Tools at the ready
LONG weekends and school holidays are perfect excuses to roll up your sleeves and embark on home improvement projects.
When it comes to improving the look and value of your home, it really is a mixed bag, says Bunnings DIY expert Dale Hutchinson.
A project like painting is an easy weekend job but electrical or major structural changes are best handled by licensed trades people.
But if you can hold a brush or screwdriver, then you have the skills to do some basic home renovation tasks, he adds.
For those keen to give it go, Hutchinson suggestions the following: PAINTING: A fresh coat of paint is a fun and inexpensive way to revamp any space. Even old pieces of furniture can be painted (try chalkboard paint for added statement). Painting tiles is a new trend (prepare tiles by giving it a good clean and sand, mask edges and paint the surface with a primer before applying a tile paint). STORAGE: There are many clever storage solutions and all you require is some skill to put together a flat pack. WALL ART: Featuring wall art is an ideal way to give any space a facelift without making any permanent changes. WALLPAPER: Similarly, wallpaper can make a real statement. With just a few steps like cutting to size, applying paste and making sure it is straight, this project can be completed in a few hours. KITCHEN: Any update to this area is a great way to maximise the home’s value. Update cabinet handles, paint a wall or just change the work bench. GARDENS: Add shrubs, flowers and trees to the front of the house and start work on a pathway or stepping stones if you have space. You can also construct some raised vegetable gardens that will provide you with fresh produce.