Category Archives: DIY Projects

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

DIY Tote Bag With White Lace Appliqué | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Sure, we all have the ability to build furniture (although, maybe not quite so well as my dad!), make intricate Christmas ornaments, and even create our own works of art, but I’ve found that some of the best kinds of DIYs are the simplest and quickest to make.

Take my DIY White Lace Appliqué Tote Bag for Oriental Trading as an example. The finished product might look detailed and delicate, but, when it comes right down to it, you can easily knock this craft out on a whim (with your own two hands!) right before hitting the road.

DIY Tote Bag With White Lace Appliqué | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

It’s simple and straight-forward but, really, it takes just half an hour to put together, and uses a few affordable supplies that you might already have on hand. I’m personally using mine now to stow away favorite makeup and lotions when on the go. The tote is roughly the size of your average makeup bag, and the straps make it ideal for travel.

So, would you give this quick craft a try? Find out how to put a whole slew of these DIY Lace Appliqué Bags together over on Oriental Trading now.

DIY Tote Bag With White Lace Appliqué | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Tote Bag With White Lace Appliqué | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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DIY Leafy Baker's Twine Banner | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

What can I say? I just love pushing the limits when it comes to crafting supplies, which is why our Supply Of The Month series with Oriental Trading is such a fun one to be a part of. I’m one of four bloggers who, each month, take one craft supply and demonstrate how it can be used in four totally different ways.

This month, it was all about baker’s twine, and I personally decided to try manipulating the string into a fun art project that (as evidenced by the mood board I styled above) can inspire an entire room makeover—from drawer pulls and curtains, to paint colors and potted plants. See the full tutorial for my DIY Leafy Baker’s Twine Banner over on Oriental Trading by clicking either one of those links.

DIY Leafy Baker's Twine Banner | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Leafy Baker's Twine Banner | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Speaking of OTC, did you hear that the team just launched a brand new site? Oriental Trading’s Fun365 is a fun way to get inspired to craft this fall—the improved site allows you to, quite literally, see it, shop it, and then make it. You can now click through to all of my original DIYs here (it’s so fun to see all of those projects in one spot, btw!), and you can purchase supplies for everything right from the craft tutorial. See what I mean here in this example.

I’m excited to dive into the other three baker’s twine projects that were part of this month’s Supply Of The Month series, and hope you’ll share your own craftable string ideas in the comments below.

DIY Leafy Baker's Twine Banner | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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5 Things To Do When You Have 10 MinutesWith a daily to-do list that feels like it’s a million miles long, I’m always looking for ways to maximize my time. I try (and fail) to focus on one thing at a time for long stretches, but in the end, I get more accomplished when I work in short bursts on small things here and there. For example, I’ve been known to quickly reorganize the junk drawer, only to hop immediately over to meal planning for the week soon afterwards. Then, I’ll work on sending an email that I remembered was still lingering in my drafts before running on to the next project.

Although it certainly seems like a chaotic way of getting things done, I’ve learned to embrace my jumpy process because, at the end of the day, somehow it all (mostly!) gets done. Something about this system just works for me.

In case any of you out there can relate—or if you’re looking to test new productivity habits—I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite recommendations for 10-minute tasks that make the most of your day. If you’re able to stay on task with these, you could theoretically knock ALL of them out in under an hour! Let’s get to it.

1. Set Up Gmail Canned Responses

I’ve said it multiple times, but nothing has revolutionized my work day more than canned responses. If you also use a Gmail inbox for professional emails (or even personal ones!), I would highly suggest giving this system a try. In a nutshell, canned responses allow you to auto-fill the body of an email with the click of a button, so if you have similar types of responses or messages that you send multiple times a day, having this collection of pre-written drafts could shave an hour or more off your daily tasks. I explain more about how and why you should set it up here.

5 Things To Do When You Have 10 Minutes

2. Hyper-Speed Clothing Purge

We actually used our Labor Day holiday to go through almost all of the closets in our house, filling charity bags and boxes with items that we no longer need or love. Although we probably spent about four or five hours on the project over the weekend, you can knock out a good amount of purging in just 10 minutes. Choose one closet or drawer (like your clothing closet!) and do a hyper-speed purge. When you finish making a pile, go ahead and bag or box it all up and put it in the trunk of your car so you’re ready to drop it off at a donation center the next time you’re out and about. See how we added even more extra space to our closet post-purge here.

