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15 Cool DIY Projects You Can Do Today

Sometimes it's the smallest projects that make the biggest impact. This weekend, try one of these 15 cool DIY projects to spruce up your space and make it more functional.

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Build and Hang a ShelfFamily Handyman

Build and Hang a Shelf

For less than $20, you can build and hang a floating shelf which can be used to store dishes in the kitchen or display artwork in the living room. And these floating shelves have no clunky hardware or brackets and can be completed in a day.
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Paint the CeilingBenoit Daoust/Shutterstock

Paint the Ceiling

Fun colors aren't just for the walls! And try adding drama to a room by painting the ceiling a light blue or rose pink.
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Create a Gallery

Create a Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are an inexpensive way to fill up an empty space. And try hanging artwork, photos and mirrors for a one-of-a-kind look.
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Organize Your Pantry maroke/Shutterstock

Organize Your Pantry

We could all use a little more storage space in our pantry. And whether you need a better system for organizing canned goods or an organizer for your bakeware, there are some simple storage solutions that you can make in a day.
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Organize the Garage

Organize the Garage

It's time to finally get the garage in order. Try building a movable rack for storing bicycles or making hangers for cords and hoses. And you can transform your garage in just a few hours.
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Hang a New Light FixturePhotodiem/Shutterstock

Hang a New Light Fixture

Spruce up any part of your home with a new light fixture. Replace that outdated fixture over the dining table, add some sconces in the entryway or add some under-cabinet lighting to help with your kitchen tasks.
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Update Kitchen HardwareSteve Cukrov/Shutterstock

Update Kitchen Hardware

Installing new knobs and pulls is a cool DIY project and an inexpensive way to transform the look of your kitchen. And check your local home improvement store for a variety of styles including classic and modern, or visit an antique shop for hardware with a more eclectic look.
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Install a New FaucetAndrey_Popov/Shutterstock

Install a New Faucet

Is it time to replace a bathroom or leaky kitchen faucet? First, make sure the configuration of the new faucet works with your existing sink. And if it does, replacing it may take just an hour, barring any unexpected problems.
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Add Dimmer SwitchesFamily Handyman

Add Dimmer Switches

Light dimmer switches can help set the mood in your living room, dining room or bedroom. And before you get started, be sure to check the grounding and box size to ensure safety.
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Patch Wall HolesMark Herreid/Shutterstock

Patch Wall Holes

Whether the wall was damaged when you were moving furniture or you need to cover a bunch of nail holes, patching drywall is a job you can do in less than a day. And just grab a few tools and have some patience—your walls will look as good as new in a few hours.
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Add a Ceiling FanDmitri Ma/Shutterstock

Add a Ceiling Fan

A ceiling fan can help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Plus, you may save on your energy bills.
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Build Cabinet RolloutsFamily Handyman

Build Cabinet Rollouts

Adding cabinet rollouts is a cool DIY project that will give you more usable space to store pots, pans and bakeware. And this project will take a day and cost $20 to $100, depending on the size of the cabinets.
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Recaulk the BathroomKuchina/Shutterstock

Recaulk the Bathroom

This project may not be a cool DIY project. But if your bathroom is looking dingy or the caulk is cracked or has mold, it's time for new caulk. And you'll have to peel away the old caulk first, but your bathroom will look much brighter and cleaner in just a few hours.
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Reorganize the ClosetFamily Handyman

Reorganize the Closet

You can buy closet organizers, or build a low-cost custom closet in just a day. And depending on your materials and your needs, this custom design can cost between $100 and $500 and it gives you plenty of storage options.
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Install a Stair Handrailcunaplus/Shutterstock

Install a Stair Handrail

Whether you have a loose stair handrail or none at all, you can install one in just a day. And stair handrails help prevent accidents and depending on the style, can add a distinctive look to a stairway.

Rachel Brougham
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