7 DIY Projects to Inspire You!

Hi! Thank you so much for joining our Northern Colorado DIY Facebook Group, and also for signing up for our "7 Cool DIY Projects to Inspire You" list.

Are you ready and raring to start on a DIY project, but just can't find any inspiration? Here are 7 DIY ideas to pique your curiosity and get those creative juices flowing!

1. A Window Shutter Mail Holder

 This project is super simple, but you'll end up with a

super awesome looking decoration piece for any wall in your home.

First, find an old window shutter. Next, find some leftover plywood and cut it to match the inside frame of the shutter, then staple the plywood to every third shutter. This will stop the mail from slipping between the shutters and the wood, but also won't let the mail get stuck in between them.

Decorate the shutter any way you like, and then attach some sort of hook for hanging the shutter on the wall, and you're set!

2. A Couch from Pallets

This idea would take quite a bit more work than the last one but would be super awesome to see finished. 

There are a couple things that you're going to need, but most of this stuff can be found for free or "reclaimed". You'll need 4-8 pallets, depending on how big you want your coach, some sort of cushion (maybe baby mattresses), material to cover the cushions, pillows, screws, and screws. 

Putting together the couch can be done in a multitude of ways, depending on personal preference, but you can end up with a sweet. lounge area for a corner or even for a patio or bonfire hangout spot.


3. A Breakfast Bar or Dining Room Set from Old Cabinets

Here's a pretty cheap solution to spruce up your dining area. All you need to find are some old, used cabinets and paint them up a little, and decorate them with whatever you like. It's a super easy way to give some empty space a fresh look.

This picture came from a DIY group just like ours, so you know that it works and will look great when it's done! There are so many different decorating options you can use, and the cabinets can be handpicked to your taste!

4. Fence Picket Window Shutters

If you're looking to spruce up the outside of your home, not the inside, here's a quick and easy project that will automatically make your curb appeal better, if done right. The project should only take a couple of materials- the pickets, staples or nails, and paint (If you'd like).

You could also use some decorative garage door hardware, as I did in the picture to the left, to make them look even cooler. They should only take 30-45 minutes, depending on how many you want to make. I made these myself using a couple of cedar fence pickets, and they made the outside of my house look a lot better than before.

5. "Schmearing" Your Fireplace

Here's another indoor project that looks awesome once completed. It won't take a lot of money either, but will completely change the look of your old, outdated red brick fireplace into a modern centerpiece for your living room, family room, or den. 

Here's a list of tools you might need:

– Premixed mortar
– Stiff bristle brush
– 5gallon plastic bucket
– Heavy duty drill
– Concrete paddle bit
– Stucco sponge
– Heavy rubber gloves
– Protective eyewear
– Grout sponge
– 6inch taping trowel
– Wire brush

After scraping the bricks to remove any excess dirt or grime, dampen the bricks and then begin laying down a peanut-butter-like consistency of mortar (somewhere around 70% mortar, 30% water) across the fireplace.

Make sure to cover everything you can around the fireplace because it will be a big pain to get any dried mortar off anything once finished.

Apply your preferred thickness of mortar, and then, right before the mixture is fully dried, scrape off a bit to expose a little of the old brick, giving it a nice-looking transitionary texture.

Then, just enjoy this new modern look! Surround the fireplace with tasteful decorations like plants, lanterns, and rugs, and you've got yourself a much better looking area!

 6. Enclosing Under Your Deck for A Shed

Another outdoors DIY project to do if you have a deck with empty space underneath is to close that off with some wood and you have yourself a little shed!

This should be a really simple and easy project as well, all you need is plywood, screws, the pieces for a door mechanism, and screws! This doesn't just have to be for a shed either- you could make anything out of the extra space.

This project came from Dustin on the Northern Colorado DIY group- he even put plastic sheeting underneath the deck's floor to keep water out. 

7. Updating Your Kitchen On a Budget

And finally, we have the go-to way to modernize your home- Updating the kitchen. Most kitchens need it, but nobody ever wants to put in the work or the money. Luckily, we have a way to get rid of at least one of those problems. 

There are a lot of things that you're going to need if you go through with this, but at least 75% of the price comes from one thing alone- cabinets. The price will, of course, fluctuate based on the size of your kitchen, but a medium-sized kitchen's worth of cabinets can cost you up to fifteen grand!

The easiest way to get around this would be to just reface the cabinets you already have, but what if you want some different ones? Here's a solution- look for used. Ben's Repurposed Cabinetry can help you create the kitchen of your dreams with a wide selection of used cabinetry, and some kitchens include appliances and countertops! You can even sell your old cabinets to them to make back a little extra cash!

That's exactly what Pat did with her kitchen remodel, the pictures of which can be seen below. The before/after change is awesome to see, and making that transition as easy as possible is what Ben's is all about.