5 Things To Do When You Have 10 Minutes

5 Things To Do When You Have 10 Minutes

3. Label Your Medicine Drawers

This is one of those projects that I can’t believe I waited so long to do. It cost less than $15 for the nice plastic drawers, and took just 10 minutes to have the containers organized and labeled by medicine type. Let’s just say that the system has saved me from painful struggle on more than one midnight migraine occasion…Find out more here.

5 Things To Do When You Have 10 Minutes

5 Things To Do When You Have 10 Minutes

4. Add A Towel Ring

Another project that I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to cross off my to-do list is adding a towel ring to our downstairs bathroom. For years, I just left our hand towel draped over the countertop, but then I installed a proper ring during our recent bathroom mini makeover. It’s kind of shocking how much nicer it is having the hand towel hanging on the wall. It no longer takes up valuable space on the slim counter, and I feel like the towel dries out faster, too. Oh, and, of course, it took less than 10 minutes to install! See the full room makeover here.

5 Things To Do When You Have 10 Minutes

5. Upgrade Your Door Knobs

Our last home was a new-build townhouse, so we were lucky to enjoy modern hardware on all of the doors. This 1960s house, though, is full of outdated and scratched-up knobs. Happily, I’ve found door knob updates to be one of the easiest and quickest home improvement projects around. See it in action and learn how to go keyless in under 10 minutes here.

So, which of these 10-minute tasks will you try tackling this weekend?

5 Things To Do When You Have 10 Minutes

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*This post was sponsored by Artifact Uprising

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

One of the biggest investments I’ve made in my career as a blogger thus far is in camera equipment. I’ve spent roughly a used car’s worth on my camera and set of lenses, but, oddly enough, I rarely break them out to capture real-life personal moments. Instead, I mostly use my “nice” camera to document DIY blog projects like the one you’ll see here today. While that’s all well and good, I’d like to make more of a point to start using it to capture fun family memories, too. You know—the kind worth framing and hanging on the fridge!

Which leads me to today’s craft. In an effort to take and print more family photos, I thought it would be fun to start backwards and create a set of colorful custom DIY magnets. That way, whenever I do get around to snapping personal moments with my camera, I’ll already have a collection of magnets ready and waiting to hang the pictures on our fridge for us to enjoy every day.

To get you guys in on the fun, too, I figured it was the perfect time for us to make a new pact—a promise to print and display favorite fridge-worthy photos as we edge closer to the holiday season. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s high time we celebrate life’s crazy, beautiful, wild little moments. You can join in on the conversation by tagging your own fridge-worthy photos with @dreamgreendiy on social media and using the hashtag #dgdfreezeframe. Now for the DIY craft!

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Patterned scrapbook paper
  • 1.5″ circle punch
  • 1.5″ wood circle discs
  • Round magnets
  • Tacky glue
  • Super glue
  • Foam paint brush
  • Printed family photos (we love Artifact Uprising!)

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

Start by gathering a collection of pretty pieces of scrapbook paper. These usually cost less than a dollar each at your local craft supply store, or you can just buy a book of coordinating scrapbook paper like I did for around $5-$10. Choose a few of your favorite patterns, and then use a 1.5″ circle punch to pop little pre-measured circles out of the patterned paper.

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

Use super glue to attach magnets to the backs of 1.5″ wood circle discs, and allow them to dry for about 10 minutes before handling. Flip the now-magnetic wood circles over and squeeze a dot of tacky glue on the front wood surface.

Spread the glue evenly over the disc with a foam paint brush, and then gently press one of the pre-cut patterned paper circles onto the glued surface. Line up the edges of the paper with the edges of the wood circle, and hold the paper in place over the glue for 30 seconds. Set it aside, and repeat the steps on each of your magnetic wood circles.

