1. Painting a room yourself can save you hundreds, and it doesn’t need to take too long. Get your power sander out and you can prep an entire fence or large room in a couple of hours.
2. Often prized photos and degrees are left languishing in dusty drawers. If you’ve got a free weekend and a drill you can make this job a breeze and have your proudest moments on display.
3. Raised garden beds improve drainage and deter pests, making them great for growing flowers, herbs and vegetables. With some railway sleepers, timber screws, a circular saw and drill, you can create an eye-catching garden feature that will age gracefully.
4. Replacing worn or out-of-style cabinet doors or hardware is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to rejuvenate your kitchen. For common euro-style hinges, this is a simple matter of unlocking the hinge arm from the cabinet mounting plate, unscrewing the hinge cup from your old door, and attaching it to a new one.
5. A timber screen can make your deck more private, while also providing some shelter from the wind. Use a circular saw for notching your frame, and cutting your posts, rails and palings to length, and a drill to fix it all together.
6. Patio blinds are a great alternative to screening your deck; providing protection from the elements while preserving the view. You’ll need to attach the head rails of your new blinds to a level structure (think beams, walls, or ceiling joists), or install a bulkhead if these options aren’t available.
7. Pelmets are an underrated but effective way of making a home more energy efficient in both summer and winter. Upholstering with fabric is the perfect finishing touch, and is made easy with the help of a staple nail gun.
8. Add life and colour to any window by constructing and installing your own window planter boxes. Don’t forget to add a layer of glue between timber components before fixing.
All relatively straightforward projects for an eager DIYer, designs for all these can easily be found online or from a hardware store or manufacturer. After you have your actual design and instructions, the key to all these projects is planning. Some projects require planning one weekend, followed by the actual work the next.
You need to list out the components you’ll need, maybe even noting a price for each and where you can get them, then, the steps you’ll need to take and of course the tools you’ll need to complete the job. It really is true that if you don’t have the right tools, you won’t get the best results.
Depending on what the project is, it’s always a good idea to mark out the timber, or step out and mark the actual size of the project, so you can understand the scale.
Then, get DIYing.