DIY Projects

How to build a wooden crate

This wooden crate is made out of 12mm sheet plywood. It is dead-easy to build and the size can easily be varied to fit any space. I made three of these to fit inside a bench unit I built.

Grundtal Rail Ikea Hack

A simple way to modify the Ikea Grundtal rail system to create an extra-short rail for tight spaces.

Beautiful Baby Gates

If you have to live with baby gates, they might as well look good. Here are several attractive DIY solutions to stopping your child going upstairs.

How to build a Victorian Bay Window Seat with Storage

The headcount in our family will shortly be rising. This means a fresh influx of plastic-singing baby crap coming down from the attic. Trying to relax in a room filled with toys that start pumping out nursery rhymes if your foot accidently brushes against them can be a challenge, so a bay window seat with plenty of out-of-sight storage seemed an ideal solution.

Wooden Sandpit with Lid and Fold Out Benches

This sand pit with fold out benches is an absolute gem of a DIY project. It’s a brilliant yet remarkably simple design that can be done start to finish in a couple of evenings – and all for less than £80.

Mounting and framing your own photos

Framing pictures can be an expensive business, consequently we have dozens of pictures and photos piling up in our cupboard and not on our wall. I’ve been meaning to address this issue and the other day I resolved to set up my own little framing workshop.

Building a Victorian alcove cupboard (part 2)

With the bottom half complete (see part one), and looking pretty dam good, I’ve been keen to get this job finished. This involves knocking up a set of shelves to sit on top of the cupboard unit. My strategy is to build them as a separate unit, slide them on top, and...

How we built a new patio for our period home

The idea of building a patio was mooted by my dad earlier this year. We had an area outside our back door covered in gravel, which was just fine for garden furntiture, but not ideal for a toddler that saw small stones as an appealing snack. Creating a paved area would...

Coving: adding a period feel to your ceilings

I am a complete coving convert. It can make a massive difference to the look and feel of a room, particularly in period homes. Here is a quick blog on how we went about putting it up.

Building a Victorian alcove cupboard (part 1)

If you live in an old house you’ve probably faced an alcove decision or two – what to do with those tempting spaces either side of a chimney-breast. Here is the first part of our DIY solution for an alcove unit.

Creating a new larder under the stairs

The Victorians took their food seriously – in larger houses there could be several rooms, each dedicated to a distinct stage of food storage, preparation and clean-up. We kept it to one, transforming a dingy cupboard under the stair into a larder.

How to hide an ugly boiler

Victorian Terraces predate central heating, so when they were being designed no-one considered where a boiler might be discreetly installed (more of a 20th Century problem). If you are lucky, your boiler will be tucked away in an anonymous corner somewhere. On the other hand, it could be plonked on a wall in your kitchen and stick out like a sore thumb. If so…read on!

Building a simple mdf bookcase

This post will talk you through building a basic fitted bookshelf, one of my first builds in this house. We wanted a simple custom storage solution for recipe books and the abundance of bibs we now possess. The result is a quick, simple and solid storage space that fits perfectly into a not so perfect corner of our kitchen.

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