DIY projects shouldn’t be an entire job of their own. A good DIY project can be done in a weekend or even an evening with the right tools and the right planning. But DIY sites are plastered with boring ideas for shoe racks and custom closets that few hobbyists in their right minds would bother with. Let’s check out some of the cooler DIY projects you can knock out in a short amount of time.
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DIY Suitcase Nightstand
Making your own furniture is a rewarding experience, but repurposing old household items into cool vintage-looking pieces adds pop and flair to any interior space. This unique DIY suitcase nightstand is easy to whip up out of almost any old piece of baggage and makes a neat talking piece for your night guests. With just a few simple tools and attachments, this is a project you can do in just an afternoon!
Vintage Wine Rack
Wine racks are an attractive finishing touch in any kitchen, dining room, or bar. They’re among the most popular DIY pieces because there are practically endless designs and applications. This simple vintage wine rack gives your space a rustic look and stores 5 bottles of your favorite vino. You can customize the staining and labeling to match your preferred look. You can even customize by using screws instead of nails or other styles of lumber. If you’re feeling ambitious, go ahead and copy the design and build it to your own specifications– more bottles means more fun!
Easy DIY Reupholstery Chair Seats
Upholstery is one of the more intimidating DIY projects that leaves hobbyists resigned to spending their hard-earned money on a professional. But with a little bravery and ingenuity, anyone can learn simple upholstery methods to repair household pieces while saving sometimes hundreds of dollars in the process. For basic reupholstery at home, you just need a staple gun, a pair of scissors, a screwdriver, some upholstery-weight fabric, and a thin dust cover.
Covered Children’s Sandbox
Put your DIY skills to the test and make something you can enjoy with the kids. While your son or daughter may not be quite old enough to help design this sandbox with you, you can take it into the backyard and have tons of family fun in the sun all summer long. And on those rainy days, this simple homemade sandbox has an easy-to-use cover to keep contents safe and dry when not in use. With just a few power tools and some lumber, you can put together a pile of memories your family will enjoy for many years to come.
If you’ve ever watched professionals install real or faux marble, you might be a little intimidated by the process. It seems like heavy-duty work with a lot that can easily go wrong. And that’s true in many cases. But with a quality at-home countertop paint kit like the Giani Marble, you can do the job yourself and make it look just like the experts. There are also granite versions that are less labor-intensive, so you can choose the project that’s right for your kitchen and your abilities.
The most important thing is that you thoroughly read and understand each step of the process before starting the process at all. It’s a good idea to watch multiple video guides to get an idea of the project flow. Once you know what to do, it’s easy to get it right the first time.
Upgrade Your Boring Doorknobs
Want to do something fun to spruce up the house, but don’t have the time, space, or know-how for a big DIY project? You can freshen up the look in any room by changing out fixtures as simple as your doorknobs, and once you’ve done it a few times, it becomes very quick and easy to repeat on any door you run into. You can find doorknobs of quite literally all shapes and sizes to get exactly the look you want throughout the whole house. You can stick with traditional classics like wood or brass, or you can even go with fun and innovative shapes.
Bookshelves are definitely a traditional DIY project, and a bigger one at that, but this simple build is one that you can hack together over a weekend to accent any room that’s got a little too much empty wall space. This project is more moderately priced at around $240, but you won’t get a more attractive bookshelf at the big box stores for the price. Even a good Ikea bookshelf runs a few hundred bucks, and you still have to put those together yourself!
Custom Pantry Shelving
Kitchen and bathroom refinishing are some of the more expensive home renovation work that you can have done, but if all you want is to freshen up the look a little bit, you can easily customize your own kitchen shelves without the help of an expensive contractor. These attractive pantry shelf plans are easy to customize to your own kitchen’s specifications and your personal style preferences making them the ultimate kitchen project for any DIY enthusiast. This project requires surprisingly few tools and materials to produce an impressive end result that you’ll enjoy in your home for a long time.
Changing up the curtains is one of the quickest and most effective ways to make a striking change to the look in any room. But like any linens and fabrics, fine curtains are far too expensive to change on a regular basis. You can easily make your own curtains out of your favorite patterns without even having to sew anything. All you need are a few simple tools and an adhesive and a large section of your desired cloth.
Easy Outdoor Fire Pit
A bonfire on a summer evening is a sublime experience to share with friends, family, or nobody but yourself. This fire pit is an incredibly simple and basic design that even a beginner DIY-er can pull off. All you need is a safe and clear patch in your yard to install it and permission from your township’s fire department (or you could get into trouble). Once you’re cleared to burn, you just need some retaining wall bricks, pea pebbles, and paver base to put it all together.
DIY Raised Garden Bed
Raised garden beds are popular among gardening enthusiasts for a few reasons. They’re cheaper than many store-bought gardening beds, you don’t need to bend and kneel to work on them, they look nice, and they even help to protect your plants against small garden pests. A garden bed is a simple planter for small to medium-sized crops that you can grow at home. As they’re little more than a basin and some supports, they make a perfect beginner project for the DIY-er even just for practice.
Secure Outdoor Delivery Safe
Porch pirates are a recent phenomenon, or rather, a problem, that society has yet to solve. You can keep your deliveries protected from thieves and hoodlums with this cool outdoor delivery locker. The delivery person simply lowers your package into the mechanism on top and it’s deposited securely into the lockbox below. Opening the top again, you’ll see that there’s no way to reach inside to take the package without unlocking the box below.