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Our 8 Top Weekend DIY Projects

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It’s no secret that we do a lot of DIY projects around here. Some of our DIY projects are complex (involve my dad) and others I do on my own. Living in a multigenerational household, we do lots of things together. We eat, watch TV and build things together. The other day I was walking to our mailbox to get the mail and I was thinking about how nice it would be if we added a farmers porch on the front of our house. I know, totally random but I have lots of random thoughts. My mom has always wanted a farmers porch and my dad always has a reason why we can’t have one. I think building a farmers porch would be a great DIY project, don’t you? I’ve rounded up a bunch of our DIY projects that can be done in a weekend.

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These DIY barn {closet} doors were our first DIY project. When I first started our blog in late August 2011, my dad and I spent a weekend building a pair of barn doors to cover an opening in our built-in bookcase.

How to make barn closet doors The beautiful thing about these doors, there are coats hanging behind them. Be sure to view step 3 to see all of the pictures of these doors, inside and out. You can see how we built these doors by viewing step 1, step 2 and step 3.

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This is a shot of our built-in’s and DIY barn doors from a couple months ago when we turned this room into our multipurpose mudroom.


Another pair of barn doors that we made were for our existing peninsula. We decided to make barn doors to cover the openings so I could hide my craft items and sewing machine. This was the easiest project on the planet. Be sure to read our post on how we made mini barn doors over a weekend using existing cabinet doors and refacing with bead board.

DIY barn doors for built in cabinet

See those little barn doors, I refaced a pair of mis-matched kitchen cabinet doors with bead board. You can see how I did that on our mini barn door tutorial. This picture is compliments of This Old House. These little guys were featured last year in the This Old House Magazine along with our cottage family room.


Our Pottery Barn knock off media console was our second DIY family project that we did in late 2011. We were in the middle of making over our family room and we needed a cottage styled media console that was NOT over $500. I had a very small budget for the family room and needless to say, I spent most of it adding wide pine planks to the wall. My dad and I built this media console with a reclaimed lumber top over one weekend and for under $100.

How to build a diy pottery barn inspired media console

You can read and see how exactly we made this media console from scratch by heading over to our tutorial page. The blue knobs are actually Anthropologie knock offs made out of craft beads!


This window seat {storage bench} happens to be one of our most popular tutorials on our website. This project was a last minute project where I just happened to catch my dad on a Saturday morning and he agreed to help me make it. My dad, gramp and I spent a Saturday afternoon making this. Be sure to see our tutorial to make your own.

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This window seat has been a blessing for storing all of my fabric. We don’t have a lot of closet space so the purpose of making this window seat {storage bench} was to add storage to our family room. By building this window seat and adding the barn doors to the peninsula, we created more closed door storage.


We also added wide pine planks to our family room walls to create a warm modern cottage feel. This project I actually did myself but my dad did spend the first 10 minutes showing me how to work the nail gun. Are you loving the burlap curtains? Be sure to checkout the “no sew” burlap curtain tutorial.

DIY family projects

I added wide pine planks to the entire room and painted them white with a pretty blue green above. Adding any type of wall treatment is a simple way to add texture and character to any room. Be sure to check out our dining room board and batten wall treatment tutorial as well.

Lattice Privacy Screen

Do you have an “unsightly” spot in your yard? Here is a great tutorial on our lattice privacy screen. We made this in a weekend to disguise our AC units.

how to build a lattice privacy screen on a budget


Another great weekend DIY project is tiling a bathroom wall/shower or kitchen backsplash. Depending on the size of the project, you would need a second hand getting this finished in a weekend. Here, I added glass subway style tile to our kitchen backsplash.

weekend DIY projects Here, I added a full wall of mosaic tile in our bathroom.

Weekend DIY projects

These are just a few of our DIY projects that you can build or complete for the inside of your home. Sometimes getting over the hurdle of deciding which project to tackle first is half the battle. Many times I start a project which leads to another project that I never even thought of prior to starting. Sometimes we have three DIY projects going on at once but that’s just how it is. My dad, grandfather and I are a lot alike. Once the warm weather starts, none of us sleep because our brains are in DIY project mode! I’m not kidding, there are many nights during the week that the TV’s and lights are on at 3 am. We have very warm temperatures here for the next few days which I am very exited about. Bring on the summer :).


For all of you pallet fans, check out these DIY Fabulous Pallet Ideas!

About The Author

What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.

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  1. Deb Cazzetta says:

    I just love your style and the fact that you are a generational home. I do have a question. Would you mind telling me what brand your sectional sofa is? I have been looking and comparing prices. I just love your. Thanks Deb

  2. Hi Jessica
    I love looking at your DIY projects. You really are good at showing us how a small change in a room can have a huge impact on freshening up that room! As a newer follower, I enjoyed this summary showcasing some of your DIY projects. Thank you for sharing these!

  3. Hi Jessica, love your Family Gallery! I did the same 4 years ago. But have since added another granddaughter to the mix, so I need to renew some of the photos. We had a “family photo shoot” last August to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, but the photographer took so many pictures, I’m having trouble deciding which ones to frame. I have a question for you. In our family photo, all 13 of us are on our lower deck, with our youngest, Maggie, leaning on the railing in the front. It’s a perfect photo. How large a photo would be appropriate for this? The last time I framed a photo with all of us, I only enlarged it to an 8 x 10, and with 13 people, it just didn’t seem big enough. Do you think a 16 x 20 is too big? Do you think I should go even bigger? I’d like this to be in the center of my gallery.
    Thanks so much for your opinion Jessica. I do enjoy your blog so much.

    1. I think 16×20 is perfect and you can usually find that size easily in most stores. I know Michaels Crafts has tons of larger frames too. You could always buy one of each (16×20 and another larger size) and then hold it up on your wall and see what you think. Then return the one you don’t use 🙂 Good luck and send me a picture of your gallery or post it to my facebook page, would love to see it!