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one man's junk...

April 23 2014 | Recycling Crafts

With so much emphasis being placed on recycling and repurposing old stuff into practical piece, what some may throw away as junk might be just what you are looking for! Turning one man's junk into treasured pieces for a home is fun and you get to create one-of-a-kind decor to boot.

rope staircase bannister

April 22 2014 | Living Spaces

Nancy Muchangwa, our resident DIY Divas, is busy doing improvements to her house. One improvement is to knock down the wall at the side of the staircase, as it blocks a lot of light and makes the staircase cramped and dark. After looking at various alternatives I stumbled upon a rope bannister as an affordable way to finish off a staircase...

ideas and tips for painted floors

April 22 2014 | Paint Techniques

If you are looking for ideas for painting a wood floor, we have put together a selection of images that show the many ways the a floor can be painted, whether in a solid colour or with a patterned design.

Paint your home to refresh and revive

April 21 2014 | Painting Products

If you're looking for an affordable way to revive and refresh your living space, paint is definitely an option to consider. Today's Plascon Paints offer eco-friendly alternatives for painting more than walls, and you get to choose the perfect colour combinations to match your mood or your home.

A warm welcome to your home

April 17 2014 | Living Spaces

After curb appeal, the next best way to create a welcoming atmopshere in any home is at the entrance. Creating a warm welcome immediately sets the atmosphere for guests and visitors and makes them feel comfortable. We put together a few ideas on decorating an entrance, small or large, that won't cost a fortune and that anyone can do.

fix up loose bathroom fittings

April 16 2014 | Bathroom Repairs

When you buy fittings and shelves, these usually come with plastic wall plugs and screws for mounting. The first thing you need to do is throw away the plastic wall plugs, because they are useless! Use them and sooner or later (most probably sooner), the fittings will start to come lose.

Studio apartment that's big on style

April 16 2014 | Decor and Design

Studio apartments always sound so uber-trendy, but the truth is they are really just single room flats that can be difficult to decorate into a space that incorporates cooking - eating - living and sleeping. This studio apartment takes up 60 square metres (excl bathroom) and manages to integrate all these functions with more than a dash of style and flair.

diy vintage picture gallery

April 14 2014 | Decor Crafts

I have been wanting to create a vintage picture gallery for quite a while and finally managed to get it done as a project for easy DIY. Although the picture frame is made using 12mm SupaWood, I wanted it to look more like a vintage cottage window frame, with individual panels for favourite photographs. The frame for the picture gallery was painted and then lightly distressed to make it look more authentic.

How to paint upholstered furniture

April 12 2014 | Living Spaces

I know that there are many readers who will find this project interesting. Having previously posted on painting upholstered furniture, and receiving lots of enquiries on this topic, I thought it might be nice to share another painted upholstery project with you.

repurpose old drawers

April 12 2014 | Recycling Crafts

If you have an old dresser or chest of drawers that is no longer of any practical value, perhaps it is made out of veneered chipboard or is beyond repair, you will probably find that the drawers can still come in useful. Even though the frame of a cabinet might be veneered chipboard, the drawers are usually manufactured out of genuine wood. Here are a few ideas for repurposing old drawers...

diy concrete water feature

April 11 2014 | Ponds and Water Features

Buying a simple water feature can cost anywhere from R800 upwards depending on the size. Or you could make your own custom concrete water feature with a few basic supplies that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse and a cardboard carpet tube. Here's how to make a simple cylinder water feature that won't cost more than around R100.

Ideas for using an old door... or two!

