DIY Projects & Ideas

Find hundreds of DIY projects for your home and garden that you can actually do. Whether you're an experienced DIYer or an ambitious beginner, these DIY ideas will enable you to create the home you love while saving time & money.

Build

Build your own furniture, decorative items, outdoor structures and more to get a space that suits your exact needs, style and taste.

How to Build Gorgeous Concrete Countertops Two Ways

With the high cost of remodeling a kitchen or bath, many homeowners are turning to DIY options instead. One modern solution is concrete countertops. The process of making DIY concrete countertops is surprisingly straightforward, and the material cost is low. Concrete countertops are also low-maintenance and completely customizable for your layout or color scheme.

The Absolute Easiest Wooden Fence Installation Tips

Fences are a lovely addition to any landscape. They’re a great way to add curb appeal, frame your yard, provide privacy and a safe enclosure for pets and kids to play. Unfortunately, prefabricated fence panels and professional contractors can be budget busters, but don’t let that get in the way of your outdoor decorating dreams.

How to Build a Quick Outdoor Hairpin Leg Bench (with Storage!)

This week, I was out in Pittsburgh helping my husband's brother and sister-in-law prep their new old house for their baby-to-be! These two love to sit outside on the porch, but needed more seating for when guests are over. That's why I decided to make them this beauty of a bench with a wheeled storage bin. This project is quick and mostly consists of screwing treated wood slabs together and attaching the correct hardware. It does have a higher price-point because of the hairpin legs, but there are cheaper alternatives you can look to if you are under a tight budget.

Versatile Pallet Plaque With Mason Jar Hangers

I love projects that are easy to make but are also versatile! This spin on the ever-so-popular pallet sign as well as the timeless Mason jars can be made to look shabby chic, rustic, nautical, or modern--whatever your taste is, this is the perfect addition to your home or garden.

Outdoor Organization Rack From a Pallet

Here is another project that I made for my in-laws' new backyard oasis. As mentioned in a previous post, they just got rid of their pool and have created a hang out/fire pit/bar area where the pool once stood. My mother-in-law saw this concept and wanted me to make her one in order to hang items on outside and also for potential storage (the area between the pallet and the fence can be used to lay gardening tools such as shovels and rakes through--or if you have a pool, you can lay your pool noodles through there instead). She was really excited about how her organization rack came out and I was pleased as punch for another check in the box for pallet projects I've been able to do!

How to Clean Window Screens Like a Pro

By Marilyn SyartoCleaning window screens is probably a must-do on your to-do list. But you may wonder—isn’t cleaning the windows enough? The screens actually protect your windows by grabbing all the dirt, dust, and pollen that gets blown around in the air during rainstorms, dust storms, and any other times during the seasons when allergens are floating in the air. But thanks to all of that protection, in the end, screens are a lot like bed pillows—they harbor all kinds of gunk and grime that you really don’t want to inhale.This guide will take you step by step through the best methods to clean your window screens like a professional.

Paint

Painting is a great way to breathe life into your tired furniture, or transform your home into something spectacular indoors and out.

How To Stain A Deck The Right Way Every Time

All year round, outdoor decks get hammered by the elements. Winter weather especially takes a toll on outdoor surfaces, and wood decks suffer the most if they are not cared for properly. When spring rolls around, you may find that the deck that looked so beautiful last summer now seems dull and worn.

My Favorite Spray Painting Tips

I LOVE spray painting! Love it, love it, love it! It's so much fun, it's pretty simple to do, and it's so much quicker than painting by hand. (I also love painting by hand, because it's so therapeutic, but I hardly have time for that, so spray painting is my savior). I wanted to introduce you guys to my three favorite spray painting tips, so you can fall in love with spray painting too!

Faux Wood Grain Paint Technique

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5 Chalkboard Brands to Try (and 1 to Stick With)

Watercolor Painted Wall

I have been wanting to do an interesting wall paint treatment for a long time, and I like the many options and variations you can get by making your walls look like they are water-colored. I decided to do this for my in-laws kitchen, since they wanted orange accents but didn't want an entirely orange wall. I also added this to my tiny hallway walls in shades of blue. All you need is some paint and water and some good cleaning supplies, cause this can get quite messy!

