Quick Weekend Projects

Finished door
Carve out a few hours this weekend for a DIY project, and you'll have a fresh piece of home decor by Monday. (You'll definitely want to Instagram or Facebook your efforts.)

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.

Reupholstering a chair can be a bit of a challenge, but these tips and tricks will show you how to successfully reupholster a piece of furniture.

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.

Stencil your walls for an easy decorating update. Here's how to stencil and bring pattern to your walls.

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.

Painting furniture gives an old piece a new look. Here's how to paint furniture and get great results.

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. 

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