Affordable Weekend DIY Projects

The bathroom and kitchen are obviously expensive rooms to completely makeover. However, you don’t have to replace any of your units to give your bathroom a face lift. You’ll be surprised at how removing your old sealant (caulk) and replacing it with new will make your entire bathroom look brand new. It’s not your tub or sinks that look old (those units hardly ever age), it’s the discoloured sealant (caulk) around them that gives the impression of age.

Here are six other DIY projects you can do in one week-end to make a massive impact in your home. You don’t need to break the bank and certainly don’t need to hire someone to do the job.

Affordable weekend DIY Projects


1. Buy cheap wooden shelves and paint them to suit your colour code. Install them in any room in your house to divide and conquer the  clutter you’ve accumulated over the years. You can also buy end pieces of wall paper from your local DIY shop and put them up behind your shelves for an extra oomph. See how to paint wood here.

2. Re-grout your bathroom/kitchen tiles. You can get a special tool to remove the top few millimetres (do not remove all) of your old, blackened grout. It’s very easy to do. Once you’ve done this, just replace it with new, anti-mould grout and be amazed at the difference. You’ll have to make sure all surfaces are dry before the job is started and you will not be able to use the area until the grout is dry. Grout is also sold ready-mixed.

3. It’s amazing what a bit of paint can do. See this article Beautify Your Home With Paint for more details on painting those little pieces of furniture, or areas around the home to create an instant wow on a small budget.

4. Give your home curb appeal (you can check out our other external design ideas here) by installing a window box. You can either buy a second-hand one or make one yourself from old timber like I did. Paint it in a colour that complements your home, and put some potted plants in it. Don’t forget you can also purchase plastic window boxes. If you’re planting trailing plants in it, no one will never know they’re plastic.

5. Replace an old curtain, or an old light-fitting and see the entire room light up – or check out some great lighting at Scotlight DirectYou can also see how I made a wall curtain at this post.

6. Paint your deck chairs to update them. It will give your garden an instant lift.

Do you have any other quick, affordable weekend DIY projects that you’ve done successfully? Please share them in the comment boxes below so we can use this page to collect some wonderful things hard-working families can do to beautify their homes on a budget. 

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27 Responses to Affordable Weekend DIY Projects

  1. James May 6, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Hi Anne, the very thought of home renovation brings the point of expenses to my mind. However, I don’t think the ways you mentioned will cost me much. Moreover, I am very much in favor of the idea of reusing things, I would be more than happy with ideas like these. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  2. Marry April 22, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    thankyou so much very nice idea, i will try this very soon and see how it looks.

  3. Rahul April 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Hey, this is awesome and inspirational. Thanks for sharing such tips. Hope to try out 1 of these this month . Thanks !
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  4. Audi A4 Miami April 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    These are awesome project ideas! And very affordable too! Thanks for sharing I am going to try some of these this weekend.

  5. Steve April 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Nice to read this post. I guess I am very lazy to do any work. I just love to watch people doing but I have not considered this option of doing things on my own. I will think about this in the future when I am 70 years old.

  6. john April 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Hey, this is awesome and inspirational. Thanks for sharing these tips. Hope to try out one of these this weekend. Thanks!

  7. Bryon April 12, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Hi Anne, I feel your blog posts are not meant for any particular set of people. The type of advice they provide are useful for people of all kinds belonging to all social standards. A man, woman, child, or an old person, it helps them all, I want to thank you for giving us such a wonderful blog.

  8. Kyron April 11, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    These weekend diy projects are so good, they help me add new things to my home, and that too without shelling out much. I get a chance to apply my creativity on my house, and I feel satisfied. Thanks a lot for sharing them Anne.

  9. Sjaakie April 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    I’ve had an “facelift” for my whole house, and it really changed my house. I didn’t had a realy big makeover just some nice changes!
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  10. Sam April 10, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    Your blog is my entertainer, it never lets me get bored. You come up something new everytime I visit your blog. The best part about them is that they are not just for the sake of reading, I can work on them and keep myself occupied. Thanks for your posts Anne.

    • Anne April 10, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

      Thanks for your kind comment, Sam. And you’re welcome!

  11. Harry April 9, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    The best thing which I like about your blog is its usefulness. You hardly fail to give me innovative ideas, which keep me occupied on weekends and are useful too. I don’t know about anyone else, but whenever I need any advice on diy work, yours is the first blog I turn to.

    • Anne April 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      Thank you for your very kind comment, Harry. I really do appreciate it. The reason I write this blog is to give people ideas to enhance their home. It’s great even if one person is helped.

  12. Book Case April 8, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Great DIY projects, I want to get my hands dirty with a sander and some stain this weekend to see if I can’t revitalize my old kitchen table and chairs.

    • Anne April 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

      Good luck with your project. I’ve done that in the past and it really made a great difference. The work I did 14 years ago still looks fantastic. Preparation is key.

  13. Tulisaa April 8, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    That is a great idea about re grouting the tiles in the bathroom. I have just got my husband to do that and it looks like a drastic improvement. It hasn’t dried just yet so I need to wait until I can give the little one a bath.
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    • Anne April 9, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

      HI Tulisaa. Glad someone has done it as recently as you have. Thanks for sharing and for the vote of confidence. I’m glad it looks wonderful.

  14. Liping April 8, 2013 at 4:18 am #

    Thanks for the article! Guess what i know i’m doing this next weekend!

  15. RapidRoaR
    April 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    It’s Great feeling changing some Minor things in your house in weekends and make it to look like heaven.
    It’s makes us feel very positive about our own nest.
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  16. Jack Martin April 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    It really helps when you change something in your home, may it be a new paint job or just shift around some furniture.

  17. Joe Black April 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Hey, this is awesome and inspirational. Thanks for sharing these tips. Hope to try out one of these this weekend. Thanks!

  18. Dankas April 2, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    Great ideas, we just repainted 2 connecting walls in on of our rooms, and it made such a difference. And it was dirt cheep and easy to do!
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  19. somesh tripathi April 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    some time we love to swapping our furniture….
    bcz after swapping furniture room always look like new room…Love the idea of swapping out painted shelves periodically, that can totally change the way a room looks.

  20. Jamie Roche
    March 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    A surprisingly simple/impactful change is to replace your front door bell. You can buy a very nice one for less than the cost of a gallon of paint and the doorbell is often a visitor’s first interaction with your home.

  21. insulation removal vacuums March 29, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    You are right that the bathroom and kitchen are expensive rooms. Kitchen and bathroom can improve the value of homes. This is really a nice DIY project, thanks for sharing this post and the resource for external design ideas here. 🙂
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  23. chuck March 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    I guess i”m lucky as I can just keep swapping out furniture. Something we love to do in the spring also is prune the bushes way back in front of the house so we can see the house better, always looks like a new place once the clutter is gone. Love the idea of swapping out painted shelves periodically, that can totally change the way a room looks.

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