32 Easy DIY projects and fun makes to do this weekend for every room in the house!

Spend the weekend ticking these simple tasks off your to-do list
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  • Wondering what to do with yourself at the weekend? We were, too, until we compiled this list of easy DIY tasks and projects to do during the coronavirus shutdown.

    We have jobs that will take minutes, an hour, half a day and up to a weekend. But all are easily achievable and most require minimal supplies to get them done.

    I’ve already tackled a few of these at home – begging and borrowing items like paint, a rotary sander and even old house bricks (!) from next-door neighbours.

    Of course, abiding to all important social distancing laws is all important in these times, so we’ve tried not to stray too far or order things unnecessarily.

    But you’ll be surprised how many of these you can tick off just by using the tester pots and tools gathering dust at the back of the shed!

    If you’ve having a go at any (or all!) of these jobs, we’d love to see the results. Tag us on Instagram @idealhomeuk and add the hashtag #letsDIYit.

    1. Upcycle a chest of drawers into a planter

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    We love this brilliant idea for breathing new life into an unloved piece of furniture by literally filling it with new life! Paint and some plastic lining to hold the soil are the main ingredients for this satisfying job.

    Let’s DIY it! How to upcycle a planter – just in time for summer

    2. Hang new curtains

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    Do you have a pair you’ve been meaning to hang for a while? Or are you thinking of running up some new curtains yourself? This guide might help…

    Here’s how: How to hang curtains beautifully – whether in a tricky bay window or a simple setting

    3. Paint the stairs

    Stick of the sight of that stained old stair carpet? Tear it up and replace with a gorgeous paint job.

    Let’s DIY it: How to paint a staircase – transform your hallway by painting your steps

    4. Create a garden path or edge a border with old bricks

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    Put that pile of leftover bricks to good use and make a path that mirrors the shape of your flowerbeds. Lay them long and sideways in a bed of gravel to create a patterned curve.

    5. Hang your photos

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    Why not use this time to audit all the photos on your phone, then print a few out and create a wall of photos?

    Play with composition – especially in areas like stairways or hallways, where walls are often bare and uninspired. For a smarter look, stick to photo frames of the same colour, and print all photos in either colour or black and white, rather than mixing and matching.

    6. Wallpaper the bathroom

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    All that white sanitaryware does put a bathroom in danger of feeling cold and clinical. One way to add colour is to paper the walls in an on-trend botanical print. you can use any wallpaper to do this  – as long as you treat it correctly.

    For a step-by-step guide on how to do it, read: Bathroom wallpaper ideas that will elevate your space to stylish new heights

    7. Try this spice rack hack

    Spice racks can be so much more than storage for your garam masala! Hang them upside down and they become a rail for hanging baby clothes or jewellery. And the right way up, they can hold anything from plants to books.

    8. Tile a splashback

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    Protect the wall behind a sink or oven with a newly tiled splashback. You can give a kitchen, bathroom or cloakroom a whole new look in just an afternoon!

    Let’s DIY it! How to tile a splashback – to protect walls and add interest

    9. Build a pallet sofa

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    Turn your garden into another room and give the whole family more space by building a sofa out of old pallets.

    Let’s DIY it: How to make pallet garden furniture – a step-by-step guide

    10. Paint your front door

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    Impress your neighbours by painting your door, boosting your home’s curb appeal.

    Let’s DIY it: How to paint your front door – to create plenty of kerb appeal

    11. Turn a wine rack into a towel holder

    Looking for affordable bathroom storage? Take an inexpensive wine rack, fix it to the wall or pop it on a vanity unit and use it to store rolled up towels.

    12. Make trendy terrazzo plant pots

    Bored teens might like to try this fun make.

    Let’s DIY it: 

    13. Paint your fences

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    Get that back garden ready for barbecue weather and paint the fences. You don’t need to stick to one colour or stain – why not try a pretty pattern?

    Let’s DIY it: How to paint a fence

    14. Try some paint effects

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    Grab those tester pots and let your imagination run wild!

