We all love a bit of DIY right? Having a trip down to the nearest B&Q or Homebase and then getting stuck in doing something that will improve the look of our homes, it’s fantastic fun! But the problem facing a lot of people at the moment is budgets being a bit tighter than usual because of the current circumstances.
So, to help keep your DIY/Home Décor needs satiated, I’ve got a few quick DIY projects you can undertake to freshen up the look of your home, without breaking any piggy banks wide open. All these projects can be done by a DIY novice and should cost you less than £100 all in all. So let’s check out these projects…
Add Character By Building A Coffee Table
Onto the first task on this list, building a coffee table from scratch. While this task may seem a bit intimidating for DIY newbies, this is actually a really simple task when it comes down to putting it all together. As long as you know what to buy at your local hardware store, this can be done in a jiffy by even the most unexperienced DIY-er and will help build your confidence for DIY going forwards.
What you’ll need for this task: Cut To Size Wood, Screws, Screwdriver/Drill, Paint/Wood Varnish & Some Sandpaper.
Before you go about buying everything, plan out your coffee table’s style and size (you can use IKEA’s instructions online to help with this) to work out how much wood you need and what sizes you’ll need it in. Once you have your sizes, you can order Cut to Size Wood pieces for the table legs, table top and any shelves you’d like on the table.
Once you have your cut to size, it’s just a case of screwing the wood together, how you do this will depend on your design, but with careful planning, you can make it an easy task. Once you have your table made, simply give it a coat or two of paint or wood varnish and ta-da you’ve made your very own coffee table from scratch!
Bring Some Colour To Your Home With New Blinds
This next task is again a good task for DIY beginners and involves less work than making a coffee table, so if you’re a bit scared to take on that project, maybe start here. Putting up some new blinds is a great way to inject some vibrant colour into a room.
What you’ll need for this task: Tape Measure & Screwdriver/Drill
Once you’ve chosen which windows you’ll be putting new blinds on, all you need to do is measure the size of the window, from side to side and top to bottom. Once you have your measurements, find an online blinds supplier like DotcomBlinds, find a blind you like and order it with your measurements, then wait for your blinds to arrive.
Once your blinds arrive, they’ll be ready to put up. Your new blinds will come with installation instructions as well as the correct screws and brackets. All you need to do now is screw the blind in place in your window and voila, you’ve put up a beautiful set of blinds.
Add Some Flash With Homemade Artwork
And finally onto our last easy DIY project, making homemade art. This is quite possibly one of the least intensive DIY activities you could take on and would probably be classed as an arts and crafts activity if you weren’t hanging your art.
Buying art is expensive but making your own is excellent fun and a lot cheaper, also consider that this art will be more personal to you than any piece you could ever buy. And as an added bonus if you have a young child (like me), you can get them involved in the fun!
What you’ll need for this task: Art Canvas, Paints, Nail(s) and a Hammer
So once you’ve got all your supplies ready for this project, there’s no rules as to what you do from here, have fun with your painting, follow along an old Bob Ross painting, do some still life at home or just go mad with paint on the canvas and hope for the best, all is fair in the art game and as long as you have fun making it, that’s all that matters.
When you’ve finished your masterpiece, find an empty bit of wall, hammer in a nail and then proudly hang your new piece of art.