Weekend DIY’s for Your Living Room

DIY projects are great for a few reasons. They accomplish decorative and practical purposes, but they can also be very empowering. Learning how to do something new and then seeing it put to use in your home is incredibly satisfying. But DIY projects also get tiresome if they go on too long, which is why weekend projects are so popular. If you can accomplish a great DIY before you go back to work on Monday it’s a win win.

Here are some DIY projects for a few different skill levels that can be easily accomplished between the end of the workday Friday and the time you go to bed on Sunday.

Spruce Up a Sofa

If your sofa is looking a little tired there are plenty of ways you can fix it up in order to give it a whole new look –  and they all take only a day or two. If it’s looking a little sad and saggy you can wrap the cushion inserts with cotton batting in order to bring it back to life; if it’s a new style you desire try adding some nailhead trim around the perimeter of the frame to give it a more tailored look; or switch out the legs to alter the overall style (i.e. change block legs to something more decorative).

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Sew New Window Treatments

Window treatments take up a lot of visual space in a room, and as a result changing them for something new can make a big difference. Custom window treatments normally look best, but if you can’t afford to have them professionally made (it can be very expensive) you can certainly make them yourself over the course of a weekend. All you need are the fabric of your dreams and some basic sewing skills. What’s particularly great about sewing your own is that you can specify the exact fabric, length, and hanging method (pleats can be a little tricky if you don’t know how to sew, but a basic rod pocket is easy to figure out). In a short period of time you can give your living room a big visual boost.

Refinish a Table

If you have an old wood table or chest that has seen better days, now might be the time to refinish it. Depending on it’s current finish and the kind of patina it has, the complexity of the refinishing may vary. If it involves stripping the piece first it will take longer than a weekend, but if it’s a straightforward sand and stain job it can easily be done over two days. Just be sure to read over these refinishing mistakes before you start to ensure you get the best results possible.

Install Wainscotting

Sound intimidating? It is. But if you want the look without making a huge time commitment you can apply the “lazy man’s” wainscotting, which is simply applied moulding. It requires some basic carpentry skills, but the cost and time commitment are low, and the results are fabulous. Here are some easy instructions for installing applied moulding and making your room look like a million bucks in just a weekend.

Install Bead Board

If applied molding is too complicated you can always install bead board on your walls (halfway up the wall to mimic wainscotting looks great, but don’t be afraid to go three quarters or all the way up if it suits your home). Since bead board comes in large sheets the installation is actually pretty simple. Just remember to cut holes for outlets and light switches. 

Paint Something

Where would we be without paint? It’s every professional and amateur decorator’s favorite and most powerful tool. In a weekend you can accomplish almost any paint job – bookshelves, cabinets, furniture, or even entire rooms. Just make sure you get the proper type of paint for whatever project you’re doing and prep the space appropriately. And if you’re doing a job that requires more than one coat make sure you give the first coat time to dry before putting on the second.

Hang a Gallery Wall

There’s more to hanging a gallery wall than just putting some nails in the wall. If you want to do it right you need to set aside a day or two (and that’s providing you already have the art). The best way to do it is gather all your pieces together and lay them down on the floor in the positions you want. Chances are it will take multiple attempts and moving items around quite a bit in order to get it right. If space doesn’t allow for this use graph paper. For more tips check out the do’s and don’ts of living room artwork.

Upholster a Piece of Furniture

If you have major upholstery skills you can tackle something large like a wing chair or even a sofa, but if you’re a beginner you can certainly tackle something small like a stool or bench in a weekend. Upholstery projects can seem overwhelming but small items are doable even for beginners. If piping or welting is beyond your skills you can always finish it off with some nail head trim.


If a dramatic change is what you want, wallpaper could be the answer. It’s a fantastic tool that can pack a huge visual punch and it’s available in a massive variety of colors, patterns, and textures. If you want a big change you can cover all the walls in the room, or you can go for something more subtle. You can create a feature wall, cover the ceiling, decoupage furniture or cover the inside of a bookcase. When it comes to wallpaper projects there are plenty of options.

Install Crown Moulding

This job is probably better left to people with some basic to intermediate carpentry skills, but it’s definitely possible to do it in a weekend if you’re comfortable using power tools and making precise cuts. Crown moulding can really elevate a room, providing the perfect finishing touch. It also gives a room a classic and traditional uplift, and can even add value to your home.