Want To Step Up Your Spring DIY Projects?
Two things inspired Today's post all about Spring Decor DIY Projects;
Spring is springing(!) and the new ad's by Wickes! Have you seen them?!
Oh, my goodness. Of course, my favourites had the animals in there. ^_^
The campaign from Wickes is called 'Wickes Real Projects', and it got me thinking about the bigger projects I want to make this season.
I think small time, easy peasy DIY projects; things that won't take too much of my time.
Now, I want to build things!
Quick! Get me some wood!
And then someone who knows what they're doing.
This is a huge post btw so brace yourselves.
I'm A Model, You Know What I Mean
The only reason I'm sharing this is that there's a pretty kitty.
This project was to make a Catwalk, and I thought that was incredible!
You can view it right here --
The guy in the video, Alex, created this fabulous catwalk for his cat using Wickes' Scandinavian Timber (isn't it beautiful?).
It's grown for about 100 years.
And, It would make a beautiful floor.
The other videos are rather fun!
I loved the surfboard video and the primary school/guttering video with all the rubber duckies.
It looks like there was a lot of fun to be had in building this campaign.
I digress, who's up for some beautiful project ideas for spring diy projects that will help you step up your game?!
Top 10 Tips About Chalk Paint, A Mini Guide For Beginners
Give some old chairs a makeover. It's insanely simple to do. (Chair project by Panduro)
What you need:
- Find some Old chairs (try eBay*, gumtree or PreLoved*)
- Sugar Soap
- Chalk Paint*
- Wax Brushes
- Sandpaper (if you decide to distress)
Top Tip #1 - use sugar soap to clean the furniture before you paint it. That ensures it's really clean and removes any old dirt and gunk.
Read these tips to Up your Chalk Painting Game!
- Chalk paint is very thick and forgiving, so you don't really need to worry about your painting skills.
- Keep in mind that it does show brush strokes, so paint in the same direction. I learnt the hard way!
- When it's drying, it might look streaky but don't panic and add more paint. Allow it to dry and add another coat.
- Depending on how much distressing you want to do, you may only want to add one coat of paint.
- If you're going back to add more, then add a second coat. The first coat should dry quite quickly.
- Waiting before you add another coat? Wrap your paint brush that's covered in paint, in a plastic bag and tape it shut. That's a hack I picked up from my Uncle who did all the decorating in our new house!
- Are you going to distress your final piece? Choosing dark wax is the best thing to do, as it adds dark sections into the lighter wood underneath.
- Get a cloth if you want to remove some sections of paint. Doing so with a bit of wax on cloth is the easiest method that I've found.
- Chalk paint is water based, so you can wash your brushes using soap and water.
- Don't let the wax dry on the brushes, or it will be a nightmare to remove! Same with the paint to be honest. If you're going to be leaving it or couldn't be bothered washing it, wrap in a plastic bag and secure.
Related: A Shabby Cabinet Restoration Project
Decorative Box Shelves
The one thing I don't have on my wall; decorative box shelves.
I want some!
There are always some little fruit boxes turned into decorative shelves so I might ask in my local greengrocers for some of those and then paint them in pastel shades.
Wooden House Shelves
This is my favourite colour palette!
I love the shape of those little houses;
they're so much fun, and so adorable.
Of course, the past three projects have just been painted jobs, but I was inspired to build little boxes until I saw the fruit crates.
If there's a cheaters way to do something, I will try it if it saves time!
These projects were from Panduro Hobby.
I am super excited about springtime!
These particular shades of my favourite pastel, colours are making me think of spring flowers and Easter, and I feel a little giddy.
Spring Has Sprung
I found that there's a word for this excitement! It's'Vernorexia - A romantic mood inspired by spring.'Click To Tweet Perfect right?!
How To Recreate These Scallop Shelves!
I thought this scallop trim border on the shelving was incredible.
The scalloped effect could be recreated using foam core board* (check out eBay) and a jam jar as a circle template.
Just draw on the back and cut out with a knife or bring it to someone you know who has a jigsaw and can use it without removing their fingers.
This DIY project is from BHG.
I found another fabulous DIY version from Make It Love It:
A Wooden Ladder Shelf
This made me squeal out loud the very first time I saw it.
It is a perfect colour and I want one of these bad boys for my garden.
Oh, the things I could grow!
I might need
some lots of help if I decide to create this fabulous ladder shelving unit but I love it and I'm certain it would be worth the effort!
Kristi from Making It In The Mountains did an amazing job.
**If you are going to recreate this project, pick an amazing colour that will make you happy every time you see it.
This is the type of decorative backdrop I want to create!
So, my plan of action re the photography backdrops - use the tongue and groove board that I already have, sand it and then paint in the dark bits with Annie Sloan's dark wax.
These tutorials are great for creating your own.
Fingers crossed that works but I will let you know! These photo backdrops are from Knick Of Time.
Hack Some Crates And Turn Them Into Shelves!
This is the type of effect I want to achieve with my little fruit boxes (definitely on a smaller scale!).
Theas Mania is the source of this unbelievable set of wall shelves.
Takeaway: Think outside the box! Is there any type of material that you could repurpose into some shelves?
a little really excited about all the projects and the potential for colourful decor!
As Leo Tolstoy once said:
What are you working on right now?
Do you have any Spring DIY projects that you want to make? Or plan to make?
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