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

To speed up drying time and to ensure a firm hold, gently lay the magnetic wood circles patterned-paper-side-down on a clean, dry surface. Allow the magnets to fully dry for 1-2 hours before handling.

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

Now you’re ready to use the custom magnets to hang favorite photos up on your fridge—or, really, any magnetic surface, like an office bulletin board or a metal front door. If you try this craft or if you’ve already shared a photo on Instagram that you’d love to have printed, be sure to tag @dreamgreendiy on social media and use the hashtag #dgdfreezeframe. Who knows…you just might see the printed photo show up in your mailbox!

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

DIY Patterned Scrapbook Paper Magnets

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Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

I think it’s pretty safe to say that we all fall into one of two categories: those who toss their old license plates, and those who hold onto and display them. John and I are firmly in the latter camp, with a whole collection of bent, rusty, scratched-up plates lining the walls of our basement. We’ve got personalized plates and those that sport a random smattering of words and numbers, but each one acts like a placeholder for some time in our lives—from high school and college, to as recent as earlier this year.

Our families, not surprisingly, do the same thing, so when my dad sold his truck to us just a few months ago, I knew I wanted to do something special with the personalized license plate that he gave up along with the truck.

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

The Tacoma was actually his second car, so Dad didn’t need the special license plate anymore, and John had his own to transfer over, making the original “3LABZ” plate kind of useless. Yet there was something about the sentiment that was just too nostalgic for me to trash once we got ahold of the car.

I remember countless times looking out for those five characters to come down the drive after dad got off of work, or times when I’d inspect other passing silver Toyotas to see if they matched the right plate while out and about around town. And, of course, there’s the fact that the personalized message represented my parents’ trio of sweet (you guessed it) labs! No, there was no way I was getting rid of that license plate.

Not wanting to simply hand it back to my dad as is, though, I decided to have it professionally framed with the help of Framebridge for his birthday. If you’ve never custom-framed anything with Framebridge before, consider this your challenge to do so immediately. It’s one of my favorite types of gifts to give, and—post sponsorship aside—I can confidently say that this brand makes it especially easy.

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

To sum things up, I first ordered a mailer kit from the website, which arrived at our door about a week later. Then, I slipped the license plate into the included plastic bag, wrote my notes and requests on the packaged card, and left it in the mailbox for our mail lady to grab the next day.

I received a quick confirmation email from Framebridge soon after, as well as I handful of digitally mocked-up design options based on the instructions I had given them. As fate would have it, Framebridge’s “Tacoma” design—a rich dark wood frame with white backdrop—fit the bill to a “T.”

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

I was able to present the custom-framed plate to my dad as a belated birthday gift this past weekend when I traveled home for a quick visit, and it was a hit! I experienced a pretty proud moment when, just a couple of hours later, I walked into the kitchen to see the framed plate already hanging up on the wall.

So, do you have anything in particular that you’d like to custom frame someday? Maybe a vintage scarf or pretty cross-stitch? I love the idea of framing a piece of retro torn wallpaper from a DIY renovation in a first-time home. Leave your own ideas—birthday gift or not—below!

Custom Framed License Plate Birthday Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @framebridge

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*This post is sponsored by CULTIVER

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

Our guest room is one of those spaces that’s been through a lot. It started out as my office, with original minty painted walls, an old ceiling light fixture, and bright, colorful accessories. Then, it turned into a guest room with the same mint walls, an updated ceiling fan, and white bedding. Eventually, I painted the room bright white to match the rest of our home, and then neutralized the color palette with more toned down accessories and a two-toned Moroccan style rug.

Today, though, it’s time to reveal the latest look in this ever-evolving space—a newly made-over guest room that is still very neutral, but one that sports a little more personality and sophistication with mismatched bedding.

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

My main goal with this update was to inject a homey, cozy vide into the room, something I felt was lost when I painted the room white and added white linens on the bed. The white-on-white look was pretty, but it also felt a little bland. So, today, I’m teaming up with CULTIVER to add back some subtle flair with new linen bedding and a couple of key accessory updates, too.

