DIY pallet sofas, scaffold shelving and macrame planters – *yawn* it’s all tried and tested. In this post, we’re strictly telling you all about only the coolest and most helpful DIY solutions to your home designs. From up-cycling paint that requires no sanding or priming to IKEA kitchen cabinetry hacks; we’ve got 4 tip top DIY solutions for the budget conscious. And for those who get scared at the thought of DIY, we’re here to show you that it’s not just for men showing their builders bums – anyone can have a crack (pardon the pun) at DIY, as it’s not so much about having the right tools rather being aware of some easy solutions. And that’s not all – scroll right down to the bottom and you’ll find a Pinterest board we’ve created filled with lots of DIY designs worth taking note of. 

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Image Source: Devol Kitchens

1. Upgrade IKEA Cabinets To Shaker Style

Yes really! There are companies out there that can turn cheap IKEA kitchen units into that oh so popular shaker style kitchen cabinet door. Shakerdoors.co.uk offer this upgrading service which could get you the style you’re after at a fraction of the price compared to other companies like Wren or Devol (pictured). 

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2: Annie Sloan Paint

 

This stuff is our go-to when upcycling or refreshing any furniture. Why? Well here’s the deal breaker – it requires absolutely no sanding or priming before painting on to furniture. You can literally paint on top of veneer, laminate, engineered wood etc.  Athina recently upcycled her IKEA Brimnes wardrobe which took 2-3 coats of Annie’s paint (Colouor ‘Pure’) and it completely changed the look of it! It retails at around £20 for 1L, and you can learn more about the paint of dreams here. We’ll be showing you the before and after shots of her wardrobe transformation in the coming weeks. You’re all at the edge of your seats, we we knowl. 

 

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Image Source: Fontanot

3. DIY Staircases

Yes you can buy staircases online! Brands like Fontanot offer DIY staircases in all sorts of styles from accommodate people with issues like tight budgets, staircases in small spaces.  

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Image Source: Farrow & Ball

4. DIY Dado Rails & Pannelling

There’s an increasing desire for modern homes to have traditional features like pannelling and dado rails. For those who don’t know a dado rail is that thin trim of wood often placed half way up a wall – see the picture above. Places like B&Q or Homebase sell them for just a few quid. So with the write cuttingd tools and some good adhesive (try something like Gorilla Glue) you can create a traditional interior for a tiny cost. 

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Image Source: Farrow & Ball

4. DIY Dado Rails & Pannelling

There’s an increasing desire for modern homes to have traditional features like pannelling and dado rails. For those who don’t know a dado rail is that thin trim of wood often placed half way up a wall – see the picture above. Places like B&Q or Homebase sell them for just a few quid. So with the write cuttingd tools and some good adhesive (try something like Gorilla Glue) you can create a traditional interior for a tiny cost. 

If these four DIY solutions have wet your appetite for more doer-upper ideas, check out our Pinterest board that’s full of DIY ideas worth stealing!