Top 10 weekend DIY and décor projects

With Winter almost over, you’re probably itching to get started on freshening up your home décor, and getting started on that Big Spring Clean. You probably also have some big DIY plans, too. While DIY can be an affordable way to refresh your home, doing it yourself takes time and patience...

Bearing in mind that your patience for doing it yourself could dry before the first coat of paint does, we’ve got the perfect compromise for you – DIY décor projects that are quick, affordable, and rewarding.

Upcycling and recycling

Been collecting empty bottles but never made it to the glass recycling depot? Transform them! Wine bottles, pickle jars, and even old drinking glasses or mugs can be transformed into colourful storage containers and vases. All you need is a fresh coat of paint, a few brushes, and a well-ventilated workspace.

Looking for something else to do with those bottles? How about creating some upside-down planters to hang on your balcony or porch? You could also make a beautiful table lamp or a wine bottle chandelier.

DIY accent wall

DIY with colour and texture. A do-it-yourself project doesn’t have to involve building or making something from scratch. It could be as simple as making over a room, using colour. What simpler way to do that, than with paint? You could consider creating an accent wall in a delicious, adventurous new shade of paint.

If you’re looking for something a little more textured, you could consider giving your walls a DIY makeover with wall panels, which are easy to install yourself, and come in a variety of wood finishes to choose from.

Not looking to make the commitment to a full-scale four-wall makeover? Think stenciling. Stenciling is a fun way to decorate your walls, but don't count out furniture and other décor items. If stenciling seems too finicky for you, you might also be interested in some ceiling makeover ideas – the possibilities for creation are endless with ceiling tiles!

Reclaim, reinvent, and restore décor

Wood pallets and crates are relatively easy to find and can be used to make the most amazing décor additions to your home, such as headboards for your bed, or even a daybed for a perfect reading or napping spot. You could try making a potting bench for your verandah, or a simple, useful shelf that can be used anywhere in the house. Need more table space? Try an outdoor table or coffee table for the lounge, made from wood pallets.

There’s no such thing as too much storage space. If you need more, you can try making your own window benches. Got an old, moldy chest of drawers taking up space in the garage? Get out the paint and decoupage supplies and see how you can breathe new life into that dresser and transform it into a key piece in your décor. Got an old-school entertainment unit taking up space? It could get a second life as a laundry station.

If it’s not working the way it is, think of something new to do with your furniture! Once you get going, you’re sure to find that the DIY bug is infectious. You’ll soon be looking around for other pieces of furniture in need of a facelift. Keep an eye out in second-hand and thrift shops for even more items to transform and keep DIYing!

 

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