A lot of people are afraid to get stuck in and try their hands at DIY because they think you need to have some special skills in order to do so. The truth is, there are lots of practical, fun and rewarding DIY projects that pretty much anyone can successfully try their hands at. Here are some of the simplest:
Most of us have at least one piece of furniture that’s seen its best whether because it’s out of fashion or because it’s taken one beating too many and looks distressed in the worst possible way. Instead of throwing this furniture out, why not upcycle it instead?
To upcycle wooden furniture, you don’t need to be a master crafter; all you need to do is lightly sand it down before applying a primer and then carefully painting it in your preferred shade. You need to take your time to get it right, but you don’t need any particular skill, which is why it makes for an excellent first project.
Cleaning smelly drains
Yes, you can clean smelly drain odours and be rid of them for good without calling in a plumber. All you need to do is determine the source of smell and use the appropriate material, many of which are available in your kitchen, such as vinegar and baking soda, to banish it for good. Once you’ve learned what each problem blockage smells like, it’s such a simple thing to do that it is well worth taking some time to learn the difference between mould and trapped gunk, for example.
Create a garden border
If you have a lot of leftover bricks, a really simple way to put them to good use is by creating a garden border that separates your plants and flowers from the paths you walk along. Literally, all you need to do to achieve this is layout the bricks in a pretty pattern, ideally above a bedding of gravel. If you like, you can draw out various designs before you get to work, but it shouldn’t be too difficult to come up with a pleasing pattern on the spot.
Create a magnetic spice rack
Magnetic spice racks are ideal for anyone who has a lot of spices that they need to organise, and they are really easy to make. All you need to do is use double-sided tape to stick small magnets to each of your spice containers. Then, simply mount a stainless steel wall plate to the wall of your choice and voila, instant spice storage.
If you want an even easier option, forget about the wall plate and simply stick your spices to the front of the fridge!
Cleaning out the gutters
As long as you aren’t afraid of heights, cleaning out the gutters is one of the easiest DIY jobs to accomplish. Simply climb up that ladder (make sure it’s safe and stable) and use a wallpaper scraper or pole to scrape all of the debris out of the gutters. Then, place it in a bucket for safe disposal. Simple.
DIY isn’t as difficult as you think!
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