Make Your Garage Door Look Like It Costs Thousands— With Paint

I’ve seen tons of people doing garage door makeovers and I had to try my hand at it! It turned out to be painless and very economical. If you’re like me, you’ve got a Plain Jane garage that needs a serious facelift!

Grow

Beautify and maintain your home's outdoor spaces or bring the green indoors with these great gardening tips and methods.

Quick, Easy, and Creative Ways to Grow an Avocado Tree From a Pit

Avocados have become an extremely popular menu item in recent years. At the same time interest in growing avocado trees has risen, as well. While the indoor trees may not bear fruit, they make wonderful houseplants. There’s no need to visit the garden center to purchase a starter plant or even a seed. With a pit from your next healthy meal, you can grow your very own avocado tree in no time and for free.

How to Grow Marigolds for a Splash of Sunny Garden Color

By Alexa EricksonBeautifully bright marigolds are low-maintenance annuals that deserve a place in every garden. They sprout quickly, reliably bloom within two months, last all summer and into fall, and have very little disease and insect issues. For these reasons, marigolds make for a colorful and satisfying addition to the yard that both gardening newbies and aficionados can appreciate. Plus, even though they’re technically annual flowers, it’s almost guaranteed that they’ll come back and bloom year after year without you having to lift a finger. Dig into this breezy how-to guide to grow the cheerful flowers yourself.

How to Grow and Harvest Juicy, Delicious Watermelon

By Alexa EricksonJuicy, hydrating, vibrant watermelon is a deliciously healthy fruit that exudes the essence of summer. The scrambling and trailing vine-like plant is one of the most popular fruits to grow in the garden, and although it requires a lot of space, sun, and water, it’s possible to grow in your own backyard. This how-to guide will help you plant, grow, and enjoy watermelon in your garden.

How to Prune Tomato Plants for Your Biggest Harvest Ever

By Hannah TwietmeyerWhen it comes to gardens, there’s a big difference between lush and overgrown greenery. Sure, those of us with green thumbs may be able to slightly manipulate how a plant grows, but it’s not often that everything planted will stay neat and tidy as it matures. When it comes to tomatoes, knowing how to best care for the plant—and how to keep it under control—is essential to growing a successful crop of plump, juicy tomatoes. This involves pruning, among other tomato-growing tips.The process is more than just shaping the landscaping bushes around your house; pruning is when a gardener selectively cuts off unwanted or overgrown parts of a plant, promoting healthy plant growth. But before you pick up your pruning shears and start snipping off stems, take some advice from us and set aside time to learn the details on pruning tomato plants.

How to Grow a Pineapple at Home

If you want to enjoy pineapple year-round, consider growing a pineapple at home. This post will teach you how to grow a pineapple both indoors and outdoors so that you can enjoy the taste of summer all year round.

How to Harvest Potatoes From Garden Beds and Containers

Potatoes are the ultimate root vegetable: They’re versatile in cooking, they’re a good source of dietary energy, and when you grow them yourself and keep them under the right conditions, they stay fresh on the shelf all winter long.

Organize

There are so many DIY organizing ideas and solutions that will have even the messiest home organized, one room at a time.

Tissue Box Turned Storage Bins

If you are anything like me you don't just have one junk drawer... you have one too many! I know there are a lot of solutions out there to help you get organized, but why not repurpose something you have on hand to help clean the clutter. If you have some empty tissue boxes lying around this quick and easy storage solution is perfect for you! Just a little glue and fabric and these aren't simply helpful, but cute too!

Dear Hometalk: How Do I Add More Storage to My Small Kitchen?

Do you have a small kitchen like I do? I have a cute, cheap, easy solution for you!

7 DIY Garage Storage Ideas You Can Use Right Now!

Your garage might just be the hardest-working space in your house -you use it as a workshop, a storage facility, a rainy day play space and (quite possibly) a place to keep your vehicles. In order to ensure that your garage can multitask for you, smart DIY storage is of key importance.

