Nowadays, we tend to immediately call in professionals as soon as we come up against any form of work in our homes. But you can save so much money by practising a little DIY. This is partly the reason why I setup a category on my blog to show you all the DIY tips you can do to create your own decor and make your home look just as, if not nicer than magazines ;) Sure, it can seem a little intimidating, but with the right instruction, tasks can prove relatively simple. Here are a couple of common projects that you might want to try your hand at!
Faux Luxury Decor
I recently wrote a couple of posts on how to create your own decorations for your desired room. Whether it be a bedroom or a living room, you always need some kind of a decoration in order to create a more dynamic space. You can try creating a more three dimensional vibe to the room by hanging or attaching objects to the wall. I wasn't willing to spend a lot of money on a wall mural, so instead I made a small, affordable but super modern wall prism decor out of old magazines.
If you don't want to create anything to put up on your walls, why not try placing some accessories around the room to fill the empty corners. My latest DIY project simply consists of copper paint, glass bottles and a bit of string. It is such a simple way to create a luxurious, vintage vibe to the room.
Putting Shelves Up
Not every home has shelves, but as soon as you have a few up, you’ll realise how useful they really are. They become indispensable in moments. There are so many uses for a shelf in every single room of your home. In your pantry they can be used for storing herbs, spices, and condiments. In your kitchen a shelf can be put up for items that you want regular and easy access to, such as cereals, garlic, and onions. In the living room, shelves always come in useful for plants, books, and photo frames. For your bathroom, a low shelf alongside the bath can home soap, shampoos, and conditioners. In the bedroom, a shelf can keep your alarm clock and other small essentials like makeup and hair brushes. Generally speaking, people will call a builder in to put up shelving. This may be the best idea if you plan to use your shelf for lots of heavy items, such as tens of books. However, if the shelf is just for casual use, it’s worth giving it a go yourself. Before you get any tools out, make sure you know what’s behind the wall that you’re planning to put a shelf on. You can do this with a cable, pipe, and stud detector (otherwise known as a multiple-purpose digital detector). It’s also a good idea to know what your wall is made of in order to use the right tools. Masonry walls are made of brick and mortar and are consequently tough. You’ll need to make use of a hammer action drill with a masonry bit attached. Use screws that exceed fifty millimetres and use wall plugs for security. Floating shelves with hidden fixtures don’t have visible support, so will require special techniques. Follow the manufacturer’s guide to get it right first time. Alternatively, you could make life extremely easy for yourself and use a specialist CT1 construction adhesive. This strong grip, tacky, grabbing adhesive can hold up the weight of a shelf. Just be sure to place your shelf right first time, or you could end up with a wonky piece of timber that can’t hold anything without letting it slip off!
Now, wood staining may well sound a little niche, but there are various reasons that you might find yourself wanting to stain wood yourself. You can save a lot of money by purchasing unfinished furniture and finishing it yourself, or perhaps you’ve had the same furniture for a while and fancy sprucing things up or slightly altering its appearance. Regardless of your reason for trying your hand at staining and varnishing, you’ll find that it’s actually pretty simple. Before you get started, make sure that you protect your eyes and skin. Wear safety goggles and disposable rubber gloves at all times and if some stain or varnish does get on your skin, wash it off immediately. If it can permanently stain wood, it will stain your clothes too, so make sure to wear something that you don’t intend to wear again. You should ensure that the room or space you are working with is well ventilated to prevent inhalation of fumes from the varnish or stain itself. Try your stain out on a part of the piece of furniture that can be hidden if necessary to make sure you have the right colour. If you have the right shade, stir the contents of the tin thoroughly and apply the stain to your piece of furniture with a brush or rag. Go slowly, so as to only apply the stain where it is needed. Wipe off any excess going in line with the grain and allow to dry.
These are just two small tasks, but following the above instructions will allow to carry them out yourself rather than paying your hard earned cash to others to do it on your behalf!