11 Weekend Projects Using Low-Cost Materials

A chair being spray painted pink.

There is nothing like finishing a good DIY project over the weekend. But when you are on a tight budget, it can be difficult to find a project that fits your needs. From updating old pieces of furniture to freeing up space in the garage, here are 11 weekend projects you can complete using low-cost materials.

1. Create A Message Board

Three glass message boards.

An affordable piece of glass can be made into a message board for your kitchen. Simply paint one side of the glass panel to match existing décor and frame the piece with wood. You can write on the unpainted side with dry erase markers.

2. Furniture Update

Someone paints a wood table.

A splash of paint can really transform an old piece of wood furniture. Start by cleaning the surface to remove dirt and grime. Then sand the entire piece until the surface is smooth. Use a stain-blocking primer to prepare the surface for paint. Once the primer has dried, choose a color you like and apply.

3. Switchplate Remodel

Someone uses a light switch.

Changing the switchplates in your home can really breathe new life into the space. Better yet, switchplates are inexpensive and easy to replace. All you need is a screwdriver and you’re ready to go. Switchplates come in a variety of colors and materials, such as wood, ceramic, and metal.

4. Make A Mini Garden

Four succulents in a row.

Succulents are great for those of us who do not have good luck with plants. Not only are they inexpensive and easy to maintain, but they also do great in pots. For this project, find some old jars and paint them your desired color. Then simply fill the pot with soil and plant the succulent.

5. Create a Pebble Mat

A pebble mat.

A mat made out of pebbles is great for a mud room — and they aren’t as hard to make as you might think. All you need is a rubber mat, river rocks and contact cement. Simply lay down a layer of glue on the rubber mat and set the rocks into place.

6. Sharpie Mug

Sharpie used on a mug.

You only need a Sharpie and a white mug make a custom coffee cup. Just write a design of your choosing on the mug and set the oven to 350 degrees. Keep the mug inside the oven for around 30 minutes to allow the ink to set.

7. Make a Coat Hook

Items on a coat hook.

You can make a great coat hook for your home’s entryway with low-cost materials. All you need is a piece of wood and something to use as a hook. You can use recycled materials for the wood, such as pallets or old barn wood, and doorknobs for the hooks.

8. Hardware Refresh

Old-fashioned hardware on a dresser.

Changing out old hardware can do wonders for a piece of furniture or a room. Swapping out the knobs on a dresser, for instance, can make it look new. If you want to go for a more vintage look, you can find knobs on the cheap at local flea markets and antique stores.

9. Change House Numbers

Ceramic numbers on a home.

It doesn’t take much to give your front door a new look. Swap out those old numbers for fresh ones from your local hardware store. Not only will this freshen up your home’s entryway, but it also makes your house easier to find.

10. Hanging Storage

Hanging storage for rakes and other items.

You can de-clutter your garage by adding some hanging storage. Items that you use on a seasonal basis are great for hanging storage. This includes sleds and bikes. To add hanging storage, simply attach hooks to the ceiling in the garage and hang items to free up floor space.

11. Bathroom Remodel

A white bathroom.

Renovating a bathroom can take a lot of time and resources, but there is a cheaper way to freshen up the space. Applying new caulking around the tub/shower, sink, and toilet is a great way to make a bathroom feel new without breaking your budget.