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!
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!
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.
Jul 29 2014 | Children's Bedrooms
Quite a few years ago we featured an article on the moon crib. This fairtytale moon-shaped crib for a baby was doing it's rounds across the Internet and we gave it a go. Quite a few readers have made the moon crib and we would like to share the most recently project submission.
Jul 28 2014 | Garden Projects
We have looked at ideas and using reclaimed timber and wood pallet for furniture and other indoor projects, but what about using reclaimed materials for garden paths and walkways. Here are some ideas for using reclaimed materials in the garden.
Jul 28 2014 | Garden Projects
A courtyard with concrete slab floor was transformed from a dull and dreary outdoor area into a multi-level entertainment space. The entire project involved a DIY deck installation using pine wood planks in two widths and on varying levels.
Jul 26 2014 | Paint Techniques
It might be winter, but in the spirit of the coming spring I am writing a couple of features on whitewashing techniques. The first offers instructions on how to whitewash furniture, and this article looks at whitewashing pine or tongue and groove walls and ceilings.
Jul 26 2014 | Paint Techniques
You either love or hate whitewashed furniture but it is just one of the ways to decorate a home to suit your personal style. It's also an affordable and easy way to lighten dark wood or add a custom finish to pine furniture without destroying the piece. Whitewashing is a simple painting technique to master and doesn't require any special equipment or fancy materials.
Jul 25 2014 | Rust-Oleum Crafts
Rust-Oleum spray paints offer a myriad of ways to transform old fashioned, secondhand or hand-me-down furniture. With just one can of Rust-Oleum you can turn a plain dining table set into modern piece that match the colours and style of your home. You will find the full range of Rust-Oleum products at your local Builders Warehouse.
Jul 24 2014 | Paper Crafts
There are paper flowers and then there are these paper flowers. If you need to organise a unique centrepiece, make your own home decor, decorate for a party or special occasion, or are looking for DIY ideas for a wedding, these are the most gorgeous paper roses you will find on the Internet.
Jul 24 2014 | Garden Projects
Copper is a wonderful material to use for outdoor projects. Copper pipes, rings and copper sheet is soft and reasonably pliable, as well as fairly inexpensive. What's nice about using copper outdoors is that it acquires a beautiful patina over time.
Jul 23 2014 | Rust-Oleum Projects
Finding the right pieces of furniture for a home can be difficult, especially if you are looking for pieces that are unique or not your average mass-produced furniture that you see in every home decor store. Turning a salvaged cabinet into a home bar was an easy project that yielded successful results.
Jul 22 2014 | Decor Projects
There are some upholstery projects that can be fiddly and can quickly get you feeling frustrated. One of those is using upholstery pins or nails to decorate or add decorative nailhead trim to upholstered furniture. We found a couple of handy tips that will make the task easier.
Just in time for summer, Rust-Oleum have launched a range of Restore products that are ideal for painting on wood or concrete. The product provides a durable, tough finish that will dress up any patio or take the hard work out of maintaining a deck.
Jul 22 2014 | Home Improvement
When you live in a double-storey home, or are adding an extra level onto you existing property, you're going to need a staircase. In my case the staircase was built using concrete slabs or lintels. I would have loved a wooden staircase, but these can work out pricey, but I came across this idea for cladding a concrete or steel staircase that would cut down the cost dramatically.
Jul 19 2014 | News
When you take on any home improvement projects it is essential to wear proper safety gear and also to take safety precautions when working with harmful or toxic products. As we move towards using safer products it makes sense to use those that don't put our health at risk. That's why we recommend using Pattex Contact Adhesives.
Jul 17 2014 | Kitchen Improvement
A family of six make the decision to improve rathern than move and this involved knocking down walls to enlarge a small kitchen into an open plan space that includes a family room. If you are planning to extend or renovation your kitchen - this is a must read.
Jul 16 2014 | Home Maintenance
There's nothing more frustrating than finishing off a plastered wall with perfect edges and then some twit comes along and knocks a big chunk out. I have previously used Polycell Rockset for filling in dings and bumps on corners in the house, and it came in handy again today for fixing up damage to exterior walls.
Jul 13 2014 | Gardening
The sun is beaming in through the windows, the air is warm and crisp and the wind is non-existent. Living in South Africa we are blessed with sunshine for three hundred days (possibly more), each year. And winter is just a quick break from our hot summers - it's also the best time to get planting and preparing the garden for the new growing season.
Jul 11 2014 | Home Improvement
RDP housing might be an answer to the housing shortage but they only provide a basic structure with no added details and very little in the way of elements that make a house a home, and not even as much as that in some cases. Even on a small budget you can buy a few materials and supplies at your local Builders Warehouse to turn any RDP house into a place to call home.
This elegant coffee table would look good in any living room. It has plenty of storage space for books and accessories, and the design is very simple to assemble. Distress the table if you prefer a more Shabby Chic finish. You will find this and other projects on easyDIY.co.za
Jul 10 2014 | Home Maintenance
I have been receiving quite a few queries on cleaning and stripping slate tiles. Over time slate tiles, especially black and autumn colours, can become dull and cloudy, losing their beautiful colour under layers of wax polish. There are products at your local Builders Warehouse that will restore dull and faded slate tiles.
Jul 09 2014 | Garden DIY Projects
Making a garden bench out of concrete of wood provides a place to sit and relax in the garden. But a garden bench can also be a decorative feature, or provide storage. Here are a collection of DIY concrete and wood garden benches that you can make for your own garden.
Jul 09 2014 | Garden DIY Projects
Concrete is an inexpensive way to make a variety of projects, but it's also the ideal material to use for making a garden bench that not only offers a comfortable place to sit and relax, but also becomes a feature in a garden. Use powder pigments to tint to a variety of colours, or apply concrete stain for subtle hues.
Jul 08 2014 | Recycled Crafts
Having recently relocated all my spices into my new spice rack I needed salt and pepper shakers for the countertop. My kitchen has red accents and the dining room teal, so I recycled baking powder tins into large salt and pepper shakers in teal and heirloom white to tie the colours in the two open spaces together.
Jul 08 2014 | Lighting A Home
Hard to believe that this modern chandelier is made using a secondhand light fitting and a couple of wire baskets. You could also using plastic hanging plant baskets, or chrome vegetable baskets to make your own chandelier and then finish it off with Rust-Oleum Universal metallic spray paint.
Jul 05 2014 | Kitchen DIY Projects
Formica LifeSeal or Mastertops kitchen countertops are one of the most affordable ways to update and replace scratched, swollen or worn countertops. My Formica countertops were installed 10 years ago and still look good, despite the fact that I have used them as a work surface for endless craft and DIY projects!
It's easy to add colour to any room in the home using decor accessories. Shop around your favourite home decor stores and you will find decor accessories in bold, bright colours and patterns that make it easy to add a quick and easy dose of colour to liven up a room.
Jul 04 2014 | Home Maintenance
We have covered fitting a door handle and lock to an exterior or interior door, but what if you prefer to fit a door knob. While the pricinpal is basically the same, a door knob is easier to fit. Here are the instructions for fitting a door knob to any interior or exterior door.
Jul 03 2014 | Bathroom Improvement
The bathroom can become a chilly place in the morning and evenings during the winter. If you want to add some heat to your bathroom experience there are a couple of options you may want to consider. They might be considered as luxury items, but there's no doubt that underfloor or a heated towel rail take the chill of a cold bathroom.