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Give your home a warm and cosy look with these weekend DIY projects

It's time to get cosy, and the weekend is a great time to add a few warming touches to your home - inside and out.

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.

READ MORE:
* Autumn to-do list: Indoors and outside
* Seven DIY jobs for a rainy weekend
* 10 decorating ideas for autumn

The striking contrast between the grey exterior and the red door makes this house a stand-out. You could give your home a bright new look, too.


 

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.

Winterise your patio pots: Replace the petunias of summer with hardy greenery or all-weather succulents.

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.

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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.

If you're a little bit handy, you can easily make - and hang - your own mirror. It's a great way to amplify the natural light during the winter months.

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. 

Harvest the last of the summer herbs and dry them for use in the winter.

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.

Brighten up that empty corner - a console table behind the sofa is the perfect spot for a reading lamp, or a row of green plants.

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