Fancy giving your home a new lease of life this spring? With the sun shining and the feelings of new beginnings in the air, there’s no better time to breathe a breath of fresh air into your living space. Forget slaving away for weeks on end, there are tons of quick DIY fixes that pack a punch and can transform your home in as little as 10 minutes.
We’ve partnered up with Wickes to bring you nine quick jobs you can crack on with this weekend to spruce up your home in no time. Plus, find out how you can raise extra money for Alzheimer’s Research UK when you use our fantastic Wickes deals this Easter and how you can be in with the chance of winning a £100 Wickes voucher.
Freshen things up with a lick of paint
And we don’t just mean on the walls. Giving any room of your home a fresh coat of paint can work wonders, but why stop there? Furniture is just as important for bringing character and charm to a room, so a few coats of a new colour can go a long way.
A change of direction in terms of colour can unlock the true potential of almost any piece of furniture and is a whole lot cheaper than getting new bits. Yes, even that old chest of drawers you’ve had for years can be made to look brand new. Don’t forget to sand and prime your piece beforehand to get the best results.
Time spent: 2 hours
Ronseal Chalky Furniture Paint – Duck Egg 750ml – £11.99
Wickes Non-Drip Matt Paint – Scarlet Letter 750ml – £15
Create a feature wall
Feature walls are a really effective way of adding a pop of colour or splash of pattern to any room. Not only do they work as a gorgeous focal point, but feature walls can be as simple or as adventurous as you like.
Why not go for some snazzy tiles or patterned fabric to add some depth and texture to your room? Alternatively, decorative wallpaper can be a safer and cheaper option that’s just as effective. Take a look at the wide range of wallpapers, wall murals and tiles at Wickes to see just how easy it is to transform any room.
Time spent: 4 hours
Superfresco Easy Bercy Wallpaper – Blue 10m – £13.60
Island Life Wall Mural – £48
Mow the lawn and sow some colour
Don’t let your creativity stop at the back door. Show your garden some TLC this weekend – you’ll be amazed at the difference you can make in just one afternoon.
Give your grass its first mow of the year to prepare it for summer or liven up your flower beds with some young bulbs ready to bloom for summer.
At Wickes you can get your hands on a lush selection of flower seeds from as little as 10p a pack – talk about gardening on a budget! A couple of revived flower patches and a bit of lawn care later, and your garden will be transformed into a thriving oasis of colour and life in less than an hour.
Check out our cheap DIY gardening hacks for even more ways to keep your garden lush for less. You’ll be relaxing in your sun lounger or enjoying a family barbecue before you know it.
Time spent: 45 minutes
Unwins Sea of Pink Mixed Annuals Flower Seeds – £0.10
Flymo Speedi-mo Wheeled 900W Lawnmower – £67
Get your patio or decking looking good as new
Can you truly enjoy the warmer weather while sitting on a decking covered in last year’s filth? We think not! Get your decking area in tip-top condition with a pressure washer and a new lick of varnish.
Tackling it with a pressure washer means you can deep clean all the nooks and crannies, leaving it looking top notch for longer. When you’re done, dowse it in some teak oil to replenish its natural oils and keep it protected for months to come. What seems like such a menial job can uplift your outdoor space in a flash.
Time spent: 4 hours
Upgrade your door or window handles
Revamp your interior by upgrading your door or window handles – two things that are regularly neglected when it comes to interior DIY projects. Let’s face it – you’ve probably had the same ones since you moved in, right?
They might seem such a small part of your interior design, but modern, stylish door and window handles can make a world of difference for such little effort and cost. Opt for a new sleek design to create a sense of continuity throughout your home, or give your existing ones a new lease of life with some metal polish or metallic spray paint.
Time spent: 2 hours
Go for some new interior lights
Is that discoloured fabric lampshade dulling your shine? Perhaps that naff faux-chandelier you were gifted is completely killing your dining room vibe? Not only can a new light fitting brighten up a dingy room, but the style you choose can also completely change the feel and ambience of a room.
