Courtesy of Vintage Revivals
Let’s face it: This year has brought most of us more time at home than we could ever have dreamed of. The upside of being holed up? There’s never been a better time to get some DIY projects done. Maybe you’re struggling with storage space, organization, or just a somewhat lackluster apartment design that needs upgrading. Maybe that blank wall staring back at you is begging for the gallery wall you’ve been saying you were going to put up forever. Whatever the case, we’re dubbing 2020 the official Year of the DIY. Here are the best ones we’ve done this year.
Upgrade Your Closet Doors
Cursed with ugly, builder-grade closet doors? Try this surprisingly easy hack from our friend designer Keita Turner to give them a bespoke look with just a few yards of fabric and a staple gun.
Propagate a Plant
Have plants at home? Great news: You can turn them into more plants. Here’s our step-by-step guide to growing a new plant with cuttings from an older one.
Make a Cozy Window Seat!
No sewing machine? No problem! This cozy window seat was made using safety pins—all in under 20 minutes! Get the step-by-step guide here.
Swap in a Cool Doorknob
This is one of those small changes that makes a big impact. With just 10 minutes and a screwdriver, swap out old, boring doorknobs for something prettier. Here’s how.
Upgrade Your Lamp Shades
Bet you wouldn’t have guessed that this expensive-looking shade was actually handmade with decorative paper found on Etsy. Yep, a bespoke lamp topper for just a few dollars. Here’s how to make your own.
Make Candles + Soaps
These DIY kits from Craftzee let you create candles, soaps, and bath bombs customized in classic scents like fresh cotton and cherry blossom. Their pre-mixed bases are safe to use (read: no lye-mixing) and include plenty to make for friends and neighbors. Shop here.
Make a Set of No-Sew Curtains
Want new window treatments but no sewing machine (or seamstress skills) at home? No problem. I made this set in my apartment just using double-stick fabric tape. Get the tutorial here.
Make Professional-Grade Curtains
If you can sew, why not make sone professional-level curtains? We had the founder of Stitchroom show us how to do it. Watch here.
Cover Up an Old Appliance
Steal this idea from Danielle Rollins and pretty up your ugly appliances with contact paper or vinyl wallpaper. Here’s how.
Marbelize Your Countertops
Contain Your Pillows
Keep pillows and throw blankets contained in these adorbs pom pom baskets. Bonus: They could also double as laundry hampers.
Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.
Gain Storage — Without Shelves
If add-on shelves feel too messy and cluttered for your walls, DIY pegboards. You’ll gain additional space for vases, plants, mirrors, frames, etc., and warm up your space with the giant wooden wall covering.
Get the tutorial at Vintage Revivals.
Create Hanging Space
No space to store your hats? Need a rack for towels? Or are you just in need of extra space to hang some planters? This DIY ladder is not only functional, but it’s also got all the industrial cool vibes.
Get the tutorial at I Spy DIY.
You don’t need a china cabinet (and in fact, if you have one, you’ll want to chuck it in favor of this, anyway), you just need DIY A-frame ladder shelves. Minimalism FTW!
Get the tutorial at Vintage Revivals.
Fake A Linen Closet
No linen closet in your bathroom? No problem. Attach baskets to the wall for a spot to stash extra towels and washcloths.
Get the tutorial at My Wee Abode.
Label Kitchen Necessities
Use your favorite font to make sure your bottles of oil and vinegar stand out on your counter and fit your decor. These chic bottles were made using transfer sheets and a
Get the tutorial at Lia Griffith.
Hang Your Books
This hack is great for thin kids’ books. Keep all their current faves in one place by creating this hanging holder made of felt, wood, and string. Even better? It rolls up!
Get the tutorial at Table & Hearth.
Corral Your Keys
Never forget your keys again thanks to this colorful wood slice key holder. Paint the front in bold, vivid colors, so you can’t miss it on the way out the door.
Get the tutorial at The Crafted Life.
Hang Your Phone
We’re willing to bet your charging station is a disorganized mess, but there’s a solution. Turn a bottle of baby lotion into a cell phone holder that hangs from the charger. Now, everything’s in one place—and it’s way more streamlined than a jumble of cables.
Get the tutorial at Make It & Love It.
Hide Your Drying Rack
Ugly, bulky drying racks = not cute. If you do your laundry regularly and have lots of clothes that just can’t go in the dryer, attach this DIY folding rack to an empty wall.
Get the tutorial at Gem & Em.
Slide Your Laundry Baskets
Laundry baskets strewn around the house or stacked in piles in your laundry room sounds like something out of decor nightmares, but don’t stress. A simple-to-build dresser allows you to slide your laundry baskets in and out when you need to use them—and store them in between washings. Genius.
Get the tutorial at Ana White.
Spices are tricky things to store: Magnetizing them can be expensive, and takes up wall space. Storing them in your cupboards means you’ll spend a lot of time digging around in search of the cumin. That’s why we love this lifehack so much: It’s an insanely simple solution to an annoying problem.
Get the tutorial at Reddit.
Color Your Keys
We’ve all been there: Which one’s the backdoor key again? Paint each key with a different color to differentiate them—using nail polish is the easiest method.
Get the tutorial at Popsugar.
Make Stair Tread Bookshelves
Shelves can be pricey, so a cute, customizable DIY option is totally welcome. These shelves are an inexpensive option when you’re seeking out lots of wall storage.
Get the tutorial at School of Decorating.
Store Cleaners Vertically
Shower caddies aren’t just for your shower. Use a tension-based shower caddy in the laundry room to store your detergent, cleaning supplies, towels, and any other odds and ends.
Get the tutorial at Lowe’s.
Make A Rolling Vanity
This IKEA hack may be our favorite yet. Finding space for a vanity can be difficult, especially in small apartments—but if you could get that vanity to roll? It’s perfect.
Get the tutorial at Polkadot Chair.
Clip Your Chargers
This super easy hack is about to make your life so much easier. If you like to charge your electronics on your nightstand, attach a binder clip to the side. Thread the charger through the clips, and ta-da — your cord will never be lost beneath your bed again.
Get the tutorial at The Pampered Mom.
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