My Five Favorite DIY Projects

Craft room revamp project. The Creativity Exchange

I’m so excited to be guest hosting the My Favorite Things blog series today, which is a fun monthly series hosted by several of my favorite blogging friends; Kris from Driven by Decor, Jennifer of Dimples and Tangles, Lisa from Shine Your Light and Pam from Simple Details. Thank you ladies for inviting me to participate today! 🙂

This month, the theme is DIY’s and today, we’re are all sharing our five favorite DIY projects on our blogs. I’m adding a little twist and sharing my favorite “types” of DIY projects along with my favorite projects.

So let’s jump in to my five favorite  DIY projects.


Paint DIY’s

At the top of my list of favorite types of DIY’s are any projects that involve paint.  For me, paint is the ultimate instant DIY gratification because I LOVE to transform an old piece of furniture (or a room) with paint in a fabulous color.  It never gets old for me because paint always makes such a dramatic and big impact. It’s also the easiest way to get started DIY’ing if you’re new to doing home projects yourself.

One of my favorite paint projects was revamping our old beat up tired kitchen table into my office/family/craft room table with paint.

Tips and tricks for working with oil based paints to create a flawless durable finish {The Creativity Exchange}

Office Craft Room Revamp Project

office and craft room multi-purpose space done on a very tight budget.

Craft Room Revamp Project

Breathing new life into a piece that we weren’t using anymore into something that we now use daily is my favorite type of paint project.

By the way, for this table paint project above, I used oil-based paint because it’s a high traffic furniture piece. If you’re interested in how I did this project, you can find the paint tutorial here.


DIY’s that Create More Storage

Another type of DIY that I love to do throughout my home is any type of DIY project that involves increasing storage and function in a space.  We don’t have a lot of storage in our home and many of my blog projects over the years usually involve us trying to get creative and DIY more storage space.

One of my favorite storage projects was our garage pegboard storage wall.  I loved this project SO MUCH because we had zero storage in the garage.  Our garage is extremely narrow and we came up with a very inexpensive DIY solution that was pretty much life changing for us! Finally creating a home for all my tools, paint and DIY supplies has helped us so much!

DIY Garage Pegboard Narrow Storage Wall with Plans. Only need 5.5%22 in depth to make this.

DIY Garage pegboard for tools, spray paint and supplies. Only need 5.5 inches for depth. {The Creativity Exchange}

I still look at the wall everyday and get so much satisfaction that we came up with a solution to a problem that I never dreamed we could solve.

We also did something very similar to the framing of the pegboard wall in the garage and created a narrow mudroom in our home by the back door. We only used 5.5″ of depth to DIY this much needed mudroom wall storage.

DIY narrow mudroom wall with only 5 inches of depth needed. Plan and details.

Coming up with easy DIY solutions to solve storage problems around our home REALLY makes me giddy and has been one of my favorite types of  DIY projects.


Organizing DIY’s

Because we have very little storage in our home, I do a lot of traditional organizing projects to really maximize the space that we do have. Whether cabinets, closets or drawers, I have slowly been working my way through our home over the years, coming up with DIY solutions to help us better stay organized and utilize space.

One of my favorite DIY organizational projects is a recent project that I did with hand lettered free printable labels that Jo from Zeur Designs and I collaborated on and created together.  I used them to organize my baking cabinet and pantry in my kitchen.

Free Printable Pantry Labels hand lettered by Zuer Designs. Print on clear sticker paper

If you want to check out more of my organizational DIY’s, you can find them here.


Outdoor DIY Projects

Another favorite type of DIY that I do a lot of around our home are all of the fun outdoor DIY projects.  I love any kind of DIY outdoor project like refreshing outdoor furniture and accessories with a fresh coat of paint, creating pretty garden container pots and landscaping.

I recently refreshed our back patio area for the summer with several little DIY projects.

