How to Makeover Your Bedroom in One Weekend

It's easy to think of remodeling on a large scale: you can repurpose an entire wall, change up your flooring or switch out your light fixtures for a big reveal. But changes don't always have to be grand — replacing just one thing in a room has real power to makeover an entire space. Just think about what can be done in your bedroom, for example. From swapping out a tiny drawer pull to building a king-sized headboard, there are tons of DIY projects you can try without any demolition or renovation. The best part is that you can tackle most of these mini-makeovers in just a weekend! Carve some time out of your busy schedule, line up your tools and try one of these 10 decor options to make your bedroom feel brand new.

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Option 1: Swap Out Your Hardware

Sometimes the smallest projects make the biggest impact. Consider replacing your dresser or bedside table hardware for a quick upgrade — painted drawer pulls are super chic, and they'll add detail to a space you see every day.

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Option 2: Reuse Old Accessories

Packed schedule and no time for DIYs? Set aside just one afternoon and one of your old silky scarves to put together a lucite frame. Your scarf gets a new life, and your wall looks great.

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Option 3: Pull in Plants

Plants always make everything look better, including a bedroom in need of a refresh. Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb: a plexiglass leaf requires no maintenance, and looks gorgeous on a bookshelf or on top of a desk.

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Option 4: Hang a Gallery

Putting up art prints or photos of you and your friends instantly brings good vibes into the room. Mix a pair of planters into your photos for visual variety. These mini-planters are old light fixtures, which you can find on Craigslist or in your local thrift store. For good measure, scour your garage — you never know what DIY treasure you’ll find.

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Option 5: Repurpose Your Lighting Options

One new lighting source can make all the difference in making a room feel fresher. You can reboot your lamp with an old outdoor lantern. When you hit the decorating steps, think about what’ll make the room’s existing color palette look even better, and paint and pick a shade accordingly.

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Option 6: Dress Up Bedside Tables

Here’s another lighting idea for a seasoned DIYer: an industrial-style lamp. After finishing your coffee on Sunday morning, tackle this project to have a new lamp by sundown. Pro tip: Make a pair, just in case you eventually want to put one on either side of the bed.

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Option 7: Facelift Your Textiles

Introducing new bedding, rugs or curtains into a room can make it feel brand new. If you don’t want to spend big bucks on new curtains, though, give the ones you have a dye job. Don’t forget to document your DIY via Snapchat to show your friends what you’re up to.

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Option 8: Change the Walls

If you have more freedom and time for your makeover, consider wallpaper on one wall for a big statement. Wallpapering can be intensive, but it can have a great payoff when you walk into the room and see a pretty pattern. Don’t worry, renters and frequent redecorators: there are tons of peel-and-stick options that you can go for instead.

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Option 9: Bring in a Mirror

Mirrors are a great way to make a room feel bigger. Make yours do double duty as a full-length mirror and storage. The best part about this furniture piece is that you don’t need a lot of wall room, and you can put it wherever you want for the best Instagram selfie lighting.

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Option 10: Make New Furniture

It’s time to go big or go home. A big furniture DIY can really transform a room, and this headboard will do the trick. All you need are two pairs of reclaimed shutters, woodworking tools, a free weekend and a little grit. When you step back and look at how great your bedroom looks with the help of just one project, clear your weekends for a while — you’ll be busy dreaming up other easy room makeovers to tackle.

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