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23 easy home DIY projects you can try this weekend

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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DIY is a great way to make your home look and feel a bit more finished. But don't panic if you're not too good with a hammer or a little under-equipped when it comes to home improvement because there are lots of simple yet effective projects you can complete! 

Seriously, we don't expect you to be a professional builder and we're not going to suggest you erect a garage in your free time. We're simply going to show you some brilliant ideas, which anyone can complete, to see if we fire up your imagination. 

Well, you need something to do now the weather is turning chilly, don't you?

1. Add some storage to your hallway

It looks good and serves a vital function.

2. Make your front door more beautiful with potted plants

Upper Park, Loughton:  Windows & doors  by Boscolo

Upper Park, Loughton


Add a new doormat while you're at it!

3. Create a tech drawer in your desk that has a phone charging port inside

Stunning solid walnut twin pedestal desk:  Study/office by The Wooden Furniture Store
The Wooden Furniture Store

Stunning solid walnut twin pedestal desk

The Wooden Furniture Store

You just need to cut a hole in the back of the drawer and slide a charging cable through.

4. Change up your kitchen light fixtures

Classic, yet Contemporary:  Kitchen by Rencraft

Classic, yet Contemporary


Go for something a little fancier!

5. Replace your old bathroom taps

Polished chrome is a much better look than limescale.

6. Tidy up your garden

It doesn't need to be anything major. Bark chippings are a godsend for making things look neater.

7. Add wooden beading to boring walls

Then give them a lick of paint. Ta-da… heritage wall styling!

8. Add statement wallpaper to a plain wall

Daydream Wallpaper - Blue:  Walls & flooring by Monument Interiors
Monument Interiors

Daydream Wallpaper—Blue

Monument Interiors

Just do one though as too many will look messy.

9. Add contemporary handles to your kitchen cupboards

Extension to an Edwardian house in Bristol:  Kitchen by Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects
Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

Extension to an Edwardian house in Bristol

Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

An instant facelift!

13. Add bookshelves to wall alcoves

Living Room Shelves:  Living room by buss

Living Room Shelves


Aim for something stylish and functional.

14. Hang wall art to cover unsightly holes

You can disguise uneven walls like this too.

10. Switch to energy-saving light bulbs

You'll save a small fortune!

11. Paint a ceiling for extra style points

This is going to be a big trend next year so get on it early.

12. Install a woodburner or electric heater

Hollyhock cottage lounge:  Living room by Rooms with a View
Rooms with a View

Hollyhock cottage lounge

Rooms with a View

An easy way to jazz up a fireplace recess.

15. Install a medicine cabinet in your bathroom

Mr & Mrs D, En-Suite, Guildford:  Bathroom by Raycross Interiors
Raycross Interiors

Mr & Mrs D, En-Suite, Guildford

Raycross Interiors

Buy a mirrored one and you'll two birds with one stone.

16. Add a ceiling fan to a warm conservatory

Interior of a bespoke wooden garden room in Bedfordshire:  Conservatory by Westbury Garden Rooms
Westbury Garden Rooms

Interior of a bespoke wooden garden room in Bedfordshire

Westbury Garden Rooms

This will even be beneficial in winter as it helps warm air circulate.

17. Add a dimmer switch to your bedroom lighting

There's no nicer way to set the mood!

18. Make more of your stairs with a carpet runner

Victorian renovation - Stairs with patterned runner:  Corridor & hallway by My-Studio Ltd
My-Studio Ltd

Victorian renovation—Stairs with patterned runner

My-Studio Ltd

Lots more style in no time.

19. Swap out your shower head for something cooler

You'll notice the difference straight away.

20. Replace your kitchen splashback

Shaker kitchen with purple glass splashback:  Kitchen by Style Within
Style Within

Shaker kitchen with purple glass splashback

Style Within

How about a coloured glass version?

21. Swap out a couple of kitchen cupboard doors

Tradition with stripey glass splashback:  Kitchen by Intoto Kitchens Salisbury
Intoto Kitchens Salisbury

Tradition with stripey glass splashback

Intoto Kitchens Salisbury

We think glass panels look fabulously modern.

22. Replace your old fridge

  by Creazione Interiors
Creazione Interiors

Kitchen Design (Fridge Area)

Creazione Interiors

You know you keep meaning to!

23. Re-cover your kitchen floor with fresh lino.

Bloom:  Walls & flooring by Granorte

If you're in the DIY frame of mind take a look at this Ideabook: 26 of the best (ever) DIY tips!

What was your last home improvement project?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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