Money Matters Team

DIY Home Improvement Projects

By Money Matters Team 03/07/2020


Inspirational and simple DIY home projects you’ll love

It’s no secret we’re a nation of DIY lovers. Give us a bank holiday or sunny Sunday and home improvement stores and garden centers are abuzz with decorating enthusiasts.

Bringing the inside out


 
 
 
 
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Evening guys, how are you all? I’m full of cold today and even had a little 40 winks earlier on the sofa! Really unlike me! Hope I get some energy back tomorrow. . In other much more exciting news, my rug for the bedroom came and omg I bloody LOVE IT! Stay tuned!. . TAP FOR TAGS . . . #firepit #gardenlife #nordicliving #modernliving #eclecticallymade #myeclecticmix #mystylednest #outsideliving #stopandstaredecor #outsideinside #dailydecordetail #myhomevibe #myhomestyle #styleithappy #insearchofjoy #asecondofwhimsey #ourwhimsicaldays #pocketofmyhome #interiorstyling #myhousebeautiful #myinterior #interiorinspiration #homeinspiration #apartmenttheraphy #outdoorliving #mypinterest #outsideliving #interior2you #interior125

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Making your garden beautiful can make it like an extension of your house. For an easy DIY hack, why not use some wooden pallets to create a seating area? By putting the pallets together, you can create a small bench or something much bigger to fit around planting or a fire pit. Solar lights can help stretch out those daylight hours and outdoor candles can bring those evening holiday vibes to your outdoor space. If you’re extra crafty, you could also try to make your own cushions for your new seating area with some cheap material and stuffing.

Your very own indoor bar

 
 
 
 
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Is it #5oclock yet? Sharing my @eddieross inspired indoor summer bar today along with these fabulous ladies' take on #modernmix by #eddieross ---@domicile37 @casawatkins @uptodateinteriors @maggieoverbystudios @monicabenavidez @homeologymodernvintage @ariellesgoldman for this month's #inspiredbydiy! Head over to the #TIOBblog to get the styling scoop!🍹🍍🍹 . . . #summer #interiorstyling #bar #barcart #cocktails #pineapple #bold #leopard #patternplay #thrifted #goodwill #upcycle #myhousebeautiful #bhghome #sodomino #elledecor #theeverygirl #pinkmirror #diy #diyproject #barinspo #eatcraftdiy #entertaining #happyhour #summer #indoorbar

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It’s five o’clock somewhere, right? If you like to kick back with a glass of something nice, why not create your own personal bar at home? Revamping an existing cabinet or salvaged furniture gives you a chance to add colour and personality to a living or dining area. Using wallpaper to decorate shelves or drawers offers instant intricate patterns for maximum effect. A few simple accessory touches later and hey presto, you have your very own bar read for your next party. This is a great home improvement project if you’re a beginner to DIY.

An extra warm welcome

 
 
 
 
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Morning everyone! This is the view from the top of the stairs as you enter my flat, with the stairs going up to the kids’ rooms on the left and my bedroom on the right. . . I love this shot, because it pretty much shows the whole colour palette of my flat (you get a smidge of the green in my kitchen on top of the wardrobe). I think the main thing about colour is that it’s not as much about the individual colours themselves, but more about how colours work together. You need a group of colours that create good vibrations together! And certainly, good vibrations for you! Hands up who agrees?! . . . Mural inspired by @linneaandast . #storyofmyhome -24 - good vibrations #myhousethismonth - 24 - all white (sorry, that just ain’t happening in this flat 😂) . . #colour #interiorstyling #interiordecorating #apartmenttherapy #designinspiration #myhome #myhomevibe #homedecor #colourmyhome #styleithappy #happyhome #annajacobs #mural #colourlover #hallway #rentaldecor #annajacobsdesign #muralart #handpaintedwallpaper #rental #staircase #paintedstairs #rental #rentalproperty #myinteriorvibe #spotlightonmyhome #colourmyhome #colourfulhome #mystylishspace #colorismyjam

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Blackboard paint used to be for classroom settings only. Now, many parents use the paint for creative spaces for their children. A recent trend has seen DIY enthusiasts create effective polka-dot-style wallpaper using blackboard paint for texture. It’s a simple but effective way to add patterns to your walls and can be done by using a paint brush or a sponge.

Simple décor for impressive results

 
 
 
 
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THURSDAY 14th MAY 2020 🤍 • Here we have it, my third decorating project of lockdown! • I realised that I said yesterday I’d do a spare room reveal but it’s pretty hard to get a full picture of this room so I thought I’d capture the main features - the dotty wall stripe and some of the pink woodwork... • Also didn’t want to upload more than one snap because for some reason the quality isn’t as good!✖️• Let me know what you think, I’ll be sharing a pic of the pink door at some point in the near future too so keep your eyes peeled 👀 • Have the best day you beaut bunch 🖤 #walldots #dottywall #dotwall #wallfeature #wallstripe #frogtape #freehand #monochrome #mattpink #pinkhome #pinkwoodwork #spareroom #ourhome #interiors #freshpaint #artwork #blackboardpaint #plant #fauxplant #interiorstyling

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Adding a splash of colour is a simple way to warm up your home’s entrance. If bright colours scare you, think about adding a simple design or pattern to your existing walls. This can be done using old pots of paint you have lying around and is an easy home improvement to complete in a day. Or, for a bolder look and slightly bigger DIY project, you could paint or wallpaper any stairs you have. Painting woodwork a different colour can also add an instant wow factor.

Toy organization

The saying goes that for every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned. If your house is strewn with toys boxing then them up is a simple home storage hack to keep your play area clear. It also means you can bring out each box as and when it’s wanted. Whilst we know the reality is that your children’s play area won’t remain tidy for long, this will help to provide some organization. That means more space for playing and having fun and less stress about mess and jaggy edges for you to step on.

Pile on the tiles

Avocado bathrooms are long gone but funky tiles and here to stay and there’s an array of colourful tile options available on the market. If you’re up for giving tiling a go at home, then this is a DIY home project that requires patience and accuracy. But, it’s an effective way to bring new life to a whitewash bathroom, or indeed, a kitchen.

Pantry jars for an easy win

Kitchens are often the hearts of our homes. It’s where we gather to cook, chat and play. The growing trend of organizing pantries has never been greater. Grouping sauces, packets, tins and dried foods together is an opportunity to keep your cupboards tidy. It also makes it easier for you when you want to find certain items. Glass storage jars are an environmentally safe way to store non-perishable goods. Wooden boxes, metal crates or ceramic pots can be used for packet foods, utensils or fruit.

Considering a bigger home renovation project? Try our home renovations calculator to see where you could add the most value. And if you need a little extra help, we also offer home improvement loans.

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