5 DIY Projects To Update Your Home During Self Isolation

While a lot of us will be isolating and working from home in the coming weeks, it is the perfect time to start planning simple renovation work and update your home. An opportunity to stay busy after work and during the weekend with the newfound free time.

I have made a selection of must-have to kick start your home projects from painting furniture to creative DIY projects. (All the products needed for these DIY’s can be easily bought online as non-essential shops are now closed).

1- Update your furniture with Annie Sloan chalk paints

Why not use this extra time to add a lick of paint to an old piece of furniture? Like I did to my desk chair at my parents’ house. Adding a bit of colour can give your furniture a new lease of life and make your room feel more fun.

Using Annie Sloan chalk paint will make the DIY even quicker than using other paint brands.  The invention of Chalk Paint® resulted from a need for a paint which could be used to achieve myriad decorative effects – but that could be applied, left to dry, and waxed in one day.

How Valspar Paint helped me update my bedroom

2 – DIY Hanging planter wall

Are you looking to bring an element of nature into your home, but only have limited space? A creative approach to this would be installing a planter feature wall in your home. This versatile feature can be used for a variety of reasons, such as a way to display herbs in your kitchen area or a wellness corner in your home office.

Not only does this planter look awesome, but it is also simple to make.

DIY Hanging Planter Shelf
(Image Credit: Furniture choice)

You will need:

  • A flat wire memo board
  • Wooden crates (we used three)
  • House plants in sealed pots to prevent leakage
  • One roll of tan or fake leather with a thickness of 5cm
  • Six leather screw brass rivets
  • A utility knife

Click here for the full tutorial from Furniture Choice.

3 – DIY colour block coasters

If you’re looking to try out colour blocking without going big and dressing up your walls, coasters make a great start. They add small pops of colour and texture to your coffee table, and they’re simple to make and personalise – think of it as styling this trend on your own terms.

When it comes to the colours, you’ve got options too! Go with neutral hues for a cool, tonal effect or opt for something bright and colourful if you want even more visual impact.

DIY Illusion Coasters
(Image Credit: Furniture Choice)

For this DIY, you will need:

  • Masking Tape
  • Sponges
  • Acrylic paint (minimum of 2 colours)
  • Plain wooden coasters

Click here for the full tutorial from Furniture Choice.

4 – DIY Wall-mounted easel

Give your kids an excuse to write on the walls with this next clever DIY. This paper easel is attached to the wall and will provide your children with hours of fun. Once they have got bored of it, you can use it as a memo board or a way to keep your grocery list in plain sight.

DIY wall mounted easel
(Image Credit: Arin Solange at home)

You will need:

  • A curtain rod system (like this one)
  • Rolls of brown Kraft paper
  • 1 strip of thin wood
  • Black spray paint for the wood (optional)
  • Drill

Click here for the full tutorial from Arin Solange at Home.

5 – DIY cane rattan storage boxes

These cute little rattan boxes are not only beautiful, but they are also practical. As you probably know by now, cane rattan is very on-trend right now, so this DIY is perfect for your home.  The tutorial linked below features instructions for round boxes, but feel free to choose boxes that are any shape you like. I think it would be cool to use black boxes so you can see some black behind the rattan.

If you’re currently working from home, why not use these boxes to store your stationery, paperwork or essential snacks!

DIY cane rattan boxes
(Image Credit: Bildschœnes)

For this DIY, you will need:

  • cane rattan sheets
  • Small round boxes
  • Spray Bottle
  • Wood glue and paint brush
  • Clothes pegs
  • Scissors

Click here for the full tutorial from Bildschœnes.

I am grateful for the time off work as it allows me to put more time and effort into writing these posts for you. However, the whole Coronavirus situation is pretty scary and I hope the world goes back to normal soon! How are you all coping with isolating/working from home? Let me know in the comments below.

Speak soon,

Eve x


6 thoughts on “5 DIY Projects To Update Your Home During Self Isolation

  1. These are some really great ideas! I love the wall plants they look so cute and really brighten up the room. This is definitely a good way to keep occupied while we’re stuck at home! X

  2. That wall easel is the PERFECT project for a home with kids! Not only would that be a great place to list chores or special instructions, but it’s also a safe place for kids to tap into their creativity and express themselves without getting into trouble (like drawing on the walls lol)

  3. Love these ideas! I’ve been thinking about updating some of my furniture with stencils and wood stain but also love the pop of color that paint brings – like those color block coasters – very fun!

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