Five DIY jobs for the Easter long weekend

31 March 2020

DIY jobs can be big or small - perfect for a prolonged period of isolation!

If the Easter long weekend wasn’t already the perfect time to get some odd jobs done around the house, the enforced isolation as a result of the ongoing COVID 19 situation further adds extra appeal as people will be looking for things to keep them occupied!

Here, Trojan experts share some easy DIY projects to spruce up the home. Most Trojan products are available from Bunnings.

Revamp the front yard with a letterbox

A quick way to refresh your façade is installing a new letterbox. If your mailbox is secured to a cement base, you will need to attach legs or posts using a spanner and screwdriver. Using a spade, dig out a level area of about 40mm, pour concrete into the hoe and push the mailbox into the concrete. Use a spirit level to check the box is level and then leave it to dry.

Floating shelves look great and are easy to install.

Create some floating shelves

Floating shelves are stylish space-savers that are easy to install. Remove any flaky or cracked paint from the wall with a scraper. Consider the weight of the shelf and weight of the items you want to place on top. For denser shelving, use a stud finder to see if there’s stud in the area you want to hang the shelf. The lowest shelf should be at least 90cm from the floor and there needs to be at least 30cm in-between shelves. Be sure to check the wall for hidden pipes or cables using an electronic detector.

Pop a coat of paint on it

Fresh paint is an easy way to improve a property. Embrace a pop of colour with an accent wall in your living room or make a statement with a painted ceiling. Be sure to remove flaking paint and mix paint properly before beginning. Roll from top to bottom with no pressure and be sure to clean the rollers after use!

Transform a kitchen countertop with faux granite

You don’t need to tear down kitchen countertops to give them a new look – simply revive them with faux granite counters. Sand down the countertops and wipe off extra debris before preparing the counters with primer. Mix black paint and primer with paint mixer to create a few different shades of grey.

Using a sponge, dab the counter with the darkest shade first then slowly move to the lighter shades. For full resemblance, sprinkle a bit of glitter on the surface while the paint is wet. Finally, coat the counters with polycrylic sealer.

When your project is finished, sit back and relax!

Relax at home!

So this one is a bit of a cheat...but after all of your hard work, you definitely deserve to sit back and relax with a glass of wine, some Easter Egg and admire your handiwork.

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