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New Year’s Resolutions 7: I Will Introduce Myself To DIY!

With 7 being the magic number and all, we thought that our series of 7 New Year’s Resolutions would be just perfect! It is Boxing Day and I know you will be spending time with family and friends, wearing your new pair of socks and finishing off the roast turkey; but spare a moments thought for all the exciting projects you could be taking on in the New Year…because yes, you will be introducing yourselves to some good old DIY!

DIY does take up some free time, but most people who dive in to a project end up enjoying the time spent and not only that; but the pennies saved and the unique décor you can come with makes it all worth while.

You can check our archives at any time when you have the urge to begin; we have posts designated to showing you Roman blinds how to make, curtains and we just did an entire series on Fabric Face-lifts – telling you all you need to know when upholstering for the first time. Purchase all your materials at the best prices by visiting an online fabric wholesalers UK; where colours, patterns and textures abound for every home style. We are not going to give you a project today as we know that all you really want to do is unwind and kick back, but we will give a few hints and ideas to chew over until 2011 arrives. Interior DIY projects usually fall into three main categories: Walls and windows, furniture and home accents; more on each of those below.

DIY Walls & Windows:
Make your own window treatments whether you prefer Roman blinds, lined curtains, café curtains or customise ready made curtains and blinds with your own personal touches – great for adding seasonal updates or trying out new home trends.

Make your own wall art with a canvas that you painted (abstract is in and anyone can pull it off!) or decorate a wall with open shelving and clever displays with collections. You might want to try something off-beat such as decorating a wall with empty frames and painting them to your liking. Got a new camera for Christmas? Jazz up walls and give your home personality by decorating with your own photography.

DIY Furniture:
Give furniture a new look with some DIY techniques; it could be as simple as painting it a new colour or you might want to have a go at stencilling, decoupage or upholstery. You could even cut a table down the middle and then place it against a wall as a cool console table. Try placing sheets of wallpaper on the inside of a wardrobe for some visual delight amongst chaos!

DIY Home Accents:
Room accents are the little things you can usually do in less than a day; try using curtain fabrics online to make cushion covers that will match your window treatments or create table runners, bed canopies and upholstered headboards.

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