Posted by Eileen
With the cooler weather coming in, it’s the perfect time for weekend DIY projects. There’s something about the crisp, clean air that motivates me to accomplish more.
If you are anything like us, you are probably looking to get a few fall projects under your belt too. The best projects are weekend ones, as I also love a project that only spans two days! Plus, you can start and finish something amazing before the Monday morning blues set in.
From garage storage to backyard updates to kitchen upgrades, we are sharing quite a few home projects that only span a couple of days. My personal favorite is the outdoor picnic table - it turned out so beautiful and we saved hundreds! So, without further ado, here are six projects that you can complete over the course of the weekend.
Ash built this picnic table in just one day! Imagine my surprise and delight:) It was simple to make, and the results were beautiful. We especially love the composite decking on the tabletop and the seats, as it involved no staining or sealing – and provides a nice safe material to have meals on.
As for cost, this was a steal ($160!) compared to the cost of this type of outdoor furniture at the landscaping and home improvement stores, and it looks just as wonderful. For a step-by-step tutorial, read, Building a Picnic Table in One Day.
In our old house, we had an eyesore of a pantry. It was nothing more than a nook of shelves with drawn curtains. It was nothing short of awful. In sprucing up our house for our move, I was looking for ways to make our kitchen look less dated, without updating the counters and cabinets. The idea of putting French doors then hit me. Ash agreed – he loves my design decisions…:)
We found a reasonable pair, installed them, and painted them white. I couldn’t have been happier to see those awful curtains go – it was definitely a rags to riches moment! It took a mere weekend of work, and I’m sure the nice folks who bought our house are enjoying them. Check out the before and after along, with all the nitty gritty details in, From Rags to Riches: Updating the Pantry.
This project was one of Ash’s favorites because he checked an item off his bucket list, as he finally built his own functional workbench. It’s definitely a fan favorite, as it’s been featured on quite a few sites, including Life Hacker and Make.
In his post, Constructing a Folding Workbench with Storage, Ash shares his plans (it’s an Ash original!) and explains not only this thought process, but all the necessary steps for you to build your own. It only took two days, and Ash has been reaping its benefits ever since!
Ash and I are a little storage-obsessed. I'll admit that I have a little Christmas stuff addiction, although I won’t even admit how many trees I have. And, Ash, well he never throws anything away. In his defense, he creates some really cool things from his hoard collection – including a built-in pantry shelf made from a CD shelf (post coming soon). Thus, we could never have too much storage.
In our garage, we had a 20-foot corner of space between the wall and the fridge, and Ash turned this into 70 feet of space with stacked, slide-out storage shelves. These shelves are awesome, storing some of our holiday decorations. The slide-out feature provides easy access to boxes in the back, along with easy steps up to the top. Not to mention, Ash created bonus shelving with the leftover wood. If you love storage space as much as we do, check out, Creating More Garage Storage. In just a weekend, you could have yourself your very sliding storage shelves, just in time for the holidays.
Inspired by a trip to the strawberry fields, Ash had his mind set on building a trailer for his riding mower. He figured he could haul yard waste to the curb more easily and even take the family on a few tractor rides. His vision became a reality with this custom-built wagon. When he finished the wagon, no one but Zeus was around – so he got the first ride. :)
Ash gives all the details, from basic construction to assembling the axles to hooking up the hitch connection in his post, How to Build a Wagon for a Riding Mower. After using it all summer, Ash found it more helpful than he originally thought, and he’ll continue to use it this fall bagging up all of the leaves.
Thinking about tackling a wooden pathway project? It’s easier than you think. With just a few hours of work, Ash created a perfect path from our patio into our backyard.
Prior to this boardwalk, there was a narrow pathway with a few uneven rocks, so this was quite an upgrade. It took a little digging, but it was completed in a just a weekend. After a year, it gets used each and every day and is holding up great. Looking for a boardwalk solution, read, A Wooden Pathway for the Backyard.
All of these awesome projects were tackled in just one weekend. Make your Monday a little happier next week, knowing you created something awesome during your two day break.
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Hi! We're Ash and Eileen, and we are sharing our home project stories with you. From crafty projects to home maintenance to more ambitious DIY endeavors, we hope our stories inspire you to check a few things off your project list! :)