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Our Top DIY Projects of 2019 (All are Budget-Friendly!)

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by Robin


We have so many fabulous, budget-friendly DIY projects planned for this coming year! But before we put them out in the world, we thought it would be fun to look back at 2019 and see which of our projects readers like you visited most often!


We've also shared our top recipes of 2019 here!



Our Top DIY Projects of 2019:






10. I NEVER thought we'd do this to our main floor! (Luxury Vinyl Plank Pros and Cons)
We've lived with this new floor for about 4 months now - and we love it! It created a cohesive look for our entire main floor (except our entry, which is tiled). Having the same flooring throughout is a great way to make a small space seem bigger. And getting rid of nasty old carpet, worn-out vinyl sheet and damaged hardwood - is a surefire way to make a space seem 100% classier! 😂



9. 20+ Outdoor DIY Home Projects for a Beautiful Backyard
Outdoor projects are great for new and seasoned DIYers - there are so many great projects on this list - including our deck built-in bench seat and deck extension projects - which we did in 2019. We keep adding to list when we find something worthy!


8. Reno Inspiration: Cozy, Industrial Underground Basement Pub & Hobby Room
I'm thrilled that our plans for our latest basement room renovation spoke to others as well! We're excited to get back to it - and share these fabulous projects with you in the coming months. We've almost got the stairs done - and should reveal them in the next couple of weeks!


7. 5 ways we cut our laundry drying time in half! (And made our home safer, too)
We like figuring out how to save money - and live greener in the process! I'm glad readers like this too - expect more posts like this in the coming year.


6. Got a Musty Smell? Here's how to get rid of it.
We've all got something that smells a bit funky - and unless we have the right tips it's likely to stay that way. 


5. DIY Media Cabinet Built-in - that looks great and hides everything!
We built a huge, highly functional media cabinet on a tight budget. Using in-stock kitchen cabinets, 2x4s and some simple custom doors - we created a high-end looking built-in and showed you how to make one too.


4. DIY Hollow Core Door Makeover: Beautiful. Easy. Affordable.

I hadn't seen a flat door makeover like this one before! It was so cheap and pretty easy - and the end result is perfect for our Media Room.


3. How to Install Tongue and Groove Ceiling Planks - it's so simple!
We did the project in 2017 - but somehow missed sharing it until this year. This ceiling looks so great - and is so much easier than it looks!


2. How to Build a Faux Fireplace in a Corner (with German Schmear Brick treatment)
I figured out how to make a corner fireplace look good - they can be a bit odd - and we made an all faux built-in look pretty convincing.


1. Make a Hidden TV Cabinet with Mirrors (Inspired by Joanna Gaines & Pottery Barn)
We love this project - and so do so many others! You can save hundreds by building your own hidden TV cabinet.  I can't get over how affordable the mirrors we used are (you can see the latest price here) - so you can build your own on a super tight budget.





Our Top Ideas (of any time!):

Here's a glimpse of the projects and recipes people visited the most in 2019 - regardless of when we published them.  Some of our favourite projects are here!




12. How to DIY: Wood Herringbone Ceiling (Another Great Basement Ceiling Idea!)


11. How to Make a DIY Wall-to-Wall Bookcase (An IKEA Billy Bookcase Built in) ++


10. How to Make a Faux Beam with Wood - for Less Than $20!


9. DIY Rust Repair: How to get rid of rust on your car


8. How to Install Peel and Stick Vinyl Tiles (That You Can Grout!)


7. How to Make a Denim Quilt Using Old Jeans (An Ultra Simple Sewing Project!)


6. 25+ Free Road Trip Printables for a Truly Fun Family Car Trip


5. How to Make a DIY Bubble Fountain Garden Water Feature (in an afternoon & on a budget!)


4. How to Make a Basement Plywood Ceiling (that looks like wood paneling!)


3. 20+ Almost No Prep Instant Pot Dump Recipes (Make it in Mere Minutes!)


2. Fast & Tender Ribs in the Instant Pot (that taste BBQ'd!)


1. How to Make a Weed-free Brick Driveway (that Stays that way!)




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