Over the Door Organizer Turned Bedside Storage

If you like to keep a good book by the bed, or store anything bedside, this easy repurpose project is right up your alley! I have some nightstands by the bed, but this guy can store much more and is an easy arms reach beside you! You can grab a cheap over the door organizer, and with a simple cut down the middle and some grommets and ribbon create a great bedside storage unit. This will give you storage on both sides of the bed and a variety of pockets to keep things neat and tidy. We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.Get materials: first you'll need an over-The-Door Organizer , a ribbon , scissors, eyelets and applicator and finally fabric Glue.Also, make sure to check out other organizer ideas in the DIY organization project page!

Easiest Under the Sink Organizer Hack

If you have a mess under your kitchen sink cabinet, there’s no need to fret! I have a super easy and cheap solution, and all it takes is 15 minutes, a tension rod and some plastic baskets. Bonus: it only costs $10 so say goodbye to that mess!

Brilliant Closet Organization Ideas

Organized closets do so much for us. They not only make things easier to find and put away, but they give us more of that valuable closet space that so many of us desperately need and want. Disorganized closets are not only unsightly but they are also very stressful on us mentally. Which is why organizing experts like Marie Kondo are very popular right now.

Clean

Clean those stubborn stains on your furniture and get your favorite appliances sparkling clean with these DIY cleaning tips

Avoid Bacteria Growth With These Easy Steps for Cleaning a Humidifier

Humidifiers are commonly used in winter months to add moisture to the air. They can be a great way to stay healthy in cold, dry winter months. However, they can also make you very sick if you don’t clean them regularly. The combination of sitting water and the intricate crevices in a humidifier can cause bacteria to grow very quickly.

How to Clean Silver and Bring Back the Shine

From family heirlooms to the perfect yard sale silver serving piece, the brilliant shine of silver eventually fades and starts to tarnish. That foggy black tarnish is called silver sulfide and rather than cover the surface of the silver, it is the surface of the silver as it ages.

How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet So It'll Last Forever

By Alexa EricksonAcquiring a cast iron skillet is a rite of passage for all home chefs. The benefits are plentiful. Seasoned pans are naturally nonstick, allowing you to cook with less oil. Cooking with a cast iron pan also eliminates the worry of chemicals from materials like Teflon, a synthetic coating often found on nonstick pans. Cast iron pans have a long lifespan (some have been passed down for generations), can be used in the oven as well as on the stove, and they even add iron to your food!Cast iron cookware requires a different approach than other pots and pans in your kitchen. This how-to guide has you covered from cleaning to seasoning and general upkeep.

How to Clean Your Dishwasher

My dishwasher is one of the hardest working things in my house (I basically run it everyday!), but it’s easy to forget that it needs a good cleaning too. When my dishwasher starts to smell, you know it's time to give it a good cleaning. With just two green ingredients you can have an Eco clean dishwasher (without using expensive dishwasher detergent).

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors to Make Them Sparkle

By Erin LindholmWhether it’s the shower in your own bathroom, a kids tub and shower, or even a vacation rental that needs a little extra TLC, it’s a skill to know how to clean glass shower doors. Hard water stains, soap scum, those corners where mildew starts to creep in — it all detracts from the fresh and clean feeling of the shower. If hotels can maintain sparkling clean glass shower doors in bathrooms in hundreds of rooms, surely the average household can manage one, two, or a few, right?This brings us to the purpose of this guide: To explain the how’s and why’s of shower build-up and share our best store-bought cleaning solutions and DIY solutions to clean glass shower doors. Sparkling clean shower doors, here we come.

