Favorite DIY Projects with Big Impact {Friday Favorites}…

Favorite DIY Projects and Ideas with Big Impact {Friday Favorites} The Creativity Exchange


Happy Friday friends and welcome to another Friday Favorites!!

My list of DIY home projects that I want to tackle is getting longer and longer! Some of these updates are quick and easy and others will take a lot time.  Finding the time is the biggest challenge for many of us and prioritizing these projects in our home can be so overwhelming! Where to start?

Quick updates are great because the more you do these little things, the quicker the updates add up and they also motivate us to do more! I wanted to highlight five of my favorite general DIY projects/updates that have the biggest impact around the home.  Hopefully, this will help a little bit if you’re trying to prioritize your projects {like me}, as we head into 2013!

So let’s jump right in!

1) Recovering Seat and Bench Cushions:


Source: Little Green Notebook

Source: Little Green Notebook


Source: Styled Thing

Source: Styled Thing


Sourece: Southern Hospitality

Sourece: Southern Hospitality


Recovering a seat or bench cushion can be done pretty quick and it really packs a big punch depending on the fabric that you choose.

For information on how to recover seat cushions, you can check out Rhoda’s fantastic tutorial at Southern Hospitality.  For tips on recovering bench cushions and how to fold in those pesky corners, be sure and visit Jennifer from the Little Green Notebook tutorial.  Styled Thing has a quick and easy tutorial for how to tackle counter/bar stools.

2) Lampshade Quick Makeovers:


spray the inside of shades with gold spray paint 

Source: The Little Black Door

Source: The Little Black Door


silver leaf the inside of shades

Source: Design Sponge

Source: Design Sponge


add geometric trim to shades

Source: Honey We're Home

Source: Honey We’re Home


Cover shades with bold color and patterned fabric
Tutorial for How to Recover Drum Shades with Fabric
I know I talk about it all of the time but DIY lampshade revamps are quick and easy but can update a space in a big way! I love the idea of spray painting the inside of a lampshade to add a pop of drama. The Little Black Door has a great tutorial that you can find here for how to transform a shade with gold spray paint. If you prefer a silver leaf look instead, Design Sponge has some great how to tips here.

It doesn’t get much easier than Megan’s easy project from one of my favorite blogs, Honey We’re Home for how to add Greek or geometric trim to a lampshade. I just love that look and you can check out Megan’s tutorial found here. Last but not least, you can check out my tutorial here that I did a couple year’s ago on how to recover a drum shade with fabric. Adding a fun and updated to drum shade is another quick way to impact a room!

3) DIY Wall Art

Paint a canvas black and then add some color or white. 

Source: Joy Trubout

Source: Joy Tribout

{By the way, the image above is from the super talented designer, Joy Tribout who I am obsessed with right now and if you are looking for styling inspiration and amazing color combinations, you have got to check out Joy’s work and portfolio here.}

Paint a canvas with black chalk board paint and write a quote or draw in wet chalk.

Source: Urban Grace

Source: Urban Grace


Paint a canvas in a modern pattern

DIY Multi-Colored Chevron Wall Art with Free Printable Templates {The Creativity Exchange}


Of course, creating my own wall art is probably one of my favorite ways to add big impact to a bare wall.   The possibilities are endless and on Wednesday, I shared a tutorial for how to create easy multi-colored chevron wall art.  I also shared a printable stencil to make the project even easier.

DIY Chevron Canvas Wall Art


If you want to create your own wall art, you can always get started by playing with a design or quote on a canvas in pencil and then going from there.  If you are looking for more inspiring DIY Wall Art ideas, I have collected quite a few on my Pinterest Board Wall Decor.  You will come away with tons of DIY wall art ideas.

4)  Photo Gallery Walls


gallery wall of family photos with neutral mats.


black and white photos on wall


I have talked in the past about gallery walls and how they are an easy way to add big impact in a room but I also wanted to mention that framed family photos or black and white photos are another quick way to really turn a boring wall into something amazing.     Spray painting old frames in one monochromatic color or adding a pop of color in having the mats all one color are something to keep in mind if your looking for an easy DIY project that has a lot of impact in a room.  For tons of ideas on layout, mat and frame colors, you can check out my Pinterest Board Gallery Walls for inspiration!
5) Furniture Revamps 

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I talk a lot about what paint can do when it comes to furniture. Depending on the amount of time {and patience} you have to spend on a DIY a furniture revamp you can do something fairly quick with spray paint, or you can take a little more time with chalk paint or traditional paint.

One of my new favorite blogs, Ciruelo Interiors is such a great place to go if you want to see how chalk paint can seriously transform an old beat up piece of furniture in high impact way. If you have been on the fence about chalk paint, you will be convinced to give it a try after you check out Adriana’s post here at Ciruelo Interiors.  Adriana used Annie Sloan’s Amsterdam Green Chalk Paint and you will be sold in an instant.


Source: Ciruelo Interiors

Source: Ciruel Interiors


For more ideas for transforming furniture with paint tutorials, be sure and check out The Yellow Cape Cod as well!


Source: The Yellow Cape Cod

Source: The Yellow Cape Cod

If you want a quick and easy DIY project for updating dated mirrors, you can check out my post here for some tips and tricks.


Source: The Creativity Exchange

Source: The Creativity Exchange


I have several quick and easy furniture revamp treatments coming up in the next few weeks that I can’t wait to share with you and I will link it here after I post.  You can find some amazing furniture revamps on my Pinterest Board DIY Paint Treatments here, if you need more inspiration, specific project tutorials and ideas!

Some of you may remember that last year I did a post that I called “Bang for Buck {and Effort} DIY Projects. I asked some of my favorite DIY Bloggers what their favorite bang or buck projects were and I was so inspired by their responses! It turned out to be such a great resource if your looking for more DIY big impact projects and you didn’t get a chance to see that post.  You can get to it by clicking the image below!


DIY Projects


I’m not sure I will ever make it through my list of projects but it sure helps me get motivated when I can see instant transformations!  It’s just the motivation I need for tacking the big stuff!

I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend!!



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9 Responses to Favorite DIY Projects with Big Impact {Friday Favorites}…

  1. Hi Cyndy! I just repinned your pin and then was so surprised to see my lamp makeover featured! Thanks girl! Have a great weekend! 🙂 I want to do the gold spray paint inside a lamp shade.

  2. Hi, Cyndy, thanks for the shout-out on my chair tutorial. You have a beautiful blog & I don’t know that I’ve been by before. Love what you are sharing and all the inspiration I see. I’ll definitely come back and browse again.

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Rhoda for sharing the tutorial! I’m so glad that you stopped by my blog. I have been inspired by you for a very long time! Thank you for your kind words.

  3. WOW! These are great! I just found your site and will enjoy searching it 🙂 xo Kristin

  4. Hi Cyndy. Thanks for the shout out! What a great roundup you’ve put together. It gives me tons of great ideas for more projects!!

  5. Monique says:

    Hi. I recovered two lampshades with black linen. They look awesome except that the fabric has “bubbled” it’s hot and humid here in south Florida and I font know if that’s the cause. I used a spray adhesive and thought I had pressed it down quite well. Any suggestions for repair? I used 3M Super 77 Multi purpose spray adhesive.

  6. I like the idea of covering lamp shades with fabric — have to try that!

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