What were your excuses to delay your favourite DIY projects? Some of you say that there is no enough time to do the project. Now that everyone is working and studying from home, you finally have plenty of time in the weekend. Plus, there are various options to choose; a project worth to be done within the time allocation. Pick one from the list!
1. Painted Wallpaper
What could be the most readily available space to do a project? It would be your walls! Pick one wall to work on this weekend. Some other supplies you will need is paint, brush and a wooden board. For the colour of the paint, you could pick anything. If you are new to DIY project, pick pastel colours, so the fail lines won’t be too distracting.
The next thing to do is choosing a pattern. Don’t escalate your hope by picking complicated pattern unless you are confident with your skill. Simple patterns include lines only. You pick herringbone accent or diagonal cut. Use the wooden board to make straight lines from the top to the bottom. Then cut the wood to make pattern. Mark the part to paint with pencil before you apply the brush.
2. Sliding Crate
Now that you are at home 24/7, you might realize that a lot of things should be decluttered. The problem is in the storage. Your small house doesn’t have enough space to accommodate new rack. In this case, you could make a sliding crate. All you need are some crates, sliding drawers and rack frame. Cut them to fit the available space in your nook.
Then, you could build the rack first. The height will depend on the stories you wish to have. Also, don’t forget to give adequate space between crates when installing the sliding drawers. If the available space is so small, you could install the sliding drawers directly on the wall and on the side of the rack. Choose one that suits you the best.
3. Painted Nightstand
DIY project is not always about building something new. It could make the existing furniture prettier as well. Bring out your wooden drawer for an upgrade. Check the paint first. If the paint in some parts is fading, it is better to repaint the whole nightstand. You don’t have to choose the old colour. Pick any of your favourite tone. Then let it dry.
Compared to wall, the surface of nightstand is much smaller. In addition, you only need to paint the front part only. This time, you should choose some flamboyant patterns rather than simple plaid or lines. Here are some great ideas: flowers, plants, character, etc. Lay used newspaper under the nightstand before you start painting. Paint brushes of different size might also help to draw the pattern.
4. Map Wall Art
Do you need another idea with paint? Why don’t create a map wall art? This is a suitable project for families with children. Even though it is an art, there is no need for unified painting. Hand the brush to the children and let them colour the world map. Before that, make sure you plan it well. How would you like to display this art? On one big board or divided into three different pieces?
You should also consider the colour of the base paper. If you pick brownish paper as the base, then pick bold colour like dark blue, dark green or magenta. Pastel tone won’t be seen clearly. If you have clean white canvas base, then any colour like pastel blue and dark red would be displayed nicely. After the painting process, frame them and hang on the wall.
5. Fire Pit
Soon, you will miss hanging out with friends on Friday nights or spending Monday morning with families. Here is one thing you could prepare in advance: the fire pit. Every time you are tired being indoors, lit up the fire and sit near the fire pit in the backyard of your house. This project cost less than $100 and will be done in less than a day.
First, you have to purchase the materials: one bag of paver base, pewter concrete retaining wall blocks (30 pcs), and one bag of pea pebbles. Clear up the area for fire pit.
Mix paver base with water until you get the right consistency. Make the base by arranging the pewter concrete to a circle. Pour the liquid paver base into the circle. Then stack the remaining concrete and spread the pebbles around the pit.
6. Fireplace Deep Cleaning
The idea of building new fire pit might not be for you. Why? Because your house already has a nice fireplace. In this case, your DIY project will be cleaning the fireplace until it looks shiny and squeaky clean. Do you remember the last time the fireplace gets cleaned? If you don’t, the safest bet would be using heavy duty cleaner product.
Pour it to a bucket and dip a sponge into the cleaning liquid. Rub it hardly on the stone; never miss any crack or nook. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Bring a bucket of clean water and a clean sponge. Wet the sponge and get as many grease and dust as possible. If necessary, repeat the step until you can get clean and shiny surface.
7. Succulent Terrarium
Some of you do not oppose the idea of DIY project, but you are not happy with the hard work either. Don’t worry, there is an option for you. The product result will be pretty for display and easy to be made. It is the succulent terrarium. You don’t need much for this project; fine sand, tiny pebbles, shells, glass or decorative tank and the succulent.
Pick one glass and pour either sand or pebbles in it. You don’t have to fill half or one third of the glass; a thin layer of these materials is enough. Then arrange the succulent to your preference. It would be prettier to have succulents of different height and colour. To finish the terrarium, place several shells in the glass.