How to Clean a Nespresso Machine

By Marilyn SyartoNo need to travel to Italy or even down to your corner café for an espresso thanks to your home coffee bar outfitted with a nifty Nespresso machine. Maybe buying a Nespresso machine was a bit intimidating at first, but you made it through the learning curve. Now you’ll need to learn to clean your coffee machine if you want to keep that perfect morning infusion flowing.Regardless of whether you have a Nespresso from the Original Line or the VertuoLine, natural oils and tap water residue (called scale) can build up inside your machine, resulting in off-flavored, tepid temperature coffee, and a potentially clogged machine. If you can’t find your owner’s manual, or you just want a quick review of how to clean your machine, this guide can help. By cleaning it well and often, your machine can last a long time (long enough for you to be able to update the color if you want).Pro Tip: Nespresso has a special machine assistance section on its website that helps you learn more about how to clean and troubleshoot your particular model.Warning: Never put any of the parts of a Nespresso machine into a dishwasher, regardless of the model you own, and never submerge the machine in water.There are two parts to cleaning any Nespresso machine:1. Routine cleaning to kill bacteria and germs2. Descaling to eliminate interior gunk and built-up mineralsRoutine cleaning is easy; descaling is a multi-step process that depending on the model of your machine, will involve pressing one or two buttons to start the process.

Decorate

Transform your home into a spectacular space that really speaks to you! Find DIY home decor tips here for decor inspiration from other DIYers.

Skip the Remodel - Try These 12 Bathroom Decor Ideas

Even though it is often the smallest room in a house, the bathroom is one of the most expensive to remodel. According to Home Advisor, the average cost to remodel a bathroom is $10,257, but a high-end makeover could cost up to $25,000. For many of us, that expense is simply out of reach.

Light Up Your Bedroom With A Fairy Light Kids Rug

My daughters needed a nightlight for their room, but instead of just buying something for a wall or desk, I decided to make a light up rug! Using fabric yarn and an LED rope light, I crocheted my rug in just a few simple steps. Step 1: Gather Your Materials

15 Really Fun DIY Projects

Looking for fun DIY projects? We've got 15 really fun DIY projects that you can get started on immediately. These awesome projects made our "Best Of" list this week! You don't want to miss these!

PVC and Leather Hanging Planter

Add a touch of charm to any window with this PVC cap and leather strap planter. This tiny little number is perfect for a small succulent or air plant.

10 Creative and Beautiful DIY Room Divider Ideas

While many people are looking to tear down walls in their homes, sometimes you just need to divide up a large room. You might be looking to create a semi-separate office space within a large room or maybe you need to cover up a corner of your living room that is always filled with children’s toys. Whatever the reason, adding a room divider to a space can provide you with privacy and coziness.

Sunshine Mirror Wall Decor From an Apple Basket

I'm always trying to find something unique to make using materials or items that served a completely different purpose in their previous "life." As I mentioned in my apple basket light fixture project, I got my hands on several stacks of the baskets a few years ago and have been wanting to use them but haven't had the "Eureka!" idea or the motivation to do something with them. I finally found another great idea and it comes in the form of super inexpensive (ummm...almost FREE!) wall décor!

Room & Spaces DIY Projects

Make all the rooms and spaces in your home reflect your style, needs and taste with these DIY projects. Whether you're taking on a small project or large, here you'll find everything you need to get the job done and create a home that you love.

Bathroom

Add shelving to get more space for toiletries and towels, or change up your countertop, vanity or backsplash to get a beautiful AND functional bathroom.

Easy, Budget-Friendly DIY Bathroom Makeovers

The bathroom may not rank high on the list of favorite rooms in the house. Many of us would love a gorgeous, spa-like room to step into first thing in the morning but instead, we are most likely greeted with retro mint green tiles, tired looking cabinets and dingy linoleum floors.

11 Best Bathroom Decor Ideas

Maybe you are a renter and have limited options to decorate your home, or perhaps you are a homeowner but spent almost all of your home improvement budget to decorate other rooms in your house. Whatever the reasons are, you will find 11 creative and affordable ideas from Hometalkers who were able to turn their bathrooms from builder grade ugliness into charming, pleasant havens.

12 Creative & Gorgeous Bathroom Remodel Ideas for Any Budget

Want to redo your ugly 70’s bathroom but just can’t find the right inspiration? Sometimes it’s hard to feel inspired to renovate an entire bathroom. However, bathroom remodels can not only significantly improve the value of your home, but they can also make a stunning visual difference in your home. You might be surprised by how much you love your bathroom once your DIY bathroom remodel is complete.

