ADVANCED DIY PROJECTS

Wine barrel furniture

Oak wine barrels range in price from R500 each depending on condition and source of supply. Here in South Africa our wine estates replace their wine barrels on a regular basis, so there will always be local availability if you want to make up an outdoor set as and when you can afford to buy a barrel or two!

 

Home Design and Home Improvement apps for your phone

Now you can increase your home design and home improvement skills simply by tapping your phone. There are so many apps on the market (free or at a small cost) that go a long way to making your home decorating and home improvement projects easier.

 

Basic bookshelf with no visible screws... easy!

This rustic pine bookshelf is easy to assemble and has no visible screws, thanks to a jig (template) and a Bosch router.

 

 

Cottage style TV or media cabinet

The quality of affordable furniture available these days seems to be getting worse. The use of chipboard coated with a thin laminate definitely does not make for lasting furniture, so it seemed appropriate to show you how to make this solid cottage style TV or media cabinet.

 

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Add glass panel to hollow core door

These doors are bargains and you can pick them up for about R300 at your local Builders.  I show you another way to dress up a standard hollow core door by cutting and fitting a frosted glass panel into the door.

 

How to make your own bathroom vanity

You can make your own 2-door / 3-drawer bathroom vanity at  fraction of what it would cost to buy ready made. You can use any 16mm board. As long as you attach a countertop that overlaps by 2cm on the sides and front, you can use SupaWood, MelaWood, or other PG Bison decorative board and have everything cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse.

 

Simple yet elegant coffee table

This elegant coffee table would look good in any living room. It has plenty of storage space for books and accessories, and the design is very simple to assemble. Distress  the table if you prefer a more Shabby Chic finish. You will find this and other projects on easyDIY.co.za

 

DIY designer cot or crib

A designer crib or cot can cost anywhere from R5000 upwards. You can make your own DIY custom crib or cot at a cost of around R1200. With a bit of DIY savvy, a few power tools and 16mm SupaWood we show you how to make your own designer crib or cot at a fraction of the cost.

 

Make a DIY 2-drawer storage dresser

Perfect if you need extra storage in a bedroom, and ideal for any child's bedroom, this DIY 2-drawer storage dresser can be painted in your choice of colour and fitted with handles or knobs that matches your decor. Overall dimensions: 1000L x 800H x 400W.

 

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Library bookshelf or bookcase with ladder

This DIY library bookcase offers good looks and space-saving design in one. An integral ladder allows you to make full use of the height of the bookcase, making use of vertical storage space and freeing up valuable floor space. The library bookcase is made out of 16mm PG Bison SupaWood, and you can have everything cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse.

DIY Adirondack chair

Adirondack chairs have been popular for many years because they are comfortable, sturdy, and easy to construct. The design of this Adirondack chair is also not as severe as most traditional Adirondack designs. With less of a recline and only the legs touching the ground, this makes it easier to interact with others or eat while sitting in one of these chairs.

 

Reclaimed and recycled wood linen drawers

Made using offcuts from pine shelves, reclaimed shipping crates, pine offcuts and a few pieces of PAR pine from your local Builders Warehouse, you can easily knock up this tall chest of drawers or set of linen drawers for a home. I think these would also be practical for storage in a small bathroom. As an alternative to shipping crates you can use 18mm pine plywood.

 

Vintage glass display cabinet

We have been inundated with requests to show you how to make this vintage distressed cabinet, so here it is. With it glass panel doors, this vintage distressed cabinet is not only useful for storage and display in a home, it also makes the perfect kitchen island in a rustic or cottage kitchen.

 

Make a drop-leaf bureau / home office

Practical and affordable if you make your own, this drop-leaf bureau is perfect as a workspace or home office and would look good in any room in a home. Made using PG Bison SupaWood, you can finish the drop-leaf bureau in your choice of colour and finish for a modern or shabby chic piece. Everything you need for this project you will find at your local Builders Warehouse.

 

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Make your own bar stools

These curved top bar stools will cost around R120 each if you make your own. Plus you can increase or lower the height and finish in your choice of stain or paint colour. When you consider that is costs over R200 for a ready-made bar stool, making your own makes sense! You will find all the PAR and laminated pine that you need for this project at your local Builders Warehouse.

