Give your home a warm and cosy look with these weekend DIY projects
Summertime is when weekend DIY-ers come into their own. Warm weather and long evenings make Saturdays and Sundays the prime time for fix-it-ups around the house.
But really, any long weekend is a great opportunity to take on a project, no matter the season.
We've got a handful of quick-and-easy autumn improvements you'll be able to complete in a day or two.
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* 10 decorating ideas for autumn
Paint the front door: A bright, slightly quirky colour might be the jump-start that your ho-hum exterior needs. If you're a keen gardener, look to your flower beds for colourful cues. If you're more of a traditionalist, bright red and glossy black have long been then go-to shades for a stand-out front door.
Plant your pots for winter: If your summertime blooms are looking bedraggled, now's the time to yank them out and dress your outdoor urns for winter.
Make a mirror: Mirrors are great for filling empty spots on the wall, and they make the interior look brighter, too. Frame a rectangular mirror with crown molding of your choice for a custom-look design.
You can get a mirror of just about any size from the local glass retailer, or at the large hardware stores. While you're at the home supply store, choose your moulding and have the four lengths cut to size – they'll even mitre the corners for you.
Take it all home to prime, paint and assemble with glue – no nails needed.
Create some under-bed storage: Recycle old dresser drawers as rolling under-bed storage boxes. Glue wood blocks to the inside corners, and secure small casters from below with screws.
You can score drawers from TradeMe.
Save the summer flavour: Preserve the last of the season's fresh herbs and you'll be ready for soups and stews all winter long.
Make a colourful light: Customise a basic steel industrial-style pendant with spray paint for colourful and functional task lighting above a kitchen island or in a kid's room.
Bump out the sofa: Add a sense of spaciousness and gain surface area for reading lamps by tucking a console table between the sofa and the wall. You'll want a long, fairly narrow table that's no higher than the back of the sofa – so this is a great spot for a less-than attractive TradeMe find.