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REVAMP PATIO FURNITURE

Aug 22 2014 |  Garden Projects

I am in the process of paving my outdoor area and want to set up a spot where we can sit outdoors on warm mornings and enjoy breakfast. Using cast-off plastic and steel chairs and a concrete pedestal table, everything was painted with Rust-Oleum spray products.

4-DRAWER STORAGE UNIT

Aug 20 2014 |  DIY Projects

After featuring the article on the easy way to install drawer runners I simply had to give it a go.  I have been wanting to make a chest of drawers for my office for ages, so just to show how easy it is, I use the new method for installing drawers runners - and even a blonde can do it !

EASY WAY TO INTALL DRAWER RUNNERS

Aug 18 2014 |  DIY Tips

Mounting drawer runners can be tricky if you don't get the measurements right. I recently posted easy DIY tips for mounting metal drawer sides on runners and in this feature you will discover an easy way to mount ball-bearing drawer runners. Once you see how easy it is to mount drawer runners this way you will soon be making chests of drawers and  adding drawer storage to cabinets!

DECORATE BATHROOM IN RENTAL HOME

Aug 17 2014 |  Bathroom Improvement

Having recently featured Tanya's makeover in her rental kitchen I have been flooded with enquiries for ideas for giving a bathroom in a rental flat or house a much needed makeover. Even though you are renting your place, there are more than a few cosmetic changes that can be done to improve living conditions. We have also included plenty of bathroom before and after pictures to provide you with ideas and inspiration.

PLASCON 2015 COLOUR PALETTE

Aug 16 2014 |  Colour Palettes

Everyone eagerly awaits the launch of the annual Plascon colour palette and this year was no exception. Crowds flocked to Decorex for the unveiling of the new Plascon 2015 colour palette and weren't disappointed by the beautiful displays for the new colour trends.

COILED ROPE LAMP SHADE

Aug 15 2014 |  Decor Lighting

Quite often, inspiration for your next craft of DIY project can come from an image you see on pinterest or home decor site. I myself get plenty of project ideas from decorated homes and inspiring interiors by designers. The inspiration for this project came from a home designed by Martha O'hara Interiors.

REPLACE INCANDESCENT WITH CFL FITTINGS

Aug 14 2014 |  Decor Lighting

As and when budget allows I am systematically going from room to room and replacing my old incandescent lights with light fittings that use CFL globes. The most recent replacement was at the top of the stairs. I have previously tried the option of simply replacing the globe in the fitting but found the light too dim for this area, so I have replaced this with a CFL circular tube that provides plenty of light.

DECORATIVE 3-PANEL PRIVACY SCREEN

Aug 13 2014 |  Beginners DIY

Our decorative Shabby-Chic style privacy screen is an easy project that uses  6mm and 9mm supawood. The mirrored top section has cottage frame panels and the screen  is painted with Plascon Polvin ‘Whisper’ [B5-E2-3], dry brushed with Plascon Polvin white, and then given a rub down with antique wax.

DECORATE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

Aug 11 2014 |  Deck and Patio

Spring is almost upon us and warmer days are not far away. If you have ideas for your outdoor spaces, now is the time to get cracking. Turn that boring outdoor area into a relaxing spot to laze away summer days or entertain on balmy evenings. All you need is a little imagination and a few accessories.

GRAB A CAN OF WD-40

Aug 10 2014 |  DIY Tips

Around this time of year and as part of my annual home maintenance regimen I like to grab a can of WD-40 and go around the house, spraying essential components to protect them from damage by moisture and rust. If you have never used WD-40 I think it's time to acquaint you with uses for this truly amazing product.

EASY FIX FOR CRACKED POOL PIPE

Aug 10 2014 |  Ponds and Pools

Sometimes accidents happen, in this case a pipe from the swimming pool to the pump was broken in one place and cracked in another. This is an easy fix if you have a length of PVC pipe and some Tangit PVC-U adhesive, and the problem can be fixed so your pool is ready for action in 24 hours! 