Beautiful Bathroom Tile Ideas That Will Make You Want To Renovate

Tile has been a bathroom staple for decades. It’s a practical and pretty choice. Not only does its hard surface protect the room from water damage, but it’s also available in such a wide variety of styles, shapes, and colors, it’s suitable for absolutely any decor. Whether you choose to use tile on the wall, floor, or both, these beautiful bathroom tiles ideas are sure to inspire.

Easy, Budget-Friendly DIY Bathroom Makeovers

The bathroom may not rank high on the list of favorite rooms in the house. Many of us would love a gorgeous, spa-like room to step into first thing in the morning but instead, we are most likely greeted with retro mint green tiles, tired looking cabinets and dingy linoleum floors.

Skip the Remodel - Try These 12 Bathroom Decor Ideas

Even though it is often the smallest room in a house, the bathroom is one of the most expensive to remodel. According to Home Advisor, the average cost to remodel a bathroom is $10,257, but a high-end makeover could cost up to $25,000. For many of us, that expense is simply out of reach.

Bedroom

Change up your decor, add an accent wall, makeover your furniture or completely redo the entire space to create the bedroom of your dreams.

10 Savvy DIY Bedroom Decoration Ideas for Bedrooms of All Sizes

Small changes can have a big impact: From the nursery to the master bedroom— so don’t make the mistake of overlooking the many ways that DIY bedroom decor can improve your space.

Master Bedroom Ideas: A Wake-Up Call To Design Possibility

In need of inspiration to make a change to your tired, old master bedroom? Add some personality and make your master bedroom shine again. The master bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your house and one of the easiest to update. We present master bedroom ideas that will have you itching to breathe new life into your sleeping space. Let these Hometalk creations encourage you with different themes, ideas, and styles to help you make your bedroom beautiful. Wake up to your master bedroom’s potential!

Mantel Headboard

My daughter and her husband bought a new house. They are just starting out, so they are still trying to get the house decorated. Below is their bed needing a headboard to finish the look.

Intergalatic IKEA Hack

My little boy Joshua is obbesessed with STAR WARS and anything OUTTER SPACE! So when he said he wanted a cool bedroom for his 9th birthday I knew just what to do. With a budget limited to $250 for a full bedroom set, we went on the hunt! With a little help from Goodwill, IKEA, Unicorn SPiT & Famowood Glaze Coat, me and Josh are here to show YOU how to take the IKEA HACK from Level 1 to Level OUT OF THIS WORLD!

25 Minute Accent Wall Master Bedroom Makeover

I have been wanting to re-do my bedroom for some time now. Every room in my house is done with good vibes except mine...so "mom" typical hey?!

Creative a Massively Beautiful Ceiling With Paint, Plaster & Stencils

My very large master bedroom ceiling just seemed plain to me. Being an artist by nature, I simply saw a new "canvas" in order to add art. And how cool might it be, to wake up each morning to an awesome design looking down at me?

Living Room

Chic or cozy, form or function, check out the hundreds of living room ideas shared here by other DIYers like you.

Fireplace Makeover

Brick fireplace makeover with stained wood.

Faux Rustic Wood and Beams

I've always loved the look of rustic wood and beams mixed with chandeliers and French Country decor. We've always had a support beam in our living room but it was covered with dry wall. So recently, I painted it to look like wood.

5 Family Room Ideas to Create a Cozy Retreat

In this article, you’ll see 5 family room ideas to create a cozy retreat for you and your family. The name “family room” conveys a warm and inviting area, one where you might envision playing card games with the kids, curling up by the fire with a good book or catching the big game on tv.

6 How-To's That Will Make Your Home Better This Month

Your home is waiting to be DIY'd up the wazoo! DIY home decor is filled with tons of home decorating DIY ideas, with a few easy to follow projects below. And if you're looking for other fun DIY projects, then you've come to the right place!

