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April 18, 2006

Spring DIY solutions

Filed under: Easy DIY,Home Decorating — DO or DIY @ 2:57 pm

OK, the yearly spring DIY can be a hassle. But we shouldn’t have to redecorate every year. If you cleverly decide on the background you’ll only need to change or add new accessories. The background (i.e. the floor and walls) is what we call in design the”canvas”.  A successful interior is about layering. Think of it as a painting. The room (or space) is the canvas, the furniture, fittings and accessories make the picture – the layout, the theme, the colours come from the composition of these details..

April 7, 2006

Cordless Glue Gun

Filed under: DIY Crafts,DIY Home Repair,Easy DIY — DO or DIY @ 3:11 pm

If you are after a cordless glue gun, why don’t you try out Coldheat’s new light-weight glue gun? It’s ideal for craft and DIY projects such as model-making, photo framing, scrapbooking, decoration, beading, kids’ art & wood crafts.  It can also be used for small household repairs – on broken ceramic objects, picture frames, toys, cork and so on..


So why get it?

  • It is cordless – powered by a rechargeable battery
  • No wires allow flexible & safe use
  • Battery lasts up to 1.5 hours
  • It heats fast – melts glue in under a minute

March 9, 2006

Fixed shelves for an alcove

Filed under: Easy DIY,Home Improvement — DO or DIY @ 11:07 am

An alcove a very suitable space to utilise for fixed shelves and built-in cabinets. For shelves you could use spur shelving systems or brackets, but a more attractive solution is to have floating shelves, where the brackets or supports are invisible.

Creating a floating shelf in a rectangular alcove is a relatively easy DIY job. It’s basically a piece of timber supported on a frame and the front is covered with a thin piece of timber or decorative edge..

Tools you’ll need:

  • Spirit Level
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Masonry bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Saw

March 1, 2006

Putting up shelves

Filed under: Easy DIY,Wood Working — DO or DIY @ 4:30 pm

Easy DIY:

Putting up a shelf is considered an easy DIY job, yet it’s more difficult than you might think. A badly put up shelf just looks dreadful. So before you attach your self-made or ready-made shelf think about the following issues..


What are you going to use the shelf for? How heavy will the load be? You must construct or buy a shelf accordingly.


What sort of wall are you fixing the shelf to – brick, concrete, wood, plasterboard etc? You’ll need to buy the appropriate screws and, if necessary, the right wall-plugs.

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