By ACM – This article first appeared in Port Macquarie News
Want to make a big difference to the look of your home but don’t want to take time off work or hire a tradie?
All you need is a weekend according to Trojan experts who have put together this list of DIY jobs that can be completed in a weekend.
These quick and easy projects will make your home more functional and fashionable.
1. Revamp your kitchen with new cupboard door handles – 30 minutes
Tools and supplies needed: Trojan Screwdriver, safety glasses, Trojan 200mm Combination Plier, snap screws and new handles
Give your kitchen a new look by simply replacing cupboard door handles. Remove handles with a screwdriver. Snap screws help mount cabinet handles with a long screw that has notches at different lengths which can be snapped off for the required length to suit different door thicknesses. Using a 200m combination plier, cut the snap screws down to the required size. When attaching the new handles, fix the snap screw thread loosely into the handle first, starting with the top screw. Align the bottom screw and tighten with a screwdriver.
2. Reupholster your couch – two to three hours
Tools and supplies needed: Smartphone,Trojan 200mm Combination Plier, new fabric, Trojan 3 in 1 staple gun and staples and scissors.
Reupholstering a couch is an exciting way to give it a makeover while saving money. Couches have a lightweight layer of fabric (known as a dust cover) stapled to the underside of the couch. Use a 200mm combination plier to remove the staples from the fabric. Once the dust cover is removed, take away the layers of upholstery fabric stapled to the couch’s frame and set aside. Take photos so you know the order in which the pieces were removed, where they fit and how the fabric was attached. Cut and attach new upholstery fabric in the reverse order that you removed the fabric using the old fabric as a stencil and use a staple gun to staple it back to the frame. Then re-staple the dust cover back to the bottom of the couch.
3. DIY wallpaper – three to five hours
Tools and supplies needed: Measuring tape, contact paper, pencil, template/design, Trojan Medium Paint Mixer, paint, paintbrush, razor blade and ruler
DIY wallpaper is a great way to create a space that is completely unique. Contact paper holds up well on the wall and can be removed without leaving a trace behind, making it the ideal solution for renters or those who like to regularly change wall scenery. Use a measuring tape to determine how much contact paper you require. Most options come with a grid on the back as a size guide. Design your own pattern or use a simple online template and trace it onto the contact paper with a pencil. Use the medium paint mixer to mix paint thoroughly to improve the colour and consistency of the finish. Paint your design and let each panel dry for approximately three to four hours. Cut the contact paper carefully with a razor blade, slowly remove the backing and place onto the wall, starting from the top. Smooth out all the bubbles with a ruler and adjust as necessary.
4. Relax – as long as you like
Tools and supplies needed: Couch, home-cooked meal and loved ones
Once you’ve completed the DIY renovations, the only project left to do is relax. While you’re at it, make yourself a delicious home-cooked meal and get your friends and family round to admire your handywork.