From the disposition to refresh your home? From repairing up roadside furniture into installing an edible container garden and building a stone fire pit, all these 10 DIY projects for the home and garden are for both newbies and pros.
Ryland Peters & Small | CICO Books
Project: Painted quotation
Estimated time: 1 hour
The book Flea Market Chic by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell includes a quote painted on the wall over a bed’s headboard. It is possible to easily recreate this poetic look with a little can of paint and a pair of correspondence stencils — or very good handwriting.
Project: Burlap-wrapped pots
Estimated time: 15 minutes
Jennifer of The Old Painted Cottage coated basic baskets with burlap to better her maidenhair ferns. Buy a roll of burlap in a garden store, cut a segment that suits your kettle and set the stylishly covered kettle in a plant rack. You can even finish the look by linking the burlap with twine.
Project: Two embellished paper planters
Lack of time: 20 minutes to two hours
Monica Ewing of Crafty Nest whipped these up beautiful paper world lanterns with simply a glue gun and antiques from a craft store. The blossom design takes a bit more time, however you can finish the pom-pom creation in just minutes.
Watch the full directions here
Banyon Tree Design Studio
Project: Container backyard
Estimated time: An afternoon
Want a backyard in raised beds but do not have the time or want to do major construction? Have a cue from the folks at Banyon Tree Design Studio and fill galvanized troughs (yes, the sort livestock drink from) with soil and compost, and use them as containers to plant your own seeds.
Project: Reclaimed dining chairs
Lack of time: two days (including drying time)
Monica Ewing of Crafty Nest scooped up these chairs for free on the side of the street and altered them with black paint and decorative fabric.
This is a no-sew job, so it’s even appropriate for newbie DIYers. Read the full particulars and how-to here.
Project: Stenciled Shade
Estimated time: two days
Upgrading a sisal rug with a modern print produces a brand new look that is inexpensive. Read more about this project here.
Project: Outside chalkboard
Estimated time: two days
Colors of Green’s portfolio on motivated me to investigate outdoor chalkboard DIY projects. I discovered the perfect method: Mix exterior paint using a dark sanded grout and use it into a sheet of plywood for a version that will hold up against the components. Get the here.
Project: Front-door face-lift
Estimated time: two days (includes drying period)
Designer Brian Patrick Flynn, aka the Decor Demon, upgraded a fundamental hollow-core doorway in a weekend with new hardware, new paint and crisp picture layout. It may appear complex, but with time and patience, even a beginner can tackle this job.
Read the Complete story with step-by-step directions
Harper Design from HarperCollins Publishers
Project: Placemat pillows
Issue: Moderate (sewing machine required)
Estimated time: A few hours
Dwelling in a Nutshell by Janet Lee covers creative and budget-friendly projects for little spaces. Following is a genius suggestion from the book: Sew designer placemats together and fill with stuffing to make a cushion. Read the policy of Dwelling in a Nutshell for more thoughts.
Erin Lang Norris
Project: Backyard fire pit
Estimated time: Several weekends (and helping hands)
if you’re ready to bust out the power tools and do some heavy lifting, then this stacked stone fire pit may be yours in time to enjoy warm summer nights. Erin Lang Norris did a wonderful job outlining step-by-step directions, so in the event that you decide to tackle this project, you’re in good hands.