Some say the holidays are for relaxing and catching up with loved ones, but in our household they’re for having fun with DIYing and renovating. If you’ve got a few hours to spare away from your day-to-day responsibilities this season, it might just be the perfect time to finally tackle all of those home improvement projects that have been at the top of your wish list. By now we should all know that nobody does DIY revamping quite like the creators on TikTok—so we turned to the platform for inspiration on what projects to take on during your downtime.
It’s not just time-lapses and quick cuts that make these projects seem doable, it really is possible to get the home you’ve always wanted with a little planning and elbow grease. If you’re not exactly sure where to begin, we’ve curated 12 great DIY projects from TikTok for your personal consideration. Make your own magic this season, and start the new year with a new space.
“I tend to come up with ideas like this and instantly act on them, so I put no planning into it,” TikTok user @tbeepboop says of her cabinet refresh. Using paints that she already had lying around her house, she painted the inside edges of her cabinets for a fun pop of color every time they’re opened. For the cleanest lines possible, place tape around the edges, then add a layer of paint that matches your cabinets or clear caulk to fill in any air bubbles for a base layer. “When you do your accent strip of color on top, you’ll have the most amazingly crisp lines,” @tbeepboop says.
No mortar? No problem with this simple backsplash DIY. Though Riley Campbell had been delaying tiling her kitchen for months, she found it to be a pretty painless project after using Mussel Bound adhesive tile mats in place of mortar. “I started the backsplash Saturday afternoon, and it was grouted and complete by Sunday afternoon,” she says. After cleaning the wall and adding the Mussel Bound backing, she cut the tile with a manual tile cutter, then attached the tile to the backing. The final steps included grouting and cleaning the tile for a breezy project with stunning results. “I put it off for so long and by the time I actually did it, it was so much easier than I expected,” Campbell says.
If you follow Jess Maple’s lead, you won’t need a big budget to change the old kitchen counters that you’ve always hated. She used the Giani Marble Paint Kit, which she promises includes easy-to-follow instructions, to create beautiful faux marble countertops. It’s a full weekend project, but Maple insists that the “results are phenomenal.” As she notes, “These types of projects are a great solution to having the aesthetic without the price.”