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DIY projects that can't go wrong

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Many people often like the idea of a DIY project but, when they actually come round to tackling it, they often are overwhelmed by the task ahead. A patio laying project can be a never ending burden if tackled yourself but, when it comes to smaller tasks, things can be done that look great and can be easily and speedily accomplished. So today we're showing you some ideas about tasks that you can't go wrong with, are cost effective and will look great. Enjoy…

DIY coverings, upholstery and curtains

Buying yourself some fabric, from your local market, and setting about a quick task like making a new cushion cover, or set of curtains, could be exactly the kind of project that's right for you, when you have a spare couple of hours. With particular regard to presents and accessories for children, something like a cushion cover could make someone very happy when you give it to them.

Selecting the right fabric is the real battle, as sewing a cushion cover requires no exceptional skill; just the ability to sow along a line. A very basic cushion cover is something that a child can even make, whilst a complex cover requires an experienced hand. Alternatively, replacing the upholstery on a padded stool could be an equally rewarding task. 


Trailing Flower Cushion:  Bedroom by Occipinti

Trailing Flower Cushion


Antiquing a loved piece of furniture that is past its best is a nice and popular way of bringing it back to life. The process is of no real complication, and there are several ways in which to approach this. If you wish to create a look like this, some very heavily watered down paint (of your choice), a sponge, some sand paper and some turpentine is all you need.

Firstly, give the piece a light sanding all over with some fine grain sand paper: this will ensure absorption of the stain and/or paint you apply next. 

Next, add some turpentine to your sponge and give it a rub over, to remove any loose flecks of wood, and leave it for 1 hour to dry. 

3. When this is done, check to see if you would like the wood stain another colour and apply It accordingly. 

4. Apply your thoroughly watered down paint to your sponge and apply it sparingly to your chair. For the detailed areas on the legs, for example, use an old paint brush to get it into the corners. Be careful not to go over the top. 

5. Once the paint is dry (shouldn't take long)  sand down the area very lightly again until you can jest see the colour of the wood stain again (through a cloud of the colour you've applied over it) and leave highlighted areas of colour -like you can see here. 

6. Once you are happy, wet your sponge with water and and give the whole thing a fairly aggressive rub down. Don't be too afraid to get rid of too much as the wet look will discourage how it actually will look at the end. 

And there you have it, your finished chair! If you still aren't happy with the out come, try repeating the last two steps, until you are satisfied.

DIY hanging baskets

Something as little as making a special and unique fixture for your hanging pots can go a long way and require minimal effort to make. A bit of rope and some artificial moss pot lining could be all you need…  

DIY children's wall murals

 Nursery/kid's room by K&L Wall Art
K&L Wall Art

Wandtattoo—MegaPack Unterwasserwelt

K&L Wall Art

Admittedly, you might not be able to achieve this level of quality, when attempted yourself (most of us anyway), but painting your own nursery walls would be a creative and potentially inspiring project that will stay with you for a long time! 

Looking for some more ideas for re-loved furniture and upcycling? Take a look here

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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