One(ish) Hour DIY Projects That Make A Difference

You’ve heard the spiel: you have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé. Right? Wrong. Beyoncé got her otherworldly workout routine down to an hour with the help of an expensive trainer; her countless other daily tasks are likely simplified by a personal assistant, and don’t even get us started on her beautiful home.

If you’re looking for one-hour DIY projects that make you feel like a superstar, then read on for four quick fixes.

1. Update Your Kitchen Backsplash

In less than an hour, you can transform your kitchen backsplash with vinyl contact paper, chalkboard paint, or even adhesive vinyl tile (the bigger the pieces, the faster the project). Here are three projects that’ll update your kitchen’s look in 60 minutes or less:

  • Plastic Placemat Backsplash – a tutorial that featured a budget friendly fix, plus it’s easily removable when you change your mind.
  • Chalkboard Backsplash – tape cabinet edges and use a roller brush to paint fast and efficiently.
  • Fabric and Plexiglas Backsplash – measure your backsplash beforehand so your local hardware store can cut the Plexiglas to size so it’s easy to install once you get home.

glass backsplash

2. Replace old hardware on your cabinetry

Look for opportunities to replace old or dated door knobs and other handles around your home. From cabinets, to drawers and more, replacing old knobs updates a look with little effort. For a complete DIY solution, try spray paint boring knobs with a new and exciting color to add interest to a room.

When it’s time to paint, spread the knobs out evenly on newspaper to spray them all in one shot. With a little rhythm, removing and replacing the knobs should take ten minutes total; two coats of fast-dry paint should set within 30 for a complete project in under 60.

3. Organize Your Bathroom

De-cluttering is the best way to beautify your home. All it takes is a little time – and perhaps some adhesive – to gather together your cosmetics and more. Consider these 60-minute bathroom makeovers:

4. Reframe Your Bed

Lots of DIY headboard projects will try to trip you with reclaimed wood or artsy installations. Sometimes all the back of your bed needs is a pop of color. Choose a fun or funky patterned curtain to add texture and a touch of art on the cheap. You can complete this project fast with the help of a ladder for high hanging. Check out tons of curtain headboard ideas here.

The Difference Between Picture-Perfect and Pinstrosity

Pinstrosity. Maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s the dreadful DIY creature that’s created somewhere between steps one and 10 of that oh-so-easy project – and it looks nothing like the picture. Avoid a DIY disaster by assessing your arsenal. Have all your tools and materials in order before you get started to avoid small setbacks that could add up to big time wasted.

We want to hear from you. How have you transformed your home with just seconds to spare? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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