DIY House Projects You Can Tackle in a Weekend (Really!)

diy-house-projects-staircase-molding-afterAre you addicted to watching HGTV and DIY Network? It seems like if I’m not dreaming of moving to a new house, I’m dreaming up DIY house projects for my current house.

If you’re somewhat handy and – most important – willing to work steadily but carefully, you can complete any of the DIY house projects in this article from HouseLogic in the span of a weekend.

  • Pinterest-worthy window seat – I love the suggestion to use an IKEA storage system in place of custom-building cabinets.
  • Fireplace and mantel makeover – Patience and attention to detail are the keys to good results here. If you rush any part of the sanding, staining, priming, or painting, you’ll regret it.
  • Opening up sight lines by removing upper cabinets in a galley kitchen – This can be tricky if the cabinets are attached to a soffit that carries ducting, plumbing, and/or electrical. For this to remain a DIY project and to avoid having to pull permits, don’t attempt to remove the soffit. Simply patch, sand, prime, and paint. (This article is a good discussion/explanation of soffits, along with some smart ideas for prettying them up if they need to stay.)
  • Peel-and-stick wood strips to add interest to a bedroom wall – Wood walls are very “in” right now, and for good reason…they’re so pretty. And the new peel-and-stick options make this an easy update.
  • Paver patio — Maybe leave this one until things warm up, LOL!
  • Rich-looking molding for cheap (like on the staircase pictured here) – Miter saw skill is critical on this one, as is plenty of scrap wood to practice your cuts on.
  • Wall-mounted drop-leaf workbench – This clever solution requires a solid wood door. You can find one at a great price – and support a great nonprofit organization at the same – by shopping at Bud’s Warehouse on Mississippi just west of I-225 or at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore (locations throughout the Denver metro area).

Let me know if this has inspired you to tackle some DIY projects! I’d love to see your photos and share your been-there-done-that advice with my readers.

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Image: Mysha of Remington Avenue

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