Easy Weekend Projects to Try This Summer

Give your home a new look indoors and out with easy summer decorating projects you can tackle this weekend.

  • Turquoise Headboard with Decorative Pillows

    Add a Bright New Headboard

    Add style, color and texture to your bedroom with this do-it-yourself headboard that looks anything but DIY. A great project for newbie woodworkers, this headboard can be completed in just a few hours and for less than $100.

  • Tropical Punch Throw Pillows

    Add Tropical Punch With Throw Pillows

    Tangerine Tango is the color of the year! Pair it with pillows in resort-y white and turquoise honeycomb for a fresh, summery look. Perk up a run-of-the-mill piped pillow with an easy-to-cut-and-glue leather flower for a crafty, handmade touch. Photo by Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil

  • Dining Room with Red and White Patterned Floor

    Give Hardwood Floors New Life

    Graphic chevron patterns are hot, hot, hot. This summer, liven up worn hardwood floors with a fresh coat of paint in eye-catching, contrasting hues.

  • Beach Glass Memo Board

    Create a Beach-Inspired Memo Board

    Upcycle an old window into a clever memo board inspired by a stroll on a beach. Simply add a shelf and paint them both white. Tape cardstock behind each pane, colorblocking sun-bleached shades like sand, faded lime, pale aquamarine and cornflower blue. Decorate a few panes with sea-life stickers and write on the others with dry-erase markers. Photo by Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil

  • Add a Splash of Ikat Print

    Similar to tie-dye, an ikat pattern is the result of a procedure known as resist dyeing that creates a cool, tribal-inspired print. This trendy motif looks especially chic when used in a bright hue, like these attention-grabbing aqua pin boards. Image courtesy of PBteen

  • Summer Shimmer Chair

    Create Summer Shimmer

    Give an occasional chair a modern makeover by mixing metallic silver with pops of icy lemon. Find a chair with interesting lines at a flea market or thrift store. Remove the seat and spray the chair with several coats of platinum paint. Recover the cushion with a lattice print in gray and yellow. Keep the mood soothing and relaxed with toss pillows and a soft rug in the same palette. Photo by Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil

  • Old Cameras, Books Enliven Mantel

    Summerize Your Mantel

    Since you're not likely to light up your fireplace in the summer, make the mantel a focal point instead. Here, cream walls make a clean backdrop for on-trend neon artwork, books and a collection of antique cameras. Design and photo by Kathryn Carnegie and Julie Doan

  • Tribe Vibe Tray

    Add a Tribe Vibe

    Go tribal by incorporating a few natural accessories in wood, bone and ebony set off by strong graphic prints. Small doses of primitive patterns in neutral brown, black and white can easily blend into almost any room. Create your own earthy accent by giving a sleek wooden tray a tribal \"tattoo\" that is really a skateboard decal. Photo by Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil

  • Completed Hula Hoop Chandelier

    Make a Hula Hoop Chandelier

    Thrifty design diva and host of Secrets From a Stylist Emily Henderson transformed a dollar store staple – hula hoops – into a trendy, metallic chandelier on the cheap. Here's how to create your own.

  • Painted Desert Jewelry Chest

    Ombre, Hombre

    Gradual-hued ombre is everywhere, from hairstyles to napkins to dressers. Get a small dose of the trend by painting a mini jewelry chest from lazuli blue to sage. Bronze accessories and towels in terra cotta to round out this sun-warmed, Southwest-inspired bath. Photo by Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil

  • Comfortable Living Room With Blue Couch and Hanging Wall Art

    Add Bright Trim

    Traditionally, all of the trim in a home is white, so infuse a space with excitement by painting the trim a fun shade. Summery coral paint on the trim of this family room contrasts perfectly with the main focal point of the room — the amazing blue sofa. Photo courtesy of Peppermint Bliss; photo by Emily Anderson

  • Neon Candle Holders

    Neon Lights

    The '80s are back on the scene in neon pink, orange, yellow and green. These eye-poppers liven up any decor, but remember that with fluorescents, a little goes a long way. Use masking tape to outline stripes on pillar candleholders, then paint each stripe a different shocking shade using — nail polish! It's not only inexpensive, but it also works well on glass.

