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CLAD CONCRETE OR STEEL STAIRCASE

Jul 22 2014 |  Home Improvement

When you live in a double-storey home, or are adding an extra level onto you existing property, you're going to need a staircase. In my case the staircase was built using concrete slabs or lintels. I would have loved a wooden staircase, but these can work out pricey, but I came across this idea for cladding a concrete or steel staircase that would cut down the cost dramatically.

HEALTH FIRST WHEN USING CONTACT ADHESIVE

Jul 19 2014 |  News

When you take on any home improvement projects it is essential to wear proper safety gear and also to take safety precautions when working with harmful or toxic products. As we move towards using safer products it makes sense to use those that don't put our health at risk. That's why we recommend using Pattex Contact Adhesives.

SMALL KITCHEN BECOMES HEART OF HOME

Jul 17 2014 |  Kitchen Improvement

A family of six make the decision to improve rathern than move and this involved knocking down walls to enlarge a small kitchen into an open plan space that includes a family room. If you are planning to extend or renovation your kitchen - this is a must read. 

FIX CHUNKS AND CHIPS IN WALLS

Jul 16 2014 |  Home Maintenance

There's nothing more frustrating than finishing off a plastered wall with perfect edges and then some twit comes along and knocks a big chunk out. I have previously used Polycell Rockset for filling in dings and bumps on corners in the house, and it came in handy again today for fixing up damage to exterior walls. 

WINTER GARDENING

Jul 13 2014 |  Gardening

The sun is beaming in through the windows, the air is warm and crisp and the wind is non-existent. Living in South Africa we are blessed with sunshine for three hundred days (possibly more), each year. And winter is just a quick break from our hot summers - it's also the best time to get planting and preparing the garden for the new growing season.

IMPROVE AN RDP HOUSE

Jul 11 2014 |  Home Improvement

RDP housing might be an answer to the housing shortage but they only provide a basic structure with no added details and very little in the way of elements that make a house a home, and not even as much as that in some cases. Even on a small budget you can buy a few materials and supplies at your local Builders Warehouse to turn any RDP house into a place to call home.

MAKE AN ELEGANT COFFEE TABLE

Jul 11 2014 |  Intermediate DIY Projects

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

MORE ON STRIPPING SLATE TILES

Jul 10 2014 |  Home Maintenance

I have been receiving quite a few queries on cleaning and stripping slate tiles. Over time slate tiles, especially black and autumn colours, can become dull and cloudy, losing their beautiful colour under layers of wax polish. There are products at your local Builders Warehouse that will restore dull and faded slate tiles. 

CONCRETE & WOOD GARDEN BENCHES

Jul 09 2014 |  Garden DIY Projects

Making a garden bench out of concrete of wood provides a place to sit and relax in the garden. But a garden bench can also be a decorative feature, or provide storage. Here are a collection of DIY concrete and wood garden benches that you can make for your own garden. 

MAKE A CONCRETE BENCH

Jul 09 2014 |  Garden DIY Projects

Concrete is an inexpensive way to make a variety of projects, but it's also the ideal material to use for making a garden bench that not only offers a comfortable place to sit and relax, but also becomes a feature in a garden. Use powder pigments to tint to a variety of colours, or apply concrete stain for subtle hues. 

BAKING POWDER TIN = SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS

Jul 08 2014 |  Recycled Crafts

Having recently relocated all my spices into my new spice rack I needed salt and pepper shakers for the countertop. My kitchen has red accents and the dining room teal, so I recycled baking powder tins into large salt and pepper shakers in teal and heirloom white to tie the colours in the two open spaces together. 

DIY BASKET CHANDELIER

Jul 08 2014 |  Lighting A Home

Hard to believe that this modern chandelier is made using a secondhand light fitting and a couple of wire baskets. You could also using plastic hanging plant baskets, or chrome vegetable baskets to make your own chandelier and then finish it off with Rust-Oleum Universal metallic spray paint. 

REPLACE FORMICA KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

Jul 05 2014 |  Kitchen DIY Projects

Formica LifeSeal or Mastertops kitchen countertops are one of the most affordable ways to update and replace scratched, swollen or worn countertops. My Formica countertops were installed 10 years ago and still look good, despite the fact that I have used them as a work surface for endless craft and DIY projects!

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ADD POPS OF COLOUR WITH ACCESSORIES

Jul 05 2014 |  Decorate Living Spaces

It's easy to add colour to any room in the home using decor accessories. Shop around your favourite home decor stores and you will find decor accessories in bold, bright colours and patterns that make it easy to add a quick and easy dose of colour to liven up a room. 

