Quick Weekend Projects
Before: Stuck in the Past
This ubiquitous light fixture from decades past (raise your hand if it hung over your breakfast table) doesn't need to be completely abandoned. See how a quick fix can bring it up to date.
After: Forward Thinking
What did it take to transform this light fixture? A new shade, basic DIY supplies, and a few hours blocked off on your calendar. Simple as that.
Before: Simple Rug
This basic outdoor rug was a snoozefest before a simple makeover took it to the next level.
After: Paint Update
Use painter's tape to mark out a design and fill in with a few coats of chalk paint to create a custom look on a simple rug.
Reupholster a Chair
Learn how to reupholster a chair to give it a whole new look.
Before: Blank Canvas
Give a plain wall a fresh face in just a weekend with this basic project.
After: Stenciled Sensation
Simply stenciling over an existing wall color injects some much-needed freshness into a room. Try a tone-on-tone look or add a little shimmer with metallic paint.
How to Stencil
Ready to stencil? Watch and learn the secrets to success.
Before: Plain Lamp
While monochromatic has its place, look to your lamps if you're looking to add a little color.
After: Personalized Panache
With a few DIY supplies, you can transform what you already own. This stitched shade features flowers colored with oil-base permanent markers. The base of the lamp was spray-painted a sunny yellow, which picks up on one of the colors used on the shade.
Before: Basic Tray
Galvanized accessories are hot, but why not take this trend and personalize it a bit?
After: Striped Sensation
Create painted stripes on a plain tray in just a few simple steps.
Before: Dim Outlook
No, you don't have to be stuck with that boring old light fixture. And yes, you can install a new one without calling an electrician. How? We're glad you asked...
After: Bright Future
It's amazing how one change can completely elevate a room. Say good-bye to an old fixture and hello to fresh illumination with our step-by-step how-to.
Before: File Under Dull
This past-its-prime veneer file cabinet was looking for a new lease on life.
How to Paint Furniture
Watch and see how to paint wood furniture like a pro.
After: End in Style
Removing a drawer and adding paint repurposed the cabinet as a brand-new end table. Adding feet and new hardware customized the look, while leaving some of the wood unpainted nods to the piece's original form. Use painter's tape to mark off any areas you don't want painted, and remove any painter’s tape while the paint is still tacky but not wet. When fully dry, install the new hardware.
Before: Plain Door
A ho-hum door doesn't have to stay that way. Giving it a colorful makeover can be done in a weekend or less.
After: Bright Welcome
Painting your front door a fun color is an easy way to boost curb appeal without extensive exterior remodeling.