DIY Shaker or cottage wardrobe

A free-standing wardrobe offers plenty of storage in a bedroom where built-in closets aren't an option. Not only can a free-standing wardrobe be moved around as needed, it also goes with you if you ever move. In this project we show you how to make a free-standing shaker or cottage wardrobe with beadboard doors.

 

Pigeon hole - multi-drawer cabinet

I know there are plenty of DIYers out there who have been waiting to make a multi-drawer unit or pigeon hole cabinet. This 15-drawer cabinet was recently completed for a client and although it looks difficult, the hardest part is making up all the drawers.

 

Upholster your made dining chairs

If you're planning on entertaining during the festive season and won't fit all your guests around that small outdoor patio set, you need to make this large outdoor dining table and bench set. The table is large enough to seat all your guests in comfort. Made from PAR pine available at your local Builders Warehouse, the table has a tiled top that protects and makes for easy cleaning.

Upholster your made dining chairs

We previously looked at how easily you can make your own upholstered dining chairs for around R150, as opposed to spending R700 and upwards for a chair. In this feature we finish off our made dining chairs by upholstering them with our choice of fabric. As you can see, these chairs are finished in a cream pleather and an off-white and black upholstery fabric.

 

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Make your own dining chairs

When you can expect to pay upwards of R700 for a dining chair, making your own makes sense. You can make comfortable dining chairs upholstered in your choice of fabric at around R150 per chair. Here's how to make a dining chair and upholster in your own choice of upholstery fabric.

 

How to bend supawood for curves and corners

\When making your own furniture, not being able to bend supawood or MDF limits the scope of what you can and cannot do, so having an understanding of how to cut kerfs for bending the board is one that I definitely had to share...

 

Make a welding cart for your welding machine

Take a look at what's available and you will find there's not much available when it comes to a welding machine cart for the DIYer. Not to mention the fact that what is available is pretty expensive. In this article we show you how make a welding cart for your welding machine out of PAR pine and a couple of PVC and copper pipes.

 

Building and assembling a built-in closet

Where your bedroom doesn't have any built-in closets or cupboards, building your own built-in cupboards allows you to custom design storage to meet with your needs and with the space available.

 

How to build a round or circular dining table

Although the project shown here is for a round or circular dining table, you can modify the size of the project to make a round coffee or side table. Once you realise how simple making this round table really is - you are definitely going to be making more!

 

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Build a fireplace surround with mantel shelf

PG Bison SupaWood, PAR pine and extruded polystyrene moulding are all that you need to make an attractive fireplace surround and mantel shelf for a home. You will find all the tools and materials you need at your local Builders Warehouse.

 

DIY mini kitchen for little cooks

I have seen some truly amazing mini kitchens for kids, but I like the clean lines and bright colours of this mini kitchen design. What little masterchef wouldn't love a mini kitchen like this to play with. This is a great gift idea for a nephew or niece, granddaughter or grandson, since we know little guys cook too if you watch Masterchef Kids!

 

Build an interior timber wall or room divider

Easier, faster and less messy than brick and mortar, and less expensive than drywall, building a timber frame wall is an affordable way to close off a section of your home, or create a dividing wall.

 

Steel frame coffee table

We've had quite a few DIY Divas and DIY Guys attending the Basic Welding Workshops and this is a simple project that any beginner welding enthusiast can tackle. The table base is made from steel square tube that is welded together at the corners and then topped off with a wood top.

 

Playhouse | Clubhouse loft bed

This loft bed is ideal for a little boy or girl. The raised design means that kids still have plenty of space to play on the floor. Perfect for a small bedroom, the loft bed takes up the same amount of space as a standard single bed. Buy everything you need for this project at your local Builders Warehouse.

 

Build an outdoor fort

There are plenty of plans on the Internet for making an outdoor playroom - or fort - but this one needed to be bigger and better. The design is stronger than most other plans you will find, and has a western feel - built to look like a fort. If you are lucky enough to have some reclaimed timber fencing lying around you can use that, or pop into your local Builders Warehouse for PAR pine.

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