Looking for some simple and affordable DIY home decor ideas? I’ve got you covered! Here are 60+ budget-friendly DIY projects to help you add a personal touch to your home.
Do you ever sit around and think, “man I’d love to tackle some DIY home projects this weekend but I’m not sure where to start”? Because I do. Sometimes I’m in the mood to DIY but I just don’t have the inspiration. It can be hard to know where to get started when the entire world of possibilities is open to you!
I’m here to help. I’m rounding up sixty simple, affordable, and accessible DIY home decor and home improvement projects that you can tackle this weekend. They’re all beginner-friendly, and they’re all a TON of fun!
I’m organizing the list by room, but of course most of the these can be done in any room! Just browse around and see if any of these DIY home projects speak to you, then do it in whatever room you want.
You can get supplies for pretty much all of these DIY home decor projects at the hardware store, and you can find step by step instructions at the links below.
DIY Home Decor for the Living Room + Entry
In the Entry…
- Add some family photos to the staircase. I’ve been meaning to switch ours up for a while now, but this is such a great way to add some personality to your space. You can do a few large-scale ones or a bunch of smaller ones. Either way, a grouping of picture frames up the stairs is always a good idea.
- Create some wall hooks. If you have a small entry that needs some organization, this is a great project. I did it in our second house, which had almost no entry space. It was the perfect solution and added so much function!
- Paint the walls! Any room will feel completely refreshed with a fresh coat of paint! It’s one of those projects many people tend to put off because it’s annoying, but man, it’s worth it.
- Add an accent wall. It could be shiplap, board & batten molding, a grid, or just about anything else. Accent walls are a great way to dip your feet into wall treatments without a huge commitment. And they never take terribly long, either!
- Give a thrift store lamp a makeover. If you want a really satisfying and easy project, head to the thrift store and find a lamp that you almost love. Then, give it a totally new look! It’s such a money-saver because lamps are expensive. Here’s another version of this project for some inspiration!
- Hang some bead board. This is a huge impact project that doesn’t take too much time. It’s great for the entry, an accent wall, or even a small bathroom!
- Paint the front door. This is a perfect afternoon project with a big impact. We’ve painted our front and back doors in every house, and it always makes it feel more like home.
In the Living Room…
- Paint a mural! I did this in the bonus room in our first house and it made me smile so big every time I saw it! It’s such a simple and fun project that really makes a huge impact. It’s impressive, and it’s WAY easier than it looks.
- Make over a side table. I did this with a little table in our last house that had great bones, but needed some serious love. I ended up being obsessed with the finished project, and it was so easy!
- Make a display for family photos. Speaking of family photos – I love to make a little display that’s easily changed up! I’ve done this in two houses now, and it always makes me smile every time I pass by.
- Hide your television cords. If you haven’t done this, what are you waiting for? It’s a super quick project that has a HUGE impact. It’s so easy to run the cords behind your wall, and man, does it ever look better than visible television cords.
- Build an art ledge. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s a great way to display a ton of wall art at once!
- Add a DIY blanket ladder. This is one of my favorite quick projects to build. They’re so versatile. I’ve used them for blankets, plants, and a ton of other things.
- Build your own floating shelves. I get asked about these shelves more than almost anything else in my house. 100% worth it! You can also hang regular shelves with brackets – learn how here.
- Refresh the fireplace. It’s a big undertaking for a weekend, but it only took me about 2.5 days to knock out this one! It’s usually the focal point of your room, so it makes a big difference! You can also build your own mantel!
- Upgrade a bookshelf. I took an old, cheap bookcase we had laying around and gave it a whole new life. It’s a simple DIY that’ll add storage space and look great, too!
DIY Home Decor for the Kitchen + Dining Room
In the Dining Room…
- Give your dining table a makeover. Perfect if you’ve got a table you just don’t love. I did this with a cheap table I found on Craigslist, and it served us well the entire time we lived in our last house!
- Hang some wallpaper in the dining room. Every room in the house would look great with wallpaper. But, the dining room was the first place I ever hung it, so it has a special place in my heart.
- Hang a plant from the ceiling. I added a couple of plants above our kitchen sink, and it’s officially one of my new favorite spots for a plant. They also look great in a dining room!
In the Kitchen…
- Replace your kitchen backsplash. This one may feel intimidating, but I promise it can be done in a weekend. And oh my goodness, what an impact new backsplash tiles make!
- Swap the hinges for concealed ones. This is another one we tackled at my parents house, and it’s a small project with a major impact. Makes your kitchen feel 10 years newer!
- Add hardware to your kitchen cabinets. Ours didn’t have any hardware at all when we moved in. Adding some made the biggest difference. Of course, swapping out existing hardware is amazing too.
- Add shiplap to the island. This is one of the first projects we did after moving in, and it’s still one of my favorites. I even painted the island to match!
- Turn that faux drawer below the sink into functional storage. Adds SO much function to an otherwise unusable space. We did it in the bathroom, too!
- Add some pull-out drawers to a cabinet. I’ve done this three times in our kitchen, and I’ll do it a dozen more. It’s the BEST!