  • Kitchen Corner

    Create Your Own Vintage Sign

    Add style and function to your kitchen with a vintage-inspired sign made from plywood, paint and vintage knobs. It's ideal for storing reusable bags and baskets for farmers’ market and garden goodies.

  • Global Vase from Ore Studios Designed by Andy Beer

    Incorporate Vacation Finds

    Heading on a summer vacation? Look for small pieces, like vases or African baskets, while traveling, and use the bold pieces to instantly freshen your home — and add a great story as well. Image courtesy of Ore Studios

  • Sage and White Bookcase

    Create a Book Backdrop

    Add unexpected color to a white room by painting the back end of a bookcase in a hot hue, like this fresh yellow-green hue.

  • Black and White Wallpaper

    Add Bold, Graphic Wallpaper

    This isn’t your grandmother’s floral print: Today’s hottest wallpapers are the perfect quick, easy way to create a bold accent. Get our step-by-step tips to install graphic wallpaper like a pro.

  • Kitchen Chalkboard

    Create a Family Message Center

    Keep beach trips and summer camp schedules in order by creating a custom-framed chalkboard message center.

  • Organizing Children's Toys

    Corral Kids' Toys, Stylishly

    Summertime brings lots of outdoor playtime for kids, but that means toys can take over. Reclaim and reorganize your space like Kelli Wilson did by piling her kids’ toys into inexpensive galvanized buckets labeled with easy-to-read categories. Chalkboard labels make it easy to update labels as kids grow. A lightweight shelf, like this bright-white model, keeps the pails organized.

  • Kitchen for Small Spaces

    Add Vintage Lighting

    Want your rooms to feel instantly refreshed? Swap out builder-grade lighting for a vintage-inspired piece, like these wire basket lights, and see how the mood changes in a snap. Search thrift stores and online shops for vintage lanterns, depot lights, hurricane pendants or even mini chandeliers.

  • Industrial Coffee Table

    Build a Factory Cart Coffee Table

    Add updated style to your living room with this DIY version of the popular (and often pricey) factory cart coffee table.

  • Sunburst Mirror Brightens up the Room

    Create a Sunburst Mirror

    Transform an ordinary mirror into an on-trend focal point with twigs, glue and spray paint.

  • Picture Frame Wall Art

    Create a Focal Wall With Painted Frames

    Who needs art? Add a bold statement to your home this summer with empty, colorful picture frames.

  • Nautical Themed Lamp

    How to Make a Nautical-Themed Lamp

    Breathe new life into a tired accessory by wrapping natural hemp around a ho-hum lamp base and shade. This quick update is easy, inexpensive and absolutely screams \"I'm ready for summer.\"

  • Create a Custom Upholstered Headboard

    Recreate HGTV Green Home's master bedroom headboard in your home. To create this easy-to-build headboard, wrap natural linen and batting around squares of plywood.

  • Stylish Pink Bedroom Nightstand

    Turn One Old Table Into Two Bright Nightstands

    Turn an unused table into a pair of stylish and useful nightstands in a bright, cheerful hue with our easy-to-follow instructions.

  • Black and White Lampshade

    Refresh a Lamp With a Custom Fabric Shade

    Give a tired lamp a fresh, high-end look by covering the shade with trendy fabric and ribbon.

  • It's Sew Easy

    Make Easy-to-Sew Pillow Covers

    Instead of springing for designer pillows, find fabric you love and make your own. Our step-by-step instructions make it easy enough for novice seamstresses.

  • Bright Butterfly Plates

    Refresh With Butterfly Brights

    Remix red, yellow, and blue primaries into orange, green, and purple secondaries for a fresh take on summer brights. These vivid colors evoke hillsides of wildflowers and wings of butterflies. Bring a butterfly garden indoors by decoupaging realistic botanical butterflies onto plates. Border them with scrapbook paper in complementary colors. Photo by Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil

  • Seashell Mirror With Coordinating Accessories

    Make a Seashell Mirror

    Give a plain mirror coastal charm by covering the frame in shells gathered on the shore.

  • Bed Scarf

    Add a Nature-Inspired Print

    Textiles inspired by Mother Nature are hot right now. Get the eco-chic look on your bed by transforming something you likely have on hand: an old, solid table runner. Stamp the runner with a silhouette pattern to evoke long grasses, then drape it over contrasting bedding and add fresh throw pillows. Voila — a new look on a dime! Photo by Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil

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