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I know this is little random.

But I dream in DIY projects.

Seriously.

I’m always thinking up ideas and seeing something that inspires me and coming up with new plans for rooms and ceilings and walls and stairs and bookcases and furniture.

All with one goal in mind.

To. Make. This. House. Cuter.

Sometimes what I dream up is almost impossible or takes two months or needs a specialist in wallpaper.

And sometimes?

The thing I imagine only takes a hot minute.

Like these projects we just finished to get the house ready for all the holiday parties and events and visitors.

Here are four DIY projects you can finish in a weekend.

Let’s GO.

DIY project number 1: install solar lights

Y’ALL.

This was the one that I was the most excited about.

Wait.

I was actually excited about each of them, but this one makes me SO HAPPY.

See the lights on the back of the house? THOSE ARE SOLAR.

Yes.

They are solar lights from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart.

I know, right? I was amazed at how strong they are and how much light they put out and they are SO EASY to install and they are so affordable. We used four of these spotlights and eight of these lights (they come two to a package).

These solar lights are my new favorite thing on this planet and here are my best solar-installing light tips:

  1. They are SUPER easy to install. You just open the package, add the stake and put them in the ground.
  2. They need at least a full day to charge in sunlight.
  3. If they don’t come on full strength at night, it’s because there wasn’t enough sun during the day.
  4. You have to install them where they will get between 8-10 hours of sunlight a day.
  5. They are adjustable and I like them best when they are angled up.
  6. After they charge, you can move them around the garden beds to make sure they are evenly spaced. It’s so much easier to do this at night so you can truly get the effect of the lighting.

DIY project number 2: install porch lights

We added two new lights to each side of the front door.

The other lights we had there were a little small and didn’t really let off that much light. Once we added the additional light to the back of the house (which you can see driving up the side street), I wanted to add additional light to the front of the house. It creates such a welcoming front porch at night and when you drive up to the house it just makes such an amazing first impression. There is now extra lighting at the front door to welcome guests (especially because the days are getting shorter now).

I found these beautiful front door light fixtures.

They have the prettiest seeded glass and classic design and match the house perfectly.

The best part?

I can’t WAIT to see all this new lighting with my favorite kind of lighting.

Christmas lights. ๐Ÿ™‚

DIY project number 3: freshen up the cabinet for guests

This hall cabinet is now officially ready for guests.

I cleaned it up and organized it and added the CUTEST thing to the inside.

Here’s what the outside looks like.

And when you open the doors?

You see this.

Everything is organized and alphabetized and we added the cutest peel and stick wallpaper from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart to the back of the cabinet.

Here’s a close-up of the wallpaper.

You can see this gray and white peel and stick wallpaper here.

But it comes in other colors and patterns that you can see here.

It’s so easy to apply.

You just cut the section, then peel off the back and add to the wall.

Here’s what it looked like before.

And now?

Wait until you see the close-ups.

Here’s the after.

The roll is 18″ wide by 18.86′ long. There was enough to do this entire cabinet with about 3/4 of the roll left over.

I love how it makes the cabinet look extra special and what a treat for holiday guests when they open the doors.

DIY project number 4: install a new faucet

Nope.

This is not the new faucet.

Not. Even. Close.

This was the faucet that I stood in front of on my wedding day.

Yikes.

I have been wanting to replace it forever.

And now?

It looks like this in our downstairs guest bathroom.

Doesn’t it make such a change?

You can see the faucet here.

It’s SO AFFORDABLE at right at about $50.

Such a simple change like this can make such a difference for all our holiday guests.

There you go.

Four DIY projects you can finish in a weekend.

Shhhh.

Just between us? We actually did all four of these DIY projects in a weekend.

I couldn’t help it.

So many dreams. So little time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Comments

  1. Image for Lyn Lyn

    Love all the ideas! I have been thinking of using the peel and stick wallpaper inside our linen closet, foyer closet, and our bedroom closets. The solar lights are gorgeous. They are definitely on my to do list!

  2. Image for Debbie Debbie

    You know I always love everything you choose love your style! Those lights are fantastic I want them! Thanks for all you share and I love "what I bought Wednesday "

  3. Image for Kris Kris

    CAN your house get cuter?? It's already such a beautiful space. This isn't one of your suggestions, but your ongoing projects inspired me to finally spray paint my metal headboard. What a difference it makes! It's the little things, right?

  4. Image for Laura Laura

    It warms my tiny heart that you had an old faucet! I feel so much better about myself now! And I love the solar spotlights. I plan to order some for my place (since I live in the California desert with tons of sunshine). Have a groovy week!

  5. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    :) We just added solar address to the fence this weekend. We have no street lights so needed something with light. I thought about the solar spotlights and may add them too. Great ideas!

  6. Image for Nancy Carr Nancy Carr

    I love your ideas and your posts. This one has me confused. If this is a guest closet, where are the coats, etc. to be hung? What are the lettered baskets for, and what do the letters in the baskets mean? You are awesome.

  7. Image for Stephanie Brown Stephanie Brown

    Oh sweet friend! Love your posts but especially this one. I could actually hear you say you can do this my friend! You got this Stephanie! haha I was wanting to do both work on front porch area and faucets. Blessed to have porch like Tara but never know how to decorate. The lights will be perfect project to get started. My front porch gets full sun from 12 to sunset. Do you mind telling me where you got your black and white rug as well as size? Was wanting one but had no idea what size to get for a big porch. I have always had a stoop or gazebo. Front porch was always a dream.. now I need to work on this dream come true porch. I am leaning toward rockers or your church pew. Right now two small benches flank each side.. but desperately need painting. Even put black and white tablecloth over it haha epic fail blew away. Our bathrooms need updating faucets great idea. But really want a new kitchen one going to stalk your kitchen pages now, Having company for holidays do indeed get you excited about decorating.. even this friend of yours from Kentucky. Miracles happen! Blessings Stephanie

  8. Image for Leslie Waymire Leslie Waymire

    Can I borrow your worker? I have three men at my house but none are very handy, so that leaves my daughter and myself. I had foot surgery in June and am still not able to really do a lot, she has two small children so we need a crew we can boss around.

  9. Image for Becky Becky

    I love outside lights. Love love LOVE them! I could handle a few new bathroom faucets too. (Leaks? We got 'em. Broken plugs? Yep. Pealing finish? YES.) But as I read the title of this post in my email... and looked down the table at my poor innocent husband who does SO many projects with me and gets eeeeever so slightly maxed out... I immediately thought of how HE would read this title. I'm pretty sure he would see: 4 Simple DIY Ways To Drive Your Husband Crazy This Weekend. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜† So... what's holding us back? LET'S DRIVE THOSE GUYS BONKERS!!!

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