If you’re feeling productive, why not crack on with a bit of DIY around the house this weekend? Take on some decorating tasks and help to improve the look and feel of your home – for you and for your guests. Here are 8 simple DIY projects you can undertake this weekend, to help create a brighter, more stylish, more organised home.
1) Reinvent your headboard
If you want to bring some life to that tired, plain bed headboard, try applying some striking new tiles! Again, the shimmering variety will have more of an effect, and choosing darker colours will add a suave and sophisticated appearance, whilst colourful mosaics will brighten up the space – adding an element of fun and playfulness.
Cost: £6+ | Time: 1.5 hours
2) Update Your Coffee Table
Got a plain old coffee table you’re tired of looking at (preferably one with plain tiles or a sheet of glass sunken into its face)? Refresh it by clearing out the old surface lining, and putting in some modern mosaic tiles. The shinier the mosaics, the better the effect. Iridescent tiles have a great, shimmering, colour-changing appearance.
Cost: £4 – £10 | Time: 45 mins
3) Create a feature wall
Got a plain wall in your living room, dining area, or bedroom? Piece together a captivating feature wall! Transform one room from ceiling to floor by using splitface tiles, Moroccan patterns, or a striking floral design. Feature walls act as interesting focal points, and instantly add an air of style to the room in which they stand.
Cost: £20+ | Time: 2 hours
4) Colour code your books
Got a bookcase, full of books? Colour code them! It will add an eye-catching ombre effect to your interiors, and will create the perfect colourful backdrop to a living room or bedroom (not to mention putting any friends with OCD at ease).
Cost: Free | Time: 2 hours
5) Add a mosaic splashback in a bathroom
Freshen up a bathroom area by introducing a stylish mosaic splashback. It only has to stand 30cm or so high. It will help to protect your walls from any stray specks of water whilst you’re using your bathroom sink. Mosaic tiles also come on an easy-to-cut mesh backing – making them the perfect wall covering when it comes to manoeuvring around tight, awkward spaces. Below, our Marble Hexagon Mosaic Tiles have been used to create a bathroom backsplash.
Cost: £2 – £5 | Time: 30 minutes
6) Organise your shoes
Shoe collections often amount to the ultimate mass of clutter! Stacking them at the bottom of the cupboard never works, because you can never find the pair you want, and once you’ve taken a pair out from the bottom row, they all come tumbling down. This is the best way of organizing shoes we’ve ever seen. Acquire a bookcase. Buy some cardboard storage boxes – the kind with label frames on the front. Take a picture of each pair of shoes, print them off in a size that will fit, and stick the photo inside the label frame, before stashing that same pair inside. Then fill the bookcase with the boxes. And there you go – an easily accessible library of shoes.
Cost: £50+ | Time: 2 hours
7) Mosaic Upstand
If you’re scared your kitchen looks a little plain, but you don’t have enough budget for a kitchen overhaul, inject some colour and personality into the room by introducing a mosaic tile upstand. This consists of a strip of mosaics running around the edge of the work surface, like a skirting. But mostly, they’re there to brighten up the area, and to make it look nice.
Cost: £3 – £10 | Time: 1.5 hours
8) Liven up your stairs
Often, staircases face your front door, so they’re one of the first things you see as you enter your home. A bare wooden staircase can be a plain sight indeed. So why not add some character to your stairs? Buy some paint, and inject some colour into your steps.
Cost: £20 | Time: 2 – 3 hours
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