8 Weekend DIY Ideas That'll Fix Up Your Home In Less Than Two Days (PHOTOS)

09/22/2012 09:52 am ET | Updated Nov 01, 2013

As we celebrate the beginning of another weekend, we can't help but think of new ways to fix up our homes in the next few days. Kickstart your weekend by taking on a project and preparing your home for the beautiful new season. From removing your AC unit to prepare for brisker weather, to updating an old light fixture with spray paint, these great weekend DIY ideas will not only keep you busy, but will also help you feel more satisfied with your home. Check out our slideshow below for some inspiration.

  • Make A Wooden Welcome Mat
    Create a wooden mat for your front stoop. Not only will it make your home more welcoming, but it's also a great place to start leaving your wet or dirty boots. First, you will need to cut wood into equal-sized strips. Then, drill holes into each piece, string them together with a threaded rod and secure with nuts. Experiment with fun colors, or keep it simple with a wood stain. For the full tutorial, head over to Lowe's.
  • Update A Light Fixture With Spray Paint
    Use spray paint to freshen up your light fixtures. Whether they're made of brass or are just painted a different color, it's a quick and easy way to give them a makeover so you don't have to go out and buy new ones. After you remove the fixture, find a safe place where you won't ruin anything else, and spray paint in light, even coats until you achieve your desired color. Check out In My Own Style for great tips on how to effectively spray paint over metal.
  • Clean off all the dust and pollen from your outdoor furniture to prepare it for hibernation during the colder months. Depending on the surface material, you will need either a multi-purpose cleaner or a homemade concoction of dishwashing detergent and water. Make sure to clean both the frame and the cushions. For simple steps, head over to DIY Network.
  • Remove Window AC Units
    Now that fall is upon us, you can achieve a comfortable temperature in your home by simply opening the windows and letting in the breeze. Which means it's time to put away your window AC unit. It seems simple to unscrew the unit and remove it, but be careful--they can be very heavy and dangerous if dropped. Visit Gizmodo for in-depth instructions on how to safely remove your unit.
  • Seal Your Driveway
    Protect your driveway way before the first snowfall by applying a topcoat sealer. You'll need to inspect the area first, filling in any cracks or potholes you find. Then, thoroughly clean your driveway before applying the sealer. Head over to Popular Mechanics for a full tutorial.
  • Turn A Cabinet Into An Open China Display
    Beautify your kitchen by turning a plain cabinet into a see-through display case where you can show off your china. Remove the door and add glass shelving and a glass panel on the front. Take it a step further and install overhead lighting. For a full tutorial, visit The Creativity Exchange.
  • Create Hand-Painted Wallpaper
    Photo by Emily at Jones Design Company
    Revamp your walls without all that messy wallpaper removal by stenciling and painting your own design. It's as easy as creating a stencil, then tracing it with pencil on the entire wall and painting it by hand. Redo an entire room, or create an accent wall. Head over to Jones Design Company for full tutorial.
  • Double Your Closet Storage Space
    Install wooden rods and boards to create more space in a tiny closet. All you need are a few rods (for a place to hang clothes), boards (for shelves), and some simple hardware to secure them. Remove the old shelving and place the new pieces to create multiple shelving levels for better space-efficiency. Visit Your Home Only Better for a full tutorial.
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