You constantly think about planting an aboveground tomato garden, learning to throw clay á la Ghost and keeping your own bees (hello, honey barbecue sauce). It was only a matter of time before you decided to dip your toes in the DIY pool. Welcome. To ensure that you don’t run screaming, let’s start you off with a few trendy DIY home projects that are so easy, any beginner can tackle them.
Live Edge Coffee Table
Points for a project that looks way harder than it is
Infusing your living room with natural colors and textures is one of 2017’s biggest design trends. We’re talking pops of green plants, jute rugs and—you guessed it—raw woods. If this project sounds a little daunting, have no fear. You can DIY it without stepping foot into a forest. Order yourself a piece of reclaimed wood online (yep, it’s a thing), and then customize the color with an easy-to-use stain and clear, protective finish. Add some sturdy legs, et voila! You’ve got a chic new coffee table without the hefty price tag.
Your dreams aren’t the only things floating around here
This year’s bedroom trends are all about paring things down to the essentials, and this includes your bulky bedside situation. Lucky for you, it couldn't be easier to get on board. Instead of keeping a glorified junk drawer next to where you sleep, hang a simple shelf just big enough to hold the basics: book, phone, contacts and a lil’ something decorative. We love a wood color that complements your other furniture but isn’t too matchy-matchy, like rustic oak amongst modern black or white dressers. You can even repurpose an old shelf—just touch up any nicks and scratches with a Minwax Wood Finish Stain Marker. These come in several colors, so choose one that perfectly matches the color of your shelf.
All of the fun, none of the commitment
Kids' rooms are tough. You want to decorate with adorable things she loves right now, but you don’t want to pump a bunch of time and money into something she’ll outgrow in a few short years. This is where removable wallpaper becomes your best friend. It’s an easy way to add a ton of character to a room (regret-free) so that you’re not kicking yourself when a precious pink and blue color scheme is suddenly “too babyish.”
Subway Tile Backsplash
The accent your kitchen has been begging for
Nothing is as stunning as a glossy white kitchen. And nothing is as rewarding as installing said tiles yourself. Sure, precision definitely counts here, but it’s totally doable even for first-time DIY-ers. As long as you don’t let your mistakes dry, you’re golden—and any that do will be way harder to spot on this monochrome tile palette, anyway.
Vertical Herb Garden
AKA the illustrious “pallet garden”
Your precious dill always gets scorched outside in the sun, but all your beloved succulents in the kitchen don’t leave a whole lot of extra room for more pots. Time to start thinking vertically when it comes to keeping your fresh herbs inside. If you happen upon an already finished shipping pallet, good news: The work is half done for you. If not, fashioning one on your own (i.e., nailing together a bunch of repurposed wooden slats into a grid shape, spacing optional) is really no biggie, even for a first-time DIY-er. Once it’s built, help protect the wood from moisture and UV damage with Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane. Then, fix tins evenly onto the horizontal slats, fill them with aromatic sage, thyme and any other plants you love. Hang your new garden in a sunny spot by the window.