DIY Home Decor for the Bathroom
- Paint the vanity (here’s how to do it if it’s not raw wood!). This is one of the biggest changes you can make in the bathroom without spending a ton of money. 100% worth the effort every time!
- Paint the tile floors. Hate your tile floors? Painting them is shockingly quick and easy, promise.
- Add some shelving above the toilet. This is a great way to add some function to a generally underutilized space. And it looks cute, especially with some baskets and other accessories.
- Cedar plank the ceiling. I’ve done this in my bathroom in every house so far…and you know I’ll probably be doing it here too.
- Paint the bathtub. This is the BIGGEST change you can make in a bathroom with an ugly tub, and it’s so incredibly affordable.
- Give the counter a faux marble treatment. I’ve done this twice in this house, and it’s 100% my favorite bathroom project for a really ugly counter. I’d use this kit a million times over.
- Swap the towel bar for some hooks. I hate towel bars. They’re the worst. The end. Your towels and your eyes will thank you.
- Add a plant wall. It’s one of my favorite touches in the bathroom, and it’s a perfect spot for humidity loving plants!
- Frame out the builder-grade mirror. Don’t want to replace the mirror? Framing it out is really easy and looks just as great!
DIY Home Decor for for a Bedroom
- Create a place to display kid art. So you don’t have to deal with stray papers all over the house. It’s a win-win for a kids’ room! This would be great in an apartment, too!
- Add a wood planked wall. (You can also do it with vinyl planks!). I love this for any room – it adds so much warmth.
- Trim out the windows. This is a great project for the entire house! Tackle a few windows at a time until they’re all done!
- Line the closet with some cedar. It’s a beautiful addition to any closet, and it’s great for spaces you don’t use often (no moths!). It smells great, to boot!
- Hang some curtains. Every room needs curtains, and it’s so easy to hang a curtain rod. Hang ’em high and wide and bask in the glory of a brand new room.
- Build a DIY floating desk for the corner. Perfect for any space where you need a little workstation. Instant home office!
- Build some simple book ledges. This is perfect for a nursery or anywhere where you need a space to store a few books.
- Paint the ceiling. This is a really fun update for any room! It’s intimidating if you haven’t ever done it (it’s the ceiling!), but you’ll love it. Promise.
- Build a growth chart for the kids. If you have kids, you need one. It’s a super adorable and easy craft that you’ll always cherish. It’s the most functional and sentimental wall decor around.
- Install a chair rail. This is a super simple wall treatment that’s so classic! We did it in Jackson’s nursery in our first house, and again in Grant’s room here.
- Hang a gallery wall. Another one that’s perfect for any room! I especially love a good art collage in kids’ rooms where you can change it up as often as they like.
- Make some DIY art. I used a canvas, some acrylic paint, and a projector for this sweet DIY wall art in our first bedroom!
Home Projects for an Outdoor Space
Plants + Gardening
- Make some cinderblock plant shelves. These super simple plant shelves are a breeze to make and they’re so cute against the fence!
- Turn a tomato cage into a plant stand! Another incredibly simple plant display idea that’s guaranteed to make your yard a little cuter.
- Turn an old ladder into a gorgeous plant display. This was one of my favorite plant-related projects I’ve done and I’m sad I didn’t move it with us from our first house!
- Create a living wall on the side of your house. If you have a big empty area on your house that needs something extra, this is such a fun idea. Bonus points if it’s by the patio! It’s a great way to up your home’s curb appeal and add a ton of planters.
- Make a vertical herb garden. Don’t want to make a permanent change to the wall like the above project? This is a great alternative!
- Add a tree swing. We don’t have a tree big enough for this anymore but, man, Jackson LOVED this super simple little project!
- Give the garage door a little refresh. This is a 10-minute project that breathes fresh life into your garage door in the best possible way!
- Make a DIY planter-slash-bench. Another project I can’t believe I didn’t keep. It’s so cute, only took a few hours to build, and looks great anywhere.
- Stain your fence. This is a must if you haven’t done it yet. It adds so much durability to the fence, and it looks great too!
- Refresh your metal awning. I hated the ugly metal awning over our patio at our last house. But, once I painted it black I suddenly LOVED it. And all it took was a few cans of spray paint!
- Make a DIY wreath for the front door. This is fun for any season, and you just need some faux greenery and a hot glue gun!
- Paint the patio ceiling. This is a quick afternoon project, and it’s such a fun touch. I rounded up a ton of cute options for colors in that post, too!
- Add a chalkboard to the back fence. We’ve done this twice now, and the kids love it so much. Such a great way to encourage some creativity outside!
- Build a little table for behind your sofa. I built this little table in an afternoon, and it has added SO MUCH function to the patio! It’s a great place for drinks, plants, and a backyard speaker!
- Build a simple bench for the front porch. I’m still so proud of this little bench I built last year. It looks gorgeous on the porch, and it’s honestly a great project for inside, too!
- Hang some string lights. And finally, every backyard needs some string lights. And if you think you don’t have a good spot for them – try the fence!
And there you have it. SIXTY simple, affordable DIY home decor and home improvement projects that you can tackle this weekend. Can’t wait to hear what you try first – you should have plenty of inspiration to get you started with all these step by step tutorials!