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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

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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.

What You'll Need:

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Wood Slab

Leave the chainsaw wielding to the professionals.

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Minwax Wipe-On Poly

Finish and protect your gorgeous new piece so your work doesn't go to waste.

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Clean Cloths

For perfect poly application.

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Drill & Screws

For meeting leg and table. (Aren't power tools fun?)

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Tube Legs

Sturdy, industrial and chic, these will give your table a classic mid-century feel.

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sandpaper

Sandpaper

Smooth down any rough edges before applying your finish.

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Minwax Wood Finish

It's available in 26 colors, so you'll have no problems finding the shade that complements your space.

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Bedside Shelf

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.

What You’ll Need:

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Floating Shelf

Find one that's pre-cut to avoid using a handsaw. (An old one you already have works, too.)

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Minwax Wood Finish Stain Marker

Make your wooden pieces look like new again (in the easiest way possible).

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L Brackets

These will make sure your shelf is nice and sturdy (so you can pile on all the books you want).

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Screwdriver & Screws

Hey, that shelf won't hang itself.

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Drill

Trust, it'll be much easier to put in said screws if you make a hole with one of these first.

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Statement Wall

All of the fun, none of the commitment

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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.”

What You’ll Need:

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Removable Wallpaper

Stick it on, and then peel it right off when she starts high school.

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Swiffer Duster

To make sure your statement wall goes on nice and smooth.

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Measuring Tape

Every foot counts so you don't under (or over) order.

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Utility Knife

Use it to cut around door frames and remove any excess.

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Screwdriver

For removing switch plates before hanging the paper.

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Subway Tile Backsplash

The accent your kitchen has been begging for

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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.

What You’ll Need:

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Subway Tiles

Clean and chic, this tile trend is going nowhere fast.

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Tile Adhesive

Only apply as much adhesive as you can cover in 10 minutes so it doesn’t dry before the tiles are installed.

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trowel

Notched Trowel

Don’t lay your tile until the adhesive is even and smooth.

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grout

Grout

Keep that new backsplash nice and secure.

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Wet Sponge

For (quickly) wiping up rogue grout splatters.

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Vertical Herb Garden

AKA the illustrious “pallet garden”

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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. 

What You’ll Need:

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Wooden Slats

1x4 slats are just right for this project.

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Tin Pails

We love monochrome white, but mixing and matching delivers a fun splash of color.

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Hammer

Probably the simplest build, well, ever.

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Nails

Hint: The nails you choose should be about 3x as long as the thickness of the wood.

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MINWAX WATER BASED HELMSMAN SPAR URETHANE

Finish your project with a clear protector that stands up to the moisture from watering your plants.

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wire

Picture Frame Wire

Wrap it around your tin, then make a loop and hang it using a protruding nail.

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Herbs & Potting Soil

Feed your herbs the good stuff so they grow up big and strong.

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