Give in to spring fever with a fun weekend antiquing adventure, painting project or patio spruce-up. And whatever the weather, you can always feed your need to dig your hands in the dirt by starting some seeds indoors. Seven could-dos for your weekend, straight ahead.
1. Go antiquing. If you’re in Texas, make your way to Round Top for antiques week, which is happening April 2 to 7.
Not in Texas? Search local listings for an antiques fair or flea market near you, or hit the road in search of antiques shops and estate sales. For the best chance of success, go with an idea of what you’re looking for, but stay open to possibilities — unearthing unexpected treasures is part of what makes antiquing fun.
2. Pick a new front door color. Repainting the front door isn’t as massive an undertaking as repainting the siding, but it can have a big impact just the same.
3. Clean windows. Let the spring light in! Get your windows spotlessly clean inside (and outside, if you’re up for it) and then reward yourself with a great book and a clear view.
4. Plan some spring meals. Gather your favorite cookbooks, pour yourself a cup of tea and start brainstorming dinner ideas. Getting a few weeks’ worth of meal ideas on the schedule means you can use less brainpower on those busy weeknights.
5. Tune up garden tools. Hardworking tools like spades, clippers and lawn mowers take a beating. Get your tools cleaned — and sharpened, if needed — so you’re ready to tackle spring garden chores.
6. Plant something. Whether you have a big edible garden or a few planters on the balcony, start keeping an eye on nighttime temperatures so you can get spring seeds and seedlings in the ground. If spring is slow to arrive in your neck of the woods, consider planting a tray or two of seeds indoors so you have seedlings ready to transplant when the weather warms.
7. Hang up some outdoor lights. With days lengthening and weather becoming more mild, it’s a good time to start getting those outdoor spaces ready for relaxing — and hanging up outdoor string lights is pretty much guaranteed to make any outdoor space more magical. Hang a strand or two across the patio or porch and turn them on in the evening to add ambiance to your gatherings.