Smart Design With Suzette: Weekend Projects – DIY Ideas That Make A Big Impact

Before and after bookcases. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette
Weekend Projects: DIY Ideas That Make a Big Impact

Well, it’s Labor Day weekend. I’m excited to work on projects around the house that will make a big impact. While my husband is off golfing (I’m a golf widow), I’ll have a few extra days this weekend to tackle a DIY project or two.

I’ve gathered some of my favorite projects that take an afternoon to a full weekend to complete. One might possibly inspire a room makeover this weekend for you!


An inviting entrance. Courtesy photo

Make Your Entrance Inviting

Just a few hours of painting a new color on the front door will freshen up your entry and make it more inviting. This is one of my projects – I painted my door red. Add a new welcome mat, a wreath and new address numbers and you are all set for fall!

Stage A Bookcase

For a while now, I’ve needed to go through books in my overcrowded bookcase to donate and/or get around to read. Step One – remove books, sort, clean shelving. Step Two – paint or wallpaper the back wall. I painted the back of the bookcase the same color as my front door. Step Three – Replace books you want to keep, stage with photos, plants, and items that reflect light. What a difference this project can make to change the look of an eye sore into a focal point. For more detail on staging your bookcase, visit my blog


New lighting. Courtesy photo

Light Up The Kitchen or Dining Room

Update lighting to take your room from ‘ho-hum’ to ‘WOW’! If you can’t find something locally, visit, or for inspiration and really great deals.

Replace Ceiling Fans

Here is another wonderful idea to update a space. An old fan can really date a room. Home improvement stores offer a wide variety of styles for a low cost.


Beaded board. Courtesy photo

Install Beaded Board

Adding beaded board to a kitchen island or an office will instantly bring character to a room, add texture and make the room more visually appealing.

Add Molding

Same story as beaded board – instant character. Molding can be added to hallways, living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms – just about anywhere.

Update Kitchen Hardware

Hardware is like jewelry. Replacing old hardware for shiny new hardware will add a lot of impact for very little price. It will make your kitchen sparkle.


New backsplash. Courtesy photo

Redo Your Backsplash

This could take a few days of work – tearing out old tiles, repairing drywall and installing new backsplash, but the results are impressive. If your backsplash is outdated, maybe this weekend is a good time to get it done.

With any of these DIY projects, you will feel like you’ve done a lot with very little time and investment. Have a wonderful DIY weekend!

Please contact Los Alamos Interior Designer Suzette Fox to suggest specific design topics or for help with your home. For more information, find her on Facebook at and on her website

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