Patio refresh tips. The Creativity Exchange


Whole Room DIY’s

I really love a whole room project that incorporates all of those different types of DIY projects that I mentioned above and love!  It’s so fun to be able to pull a whole room re-design together using creative DIY solutions, paint and breathing new life into an old piece of furniture or accessories.

My favorite whole room DIY project has been my daughter’s bedroom revamp project. My (then) 10 year old daughter and I teamed up and pretty much DIY’d and revamped everything in her room.

Tween bedroom revamp. The Creativity Exchange

We repainted all my daughter’s furniture with fun patterns and we also created this fun gallery wall art project that we made using calendar art.

Turn wall calendar art into beautful gallery walls. The Creativity Exchange

We also painted an inexpensive chandelier because my daughter had to have a hot pink chandelier! 😉

Tutorial for painting a Lowes $79.00 empire chandelier {The Creativity Exchange}

It was such a joy to be able to DIY this whole room revamp with my daughter Bella and see her get creative and DIY with me.  Two years later, she’s an old pro now at 12 and has turned into my little assistant! 🙂

I hope there is a project here today or an idea that inspires you to do a DIY project yourself.  It’s really the best feeling to be able to refresh, revamp and create yourself!

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure and check out out the other bloggers in today’s series and their favorite DIY projects!  All of these ladies are so creative and inspiring and I can’t wait to see what they share! Here are the links; Kris from Driven by Decor, Jennifer of Dimples and Tangles, Lisa from Shine Your Light and Pam from Simple Details.





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17 Responses to My Five Favorite DIY Projects

  1. Melanie says:

    Oh my goodness! Your diy’s are jaw-dropping! Excellent job!

  2. your daughter’s room is SO fun- that chandy! but what i really need to check out is the garage post… or maybe have you come here… hmmmmm

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much sweet Cassie!! You won’t believe how easy that garage project is! With your mad skilz, you would have it up, painted and loaded in two hours girl! xo

  3. Candy it’s so fun to have you join us today!!!!!!!!!! You are the queen of DIY, your daughter’s room and your amazing craft room are two of my very favorite spaces of yours! Beautiful and so creative!

  4. We knew exactly who to call for this month’s guest, you rock DIYs like no one!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with everyone, Cyndy! I’ve always been smitten with your beautifully organized garage!!! Enjoy your summer on that pretty patio, sweet friend!

    • Cyndy says:

      Aw, coming from you Pam and your amazing DIY-ness, you’ve made my day friend! Thank you for including me this month and thank you for years of DIY inspiration! xo

  5. Love these projects. You are the craftiest! Thanks for sharing. I got some good ideas from this post.

  6. Pat says:

    You have mad DIY skills! So much eye candy…I have to go back and read more. I’m sure your daughter will be as talented as you are! Love the patio decor…looks like a wonderful place to relax.


  7. You are the perfect guest host for this topic my friend! And I love that you included a few DIYs that I hadn’t seen before – I’m dying over your garage organization!!!

  8. I love your daughter’s room so much! And I’m SO envious of that beautiful garage wall- we desperately need a pegboard and some organization there! Thanks so much for joining us today, your projects are fantastic!

  9. Nikki says:

    I love your painted table in the craft room. Did you make or buy the framed pictures under the sconces? I have been searching for something similar as I the same color table.

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Nikki! I painted the framed art pieces on the wall behind the table. I couldn’t find those shades of navy/indigo into grays in art and I painted them for myself. They are actually 6 x 6 canvas panels that I matted with oversized mats. I really wanted that oversized white mat combined with those colors in my framed art. I do commission work if you are interested in 6 x 6 flat canvas panels to frame in the same colors combination. Just email if you’re interested. 🙂

  10. Lindsay Alford says:

    Love your daughter’s room! Where did you find the heart picture above her bed? It would look perfect in my daughter’s room!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you! I painted that canvas for my daughter’s room. I would point you to Pottery Bard Kids for other fun art for children’s spaces. Thanks for your note! 🙂

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