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

Resources: Duvet, Throw, Quilted Bedcover, Pillowcases, Sheets, Silk Velvet Pillows

Taking inspiration from this Pin, I decided to do something a little outside my comfort zone—use a collection of totally mismatched linens. I’ve never tried my hand at putting together a strategic bedding palette. Instead, I’ve always just bought matching linens (the type that come in a zip-up bag), so the idea of using pillowcases in navy blue, a duvet in army green, white sheets, and a couple of layers in neutral tones was kind of intimidating. Luckily, my inspiration image helped me make fairly confident decisions.

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

The good news? Everything came together exactly how I had pictured it in the end, and all it took was a quick lighting change, accessories swap, and art rearrange to finish the room around our new linens. Hopefully you can see my GIF animation a couple photos down so you can visualize what a difference the fresh textiles made in the space.

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

Before, it was very “vanilla” but now the room feels like it has personality and vibrance. It really is amazing how much character you can add to a room when you layer different colors and patterns into it. Even if you stick to neutral tones like we did, you can still make a room feel edgy and interesting just by combining a range of colors and textures.

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

Accessory resources: Vase (smilar), Black And Gold Desk Lamp (similar), Lovable Livable Home Book, Surf Shack Book, Woven Basket Tray, Blue Table Lamp, Rug (similar)

A couple of quick tips when styling a bedroom: If you want to get the look of an oversized, luxurious lumbar pillow (you know, the kind that spans the entire width of a bed) try laying two identical rectangular pillows side by side. It gives the illusion of a full-length lumbar pillow without the added expense, plus two separate pillows are easier to store then one massive one.

Another thing: Don’t feel like you need to fill your guest room with expensive fresh flowers every time a visitor drops by. I cut this leafy branch off a tree in our back yard, and I feel like it gives the room life and interest without having to spend a penny or deal with arranging unruly flowers.

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

What do you think of the combination of colors, patterns, and textures that we ended up with? Would you feel cozy and relaxed staying overnight in a room like this? And are you brave enough to try mismatched bedding in your own home?

The CULTIVER site has a ton of photos to use as inspiration, so my advice is to start there and then use your chosen picture to pull together a collection of mismatched linens to recreate your dream room.

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

How To Style A Bed With Linen Bedding | dreamgreendiy.com + @cultivergoods

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DIY Birthday Photo Guessing Game Banner

Like a lot of you, I’ve always struggled with actually going through the motions of printing and displaying family photos. I’ve got pictures from high school, college, and even my itty bitty childhood ready to go on my hard drive, but I just never seem to have the time to go through and print my favorites—let alone actually find a way to display them.

All that’s about to change though. I’ve quietly stolen all of the photo albums from my parents’ house with the aim to scan and print my favorites from the collection. If nothing else, I think the entire family will rest a little easier knowing that there are digital copies of these one-of-a-kind snaps, but my ultimate goal, of course, it to print these memories and set them up around our house for posterity’s sake.

The inspiration for this ongoing project was actually my dad’s birthday party just a couple of weeks ago. John and I hosted the gathering at our house, and since I’m physically incapable of throwing a party without some kind of DIY, I decided to come up with a fun photo game to make the most of dad’s childhood photos. I wasn’t planning to feature the project here on my blog (which accounts for the slightly haphazard display), but it turned out to be such a simple craft and such a hit at the party, that I couldn’t help but add it to the blog’s editorial calendar of posts.

DIY Birthday Photo Guessing Game Banner

DIY Birthday Photo Guessing Game Banner

All you need to recreate the look at your own birthday party is a roll of kraft paper (I used masking paper typically used for painting projects), clothespins, push pins, scissors, a permanent marker, and printed photos of the birthday boy or girl, preferably from all different stages of life—from their birth and childhood, to teenage years, and adulthood.

First, unroll the kraft paper by about four feet and cut it straight across at the bottom with scissors. If the birthday boy or girl is turning 50 or 60, you may need to cut two lengths of paper to hang side by side in order to accommodate all of the years of the person’s life.

