Nov 22 2014 | Sewing Crafts
I have seen sun loungers similar to this on the Internet, but this design has a couple of practical and eco-friendly differences. First, I used old pillows for filling the sun lounger, and second, it has an adjustable back that allows you to set the angle you want to sit at.
Nov 21 2014 | Recycling
I recently featured an article on recycled materials for a practical kitchen and showed an oil barrel turned into a storage cabinet. German design group Lockengeloet have taken the idea of recycling oil barrels to a new level, with a range of oil barrels that can be used as a storage cabinet, a mini bar, and even a media centre.
Nov 20 2014 | Recycling
Recycling is a trend that is more than a passing fad. Around the world more people are looking at ways to re-purpose and re-use household items and waste to create recycled home decor and accessries that are beautiful and practical. We found plenty of ideas that you can put to use in your own home.
Nov 20 2014 | DIY Projects
OOver the years I have often extolled the uses for a basic cube, whether you add a shelf, a couple of drawers, or a door, you can make basic cubes out laminated pine, meranti or your choice of hardwood. I saw these modular storage units on a home shopping site in the Netherlands. So simple to make yet stunning when put together.
Nov 19 2014 | Living Spaces
Use printed or plain wallpaper and pine moulding or extruded polystyrene cornice to create a dramatic feature wall in a boring entrance. This clever design trick provides a place to hang coats and accessories and also adds immediate interest to an otherwise blank wall. Finish off the project with custom touches by hanging fun hangers and hooks.
Nov 18 2014 | Lifestyle
If you are one of those that has left booking holiday to the last minute, consider the option for searching online classified ads to find the perfect holiday spot. According to Junk Mail Classifieds, online classifieds are easy to navigate and contain all the necessary information for you to make an informed decision.
Nov 17 2014 | DIY Projects
I love the look of diamond-tufted furniture, but getting it right requires patience and plenty of practice, especially on a small project. After this weekend I had spare pieces leftover from the DIY Divas ottoman workshop and decided to show you an easy way to get the look of diamond-tufted upholstered pieces... with a small cheat!
Nov 16 2014 | Shopping
NeverWet Outdoor Fabric spray should be in stock at your local Builders soon. This weekend I got to try out the spray and I am definitely impressed with how it repels water. I used it on my outdoor cushions with amazing results. Would I recommend it... absolutely!
Nov 16 2014 | DIY Projects
This compact wall-mounted desk has a drop-down flap that serves as a worktop for a laptop that takes up very little space in a small home office or child's bedroom. When not in use the flap is easily closed to create a neat and tidy workspace. The cabinet is made of 12mm MDF which you can source from board and timber suppliers. Plus, you can still have everything cut to size to make assembly quick and easy.
Nov 14 2014 | Decorating Products
Plascon,a trusted name for paint products for many years, has become South Africa's first paint brand to offer up to 15 years guarantee on its exterior paint brands and a 12-year guarantee on its interior premium paint brands.
Nov 14 2014 | Christmas Crafts
Last year I shopped around for a new Christmas tree, since mine was starting to lose a few of its branches and looking worse for wear. I was shocked to discover how the price of artificial Christmas trees has gone up so much, especially if you want one that's reasonably life-like. Made me think about alternative ideas for a Christmas tree... like this stepladder Christmas tree.
Nov 14 2014 | Dremel Crafts
You can make this gorgeous detailed eggs for yourself or give them as a gift. Super easy to make if you have a Dremel Multitool, you can add decoupage any image onto the eggs once you are finished to fit any occasion. You can also make unique eggs to hang on the Christmas tree.
Nov 13 2014 | Window Treatments
Buy blinds right now from the convenience of your home or office. No more waiting around for someone to come to your home and measure up while you hold your fire for a quote. Buying blinds used to be tough, but not anymore - now you can buy blinds online from Blinds Direct.
Nov 12 2014 | Dremel Projects
Home-Dzine and DIY-Divas are a big fan of the Dremel Tools range. They have a tool for a wide selection of craft, hobby and DIY projects. For the festive season, we have put together a collection of Dremel projects that you can make with your Dremel tools.
Nov 12 2014 | DIY Projects
When you work from home, whether full time or part time, storage is essential. Building a couple of side-by-side bookcases using MDF provides ample storage for files and storage baskets, and even space to include a few decorative accessories to add a personal touch to the space.
Nov 10 2014 | Shopping
This festive season it's palm trees - not pine trees - that take centre stage when Skinny laMinx designer, Heather Moore, introduces traditional Christmas décor with a South African twist. While there are snowflakes and pine trees decorating the Northern Hemisphere, here in SA it's hot and sunny and definitely not the weather for anything with snow!
