10 Do It Yourself Projects You Can Do in a Weekend


You’re probably spending more time inside now that it’s cold out. Why not spend some of that time improving your NYC apartment? Here are 10 easy do it yourself projects that you can finish in a single weekend!


You’re probably staying inside more now that it’s cold out. Why not spend some of that time improving your NYC apartment? Here are 10 easy do it yourself projects that you can finish this weekend!

Do It Yourself Projects: Paint

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1. Create a Standout Accent Wall

You may not have time to paint a whole room, but why not paint a wall? A feature wall is a great way to add a little pop to your home. Choose a fun color that complements your existing decor. Are you feeling a little more brave? Instead of painting, hang up some wallpaper.

2. Hang a Rotating Gallery

Create a simple photo gallery in minutes. A couple hooks securely fastened to the wall and some string are all you need. Use clothespins to hang your favorite photos. Rotate the pictures frequently for an ever-changing gallery.

Do It Yourself Projects: Plants

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3. Decorate with Plants

It’s dreary outside, so bring a little warmth inside with plants! Succulents and cactus plants are a great option and easy to care for. Show one off in a terracotta pot decorated with a little paint. You could also create your own terrarium. Have a black thumb? Add color to your apartment with fake flowers.

4. Show Off Memorabilia

Shadowboxes are a fun way to gather and show off keys, vintage camera, postcards, and more. Use an old frame for your shadowbox and fill it with some of your favorite memories! Check out Darcy Miller’s scrapboxes for inspiration.

Do It Yourself Projects: Chalkboard

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5. Make Your Own Chalkboard

Another way to use a beautiful vintage frame is a do it yourself chalkboard. Cut a piece of heavy cardboard or wood to fit any frame of your choice. Coat the cardboard with a few coats of chalkboard paint, and project is complete! Use the chalkboard to share your weekly meal plan, a monthly calendar, or a simple inspirational quote.

6. Add Inexpensive Art

Even if you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, you can create a beautiful piece of artwork. All you have to do is frame scrapbook paper or fabric. Have fun changing the paper as the seasons change.

7. Create a Hidden Charging Station

Are your cords driving you crazy? Create a hidden charging station in a spare drawer. Drill a hold in the back of a drawer, and then add separators to keep the drawer organized. Then pull your cord through the hole. Now you can charge your phone right in the drawer.

8. Update Your Cabinets

You may not be able to redo your cabinets in a weekend, but you can definitely change the hardware. This is one of those do it yourself projects that ceates a huge impact with very little effort.

9. Dress Up Your Curtains

Keep your home warm this winter with curtains. Open them during the day to let in sun and heat, and close them at night to hold warmth inside. Dress up a boring pair of curtains with trim — and if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can just iron or glue the trim on.

Do It Yourself Projects: Mat

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10. Keep Floors Dry with a Beautiful Mat

Winter in NYC is messy. Keep your wet boots off the floor with a mat. You can make your own by stenciling a plain mat, or you can use stones to create a DIY riverstone mat.

This weekend, try one of these do it yourself projects! In less than 48 hours, you can have a beautiful new feature for your New York apartment.

Main Image Source: Flickr/Amy Gizienski


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