DIY Birthday Photo Guessing Game Banner

DIY Birthday Photo Guessing Game Banner

DIY Birthday Photo Guessing Game Banner

Next, Write out age increments of about 3-5 years every 9-12 inches using a permanent marker. Hang the paper strips on the wall with push pins, and then clip printed photos onto the kraft paper in a random order. In other words, you may place baby photos in the “Ages 21-30” section, and college graduation pictures in the “Ages 6-10” section.

Note that I also left enough room at the top of the first paper strip to write simple instructions (“See if you can place Pat!”). This will help guide party guests through the purpose of the game.

DIY Birthday Photo Guessing Game Banner

DIY Birthday Photo Guessing Game Banner

DIY Birthday Photo Guessing Game Banner

We had so much fun standing around the display rearranging the photos into their correct order. The game also got the stories and conversation flowing! Dad told us all sorts of things about his days in the army and about the kids he and his siblings used to hang out with in their old neighborhood.

After the party was over, I tucked the printed pictures aside in an envelope, and now have plans to scan and print even more pictures so I can put together a family photo album of my own. So, what do you think? Would you consider giving this photo game a try at your next milestone birthday party?

DIY Birthday Photo Guessing Game Banner

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How To Install An Electronic Door Handle | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #Keyless

Okay, truth time. On how many occasions have you locked yourself out of your house without access to a hide-a-key?

This actually happened to us recently. We were on our way out to brunch with my parents, who were visiting from out of town, and John and I both assumed that the other had grabbed house keys on the way out the door. After a quick empty-handed, wide-eyed stare down, we went into recovery mode, me standing by the door doing a mental check of all the doors and windows that could potentially be rigged open, and John racing to our hidden outdoor key. By the time John got back to the door, I had come up with no alternative ideas, and we discovered that our thoughtfully hidden hide-a-key was to an older door knob.

We eventually unearthed a second hidden key that properly opened the door (don’t worry, we promptly trashed the outdated key), but that moment of panic was enough to make us think twice about future lockout situations and how we might be able to better handle them in the future.

How To Install An Electronic Door Handle | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #Keyless

How To Install An Electronic Door Handle | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #Keyless

Enter: our new electronic door handle. We’ve partnered with Schlage this year to showcase a few easy door hardware projects (see our new interior pulls here and our curb appeal update here), but today’s post might just take the cake as our favorite one of all.

Schlage’s keyless options are quick to install, are easy to use every day, and the update is an affordable project that makes an immediate statement in terms of your decor, too. Read on to see how we managed to upgrade our front door to keyless entry, including step-by-step photos and a video!

How To Install An Electronic Door Handle | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #Keyless

How To Install An Electronic Door Handle | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #Keyless

To continue our slow modernization of the dated handles that had been installed throughout our home since the 1960s, we decided to go with a sleek matte black option, specifically the Schlage Touch Keyless Touchscreen Lever with Century trim and Broadway Lever. We love the clean lines of this particular design, plus the dark black finish really makes it feel extra special and modern. Click “Play” on the video below to watch the installation in action.

How To Install An Electronic Door Handle | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #Keyless

How To Install An Electronic Door Handle | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #Keyless

In case you’re at work and can’t watch the video just yet, rest assured that this home project is one you can easily cross off in one afternoon. Even with all of the pausing to photograph and film our own installation, this project took me under 20 minutes to pull off by myself, and you could easily do it in your own home in half that time.

Start by removing the old handle, and as long as you don’t need to make any modifications to the placement of your hardware hole (this lever works with most standard door notches), then you can move straight into installation mode. Just slip all of the individual pieces in as illustrated in the instructions (again, watch the video above to see it happen in sequential action), and use the unique codes that come with your particular handle to set up your keyless entry.

How To Install An Electronic Door Handle | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #Keyless

This whole project took far less time than I anticipated, and now we don’t have to worry about unearthing a dirty hide-a-key from our property if we get locked out. Instead, we just type in a series of numbers, and we are good to go. I have a feeling this will make it much easier when we have house- and pet-sitters in the future, too, since we won’t need to worry about giving them a spare key. All they need is the access code to get inside.

Have you gone keyless yet? If you’re feeling intimidated by the process, I’m here to tell you that it’s super easy to cross the to-do off your list, and your home will feel a whole lot more secure and modern once all is said and done. Which Schlage lever would you choose? Let me know in the special comment box below!