Faux Brick Wall

I have wanted an exposed brick wall for quite some time, but don't live in a place where I can do some demo to expose one myself so I went with a fun alternative! This faux brick wall paneling is a quick and cheap option if you are wanting to give a wall a bit of industrial character. With some liquid nails, some grout and of course the panels you get a great brick look-a-like! This is a great option for renters too as you are able to install it with only nails if needed and can remove it when you move!

Update an Old Ceiling Fan With Spray Paint!

We finally got our kitchen, living room and some hallways painted several weeks ago. When the painter asked if he could remove some of our kitchen ceiling fan's blades, so he could paint more easily, I figured it was the PERFECT time to take it all down and finally spray paint the thing and give it a new, updated look! Rustoleum 2X white and metallic nickel spray paints to the rescue! It cost me two new cans of spray paint, but I have plenty left for other projects. I did this project over a few days because I wanted to make sure parts were dry before doing a different colour.

Outdoor Ideas

Update your deck, porch, patio, sunroom or even shed with these awesome DIY projects. Refresh your outdoor decor or get inspiration for outdoor furniture ideas, and make it happen!

9 Amazing Patio Ideas You Need to Try This Summer

Sometimes decorating your outdoor patios can seem tricky. Especially when you are trying to do it on a budget. Whether you have a small patio, a covered patio, a hot tub or jacuzzi - we have you covered with these 9 inspiring patio ideas.

How To Make A Paving Stone Planter Box !

Last year there was a great sale on paving stones, priced at 5 for $1.00 at Lowes. So we purchased 200 of them. Months had passed and it finally came to me what we could do to utilize the inexpensive stones.

Cinder Block Bench

I just completed this project on Saturday and it has added a great outdoor living space and really brightened up our front patio area.

Wine Bottle Tiki Torches

With summer comes bugs, and more annoyingly, mosquitos! Thankfully, this summer I will have these nice tiki torches for my outdoor table when my husband and I entertain guests.

Macrame Privacy Wall

Earlier this year I asked for suggestion for creating a separating wall between neighbors.

Front Porch Privacy Screen

When our neighbours decided to store their garbage bins at the side of their house we had more than just a curb appeal problem. Every time we came and went out the front door we were met with an unappealing view of their trash.

Kitchen & Dining

Refinish your cabinets, update your lighting, or resurface your counters to bring new life to the busiest room in your house.

8 Popular Ways to Make Over Your Kitchen for 2020

The kitchen is one of the places you most likely spend a ton of time in every day and can easily be the hub of the entire house, so why not make it an inviting and wonderful room to be in with these amazing kitchen makeover ideas!

Under-Cabinet Rope Lighting

If you're like me and find yourself wanting a little mood lighting in your kitchen (or any other room, really), here's a great way to do that with just a few supplies and steps.

Galapagos Blue Kitchen

We are adding Galapgos Blue everywhere we can! It is our signature color that we invented and WON a contest in 2015 hosted by General Finishes! So when a client wants to use it in their home our heart skips a beat! It is amazing at what a can do!

Unexpected Ideas For Your Kitchen And Bathroom Mobile Home Remodel

Single or double wide, mobile homes are a popular, affordable option for anyone eager to become a homeowner. However, some people pass them up, because they envision themselves in a country farmhouse, cozy cape or mid-century rambler instead of the standard architecture of many manufactured homes.

9 Inspiring Kitchen Cabinet Makeovers (Before and After)

Everyone knows that a kitchen is never fully dressed without some grade A cabinetry, and luckily, that's not too difficult of a feat to accomplish in your DIY home decor projects! Your kitchen cabinets can be completely made over by simply giving them a paint job or replacing their hardware. Don't buy it? Take a look at how painted kitchen cabinets completely changed these unimpressive rooms into spectacular and bright homes for some amazing kitchen makeovers!1. Like Night and Day

Kitchen Facelift

This is a before pic of my kitchen. I don't have a ton of money to sink (get the pun) into my kitchen, so I did most of the work myself. I also would've loved to have new fancy cabinets, but since that wasn't an option I gave them a facelift.