DIY projects for the beginner

 

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Build a tower bookshelf
In a smaller home, townhouse or apartment there isn't always space for a bookcase, so easyDIY looked at various options for a stylish yet practical alternative to this and came up with a bookcase tower. Made using 16mm SupaWood and PAR pine, this bookshelf is easy to make and you can finish in your choice of colour.
Simple desk for boy or girl
I discovered this simple desk design on Maison Du Monde, a French furniture manufacturer. It consists of two open shelf units and a top and sells for around R2500. To make this desk you would only need one sheet of 16mm PG Bison SupaWood that you can have cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse and a few supplies for a total cost of around R850.
Storage shelf for boy's bedroom
This simple wall shelf can be mounted above a bed or desk to provide storage for toys, books and accessories, or decor. We used 16mm PG Bison SupaWood and the project took 30 minutes to cut and assemble everything. Order your board and have everything cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse and then grab your power tools...
Storage bench that's also a toybox
Brought to you by easyDIY, this practical storage bench also serves as a toybox. The seat lifts up to provide a place to store toys out of sight and keep any child's bedroom uncluttered. You can paint the storage bench in any combination of Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint colours - to suit the existing bedroom decor or to add a splash of colour.
New storage cabinets for DIY Divas workspace
Getting our DIY Divas work space more organised has been at the top of my 'To Do' list forever. This past week I finally got around to making new storage cabinets to house all our tools and supplies, as well as make up colourful storage boxes that are mounted on the wall for smaller items.
Bathroom storage shelves
These wooden shelf units are ideal for a bathroom and you can make them using PAR pine that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse. Leave them natural or stain in your choice of wood tint and finish off with varnish. If you have all the pieces cut to size all that you have to do is assemble.
DIY laptop stand or laptop lap tray
This laptop stand or lap tray is perfect for anyone who finds themselves working in a situation where a table or desk isn't available. I made this laptop stand for my son, who is presently doing studies and either sits on his bed or couch. The laptop stand has holes that allow for air circulation, and even a slot for your iPad or smart phone.
Lego or toy storage units
Kids love to play with lego and you invariably end up with pieces of lego all over the house. Why not make a simple organiser that can be used to store lego and small toys but still allow the kids to have easy access - and an easy way to tidy up after they have finished.
DIY house-shaped desk for little girl
This pretty house-shaped desk is ideal for any little girl's bedroom. The design takes up very little space but offer plenty of storage. The front section of the house roof drops down and serves as a desktop; resting on the open cabinet doors. Lift up the desktop, close the doors and the desk becomes a decorative bedroom accessory that you can paint in pastel or bold colours.
Plywood or supawood painted headboard
Make a headboard for any size of bed using a sheet of 18mm plywood or 16mm supawood, with a painted design in the centre. What's nice about this easy headboard is that you can cut the design to any shape you want. You'll find plenty of items in and around the home that can be used as templates, such as side and dinner plates, etc., and you can even put your DIY skiils to use by cutting a design in the centre of the headboard.
DIY designer patio furniture
Forget my last feature for DIY outdoor furniture, this is definitely one garden suite that I want to build. The outdoor patio suite probably costs a small fortune but is a simple DIY project that anyone could tackle. I would probably use Meranti for the construction, but you could just as easily use any reclaimed timber you manage to get your hands on.
Easy DIY storage boxes
Make these storage boxes using PAR pine available at your local Builders Warehouse. Paint them with Plascon in pastel shades, or go bold with a can or two of Rust-Oleum 2X in your choice of colour. These storage boxes can be stacked on top of each other against a wall, or mounted onto the wall. You can build as many boxes as you like, in different sizes, to make a wonderful storage display.
DIY modular storage shelves
These modular storage shelves are so easy to make using PG Bison 16mm supawood, PAR pine and masonite backing board. Add a splash of colour to your modular shelf unit with Plascon paint or Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint. We show you how to make a square box, but you can easily make interchangeable boxes to create a shelf arrangement to suit your needs. Everything you need for this project can be found at your local Builders Warehouse.
Make basic cubes for modular storage furniture
Using a basic cube to make furniture is an easy and affordable way to add storage or decorative furniture to your home. You can have timber or board cut to any size at your local Builders Warehouse and then assemble this into a basic cube to make storage units, wall shelves, nightstands and more.
Monkey business tree-shaped coat rack
Make a tree-shaped coat rack or hanger out of PG Bison 12mm SupaWood and paint this in your choice of colour for a fun coat rack or hanger for a child's bedroom. Arrange with your local Builders Warehouse to cut half a sheet down to size, or make more than one and give them as gifts.
25 DIY shoe storage ideas
If you love shoes - and most women have a love of shoes - you're probably looking for ways to keep your shoes organised. Having a built-in or freestanding shoe organiser allows you to store a small or large collection of shoes, as well as find your shoes easily, and prevent them from getting scuffed.
Make a shoe storage cabinet
If your built-in cupboards are piled high with shoes, perhaps it's time to look at building a shoe storage organiser. The shoe storage cabinet shown here is a simply DIY project that even a beginner DIY enthusiast can take on if you have all your board cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse.
Mobile storage coffee table
We all know how valuable extra storage space can be, especially when living in a small home. This storage coffee table is made from a couple of wine crates and is ideal for storing TV remotes, kids toys, magazines, and CD and DVDs. It's also practical for children's bedrooms as a toybox on wheels, or on the patio for storing accessories.
DIY easy home office or child's desk
I saw this desk on pinterest and immediately thought it would be a great project for a DIY Divas workshop. The Divas completed the desk today and I though it might be nice to share the project with you. Make this desk for a home office or for a child's bedroom.
DIY outdoor garden furniture
With easy access to tools and materials for DIY enthusiasts, making outdoor garden furniture has become a growing trend that many like to take on as an alternative and affordable option for outdoor furniture.

 

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