How To Install An Electronic Door Handle | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #Keyless

How To Install An Electronic Door Handle | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #Keyless

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schlage. The opinions and text are all mine.

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8 Bath Updates You Can Pull Off In A Weekend | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot #ad

Dated fixtures? Check. Leaky drain? Check. No natural light? Check. In a nutshell, our downstairs hall bathroom was just about as bad as a room could be, and we somehow managed to live with it as is for more than a year and a half. Yeah, I’m astounded, too.

Another big problem with our desperately pending bathroom renovation was budget. As in, we had very little of it. So, when The Home Depot reached out about working together to prove that it really is possible to renovate and update a bathroom in just one weekend on a tight budget, I was on board right from the get-go so I could show you guys how to pull it off on your own tight budget and timeline.

You probably know that I’m an incredibly impatient person, and that I tend to ere on the side of instant gratification. Incredibly, this makeover actually fit that bill. I kicked it off one Saturday morning last month and finished everything up the following evening, and, ultimately, was left with a space that feels modern and sophisticated despite having made just a handful of subtle, high-impact upgrades over the course of those two days.

8 Bath Updates You Can Pull Off In A Weekend | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot #ad

8 Bath Updates You Can Pull Off In A Weekend | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot #ad

I changed out towel hooks and bars, installed a new faucet, replaced mismatched drawer pulls, laid down a new rug, and hung framed vintage art. I managed to install a bright LED light fixture all on my own, and adopted a few new green potted friends to bring a little life to the space, too. Nowadays, our hall bath is one of my favorite rooms in the house, and I didn’t even have to paint or break out heavy demo tools!

8 Bath Updates You Can Pull Off In A Weekend | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot #ad

8 Bath Updates You Can Pull Off In A Weekend | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot #ad

8 Bath Updates You Can Pull Off In A Weekend | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot #ad

Oh, and in case you’re looking to go back in time to the very beginning of this weekend bathroom makeover, feast your eyes on these dastardly before photos below. Again, the updates I made are subtle (some of them taking just five minutes to pull off!), but the combined effect of those new fixtures and finishes both freshened and brightened the room, making it feel much more livable.

8 Bath Updates You Can Pull Off In A Weekend | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot #ad

8 Bath Updates You Can Pull Off In A Weekend | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot #ad

8 Bath Updates You Can Pull Off In A Weekend | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot #ad

Hop over to The Home Depot blog now to learn about all eight of the updates I made to makeover this dated bathroom, and let me know your favorite one in the comments below. Which change do you think had the biggest impact on the new look? And tell me: What are some of your favorite ways to update a dated bathroom with instant gratification in mind?

8 Bath Updates You Can Pull Off In A Weekend | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot #ad

8 Bath Updates You Can Pull Off In A Weekend | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot #ad

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DIY Hand-Etched Mini Succulent Pots | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltradingHave you ever looked back at the pictures and images you’ve saved on Pinterest lately? Every now and then I do just that, and I’m always so intrigued to see the patterns that tend to show themselves. Lately, I’ve picked up on a subconscious love for things like neutral interior design, outfits punctuated by graphic tees, and lots of linen tabletop texture. I’m also apparently very into the idea of hand-etched pottery!

So, while brainstorming new craft ideas with my editor at Oriental Trading, I decided to include an experimental DIY that I’ve been wanting to test out for ages: a reverse etched painting technique to add pattern to a plain pot.

DIY Hand-Etched Mini Succulent Pots | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Hand-Etched Mini Succulent Pots | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

The good news is that the project managed to come alive just how I had pictured it, and the even better news is that, truly, anyone can do! Visit Oriental Trading now to see my tutorial for DIY Hand-Etched Mini Succulent Pots, and then tell me what type of design you would etch into your own pot. Would you go with a mudcloth-inspired pattern like I chose? Or maybe something a little more free-flowing and intricate? Do tell in the comments below!

DIY Hand-Etched Mini Succulent Pots | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Hand-Etched Mini Succulent Pots | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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