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.
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.
1. Outdoor Picnic Table
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. It was definitely one of our favorite weekend DIY projects.
For a step-by-step tutorial, read Building a Picnic Table in One Day.
2. French Door Pantry
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…:)
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.
3. Folding 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!
4. Sliding Garage Shelves
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.
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.
5. Wooden Mower Wagon
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.
6. Boardwalk Pathway for the Backyard
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 the 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 – making it a perfect weekend DIY project.
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 weekend DIY 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.