The best way to become a skilled DIY-er is to start with some easy projects and gradually work your way up to the more challenging ones.
So, if you’re just starting out, here are 10 easy projects that will get you comfortable with the basics of DIYing.
From simple furniture projects to creating an accent wall, there’s something for everyone in this post.
You’ll find these easy DIY’s perfect for beginners!
So roll up your sleeves and get ready to take on some new challenges and you’ll be a pro in no time!
And if you’re looking for more ideas to add value to your home, take a look at 10 Sensational Home Improvement Ideas on a Budget.
- What is a Good DIY Project for Beginners
- Chalk Paint Furniture – The Perfect DIY for Beginners
- Thrift Store Furniture Flip
- No Sew Reupholster on a Dime
- Fix a Wobbly Chair – A Beginner DIY
- How to Hang Curtains in a Bay Window – DIY for Beginners
- How to Paint a Room and Get Pro Results – A DIY Guide for Beginners
- Upcycle Unique Home Decor
- Tile Floor Refresh Without Replacing or Painting
- Resize Canvas Art
- Board and Batten Wall
What is a Good DIY Project for Beginners
If you’re new to the DIY scene, you may feel a little overwhelmed and wonder where to start.
No need to worry, we’ll share 10 DIY projects that are perfect for beginners from how to paint a wall with pro results, to a simple no-sew upholstery tutorial.
With each DIY project you’ll find a link to a detailed tutorial and many with step by step videos that will guide you to a successful end result!
These 10 project DIY ideas for beginners are handpicked for just that, with the beginner in mind.
Anyone can complete these DIY projects with great results.
So, if you’ve been wanting to try your hand at DIY, tap the highlighted links below to learn specifically about each of these project ideas.
You’re sure to be hooked on doing it yourself!
Not only is it a great way to stretch your dollar, but it’s also so rewarding!
For more DIY ideas for your home checkout 50 Amazing Flea Market Flips.
Chalk Paint Furniture – The Perfect DIY for Beginners
One of our favorite things to DIY is a good furniture makeover.
We often find old discarded pieces others would see as trash, and bring them back to life.
This was the case for this farmhouse coffee table we refinished for a client.
At first glance this piece even had us wondering if it was salvageable or not!
It was in pretty rough shape.
But with a bit of work, we were able to transform this into a beautiful piece that will last for years to come.
Refinishing furniture with chalk paint is a great DIY project for a beginner.
It’s easy to work with and the results are amazing!
Just checkout the transformation of this china hutch.
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Thrift Store Furniture Flip
Incorporating second hand items is a great way to customize your home with unique pieces.
In many cases DIY even allows you to restore items at a fraction of the cost!
Certainly, we enjoy the hunt for a furniture piece to flip just as much as we do refinishing the piece.
We love to scour our local thrift stores, vintage markets and online marketplace.
To many, at first glace, this lateral filing cabinet wouldn’t have received a second thought.
But for me, I immediately envisioned it painted in a glossy red paint and knew it would make the perfect statement piece in this car themed bedroom!
You can see the full transformation in this tutorial. Or you can head to the tour of this car themed bedroom for even more DIY project ideas!
No Sew Reupholster on a Dime
Have you ever been drawn to a piece of furniture for the detailed woodwork or curves, but fabric just turns you off?!
The thought of reupholstering a piece of furniture might have you running in the opposite direction!
But in this simple tutorial you’ll learn how to easily reupholster a piece of furniture without sewing!
After learning this skill, you’ll be searching for more pieces to tackle!
Fix a Wobbly Chair – A Beginner DIY
You may have a piece of furniture that is a bit unstable.
Your first thought may be to throw it out.
But in this tutorial you’ll learn how to easily fix a wobbly chair, so you can continue to enjoy it in your home.
We also share our little secret on how to restore the wood finish in just minutes.
How to Hang Curtains in a Bay Window – DIY for Beginners
Perhaps you find yourself styling a room and want to dress the windows up with some draperies.
But you realize you CAN’T find a curtain rod that will hang inside your bay window!
In this tutorial we share our hack on how to make your own custom rod to fit inside a bay window.
Better yet, this hack can be achieved for just a few dollars!
And if you want to change the look of curtain panels, see how we dyed them in the washing machine.
How to Paint a Room and Get Pro Results – A DIY Guide for Beginners
The most cost effective and dramatic way to freshen up a room is to simply add new paint.
Perhaps you’re leery of painting because of the work it may take, poor results you’ve achieved in the past, or the lack of knowing how to achieve great results.
These are all valid concerns, but clearly this is a DIY for beginners that anyone can do!
My young daughter is seen here helping paint her own room.
Head to the tutorial to learn our tricks on how to paint a room and get pro results.
And if you’d like to learn how to paint a room fast with less mess, check out our tips and tricks.
Upcycle Unique Home Decor
I’ve always been drawn to upcycled items because of how clever they can be.
It’s fascinating to see what others can create using old discarded items.
This was the case for this worn and rusty old wagon!
I’d seen several upcycled wagon ideas on Pinterest and knew I had to get my hands on one.
In just 30 minutes I was able to transform this wagon into a unique piece of home decor for my son’s bedroom.
Tap the link to see exactly how we were able to turn this old wagon into a unique shelf!
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Tile Floor Refresh Without Replacing or Painting
Do you have dated tile floors?
You’re ready to update the look and bring them into this century?
Perhaps you don’t have the means to replace the tile, or don’t want to go to the hassle of painting them?
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to give your tile floor a makeover on a budget that will give jaw dropping results with minimal effort!
Resize Canvas Art
This next DIY for beginners may be a bit off the beaten path.
We haven’t heard of anyone else doing this before.
But, its a doable DIY anyone can tackle and achieve great results.
Have you ever fallen in love with a piece of artwork, but it was the wrong size for your space?
This was the case when we were redoing our master bedroom on a budget.
I was on the hunt for the perfect piece of artwork to conceal our TV.
This piece just spoke to me, however the original dimensions wouldn’t work.
Well that wasn’t about to stop me.
I’d been on the hunt long enough and I knew I could make it work.
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to resize a canvas to customize it to fit any space in your home!
Board and Batten Wall
Every room should have a focal point, whether that be architectural detail or an accent wall.
And our master bedroom was in dire need of an accent wall!
I wanted something simple with straight lines, yet something that would have a large impact in the space!
My Hubby and I installed this easy DIY Board and Batten Wall for under $50, in just an afternoon!
Visit our tutorial for a step by step directions, video tutorial and full list of supplies needed.
Are you looking for a quick and easy way to refresh for kitchen for less than $200?
Then take a look at our Kitchen Island Makeover with shiplap and trim.
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So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced DIY-er, we’ve got the perfect project for you.
These easy projects are a great way to start out, and before you know it, you’ll be ready for more something a little more challenging.
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This Post Has 6 Comments
As a DIY beginner, these are all great to have in one place! Thanks!
Thank you! Have a wonderful day!
Great article. Love the board wall, will definitely try this out in my home!
Thank you Caleb. it’s one of our favorite accent walls.
Great ideas. Hugs and blessings to you.
Thank you Renae, you’re so kind! Have a wonderful week.