10 DIY Ideas That Will Make a Big Impact in a Room

10 DIY Ideas That Will Make a Big Impact in a Room

Adrienne Breaux
Mar 19, 2017
(Image credit: Elle Interior via HGTV)

Know you'll have a few hours strung together this weekend to tackle a DIY project or two? Looking for something that will dramatically change the look of a room? We've gathered some of our favorite projects that take an afternoon to a full weekend to complete. One might possibly inspire a room makeover this weekend for you! We looked for challenging but doable ideas, some probably just for homeowners but plenty that renters can try, too!

(Image credit: Julia Marcum)

Mimic a wall of built-ins with cozy wood shelves
We loved this Before & After of a chill room submitted by a reader. Their entire project — including adding the wall header and electrical lighting — took them a lot longer than just one weekend. But taking their ideas for gorgeous, long, horizontal wood shelving and translating it for your space might take less time (but still look just as lovely).

(Image credit: Leah Moss)

Add texture with a reclaimed wood wall
This classic project is for homeowners unless you've got a very understanding landlord, but either way, this could be a more convincing way of adding architectural interest to a house than some of the less-permanent suggestions we've provided before. And we love how in this project it's not the entire wall that's covered with material; that makes it more flexible depending on how much time or effort you want to spend on it!

(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

Cover an unattractive kitchen or bathroom counter top with concrete
There are actually a couple of tutorials on the Internet on how to do this. The above picture is from A Beautiful Mess, which was inspired by a project spotted on Little Green Notebook, which references a project on Kara Paslay Designs. (Those looking to completely DIY a concrete counter top from scratch have options, too.). Those not fans of the concrete look probably won't want to delve into this project, but those who are looking to easily cover up a counter they hate with a modern material might find inspiration in how these homeowners have done it successfully. Just pay attention to the part about sealing your new counters — seems important for long-lasting material.

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Build custom, industrial-inspired shelving or modern, versatile shelving
This is an old idea, but such a classic project that could look nice in just about any style of home and be an amazing looking piece while also being functional. Find the instructions here. An alternative but similar project can be found in the post How To Build An Ace Hotel-Inspired Plumbing Pipe Shelf. Or if you're looking for something more modern than industrial, try this pegboard project that has quickly become a new favorite.

(Image credit: Isabelle Larue)

Cover up an ugly ceiling fixture with a DIY drum shade
This affordable and easy DIY drum shade project is a simple fix that you could make in an afternoon that would have a pretty huge impact on the look of a room, without doing any permanent damage if you're a renter. Those not a fan of drum shades can find three more ideas for covering up ugly ceiling light fixtures in this post.

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Paint a room a new, bold wall color
Have you noticed all the posts I've been writing involving bold wall colors? Maybe it's because I can't paint in my rental that I just want to live vicariously through all of you. But it's also because I believe in pushing yourself and think a fun color could make a room (and the people in it) happy! So choose from these posts so far:

And then when you've chosen your color, paint a room the correct way!
(Image credit: Elle Interior via HGTV)

Not in the mood to paint a whole room? Try just the window trim
You could get wild and go for a bold color (and then show us photos if you do!). But even just putting a nice new paint job on your architectural details like trim will have a huge impact on your whole room feeling clean and fresh. Here's how to do it right.

(Image credit: Sarah Rae Smith)

Build a rolling privacy door
If you've got a big open space that needs some privacy, this DIY sliding door is awesome. But would also work great as a visual divider in a space or an architectural detail in a featureless house. Plus at $40 it's a steal!

(Image credit: Liana Hayles Newton)

Build some furniture
This is an old project, but a favorite of mine because it's so simple and adaptable. It's for a table and bench, but you could adapt it to be for a modern side table, or a coffee table. Made out of wood, the possibilities of what the finish could be are pretty wide open. If you've been on the hunt for a special something in a certain part of a room of your house, it may be that you need to custom make yourself a piece of furniture.

Paint a floor
Sometimes brand new floors aren't in the cards, but making them look brand new is! We've marveled at all the painted floor projects that have come through Apartment Therapy's doors over the years. Will one inspire you to complete your own painted floor project this weekend? Here are some to consider:

What dramatic DIY project have you tackled in your home that made a huge impact on a space? Share your favorite projects to inspire dramatic makeovers in other homes!

Re-edited from a post originally published 3.15.14-NT

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