Call it the end of cabin fever, the calm after the spring cleaning storm, or just a result of seeing nature renew itself as it does every year with freshly budding plants and little baby animals all over the place. Whatever it is about spring, we here at Houzz find it to be the time of year where we start to look at everything around us with fresh eyes — not least of all our homes. We’re ready to tackle that paint project, get our backyard into shape, and are coming up with a long list of ideas for sprucing up both inside and out of the house. With that in mind, we decided to compile fifty of our favorite DIY projects from around the Houzz community. Take a look, and maybe get ready to prepare your own list of projects to get your home in shape for the new season.
Those pretty chevron curtains were actually put together without a sewing machine by Houzz user Casa Greer
. Find details on the project at the Casa Greer blog
Poufs! They're a big deal right now. Rather than spend $300+ on one for your home, why not follow Houzz user katypopo's
lead and make your own? She used instructions found here
Artist and blogger Tina Sindahl used an IKEA cabinet and upholstery nails to recreate the look of a high-end credenza she loved. You can find out how she did it on her blog, Signed by Tina
. (The instructions are in Swedish, but there's a drop-down menu on the sidebar for translation.)
Tina also made several pieces of art around the house, including this fishscale-looking project. You can follow her instructions
to make your own, too.
Like Tina's style? You can see more of her amazing home in our Houzz Tour
Our friends at DIYLife shared this project
for updating butcher block countertops to their former glory. All it takes is a little elbow grease, some mineral oil and a sander.
... She used a little ladder found at her local antique mall. What a clever idea!
Jennifer Flores from Rambling Renovators
used the family's collection of handmade doilies to create the installation you see hanging above the bed. Get full instructions on the project here
You can see more of the Rambling Renovators home in their Houzz Tour
Take a generic hollow-core door and turn it into something stylish. Here's how
Lauren and Kyle Zerbey made a leaf-like sculpture in their bathroom out of recycled toilet paper rolls. You can do the same with this tutorial
from Growing Up Creative.
See more of the Zerbey's home in their Houzz Tour
Knobs and handles are an easy and instant way to change the look of a piece of furniture. Here, designer Abbe Fenimore added handles to an IKEA dresser and a mirror cut to fit the top to come up with a look that's less "big box chain" and more one-of-a-kind.
See more of this home designed by Fenimore in the Houzz Tour
Designer Lauren Liess decided to turn her older refrigerator into a work of art with a few coats of chalkboard paint. Now her kids have a space for drawing, and she has a handy spot for the grocery list.
Here are instructions for covering your fridge with chalkboard paint from green living expert (and blogger) Danny Seo
Lauren also made the canopy in her youngest son's room out of a dropcloth and leftover paint from the walls. You can get more details of the project at her blog, Pure Style Home
See more of Lauren's lovely home in her Houzz Tour
Michelle Hinckley transformed an old mirror into the bulletin board shown here. Get the how-to on her blog, Three Men and a Lady
Another great idea from Michelle: turn a simple wood dresser into a glam nightstand. Find detailed instructions on the project here
See more of Michelle's DIY skills in her Houzz Tour
Love those popular starburst mirrors? Follow Michelle's lead and make your own with a smaller mirror and some — wait for it — bamboo skewers!
Get the tutorial at her blog, Three Men and a Lady
Ikea Fabric Stool
You don't have to be an upholstery pro to update simple furnishings like this stool. Houzz user mariannefromfrance gives the play-by-play on how to tackle this easy update on her blog, Noces de Coton
Houzz user carrieannrich fell in love with a bench from Ballard Designs, but wasn't quite so crazy about the price tag. She decided to make one herself, and thankfully provided instructions on her blog
for how you can too!
Next time you see a dilapidated Scrabble box at the thrift store, pick it up! Those old letters could be new magnets for your fridge, thanks to this project
from Alicia at Atypical Type A.
You can see more of Alicia's projects and fun home in her Houzz Tour
Amanda from Red Jet Whistle had the ingenious idea to hang a thrifted ball light from an iron plant hanger to make this cool bedside lamp
It may be a tad hard to see on the right side of this photo, but a little bunting dresses up a wall of Amanda's sweet bathroom. She shares how to make your own flag bunting in this tutorial
And how could I leave out this awesome Flor tile customization? Amanda gives a full play-by-play on how the rug was made right here
Houzz member serim took two basic IKEA shoe cabinets and transformed them using a bit of paint and some 3D wall covers. Find out how she did it on her blog, Eclectic Touch
Wine corks hold a wealth of possibilities after the bottle is long gone. Houzz user Monica Ewing
repurposed hers into a crafty bath mat, and you can too by following her helpful tutorial
Monica's filled with good ideas! Here she took an old window and turned it into a frame for a selection of botanical prints
. Get the how-to on her blog, Crafty Nest
Old maps become a new wall covering in this room shared by Houzz member philigry. Get a detailed look at the project on her blog
That's not a bouquet of flowers on the dresser, it's a little lamp that Leah from The Way We Are
painted white and hot-glued with fake flowers from the dollar store. So sweet for a little girl's room!
Why spend $$ on a wall decal when you can get the same look with felt and twine? Follow the Zerbey's
lead and make your own instead. See how
For the more savvy handyperson, Lauren and Kyle's teak plywood-wrapped vanity could be a project to try.
Read more about The Zerbey's home renovation on their blog, Chezerby
If you've got a tangle of jewelry that needs taming, this DIY is right up your alley. Alicia of Atypical Type A
used picture wire and screw hooks to make this simple rack
. Now her earrings and necklaces are organized and easy to see.
Amy of ABC Design
mimicked the look of her loft windows on a blank wall with a heap of square mirrors, a laser level and plenty of mirror mastic.
Here's a super-easy trick: Bling up a towel bar with a little glue and some rhinestones, as Tina Sindahl
We like this spic-and-span garage organization project
on DIYLife. You might even end up with an extra parking spot when all is said and done!
Contributor Killy Scheer and her husband made this fantastic headboard for the bedroom in their old Harlem apartment
. The nightstand, on the other hand, is the easiest "DIY" of all: It's simply a suitcase perched on top of a small stool!
Get full instructions for making the headboard at Killy's blog, the Studiolo
The pair also turned a niche in their living room into a full-blown office for two with built-in desk and curtains to hide work away when the "room" isn't in use.
Read more about the office and, of course, the rest of the house in their Houzz Tour
Here's an easy and inexpensive way to add interest to a wall via The Locker
: Use a few embroidery hoops to hold scraps of fabric, and voila! Instant art display.
Got a home project you're working on now? Let us know in the comments below.
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