For a task that takes as little as 20 minutes, updating your light fittings can bring any room back into the 21st century. Find gorgeous light hangings and fixtures from as little as £12 at Wickes for a revived interior that doesn’t break the bank.
Time spent: 20 minutes
Wickes Boulevard LED Brushed Chrome Single Spotlight – 5.3W – £12
Philips Star LED Aluminium 3 Plate Spotlight – 3 x 3W – £59
Upgrade your light switches
In the same way old-fashioned lamp shades can pull your interior design goals down, you should never underestimate the effect light switches can have on your home.
Swapping your grubby plastic switches for a sleek alternative is a two-minute fix that can uplift any room. Go for a polished Georgian style switch for a classic look or a simple brushed steel fitting for a modern feel.
If you don’t need to buy new ones, simply giving yours a wipe down with a wet wipe or metal polish will bring them up as good as new.
Time spent: 30 minutes
Give your kitchen cabinet doors a makeover
Freshening up your cabinet doors is a fantastic way to give your kitchen a facelift on a budget. Don’t be scared to try out new colours and finishes – you’d be surprised what outlandish ideas work well together.
Go for some entirely new cabinet doors for a complete revamp that’s cheaper than having an entirely new kitchen fitted – a sleek gloss finish can add a modern touch to any kitchen. Or how about giving your existing ones a new feel with some glossy varnish or brightly-coloured wood paint?
For an even cheaper makeover, why not focus your creativity on your cabinet door handles? Changing up the style or even paint existing ones can make a world of difference. With a brand new kitchen costing anything from £2,000 to £30,000 this is a serious money and time saver.
Time spent: 24 hours including drying time
Wickes Quick Dry Satinwood Paint – Green Lawn 750ml – £15
Wickes Tilbury Knob Handle & Plate – Black Nickel 32mm – £13
Modernise your kitchen accessories
If there’s one thing holding your kitchen back it’ll be those finishing touches. We’re talking sinks, taps, plug holes and cabinet handles. That stainless steel sink basin might’ve looked good 10 years ago, but replacing it with a modern alternative will completely transform your kitchen.
Try out a ceramic style for a traditional finish or granite for that stylish edge. Why not seal the deal with a shiny new kitchen tap or sleek new draining board? All in a day’s work!
Time spent: 3 hours
Raise more free donations for Alzheimer’s Research UK while saving money on your Easter DIY projects
This Easter we’ve teamed up with Wickes and Alzheimer’s Research UK to help you get a fantastic deal on your Easter DIY essentials and raise even more money for the charity. So whether you’re livening up your garden with some new plants or giving your kitchen a refurb on a budget, use our fabulous Wickes deals to raise money for this important charity. Here’s how it works…
From the 9th to the 23rd of April, 2% of every Wickes sale will be donated directly to Alzheimer’s Research UK. So for every £100 you spend at Wickes during this timeframe, £2 will be donated straight to the charity at no extra cost or effort to you.
With these quick fix home renovations, awesome Wickes deals, and the opportunity to raise free money for charity, there’s no better time to get started on that home improvement project you’ve had in mind for so long.
Which of these ideas will you be trying out this Easter? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t forget to check out the latest home and garden and Easter vouchers for even more great ways to save this bank holiday.
Want to win a £100 Wickes voucher? Here’s how…
You’ve got the inspiration for your Easter weekend DIY project, now here’s the chance to win the kickstart you need. For your chance to win a £100 Wickes voucher, tell us what you’d buy from Wickes for your long weekend home renovation plans if you had £100 to spend. Let us know in the comments below to enter. The competition runs from Tuesday 9th April to Monday 15th April at 11.59pm. Good luck, and happy DIY-ing!
This post was written and created by Savoo in return for a £100 Wickes giveaway voucher.
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