5 DIY Projects You Could Try This Afternoon

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You’re a self-starter. Or, maybe you hope to be and struggle in that department. Either way, have no fear! These 5 DIY projects are so easy, anybody can do them. Plus, they can all be accomplished in one afternoon or less! So go on… get to work and reap the rewards of your labor.


1. Update Your Dining Chairs

Estimated Time: 30 Minutes


Give your dining room a fresh look by changing up the seating pattern… literally. Grab some fabric and get ready to reupholster.


What You’ll Need:

  • Your Dining Chairs of Choice

  • Staple Gun

  • Fabric (choose any type you like that can be stapled!)

  • Scissors

  • Tape Measure

  • Screwdriver

How it Works:

  • Remove the seat cushion and the current fabric covering the cushion. You may need a screwdriver if the cushion is screwed into the base of the chair.

  • Turn the cushion upside down onto the fabric you’ve chosen and pull tightly as you staple the edges around the cushion. Staple the center of each edge first and work your way outward. Gather the fabric around the edges tightly.

  • After the fabric is stapled and smoothed out, cut any excess fabric ½ inch from the staples.

  • Reattach the cushion to the base of the chair.

Optional: Restain the wood base of your chairs for an entirely new look!


2. Refinish Your Deck

Estimated Time: An Entire Afternoon

Ok, so that’s not exactly a time estimate. This one depends on the size of the deck and how long it takes to dry after cleaning.


Spring is coming, and that means it’s time to get your deck ready for outdoor gatherings! Here’s how to make it look brand new.

What You’ll Need:

  • Deck Stripper

  • Deck Wash

  • Powerwasher

  • Wood Stain

  • Brush

  • Sander

  • Gloves

How it Works

  • Look for damaged or loose boards and make any necessary adjustments.

  • Use a deck stripper to remove oil and any previous stain.

  • Clean the deck. You can use either a power washer or deck wash! If using a power washer, pay careful attention to how the wood reacts to the water pressure.

  • Sand down your deck to create a smooth surface to apply a new coat of stain.

Select your favorite wood stain! Admittedly, this is our favorite part. Check out all of our options to help out.


3. Make Your Home Sparkle

Estimated Time: 10 Minutes


Nothing feels better than a clean home. If you’ve been struggling with hard-to-eliminate stains or dirt, this is your time to shine (literally).

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Part Liquid Dish Soap

  • 2 Parts Hydrogen Peroxide

  • A Towel

  • Spray Bottle (optional)


How it Works:



  • Mix together the dish soap and hydrogen peroxide, and you have a stain remover that works on clothing, grout, carpet, and all types of surfaces.

  • Pour the solution into a spray bottle if you have one. If not, no worries! You can put the solution onto a towel and get to scrubbing.

  • Take away stains that have been haunting your surfaces to have your home feeling brand new!

4. Give Your Front Door a Makeover

Estimated Time: 45 Minutes (plus dry time)


Want to spruce up the looks of your house without major renovations? Try adding a bright color to the front door!


What You’ll Need:

  • Paint

  • Primer

  • Paint Tray

  • Paint Roller & Brush

  • Screwdriver

  • Sander or Sandpaper

  • Paint Scraper

  • Towel/Rag

How it Works:



  • Remove the door and all of the handles/hardware.

  • Scrape away any loose paint.

  • Sand down your prized door and wipe away any dust!

  • Take a brush and apply primer to the door.

  • Apply a bright color to give your door a whole new look!

  • Wait until the paint dries, and apply another coat if necessary.

  • Sit back, and admire the look of your new front door! You know, after you put it back on.

5. Create a Gallery Wall

Estimated Time: 1 Hour


Transform a blank wall into a gallery wall by using things you can find around the house! Nothing is off limits here (don’t make us regret saying that!).


What You’ll Need:

  • Various Wall Art

  • Dishes, Instruments, Album Art, Maps, etc.

  • Nails/Hammer or Wall Hangers

  • Tape Measure


How it Works:

  • The beauty of a gallery wall is that you can make it your own!

  • Start with a base of artwork and space them out symmetrically.

  • From there, add in anything that can personalize your wall.

  • Decorative dishes, album artwork, instruments, maps, and more are just the start of personalizing your blank canvas of a wall. Get out there and create!