Looking for ways to freshen up your home without the hustle and bustle of hiring tradespeople and knocking down walls?
Whether it’s the bathroom, kitchen, living area or the great outdoors, there are plenty of do-it-yourself options that can spruce up your space and add a bit of style to your property.
The key is to find DIY projects that won’t break the bank – or your sanity – and will add value to your home and lifestyle.
From fencing to stylish lighting – read on for some easy, budget-friendly and useful DIY projects!
Indoor plants are having a serious comeback at the moment. Challenge yourself to scroll through Instagram or Pinterest without seeing zebra plants, philodendrons and monsteras brightening up a house – it’s a hard task.
But indoor plants aren’t just a pretty accessory – they can also help to purify and filter the air in your home, making them as useful as they are beautiful.
If you’re worried about whether you have the green thumb to keep a plant alive, choose low maintenance plants such as mother-in-law’s tongue, spider plants and philodendrons. Your local nursery can help you choose the best plants and let you know how to care for them – and don’t forget to check if they’re safe for your pets to be around.
When it comes to displaying your new indoor plants, there are a few ways to do it. Make some space on a bookshelf, mount small planters to a bare space of wall or a corner or use floating shelves, or pop them in a pot to line your hallway or entryway.
You could even take your DIY a step further and make your own macramé plant hangers. If you grew up in the ‘70s you’ll be familiar with these simple yet effective plant hangers. They’re easy to make and look great with plants, and a quick Google will tell you everything you need to know.
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Style Your Boundary
When you’re deep in the throes of a DIY binge, it can be easy to forget one of the biggest changes you can make to your property – an updated or completely new fence.
A fence is one of the biggest facelifts you can give your home, so take a moment to stand outside and think about what your options might be. Maybe your fence is looking a bit run-down or needs replacing. Perhaps there’s a section of your front yard that you’d like to fence off to add more useable space to your yard.
There are a number of options when it comes to fencing materials that can completely update your home. Think about the character of your home, and what might be best to complement the style of your property. Fencing materials are easily attained and most large hardware outlets will offer plenty of do-it-yourself fencing options.
When it comes to outdoor fencing in your backyard, you can get a bit creative. Raid the classifieds for old corrugated iron, house shutters or latticework. With a good coat of paint or a wood stain, you can create on-trend looks that offer more privacy for a fraction of the cost.
Before undertaking any fencing works, its worth consulting with your local council to check exactly what’s yours when it comes to property boundaries – you don’t want a nasty surprise when you’ve just spent time and money on a fresh new fence!
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Tackle Your Storage
One thing home owners are usually short of is storage. Luckily, it’s not difficult to DIY some nifty new storage options to declutter your home.
Short of cupboard space in your kitchen? Take advantage of empty walls by mounting some pegboards – they’re readily available at most hardware stores and are flexible enough to allow you to mix and match based on what you’d like to hang up. Small pots and pans and measuring cups and spoons will go well on a peg board, and you can also attach baskets for those items that won’t quite fit nicely.
Floating shelves can also create extra storage place. Stack your plates, knick-knacks or indoor plants on top, and use the underneath to hang your favourite mugs.
Instead of focusing on the horizontal storage space that we’re all so used to, think of how you can use the vertical spaces in your home. The right features can add more storage to your house, and can look great while doing it.
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A Creative Pallet
They’re easy to come by and often cost close to nothing – the faithful pallet.
No longer just the furniture of the broke university student, pallets are now the darlings of the DIY boho-chic look.
Looking for a way to keep your plants organised? Attach pots to a vertical pallet with some brackets and hang the pallet on a wall.
Are you a fan of brekkie in bed on a Sunday? Sand back a small pallet and give it a lick of paint and you’ve got a handy tray to keep your food and tea stable.
Bookshelves, bike racks, desks, outdoor furniture – with a bit of DIY love, the humble pallets can transform into handy storage and seating. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can even make a bed out of pallets.
Check out Gumtree or ask around local small businesses – they’ll often be happy for you to take pallets off their hands for little to no cost, as it saves them having to dispose of them.
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Light It Up
Looking for a new way to light up your life without breaking the bank?
There’s plenty of options out there when it comes to DIY-ing some new light fittings – and they’ll be more unique than anything you can pick up at a store.
Got an old wire paper basket hanging around? Make a hole in the bottom of it and thread through a globe and chord for an industrial look. Or, if you’d prefer something more colourful, take scraps of fabric and weave them through the wire about every 15cm to create a beautiful shade.
Want to spruce up a timber headboard? Mark out a pattern – maybe a word, or an image, or just keep it random for a simple look – and drill holes through the timber. Behind the headboard, push the bulb of good-quality Christmas lights or fairy lights through each of the holes to create a twinkling night-time wonderland.
There’s no end to what you can do with a bit of elbow grease and some good materials – hit up Pinterest for some inspo and get DIY-ing to freshen up your home!
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This article is written by Chloe Warburton, who writes on behalf of TTFS – suppliers of quality temporary fencing materials to Australian businesses.