HOW TO FIT A DOOR KNOB

Jul 04 2014 |  Home Maintenance

We have  covered fitting a door handle and lock to an exterior or interior door, but what if you prefer to fit a door knob. While the pricinpal is basically the same, a door knob is easier to fit. Here are the instructions for fitting a door knob to any interior or exterior door.

KEEP YOUR BATHROOM WARM AND COSY

Jul 03 2014 |  Bathroom Improvement

The bathroom can become a chilly place in the morning and evenings during the winter. If you want to add some heat to your bathroom experience there are a couple of options you may want to consider.  They might be considered as luxury items, but there's no doubt that underfloor or a heated towel rail take the chill of a cold bathroom.

IDEAS MAGAZINE ANNUAL TRUNK SHOW

Jul 02 2014 |  News

Ideas magazine has announced the dates for this year's annual Trunk Show that will take place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July 2014 at Simondium Country Lodge in Franschhoek.See the pages from Ideas magazine come to life at this unique exhibition that showcases the talents of over 25 exhibitors. Handmade crafts, authentic goods and one-of-a-kind crafts will be on display for you to browse and buy.

HOW TO PAINT A ROMAN BLIND

Jul 02 2014 |  Painting Crafts

I am definitely into painting crafts at the moment and the next item on my list is to paint up some Roman blinds for my kitchen. You will find easy instructions for making your own Roman blinds on Home-Dzine, and I mention in the article that the most difficult part of making your own blinds is finding the right fabric. So, if you can't find fabric you like you could consider painting your own fabric!

EASY WAY TO MAKE ROMAN BLINDS

Jul 02 2014 |  Window Treatments

When we host our DIY Divas workshops on making a Roman blind, everyone is amazed at how easy it actually is to make your own Roman blinds. Whether you use bought fabric or make your own printed fabric, making a Roman blind won't take you more than an hour.  In fact the hardest part of making Roman blinds is choosing the fabric!

BEDROOM STORAGE BENCH

Jul 01 2014 |  DIY Projects

Every week on easy DIY they post new knock-off DIY furniture projects that you can do. This week's project shows how you can make a bedroom storage bench with two drawers. I think this is a great project and perfect if you need a place to store bed linens, blankets or extra clothes.

TURN A SHED INTO A HOME OFFICE

Jul 01 2014 |  Home Office DIY

If you are in desperate need of a home office but simply do not have anywhere to set up indoors, you could consider turning a garden shed or wendy into a home office in the garden. When you think about how much a garden shed or wendy costs compared to the cost of adding on a home extension, you would save thousands of Rands.

CUSTOM HOUSE NUMBER PLAQUE

Jun 29 2014 |  DIY Projects

With all the do-it-myself mini-renovations going on at the moment, one involves moving the front gate. I was left with a blank wall close to the back gate and thought it might be the perfect place to mount a custom house number plaque. If you fancy making your own house number plaque it's very simple..

TRENDY PAINTED HEADBOARD

Jun 29 2014 |  Bedroom Craft Projects

This has to be the simplest headboard project ever! PG Bison SupaWood panels are cut to size, painted in your choice of colour and then mounted on a batten for securing onto the wall. The result... a trendy headboard that can be finished to match the existing colours in a bedroom.

FIT AND INSTALL OVER-SKIRTINGS

Jun 28 2014 |  Home Improvement Projects

Nore more ripping out skirtings boards! Now you can fit and install over-skirtings to add a decorative finish to a home. Over-skirtings are manufactured to fit over the top of most standard skirtings and are easily cut, glued and installed. Available in a decorative profile, you can dress up a plain room instantly.

ERECTING A DIY TIMBER FENCE

Jun 27 2014 |  Garden Projects

Using reclaimed timber or planed pine to build an outdoor fence  is an option that allows you to enclose your property with materials other than vibracrete, concrete or brick walls. It offers a more natural approach to adding privacy, plus you have the option to choose reclaimed timber for a rustic finish, or planed pine. 

DIY SHAKER STYLE HOME OFFICE CABINET

Jun 25 2014 |  Beginners DIY Projects

This Shaker style cabinet or cupboard is perfect for setting up a home office, or leave our the keyboard slider and use as a TV cabinet, or even a linen or storage cupboard. The assembly is not as difficult as it might seem and you will find all the materials and supplies you need for this project at your local Builders Warehouse

MAKE A SERVER OR TABLE BOARD

Jun 24 2014 |  Wood Crafts

When making the chalkboard server or table board for easy DIY I had a piece of pine left over. I stumbled upon another idea for a table board using a piece of pine and some gel stain to add constrasting colours to the pine. It's really simple to make either a chalkboard server or a stained table board, in fact you can buy one piece of laminated pine and make both!

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