the high spots to bring out the words and designs.

A quick and easy DIY craft making spring mason jars using pastel colored chalk paints. | chatfieldcourt.comNext, it was time to play in the dirt. I was going to plant a few seeds in my jars but ran out of time, so I went for wheatgrass instead, with its bright green color. Perfect for spring.

A quick and easy DIY craft making spring mason jars using pastel colored chalk paints and wheat grass. | chatfieldcourt.comEach jar got a handful of potting soil and a clump of grass.

A quick and easy DIY craft making spring mason jars using chalk paints and wheat grass. | chatfieldcourt.comAfter a little haircut, they were ready for their spot on the windowsill.

An easy DIY making spring mason jars using chalk paints and wheat grass. | chatfieldcourt.comI loved the spring color but something was missing, besides the fact that their haircut was a little too perfect. Oops.

One thing about wheatgrass is that it grows quickly so their uniform haircut only lasted a day before it started growing out.

An easy DIY making spring mason jars using chalk paints, wheat grass and tags. | chatfieldcourt.comBesides the new growth, I thought the addition of a spring tag to each jar would finish it off. I had the tags in my stash but when I found these cute bumblebees and butterflies, I could hardly wait for the glue to dry so I could tie them on with some jute twine.

An easy DIY making spring mason jars using chalk paints, wheat grass and handmade tags. | chatfieldcourt.comAn easy DIY making spring mason jars using pastel colored chalk paints, wheat grass and handmade tags. | chatfieldcourt.comJust what they needed, don’t you think?

A quick and easy DIY making spring mason jars using pastel colored chalk paints, wheat grass and handmade tags. | chatfieldcourt.com A super easy DIY making spring mason jars using pastel colored chalk paints, wheat grass and handmade tags. | chatfieldcourt.comI won’t get to enjoy them in my new kitchen for as long as I’d hoped, but I can always recreate them in my new home.

I’m taking part in a DIY Challenge with 29 other bloggers next week, so I’ll be back for that. If you want to see what we’re up to with the move this week, you can follow me on Instagram.

Hope you have a great week!

Check out some other spring posts.

5 ways to refresh your home and get it ready for spring. | chatfieldcourt.com

5 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Spring

Make this easy DIY spring wreath for your front door. | chatfieldcourt.com

Easy Spring Wreath

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