Happy Labor Day.

Just between us?

I can never decide if I want to labor today or not.

It’s a toss-up between snuggling up on the couch with a bowl of cut-up peaches and finishing the first season of Dickensian (which is SUCH an amazing series if you love anything Charles Dickens) or working on a project around the house.

Truth?

Usually the project wins.

So today if you are reading this with a cup of coffee in your hand and a heart full of project optimisim?

I have a few ideas for you.

Here are 22 home decor projects you can finish this weekend that will cost less than $100.

LET’S GO.

1. Painted dresser project

Let’s start the ideas with a DIY furniture project.

A thrift store makeover to be exact.

I did this project with a dresser, but you could use this idea on any piece of furniture.

2 DIY Mirrored Staircase Wall

This was SUCH a simple idea, but it made all the difference to this staircase area in my home.

Adding the mirrors added so much space and sparkle to the staircase.

You can see how I created the wall here.

3. DIY Painted Kitchen Island

This quick, easy way to update a kitchen rolled in at number eight.

Here’s how we updated our kitchen with one simple change.

Wait until you see the before and after pictures.

4. DIY Antique Faux Finish

Did you know I used to own a faux finish business?

Faux finishes are one of the easiest ways to update a piece of furniture.

Here’s the step-by-step to recreate the look of a vintage find.

5. DIY Painted Ceiling Project

This is such a simple idea to update a bathroom.

All you need is paint and a little painter’s tape to recreate it.

It’s the look of molding in a weekend for so much less.

6. Painted Plywood Subfloor

Looking for an inexpensive flooring option?

Why not paint a plywood floor and recreate the look of a painted wood floor.

See the DIY here.

7. Under stair closet makeover

I LOVED this makeover.

We took a simple space under the stairs and transformed it into an organized space.

You can see the entire before and after here.

mini barn door projects you can finish in a weekend

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Build a Plate Rack

This won’t even take you a weekend.

Just a couple of hours.

See the project here.

13. 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.

simple flooring projects you can finish in a weekend

14. Add 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.

This one might be a little more than $100 depending on your space, but it was too good not to include. 🙂

simple planter projects you can finish in a weekend

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

 

22. DIY Obelisk from Embroidery Hoops

And one of my favorite projects ever that costs waaaaaay less than $100?

I’ll give you a hint.

It takes embroidery hoops and transforms them into this.

I hope these projects inspired you today. If you are sitting on the couch with Dickensian and peaches? You can always pin them for later.

And now.

May your day be happy.

May your Labor Day be bright.

And may your weekend?

Be full of projects. 🙂

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Comments

  1. Image for Kathy Menold Kathy Menold

    Usually Labor Day is rainy and great for fall projects but this one is beautiful weather wise so I may spend the time out on the porch with good book and my labor will be moving the sprinkler from one area to the next in my very dry gardens. My prayers are with the people who suffered from Ida in Louisiana and Mississippi and then the horrific after effects up in the North East. We got almost no rain in N.C and Mother Nature seems on pattern of feast or famine. Stay safe and enjoy this last official weekend of summer whatever you decide to do.

  2. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Labor...can't help myself. Lots of projects to pick from. We are currently remodeling, so always something to do! Thanks from the great ideas! Enjoy labor day. Those peaches sound good :)

  3. Image for Kathy Kathy

    I Love everything that. You do..... I know you need a project with the twins away. We have twin boys that are 40 now and I remember how it was when they left for college... You look amazing!!!! So proud of your weight loss!! Kathy

  4. Image for Gerri Gerri

    Karianne I have stopped getting your Email, please see what happened. Really miss you.Thank you so much. Have A Blessed Day,,Gerri

  5. Image for Cara Cara

    I would love to have a room for all of my dishes... I thought it was awesome when we made a built in cupboard, lol! Cozy cottages do not have much extra space. Oh well, ya can't win them all. Glad you are feeling better.

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