Whether you’re looking to maximize storage space, declutter, or add some character to your home, these 3 easy renovation projects can help you create unique accents in your home. Personalizing your space can be done easily by working with what you have, and all in one weekend. Basic skills and creativity are all you need!
These easy home renovation projects are great activities to keep you and your family busy.
Garden shed crate cabinets
Are you looking for projects you can do at home? These custom cabinets, made from vintage wine or pop bottle crates, can be used to keep your shed in order during the busy start of gardening season. Or, set them up in a basement playroom to keep toys in order, or a mudroom to organize shoes.
- Wooden crates in various heights and widths
- Wood screws
- Cup hooks (optional)
- Stack crates horizontally and vertically up against a shed wall to create a layout you like. Turn some crates over on their side to use as bases for others to stand on.
- Connect crates at their corners with wood screws and collars so each stack is secure.
- For more storage within each crate, hang cup hooks for gloves and small tools. Or, divide up space by stacking smaller baskets or crates within each compartment.
Original idea from Martha Stewart
Bathroom storage cubbies
This simple project can give you the bathroom you’ve always dreamed about, all while creating plenty of storage space. By the end of this renovation project, you’ll have amazing wall fixtures made from pieces of plywood.
If you’re aiming to clear up some counter space in a small bathroom, this project is the right solution for you!
For each cubby, you’ll need:
- 2 pieces of plywood (12 X 9 X ¾ inches)
- 2 pieces of plywood (10 ½ X 9 inches)
- 1 piece of 12-inch square plywood
- Wood glue
- Finishing nails (1 ½-inch long)
- Primer and paint
- Glue the ends of the bottom and top pieces of plywood to the inside edges of the side pieces, and secure with finishing nails at each corner. Glue on the back, and secure with finishing nails.
- After the box is dry, sand, prime and paint.
- Mount a hanging bracket on the back of each and hang on the wall using a nail, or screw directly into the wall through the back and paint the screws to cover. Arrange shelves in a vertical line, an irregular layout or whatever way works for you.
Original idea from DIY Life
Mudroom storage bench
During the springtime, your mudroom can quickly get cluttered with wet jackets and dirty boots. Stay neat and organized with this storage bench that doubles as a space to keep your favourite shoes, and a spot to sit while taking them off and on.
- A sturdy wooden box or crate
- 4 rolling casters
- 1 piece of plywood the same dimensions as the top of the box
- 1 length of upholstery foam (2-inches thick)
- 1 length of fabric 3 inches larger than the plywood on all sides
- Mounting screws
- Scissors and a ruler
- Spray glue and a staple gun
- Turn the crate onto its side and screw 1 caster into each of its 4 corners with mounting screws. Set aside.
- Sand down the edges of the piece of plywood until smooth.
- Place the foam down on the floor, then place the plywood on top. Cut the foam to match the size of the wood.
- Place fabric face-down on the floor, and place the foam and then plywood on top, centred. Fold the fabric over the edges of the plywood tightly and staple the excess down to the underside. Place the lid on the crate.
Pro tip: Since you’ve worked hard to build your bench, protect the inside by lining the bottom with cookie sheets and drying racks to set your boots on.
Original idea from Re:Creative’s Renee Elliott
These weekend home renovation projects will keep you busy. Take on 1 simple project at a time and make sure to take enough breaks in between to keep your mind and body well rested.