    More inspiration: Dining room paint ideas – colours and paint effects to create stylish dining areas

    15. Paint your floorboards

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    Sort out that tatty old wooden floor by painting it white, or go further and add a patterned stencil for extra wow!

    Let’s DIY it! How to paint floorboards white or any other colour – plus tips for adding a stylish stencil pattern

    16. Make a macrame plant hanger

    You’ll find this knotted make super relaxing!

    Let’s DIY it: How to make a macrame plant hanger – to add greenery to your home

    17. Paint your kitchen units

    Give your tired kitchen a whole new look by painting the units…

    Let’s DIY it! How to paint kitchen cabinets – give your units a whole new look

    18. Or just change the cabinet handles

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    You can order these sexy leather pulls online from IKEA. All you’ll need for this is a screwdriver and your replacement handles!

    Buy now: Osternas leather handles, £15 for two, IKEA

    19. Cover your worktops with vinyl and fake a marble look

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    You could also revamp a dining or coffee table using B&M’s marble effect film.

    Be inspired: DIY fan paints her dining table and adds marble adhesive top – now it looks brand new!

    20. Build a living plant wall

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    Go green indoors or out with the ultimate plant wall. Our friends at Dobbies have explained exactly how to get wall of fabulous foliage.

    Let’s DIY it: How to make a living plant wall

    21. Upcycle a bathroom vanity unit

    Give an old table or chest a second chance, and potentially create more storage in the bathroom.

    Here’s how: How to upcycle a vanity unit – to create a super-stylish piece of furniture

    22. Wallpaper your stair risers

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    Image credit: Jake Curtis

    If painting them isn’t enough, here’s a fun way to add pattern.

    Let’s DIY it: How to wallpaper your stairs – to add colour to your hallway

    23. Swap your door handles

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    It’s a simple job that will take less than an hour!

    Let’s DIY it: How to fit a door handle – change your door knob for a new one

    24. Plant a hanging basket or two

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    There’s an art to it, but do it right and you’ll bring colour to your garden all summer long.

    Follow these top tips: How to plant a hanging basket – transform your garden with this pretty outdoor accessory

    25. Switch your kitchen tap

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    Sick of the drips? You can do this yourself in a jiffy!

    Let’s DIY it! How to change a tap and give your kitchen a fresh new look

    26. Make your own ‘stoneware’ vases with spray paint!

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    Become a craft potter without the mess of moulding clay.

    Let’s DIY it: How to create a stunning stone-effect vase for just £6 using a can of spray paint

    27. Make a pallet bed

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    Taken from the brilliant book Pallet Style, this more ambitious make might take the weekend. But if you are looking for a new bed right now and can’t have one delivered, this might provide a temporary solution.

    Let’s DIY it: How to make your own pallet bed – a step-by-step guide

    28. Set up an outdoor cinema

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    Take move nights outdoors for a change of scene.

    Let’s DIY it: How to create an outdoor cinema in your back garden

    29. Sew some pretty bathroom storage

    Our friends at Hobbycraft shared this easy make with us. If you’re looking to tame the clutter of toiletries in your bathroom, why not grab some scraps of fabric and have a go?

    Here’s how: How to make fabric bathroom storage boxes – for toiletries, make-up and hair accessories

    30. Build a ‘mum cave’ under the stairs

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    One of our favourite stories of the year so far comes from a mum that decided to create a little escape in the small cupboard under the stairs.

    How she did it: Mum transforms space under her stairs into a serene ‘Mum cave’ for only £17

    31. Use kitchen storage to reorganise your workstation

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    Working from home? Bring a bit of order to your desk by using kitchen storage – such as this trough and spice rack – as a place to stash stationery.

    32. Brighten up an outdoor wall

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    Paint old frames in different bright colours and fill them with succulents for a dramatic transformation. You could do the same with mirrors, too!

    Here’s how to do it: How to make a wall garden with succulent plants in picture frames

    Good luck with your projects, and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @idealhomeuk and add the hashtag #letsDIYit.

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