INDUSTRIAL TABLE LAMP

Aug 09 2014 |  Lighting

You may remember earlier this year we posted an industrial lamp made by one of our DIY Divas. We can now show you step-by-step how to make your own industrial lamp using galvanised pipe and fittings. You will find galvanised pipe and fittings at most steel suppliers and lamp fittings and electrical cord at your local Builders Warehouse

CONCRETE STEPPING STONES

Aug 09 2014 |  Garden Crafts

Making your own stepping stones is a quick and easy project. It takes 48 hours to make one stepping stone, but if you have access to the materials needed, you can make up more than one at a time.  If you can't find a decorative rubber mat to add a fun design to the top of your stepping stones, substitute with mosaic, pebbles, or even thick, rubbery leaves.

DISGUISE PRECAST CONCRETE WALLS

Aug 05 2014 |  Garden Ideas

Vibracrete - or precast concrete - walls are a common feature in many South African homes. They offer an affordable way to close off a property and create a private outdoor sanctuary. But vibracrete walls can be an eyesore, or at least an unattractive feature. Planting colourful shrubs is just one of the ways to hide vibracrete walls, and in this feature we look at easy and child-friendly ways to  disguise and cover up vibracrete walls.

RECLAIMED WOOD FIREPLACE SURROUND

Aug 05 2014 |  Wood Projects

I'm sure there are many homeowners out there who will appreciate this feature showing ideas on how to clad a fireplace with reclaimed wood. There are more than a few dated and old fashioned fireplaces that could do with covering up, and why not make use of reclaimed wood.

DECORATIVE PAPER LANTERNS

Aug 04 2014 |  Paper Crafts

If you are looking for an affordable, quick and easy way to dress up a table for a special occasion, these paper lanterns are just the thing. All you need is some cardstock, a template and a craft knife and cutting mat to make your own decorative paper lanterns. It's also a great way to repurpose mis-matched or chipped glasses!

REPURPOSE OLD SOCKS AND WOOLLENS

Aug 04 2014 |  Recycling Crafts

Here are some fun ideas for re-purposing woollens and socks. I know I always end up with more than a few mismatched socks and kids very quickly grow out of their winter woollies. Rather than throw these away, try your hand at one or two of these fun projects.

QUICK AND EASY CLOSET SOLUTION

Aug 02 2014 |  Bedroom Improvements

When living in a small apartment or flat finding enough storage space for all your clothes can be a mission. Here's a quick and easy DIY closet solution that will only take an hour or so to make if you use a ready made drawer cabinet. And you will find everything you need for this project at your local Builders Warehouse.

MAKEOVER MAGIC FOR A KITCHEN

Jul 31 2014 |  Kitchen Improvements

Tanya Joel is one of those people with a natural knack for turning average into amazing. The kitchen in her Linden flat is testament to her talent for decorative with an almost non-existent budget. Using items found on bargain hunts, at seasonal sales, and by putting her DIY skills to good use, Tanya turned a rental flat kitchen into an organised and beautiful space.

FREE SOLAR HEATING FOR YOUR POOL

Jul 30 2014 |  Outdoor Projects

If you have a swimming pool, you will find this idea for a way to heat up the pool for free very interesting, because who wouldn't want to add free solar heating to warm up a swimming pool. It's an inexpensive project that allows you to use your swimming pool for longer - for free!

UPCYCLE GLASS BOTTLES WITH RUST-OLEUM

Jul 30 2014 |  Rust-Oleum Projects

I have a habit of not throwing anything away until I have run out of options for upcycling. Glass bottles are one of my favourite and I have a cupboard full of bottles, containers and jars waiting to become projects. This time I dug out some old tequila bottles that have been lying around for 20 odd years! 

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GIVE GRIMY GROUT A FACELIFT

Jul 29 2014 |  Bathoom Repairs

Tiled living areas can often start to look tired due to old or dirty grout. The good news is that tiled walls and floors may now be instantly refreshed with an easy to use, permanent home DIY solution. The new TUBBY DIY Grout Sealer can be used to transform grubby grout instantly and also improve the colour match with your tiles to create a more harmonious look.

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