Nov 08 2014 | DIY Projects
Young children love a sandpit and can spend hours with a bucket and spade make sandcastles and having fun. This sandpit has a lid that can be easily placed over the top to keep out cats and ensure the sand stays clean. It also doubles as a daybed or play platform when not used as a sandpit.
Nov 07 2014 | Living Spaces
Finding matching decor accessories for childrens bedrooms can be difficult, which is why I just had to share information on the range of Lidchi Kidz Rugs. An exclusive Victor Lidchi range of designer rugs, handmade pure wood rugs with embossed designs, that are manufactured specifically for children of all ages up to 12 years old.
Nov 06 2014 | DIY Divas
Fully supervised workshops for kids 12+ (or younger if accompanied by mom) where the kids will use a variety of smaller power tools and make a selection of projects. Using Dremel MultiTool for carving and engraving gifts and Bosch drill/drivers. Excellent introduction to using power tools for young kids who love DIY!
Nov 06 2014 | Garden Projects
Use gabion baskets - or make your own using steel mesh - fill with pebbles or stone and add reclaimed wood or railway sleeper tops and you have a modern outdoor dining set that is easy to make, won't cost a fortune and is practically maintenance free!
Nov 05 2014 | Advanced DIY
I have done quite a few projects that look at how to dress up a plain hollow core door. These doors are bargains and you can pick them up for about R300 at your local Builders. Sometimes even cheaper than that if they are on special. But they are also pretty boring. I'm going to show you another way to dress up a standard hollow core door by cutting and fitting a frosted glass panel into the door.
Nov 04 2014 | Cooking
Everyone in my family loves lamingtons, but store-bought lamingtons are not cheap, by any means. This weekend one of my sons and I made a batch of lamingtons and I was surprised at how easy it is to make your own. So I am sharing this project with you - and believe me when I say that anyone can make them!
Nov 04 2014 | Kids Crafts
Kids can have hours on fun with this giant pavement chalk. They can use on a concrete patio or driveway, out on the pavement in a safe area, or buy a can of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray and paint a section of wall, or board, for mounting to a wall, where the kids can play.
Nov 03 2014 | Sewing Crafts
Basic sewing skills and some scraps of fabric are all that you need to make a cute and comfy mat for baby to play on. Filled with layers of soft batting, you can use this mat indoors and out. Spray with Rust-Oleum NeverWet fabric spray (to be launched later this month) and you can protect from spills and stains.
Nov 03 2014 | Shopping
Dremel have introduced two kits just in time for the festive season: a Home Repair Kit and Home Décor Project Kit, both of which allow users to complete a variety of projects. The kits make the perfect Christmas gift for any DIY or craft enthusiast and are available at your local Builders, via www.tools4wood.co.za or your local Dremel stockist.
Nov 02 2014 | Bathroom Improvement
It’s every homeowner’s dream to have a beautiful bathroom that offers the ultimate in luxury, whether it’s installing a spa bath, adding a steam shower, or simply increasing the size by changing the layout of an existing bathroom. While the DIY route will save you money, there are some projects that are best left to the professionals.
Nov 02 2014 | Holiday Crafts
I have previously mentioned NeverWet, a unique water-repelling forumla that can be used on a wide range of materials. Now, Rust-Oleum NeverWet fabric spray will be available instore at your local Builders from about the middle of November. You can use the spray on leather, suede, most fabrics, as well as canvas.
Oct 30 2014 | Green Building
If you want an easy way to build a rondavel, using earthbags is one of the most affordable and eco-friendly ways to do it. Using subsoil that you already have, or perhaps from a neighbour digging out a pool, or from a sand/gravel/soil supplier, all you need are some polyprop bags and spare time to build a comfortable rondavel for outdoor entertaining or as a guest bedroom.
Oct 29 2014 | Kitchen Improvements
The trend for painted kitchens continues as products and tools are introduced to make the process far easier. We asked Tanya from Dans Le Townhouse to share her amazing kitchen transformation with us, and if you are looking at ways to update a boring wood kitchen, you are sure to be inspired by this incredible makeover.
Oct 27 2014 | Rust-Oleum Crafts
You know I'm a big fan of Rust-Oleum spray paint and I am always on the lookout for ideas for using spray paint in fun ways to add a splash of colour to my home. At a cost of around R80 per tin you can paint almost anything with Rust-Oleum; from plastics to wood. Rust-Oleum is not your average spray paint and offers high coverage even with one coat, which means one can goes a long way!