Try it yourself... with DIY decor tutorials
Take the mystery out of DIY by following online tutorials for clever projects
Very few phrases have the power to send people running for the hills like the mention of do-it-yourself projects. But DIY decor can be a great way to inject your own style into charity shop finds or generic flat-packed furniture, while often saving you money. There are a few important tricks to remember when you decide to tackle DIY. First, know your own limits and choose a project that won't leave you feeling discouraged. Second, make sure you have the correct tools and supplies for the job. And start by following our pick of online DIY tutorials from design bloggers…
With just a few materials, DIY blogger Kimberly Duran made an inexpensive pine dresser look chic using a sheet of designer wallpaper and a set of new drawer pulls.
Try it: For the 'how to', visit swoonworthy.co.uk
Tools of the Trade
Starting with the right tools and supplies will make DIY projects infinitely easier and more enjoyable, but knowing where to find them can be tricky. For small tools like drills or hammers, start at your local hardware shop, which will often have cheaper options than big box stores.
When you need more decorative supplies, art stores are a good bet. Try Evans Art Supplies in Dublin, Silkes in Limerick, or the Crafter's Basket in Sligo, where staff are able to point you in the right direction. For ribbons and trimmings, (pictured below) A. Rubanesque in Dublin's Powerscourt Town House is a special treat. Online shops can be a great resource for hard to find or unique supplies. Look to pick up wrapping paper, wallpaper or contact paper on sites like eBay or NotontheHighStreet, but keep in mind that delivery costs can add up.
On the Fringe
Alex Carberry, blogger at theInteriorDIYer, is a master of injecting her own personality into otherwise bland charity shop finds. Spray-paint and a strip of tasseled fringe glue-gunned along the edge of the shade makes for an instant lamp makeover.
Try it: For the full tutorial, visit theinteriordiyer.com
June Olsen, of DIY blog Nostalgiecat, has mastered the art of turning nothing into something special. Storage boxes can cost upwards of €25, but you can turn old shoe boxes into beautiful, hand-papered storage boxes without the hefty pricetag.
Top tip: Paper choice makes all the difference here so opt for wrapping paper in pretty prints.
Try it: For the simple tutorial, visit nostalgiecat.blogspot.com
Katy Orme's hanging jelly mould planter ticks all the DIY boxes: quirky, sweet and simple. Made with inexpensive hooks and a length of chain, both easily found at your local hardware shop, Katy gave this vintage jelly mould a new lease of life as a sweet kitchen accessory.
Try it: To learn how to make your own, visit apartmentapothecary.com