Sometimes a small project can make a big difference. From barn doors to giant checker games, here are 17 home projects that you can finish in a weekend.

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We are in the middle of it.


“IT” is my SUPER early Christmas present for this year. It’s something that I have wanted to do ever since we moved into the house, but it requires A LOT of maneuvering and furniture moving and logistics and walking off distances in the grass with my bare feet.

Because we are adding a workshop/garage to the back yard.

We are just in the planning stages and getting permits and deciding what goes where and laying concrete. But when I’m done?


And fingers crossed we will be open up enough so that I can host workshops.

I’m so happy with the project and I can’t wait to show you the before and after, but all this projecting made me think.

Every project doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as this one. Some projects are simple. Some projects can be finished in a weekend. Some projects can make a big difference in a small amount of time.

Here are 17 home projects you can finish in a weekend.

(total aside: if you want all the behind the scenes make sure you are following me on Instagram here).

mini barn door projects you can finish in a weekend

17 projects you can finish in a weekend

1. Mini barn door

This is one of the easiest projects you can finish in a weekend—the mini barn door that we have in our laundry room.

It slides over to hide the trash and all the nonsense.

You can see how we made it here.

paint a room is one of the projects you can finish in a weekend

2. paint a room

If you want big changes in a little amount of time?

Paint is your friend.

See what this room looks like now with its new paint color.

And here’s how to pick paint colors for your entire house.

painted concrete porch projects you can finish in a weekend

3. paint a porch

This is one of my favorite DIY’s we did at the house.

It makes me smile every day.

See what this porch looks like now and how we did it.

painted furniture project projects you can finish in a weekend

4. paint a piece of furniture

Like this table.

Here’s the before and I crackled the top to create a vintage, farmhouse finish.

See the after here.


5. Rescue a piece of furniture

Like this hutch.

We completely transformed it into something that looks like it came out of an old farmhouse.

See the before and after here.


6. Turn bookcases into built-ins

These are simple wood bookcases that we built into the media room upstairs.

And now?

They look like they came with the house.

See the project here.

plates on shelf

7. build a plate rack

This won’t even take you a weekend.

Just a couple of hours.

See the project here.

plate on shelf

8. Add a recipe to your plate rack

This is the project that started the blog.

And the best part?

The recipe is super yummy.

See the entire project here.

hanging plant

9. make an obelisk from an embroidery hoop

Getting your outdoor spaces ready?

This is such an easy project you can make in a weekend (or even an afternoon) to add a little personality to your front step.

You can see the project here.

simple flooring projects you can finish in a weekend

10. peel and stick tile

This is such an affordable flooring option.

It’s simple and can easily be finished in a weekend.

Here’s the 411 (total aside: does anyone even say that anymore) on how we installed the tile.

simple planter projects you can finish in a weekend

11. make a wood planter box

Why pay for expensive wood planter boxes when you can make your own.

And add a monogram, too.

See the project here.

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12. Make lined curtains

Add curtains to your windows before the holidays.

It’s easy to make them with this simple tip.

Here’s the easiest, simplest tip to line curtains.

window curtain

13. Paint the back of a bookcase

This is an afternoon project.

And it makes SUCH a difference.

See the before and after and bookcase painting how-to’s here.

plant on bookshelf

14. Add tile to the back of a bookcase

If you are looking for a project for your leftover tile?

This is the one for you.

See how we added tile to the back of a bookcase here.

patterned rug

15. Paint a floor cloth

Looking for an inexpensive alternative to a rug?

Paint an 8′ x 10′ floorcloth for under $25.

See the entire project here.

chess rug

16. Make an over-sized checkerboard

This checkerboard hangs on the wall.

It’s such a fun project for a game room.

See the entire project here.

barn doors

17. Create an instant guest bedroom

If you are having guests for the holidays, this project is perfect.

It might take you a little longer than a weekend, but I had to include it for anyone who needs extra space.

See how to create an instant guest bedroom here.

decorated room

May your day be happy.

May your April be bright.

And may your weekend?

Be full of projects. 🙂

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  1. Image for Lyn Lyn

    Every woman deserves her own workshop!! Our daughter, a busy professional, married with two young daughters, has a detached 3 car garage and she is turning one bay into her outdoor workshop. Multi-talented, she has taken on a lot of projects with the latest building cabinets for their home office. Her daughters asked her how she knows how to do this stuff - her answer - girl power. They are teaching their girls that they can do everything. Our daughter is taking delivery of her own new pickup truck, and she is so excited to be able to be able to haul lumber in it.

  2. Image for Jayne McLeod Jayne McLeod

    oh my goodness ... YOU can't make a terrific workshop way over there !!!! ... I don't live way over there and I won't be able to attend any of your amazingly fun and wonderful workshops !!! what about all the giggles and laughs and great projects that will be happening in that workshop !!!! .... sighhhhhhhhh and all, each and every one .... with out me !!!!! awwwwwww !!!!! Ohhhhh go ahead and build yourself an amazing workshop and hold amazingly great workshops .... I guess I will just stay way back here and clap and giggle along and support you as always !!!! heeheehee ...... WHAT A GREAT IDEA !!!!!

  3. Image for Maria Maria

    Out of all of these amazing projects, the plate rack is still my favorite!!! One day I will have one too:) Thanks for sharing all of this craftiness!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Those are awesome examples, KA! I have so many pieces of furniture to paint. Perhaps this will be started soon. You always inspire! Have a blessed Easter.

  5. Image for Barbara Barbara

    I remember seeing all of these and loving each one! I do love the plate rack with recipe and I have the perfect sentimental recipe for it...if I only had wall space:( The tile on the bookcase is great too and I will do that one! We have a workshop and LOVE it!

  6. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    I know you will love a workshop, I have one in my garage. Have a great Easter weekend and can't wait to see your workshop.

  7. Image for Ivory Ivory

    Hope you and your family are having a fabulous and safe Easter. I can hardly wait to see your workshop, I know it will be drop dead gorgeous.

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