Oct 02 2014 | Wood Projects
If you know of anyone having their birch trees trimmed, or know of a tree-felling company in your area, using birch logs to make this modern lounger is a fun way to add a unique piece of furniture to your indoor or outdoor spaces. It's easy enough to make and won't cost much, even if you have to pay for the logs.
Oct 01 2014 | Bathroom Improvement
I am slowly going from room to room doing small home improvement projects and this week was modernising the main bathroom. At the moment it has a dusky blue bathtub, toilet and pedestal sink and it's time for the pedestal sink to make way for my new bathroom vanity and his and hers vanity basins.
Sep 30 2014 | DIY Tools
If there is one power tool you simply must add to your list, it's the Bosch PKS 16 Multi Circular Saw. Having just tried out the latest addition to the Bosch range I am definitely going to be adding this one to my list. Although it is listed as a circular saw, the Bosch PKS 16 also cuts tiles... so this is definitely one tool for your workshop!
Sep 30 2014 | Window Treatments
There are plenty of ideas of affordable ways to hang curtains, but I still love the idea of using PVC pipe for the rod and ping-pong balls as finials. Using PVC pipe, a couple of wall mountings and a custom paint job and you can make decorative curtain rods for your entire home for what it would cost to buy one ready-made rod.
Sep 28 2014 | Decor Crafts
Looking for an idea to dress up a small wooden patio table? Here's how to use acrylic craft paint and a homemade stencil to transfer a flower print design onto a sanded wood table. You can use a couple of pieces of scrap wood and recycle the thin foam from packing boxes to make your stencil stamp.
Sep 24 2014 | Kids Bedrooms
Decorating a bedroom for a little boy is fun, but when they become teenagers it can be a tad more difficult. Amy at Amy's Casablanca transformed her sons bedroom in bold, bright colours, using bought and found items on the cheap and putting her decorating talents to use to add striped walls and funky accessories.
Sep 23 2014 | Decor Crafts
Hard to think that the festive season is only a couple of months away and, before we know it, we will soon be rushing around trying to find the perfect gifts for family and friends. Over the next few months I want to feature some easy craft ideas for making your own decor accessories, whether for your own home or as gifts. First on the list are some ideas of what you can do with wire and a pair of pliers!
Sep 21 2014 | Decor Crafts
Metallic foil wrapping papers offer a simple and affordable way to add the lustrous look of metal to any paintable surface. Metallic foil offers a great way to update any piece, whether you want to cover the entire surface or just accent a few select portions. And you can use metallic foil to upcycle and old piece of furniture for your home.
Sep 18 2014 | Rust-Oleum Projects
We’ve all seen rustic tables made from tree stumps, but these tables are definitely not your usual stumps. Painted in Rust-Oleum Universal metallic - pure gold, now you can repurpose to add a touch of glitz to a living space. In fact, you can use Rust-Oleum Universal metallic spray paint to revamp almost any furniture for your home.
Sep 18 2014 | Ponds and Pools
This is the story of how a homeowner decided to build his own dream swimming pool from the ground up to create an entire entertainment area in his back garden. The installation includes a gorgeous swimming pool with rock waterfall, and a splash pool, a braai area.
TILE AFRICA DREAM HOME VOUCHER
Sep 18 2014 |
Tile Africa is offering you a chance to win a Dream Home voucher to the value of R10 000. Running from 22 September to 2 November, you stand in line to win a voucher to start off your dream home renovation. To enter simply sms 'DreamHome' followed by your name and the area you live to 40573.
Sep 17 2014 | Home Maintenance
If you haven't yet got round to solving the problem of rising damp, now is the time to do it before the rainy season gets in full swing and you end up with even more problems. Set aside one day this weekend and pop into your local Builders to stock up on what you need to stop rising damp in its tracks.
Sep 17 2014 | Decor Art and Framing
If your family photos are slowly piling up we have put together a collection of ideas for creative ways to display your family photographs and show them off. From a collection of framed photos on a wall to a collage of your family favourites, you're bound to be inspired by at least one idea.
Sep 17 2014 | Bathroom Improvement
This amazing bathroom renovation takes a drab bathroom stuck in the eighties and transforms it into a fabulous space kitted out with all the mod cons and a dash of rustic style. When you see the 'before' and 'after' you will definitely want to rip out your bathroom!
Sep 16 2014 | Living Spaces
I receive a lot of enquiries asking for advice on styling a coffee table and bookshelf and thought it might be nice to put together a collection of images for different ways to style a coffee table. While there are those that manage to style a coffee table with little effort, there are others that find it difficult to achieve a sense of balance when styling a coffee table to match the room decor.
Sep 15 2014 | Gardening
Next on my list of things to do is to add a Jojo rainwater harvesting tank. If the rain that we had last year is anything to go by, it will quickly fill up the tank. You can use rainwater in the home and garden as a total water solution for your home, but you need to install a system that has all the built in filters. At this stage I just want to be able to have rainwater on hand for the garden and pool, as well as for my soon-to-start veggie and herb garden.
Sep 14 2014 | Rust-Oleum Crafts
When CNA asked me to do a craft for the Rhino Inspired Competition, the first thing that came to mind was to make a wall clock. I already had some clock mechanism and hands left over from a previousDIY Divas workshop, might as well put them to good use. And thanks to CNA for sending over a box of goodies from their new range of craft products now instore.
Sep 13 2014 | Decks and Patios
So, I rushed out and bought a shade sail at my local Builders Warehouse, only to find that the sail was far too small and didn't even offer shade over the area that needed to be covered. Here are my tips on selecting and fitting a shade sail, so you don't have to go through the lengthy and expensive process that I did !
Sep 13 2014 | Rust-Oleum Projects
Now that I have finished my outdoor patio sofa I want to upholster in a navy bull denim. The only problem is that bull denim isn't waterproof, or stainproof for that matter. I still have some Rust-Oleum Never Wet left over from my breakfast table project and decided to conduct a test to see if it would make fabric waterproof fabric.
Sep 13 2014 | Home Tips
A friend of mine recently experienced the horror or an oil fire in the kitchen that almost got out of control and burnt down the entire house. I am sure there are many homeowners out there who have experienced the fear of putting out an oil fire, but if you haven't here are some tips to ensure you handle the situation.
Sep 11 2014 | Beginners DIY
A few months back I featured an article on making your own designer patio furniture. I did mention that this was my dream patio suite and that I would be making my own patio furniture when time allowed. I have now completed the sofa part of the suite. Having priced a similar design at anywhere from R10 000 upwards it will only cost about R2 600 to make my own.
Sep 09 2014 | Garden Plants
Spring has sprung and I am sure there are many of you, like me, who have rushed off to the garden centre to stock up on colourful annuals. I like to think that I have a green thumb and good intentions when it comes to my garden, but the plants seem to think otherwise! In the spirit of wanting a beautiful garden without having to worry about drooping plants, I am busy potting up a collection of indigenous varieties and succulents.
Sep 08 2014 | Garden Crafts
I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in Gauteng the temperature is steadily rising towards hot, hot. hot ! What nicer way to cool down the garden but to add a small water feature, and this water feature is super easy to make. You will find everything you need for this project at your local Builders or garden centre.