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Weekends meant outdoor adventures and night out with friends, but if you’re planning on staying at home this weekend and want to have a little time to brighten up your space without hurting your budget, you can try some of these simple and easy DIYs. Doing DIY projects is a great way to revive your entire house and add a touch of your personality to its decor.

1. Improve Your Laundry Area

Nowadays, homeowners are giving their laundry areas the much needed attention it needs when it comes to decorating. Laundry can take a lot of your time and it makes sense to make it as warm and inviting as possible. Adding a folding table, replacing wire shelving with wood shelving and storing your laundry essentials like detergent in a decorative glass dispensers are just some of the ways you can do this weekend to give your laundry space an instant uplift.

2. Frame Bathroom Mirrors

If you have a basic, rectangular mirror in your bathroom held to the wall by some screws and glue, you can spruce it up without hurting your wallet. Instead of replacing it with a new one, you can frame it using a primed MDF baseboard moulding with cap and a paint colour of your choice. This project is easier than it sounds and it’ll give your mirror an elegant and professional look.

3. Closet Makeover

Give your closet a chic boutique ambiance by putting up pretty wallpapers on your walls and adding a splash of colour on your flooring with a flashy and shaggy rug. You can also line your shelves with tissue paper or suede to give it a fashionable look. If you have a comfy upholstered ottoman lying around, you can add it in your design scheme as well.

4. Create A Feature Wall

If you have limited time to paint a whole room, creating a feature wall is a great way to really make a room standout. Whether you want to make a statement or simply have a small space that you want to pop without overwhelming, make sure to choose a colour that will not clash with your existing decor.

5. Stylish Storage

You don’t need to buy new furniture or sacrifice style to keep your clutter to a minimum. There are many ways to create a stylish and one-of-a-kind storage such as using fabric drawers or metal casters to transform boring bookshelves or using an upholstered chest to hide your bedding.

6. Decorate A Room With Plants

Create a warm atmosphere inside your home with plants that are easy to maintain like cactus and succulents. Put the plants in a terracotta pot decorated with a bit of paint to show them off.

7. Enhance Your Entry

Make a lasting impression on your guests by improving your home’s curb appeal. You can paint your front-door with a bright colour and add new hardware, add a welcome mat and throw in a few potted plants near the entrance. You can also install an outdoor lighting fixture to light up the walkway and improve your home’s architecture. If you have a green thumb, a touch of landscaping can do wonders on your entryway as well.

8. Turn A Small Space Into A Library

Create a cozy library where you can hang out and relax from a wasted small space in your home. y simply adding a few shelves, a comfy chair and a rug, you can turn a nook under your stairs or a small space off the kitchen into an instant inviting library.

9. Create A Wall Gallery From Dishes

To create a unique and eye-catching wall display, buy a few plates in different sizes and shapes from thrift stores or garage sales, spray paint them in a variety of colours in the same palette, and then hang them on your wall like artworks.

10 Improve Your Backyard

Give your yard a boost and build an outdoor patio without the need to do a lot of hard work. Simply add some potted plants around and an outdoor seating, such as a dynamic mix of colourful chairs or a bistro set to give your outdoor space a fantastic backyard escape.

11. Reupholster An Ottoman With A Rug

Reupholster your over-used and dirty ottoman the cheap way with a sturdy flat-weave rug instead of using an expensive fabric. Choose a rug with a nubby knit fabric and neutral colour and at least four times wider that your ottoman.

12. Update Your Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

Replacing factory-issue knobs, cabinet pulls and drawer handles can create a notable impact on your room’s entire design and freshen up the look of your kitchen. Choose hardware that will reflect your personal taste and complement the specific style you have in mind for your cabinets and drawers. Hardware can even make your cabinetry into statement pieces in your room.

13. Patch Holes In The Wall

If you’re exhausted just by looking at the holes on your walls, covering them up is worthy for a weekend project. Using a putty knife and surfacing compound, you can easily and quickly conceal nail hall and minor cracks. Use an adhesive patch over the larger holes, and then apply an all-purpose drywall compound over it with a cloth. Paint over the patch once it dries out.

14. Recaulk A Bathroom

Recaulking is easier than it looks and it’s necessary if the caulk in your bathroom already looked dirty or discoloured. Old caulk tends to produce mildew and can sometimes cause leakage most especially between the tub and bathroom floor. Recaulking can be done in three easy steps: removing the old caulk, cleaning the area and replacing it with a good caulk seal which can last you up to a decade.

15. Build A Mud Room In Your Entryway

If you don’t have enough space in your home, a great alternative is to build a multi-purpose mudroom in your entryway. You can achieve the latest craze in interior design right now by simply adding a few molding, paint and hooks to an empty wall.

Aileen Cuaresma is freelance writer, Event Coordinator and Managing Director for a lifestyle and events company as well as an aspiring interior decorator. She is also a contributor at RealtyWW.