If you’ve become bored of your décor or have a job (or a few) you’ve been putting off getting someone round for, it may be time to put your hardhat on and get stuck in yourself. Not only is DIY an excellent idea for cost-cutting, but completing a project and looking at the finished results is incredibly rewarding.

This can be daunting for those who haven’t ventured into that world before. There is a long list of factors to consider; having the right tools, preparing enough, getting measurements right, choosing the suitable materials, and so on.

However, trying out some handiwork yourself is the best way to learn! To help you get started, we’ve compiled some advice and top tips on DIY projects for beginners.

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Make a Statement with a Board and Batten Feature Wall

If you want to wow your guests and create an impact in your space, a feature wall is a fantastic idea. Various feature wall trends have come and gone over the years, with bold printed wallpaper, intricately painted murals, and, more recently, board and batten.

These accent walls create dimension in a room and add another layer of interest, attracting the eye’s attention and making a plain wall interesting to look at, especially when painted a trendy colour such as navy blue or forest green. What’s more, they’re super easy to build yourself.

Firstly, we recommend removing all your furniture from your chosen room, as you’ll need as much space as you can make to create your boards. Don’t just push your furniture into a corner of the room; even if you cover it with a cloth, you’re guaranteed to find it covered with dust, which can irritate your skin, especially if you’re working in a bedroom. Smart Storage can help, with plenty of domestic storage options available for as long as you need it.

Once your furniture is moved, all you need to do is measure out the lengths of wood (we advise untreated pine). Next, cut to the same width or height of your room and mark out your desired pattern on the wall, creating a wood panelling effect. Once it’s cut, paint the wood, let dry, and attach to the wall. From here, you can touch up the paint if needed.

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Upcycling: Good for the Planet and Your Bank Account

It’s easy to become bored with what you see in your home every day, but this doesn’t mean that as soon as you start to get sick of seeing your dining room table and chairs, you should chuck them out and go shopping. Instead, consider bringing life to your old, tired-looking furniture and have a go at upcycling.

Not only will your bank account thank you when you’re not splashing out on thousands for a new dining set, but the planet will too. More so than ever before, making sustainable swaps where possible is crucial, and getting stuck in with a DIY upcycle is a great example of this.

Take advantage of self storage in the North West and clear out your room of anything that isn’t getting a makeover. From here, it’s all about getting creative. Start small and give your furniture a new lease of life with a fresh lick of paint. This alone can transform a table or chair and provide you with a brand-new statement piece for your room.

Then, the possibilities are endless. Experiment with staining and varnishing your wooden furniture, and swap soft furnishing such as chair covers to modernise pieces and bring them in line with the rest of your home’s aesthetic. Alternatively, to really make a change, why not switch up a piece of furniture’s intended purpose? For example, a pre-loved dresser could become a unique indoor bar unit full of character. Or an old bedside table could become a record stand. Again, there are a limitless amount of options, so get stuck in and see what you can transform.

It’s All in the Details

When it comes to redecorating and renovating, it’s important to remember that wear and tear is expected, particularly in high-traffic areas such as hallways and staircases. For example, if you have tiled floors, grout can begin to look faded or stained, skirting boards become scruffed, and carpet can look drab and flat. Whilst you may not notice these minor details most days, when you start to freshen up your home and begin your DIY projects, these imperfections will become more prominent.

Dedicate a few days to sorting out these small problems, and pay attention to the little things. Repaint your skirting boards, deep clean and shampoo your carpets, and touch up sealants to ensure every inch is perfect.

As this is an ongoing DIY project that may require tools and supplies such as paints and cleaners, you’ll need to find somewhere to store them all. Luckily for you, we have self storage options of all sizes to suit your requirements, and you can use our space calculator to figure out exactly how much space you need. So whether you need a place for your furniture while you clear out and renovate a room, or you need somewhere more permanent to store your DIY tools, we have something for you. Also, if you need help transporting your items to our units, why not collect some boxes and packaging from our shop to safely move your tools and equipment from A to B.

Our domestic storage is an excellent choice for the long-term, as you can gradually build your toolkit without worrying about running out of space. Not only this, but you will never have to stress about hiring equipment ever again as you can store as much as you need to with us. Get a quote online from Smart Storage today and find out we can help you with your DIY projects.