Satisfying DIY Projects For Savvy Spenders
There can be so many DIY tasks to think about, it’s hard to know where to begin. Many of us don’t have the luxury of hiring a professional every time something goes wrong. If you’re able to master a few simple skills, the world and your living room, is your oyster.
It’s easier than you might think. YouTube is of course a great place to find useful tutorials and a whole plethora of hacks. Pinterest is the best place for interiors inspiration. There’s no reason why you can’t have a go yourself, but be sure to leave any potentially dangerous jobs to an experienced professional.
What many of us forget is that there can be real joy found in DIY and home crafts. Also, taking part in craftwork may actually benefit your health. The Health Benefits of Knitting report by the Knit for Peace charity, for instance, recently uncovered that knitting can reduce depression and even the onset of dementia.
Whether you’re trying to sell your home or trying to breath some new life into your new abode, here are just a few ways you can improve your home without breaking the bank, while boosting that ‘feel good factor’ during the process.
If you have a few painting and decorating jobs to do, forget about hiring professionals. Instead, hold a painting party with friends and family. Set up a DIY Food Station, such as a simple taco bar to feed your helpful decorators. Be sure to watch some online tutorials on decorating for helpful hints and tips.
New Towel Rack
Need a towel rack? Old and mismatched door knobs from car boot sales or charity shops make a quirky and interesting hanging space or use them for a coat or hat rack in your utility room. Have you thought about repurposing an old wine rack into a brilliant towel holder? Simply give your rack a lick of paint to match your bathroom décor, fix to your wall, and you’re done.
Make Your Own Cheap Wall Art
Affordable wall art is at your fingertips. Take your favourite photographs and place them in black and white frames and turn a wall into a collage. You could also frame beautiful scraps of fabric or wrapping paper, your children’s paintings or have a go at painting your own artwork.
Upcycling CD Cases
Have you got an old CD organiser or rack gathering dust in the garage? These throwbacks from the 90s can make inexpensive storage for other items such as jewellery or spices. Again, add your own touches and a fresh coat of paint and use for storage around the home.
Jam Jars Paints
Leftover paint tins can take up a lot of space, especially if you decide to make upcycling or DIY a regular part of your life. Keep old jam jars and pour your leftover paint into these. They are the perfect size and because they are clear glass you’ll be able to spot the colour of your paint in an instant.
Pom poms are still very on-trend and continue to gain popularity. They make wonderfully fun additions to rugs, blankets, cushions and children’s accessories. A great activity to do with kids and ideal for using up old scraps of yarn. Don’t believe us? Searches for pom poms on Pinterest are currently up 444% – what better time to join the trend?
Macramé is home decor designed by simple knot-tying – like a paracord plant hanger or coaster. Revived from the 70s, Macramé is both chic and durable DIY. They also make great gifts and are lots of fun to make, while being easy to match to a certain colour scheme or theme.
Car Boot Shopping
For unique or vintage furniture, transform old items to make instant new additions to your home. Ideas include recovering old chairs, updating cabinet hardware, repainting furniture, and using old bottles as shelf decor. You’re guaranteed to pick up a bargain and find heaps of inspiration for upcycling projects.
2019 Interior Trends / DIY Trends
Do you have a fringe in your front room? According to Living ETC magazine, Scandi noir, tassels, mermaid tiles and constellations are all themes big for 2019. Invest in some matt black paint to create that ‘Scandi Noir’ look by adding that iconic shade to your home. It’s all about black or navy blue kitchens it seems and Pinterest will show you how. Then there’s mermaid tiles for your bathroom in blues or turquoises, along with brass taps and scallop and scale patterned homewares.
Fringing and tassels were everywhere in the Autumn/Winter ‘18 Catwalks and it appears to be proving popular with interiors too! Make way for fringed cushions, mirrors, lampshades, curtains and more.
Top Tip: DIY on a Budget App
DIY on a Budget is a social network for sharing everything DIY. Whether you want to show off your new living room, need help deciding what wallpaper to pick, or just want to find some inspiration, this large friendly community are here to help.
Use the app to search through posts and discover a wide range of beautiful and creative ideas to transform your home. But don’t just look! Get involved! ‘Like’, ‘Love’ ‘Watch’ and comment on posts. It’s designed so you can share your DIY knowledge and opinions.
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