April 10 2014 | Recycle and Repurpose

When changing the doors in a home it seems such a waste to throw them away. Secondhand stores, antique shops and salvage yards, as well as online auctions and classifieds are full of wonderful old doors that can be given a new life in so many different ways. If you have an old door that you can't bear to throw out, take a look at some of the ways to repurpose doors.

build a tower bookshelf

April 08 2014 | Beginners DIY

In a smaller home, townhouse or apartment there isn't always space for a bookcase, so easyDIY looked at various options for a stylish yet practical alternative to this and came up with a bookcase tower. Made using 16mm SupaWood and PAR pine, this bookshelf is easy to make and you can finish in your choice of colour.

simple desk for boy or girl

April 08 2014 | Children's Furniture

I discovered this simple desk design on Maison Du Monde, a French furniture manufacturer. It consists of two open shelf units and a top and sells for around R2500. To make this desk you would only need one sheet of 16mm PG Bison SupaWood that you can have cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse and a few supplies for a total cost of around R850.

ideas for glass mosaic kitchen splashback

April 07 2014 | Kitchen Improvements

Take a visit to the tile section at your local Builders Warehouse and you will see a selection of glass mosaic tile sheets in colours and textures. Using mosaic to tile a backsplash is far easier than using standard tiles since their smaller size allows you to fit tiles in and around appliances, in tight areas and with less fuss and mess.

decorative lattice frames for plant pots

April 07 2014 | Decor Crafts

Every home should have a few potted plants or herbs, but if you don't want to go to the expense of buying fancy pots, we used 6mm SupaWood to make decorative lattice frames for plant pots. Now you can place potted plants anywhere in the home and paint the lattice frames to match your existing decor.

storage shelf for boy's bedroom

April 05 2014 | Children's Furniture

This simple wall shelf can be mounted above a bed or desk to provide storage for toys, books and accessories, or decor. We used 16mm PG Bison SupaWood and the project took 30 minutes to cut and assemble everything. Order your board and have everything cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse and then grab your power tools...

decorative concrete planter

April 04 2014 | Garden Projects

Making your own concrete planters is a fun way to create your own personalised pots for a garden. You can add glass or stone pebbles, mosaic or any other decorative trim to finish off the concrete planters. You can also use this same method to create a water feature.

end-of-summer entertaining

April 03 2014 | Outdoor Entertaining

As we head towards autumn and the weather starts to cool down, set up your garden for an afternoon or evening's get together with family or friends. Hire a catering table for the day if you don't already have a large dining table, and use items that you already have in and around the home to create a warm, friendly atmosphere.

seal around windows & doors

April 03 2014 | Home Maintenance

Gaps in and around window and door frames should be sealed as soon as any cracks or opening in the joints occurs. Failure to fill in these gaps will result in moisture gaining access to the wood and leading to wood rot and eventual disintegration of the wood.

storage bench that's also a toybox!

April 01 2014 | Childrens Bedrooms

Brought to you by easyDIY, this practical storage bench also serves as a toybox. The seat lifts up to provide a place to store toys out of sight and keep any child's bedroom uncluttered. You can paint the storage bench in any combination of Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint colours - to suit the existing bedroom decor or to add a splash of colour.

refinishing furniture

April 01 2014 | Painting Techniques

Refinishing old or secondhand furniture has become one of the hottest trends over the past few years. Not only does it allow you to revamp bargain furniture, it's also a way to put old pieces relegated to the garden shed or garage back into use in a home.

storage cabinets for diy divas work space

March 31 2014 | Beginners DIY Projects

Getting our DIY Divas work space more organised has been at the top of my 'To Do' list forever. This past week I finally got around to making new storage cabinets to house all our tools and supplies, as well as make up colourful storage boxes that are mounted on the wall for smaller items.

transform a coffee table with wallpaper

March 27 2014 | Decor Crafts

Here's an easy way to give any coffee table and instant makeover... with wallpaper and upholstery nails. A plain white-painted coffee table goes from average to amazing and one-of-a-kind in an hour, and you can do the same with any coffee table.

8 colourful projects with rust-oleum

March 26 2014 | Rust-Oleum Crafts

Rust-Oleum offers an excellent selection of spray painting products that come in an amazing range of colours. Satin, gloss or metallic, Rust-Oleum spray paint offers twice the coverage to make spray painting almost any object quick and easy.


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