Using reclaimed pallet wood to make this coffee table with lift-top is a great way to save money. Not only are pallets cheap, they're also a great way to give new life to wood.
Make a pine occasional table that also serves as a compact coffee or side table.
The cordless drill has become an essential tool for every DIY enthusiast and there are a number of different models available. We look at the different types of cordless and corded drill, to help you decide which is the best one for you.
This handy table is perfect for a small balcony. The triangular shape allows it to fit into any corner and you can secure to existing railings or fasten to a balcony wall.
'Tis the season to be making resolutions for changes we want to make in our lives and we look at how becoming more involved in DIY can bring about many positive changes.
Using a picture frame as the basic design, we created a hidden key holder. Frame your favourite photos, or an image, while keeping keys in a safe place.
This compact coffee table is also a magazine rack and it takes up very little space, making it ideal for a small apartment or townhouse.
This handy Tool Caddy is quick and easy to make if you have a pneumatic nail gun - or use a hammer and panel pins to assemble.
Here's an easy way to make an industrial style shelf without using steel or welding. This easy project shows how to make an industrial style shelf using wood.
These shadowbox storage shelves are made using pine plywood and you can make as many as you like to fill a blank spot on a wall.
A Biltong Dryer is a great gift to give, especially for the man who has everything. This one is easy to make and won't cost a fortune and works out much cheaper than a bought biltong dryer - plus, it's made with love!
For all your clothes, making your own mobile hanging rail is a great way to add extra storage to your bedroom, especially when renting a home.
If you want to do something different on a weekend, pop into your local Builders Warehouse to gather your materials and supplies and get started on a weekend DIY project.
Make a simple, stylish headboard with pallet wood or pine. Modify the length to make a headboard to fit any size bed.
Use 16mm SupaWood and pine plywood, as well as a Kreg pocket hole jig, to make a modern nightstand for your bedroom.
A friend recently asked me to make a kiddies table and stool set for her little daughter, after she had seen something locally that was way out of her price range. I was surprised at how easy - and affordable - it was to make.
Build this attractive plant stand using pine planks that you can buy at your local Builders. Create an eye-catching display with plant stands in different heights.
If your living room is lacking detail or you need to add an eye-catching feature, think faux fireplace.
Today's modern furniture is more freestyle than it used to be, which means it's easier to make your own sofa and couches using materials readily available at your local Builders Warehouse or timber merchant.
Originally intended as a fun element, this DIY Day Bed now offers comfortable seating and a bed when guests stay over.
This handy tool caddy keeps all your hand tools in one place for a cleaner bench top and organised workshop.
After featuring an article on where you can buy sliding barn door hardware, I have received numerous enquiries for instructions on how to make a barn door, and how to mount a DIY barn door. Here's how...
Made of pine, these comfortable chairs are easy to make for a deck or patio, or just for lounging in the garden.
Just the perfect size for a toddler's bedroom, you can make a Mini Mees mini bedside cabinet and paint it in your choice of Rust-Oleum 2X colour, or use Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint.
This is not your granny's rocking chair - this rocking chair is a modern take on an old classic and is ideal for a nursery, playroom, or for relaxing in the den.
This mobile coffee table has compact storage for a living room. The basic cube design is easy to assemble and you can stain and seal in your choice of wood tint.
Make your own storage cubbies for essential storage in a child's bedroom or playroom.
If you're trimming trees and shrubs this winter, keep a few branches on hand to make this cat play stand.
Using scrap pieces of pine, this handy adjustable desk lamp has a plastic (previously a paint container) lampshade. It's fitted with an LED globe and looks perfect on my desk. You can angle the light in almost any direction - and it won't fall over.
Looking for something different for your kitchen? This pine bread bin is easy to make with laminated pine shelving, and you can stain or paint the finished bread bin.
This plywood dog bowl holder is a 10-minute project using leftover scraps of 16mm plywood and a saucepan with a broken off handle.
I love Scandinavian design, and these pretty Danish-style tables are easy to make using 16mm pine plywood that you can buy at Builders.
This practical coat rack and shelf is easy to make and you will find everything you need to make it at Builders Warehouse.
Make this beautiful bedside cabinet with laminated pine shelving from your local Builders. It will only take you a day to complete.
This handy storage cabinet is ideal for a workshop or craft room and is made using 16mm SupaWood that you can have cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse.
You can buy a pine workbench at your local Builders and turn it into a Man Cave Mobile Bar in a weekend. We show you how...
This weekend the DIY Divas demonstrated how to make a circular, upholstered ottoman. Find instructions below to make your own circular ottoman.
Given the total lack of choice when it comes to decorative shelf brackets, making your own DIY shelf brackets is the way to go!
Make your own unique table for the garden using galvanised pipe and pine planks. You can make this galvanised pipe table in a day and save money.
Make a storage bench using laminated pine shelving and pine planks that you will find at your nearest Builders. It's easy to make and will only take an hour or so.
It's easy to make this drop-leaf table that you can mount onto a wall. When not in use, fold the support over to lower the top.
Here's a stepstool-cum-toolbox that's built to be tough... tough enough to support a big guy.
Use laminated pine shelving to make this wooden bookcase / display shelf. The unit assembles easily and can be taken apart in a jiffy.
This versatile toy box is fun to make and fun to use. We show you how to make two different toy boxes - using stain or paint.
This pine slat bench is easy to make and you can finish in your choice of wood tint and paint colour. Buy all your supplies at your nearest Builder store.
This child-sized play and craft table will inspire creativity. Featuring work and storage space and chairs that are just the right size. Use a ready-made top and ad a few angles and gentle curves for style.
Use laminated pine shelving and pine planks to make a Trestle Console Table in a jiffy that will cost around R300!
Here's how to make a pedestal dining table or side table using pine and supawood that you can buy at your local Builders Warehouse. Finishing it off in shades of grey with Prominent Paints Premium Satin Silk.
I recently had to spend a few days in bed but couldn't be separated from my laptop. The solution... a laptop tray that would allow me to work and also serve as a tray for meals!
I have a pair of Dachshunds and one is getting on in age. To help them climb onto the bed I made a set of storage doggie steps.
I have been wanting to make a wooden lantern for the garden for ages, especially after seeing the exorbitant prices they ask for ready made wood lanterns.
Make an interesting hideaway for baby using materials and supplies readily available at your local Builders.
We have entered a new age... where women don't have to rely on the man of the house - or their dad - to fix things in and around the house.
Let your child express their creativity with this easy easel. The easel sits against a wall and has a handy tray for art supplies.
Hanging tables have become very popular and offer the perfect bedside solution for a small bedroom.
Here's a way to combine a portable kennel for your dog with a small kitchen herb garden. Wheel it around and place it in the best position - it's totally mobile!
Follow this step-by-step to make a handy standing shelf that you can use as a coffee table for the living room, nightstand in the bedroom or practical shelf.
Make a secret shelf to hide small valuables and documents. Once closed, the secret shelf is invisible.
We show you how to make a simple room divider using wooden crates, and that can be completed in three easy steps in about five hours.
After showing different techniques to finish off my steel frame table, I have now finished the table with Woodoc gel stain and sealer and used Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint on the base.
Make this skateboard rack for your kids, or it's a great gift idea. We sprayed outs with Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint.
This wood and string lamp is fun to make, and you can arrange the string into so many different variations for a lamp that is truly unique.
Use SupaWood or SupaLam to make this practical storage closet that can be mounted inside an existing frame or onto a wall.
This year we are bringing back our DIY Kids workshops. We believe that the next generation should know how to use assorted tools and understand basic techniques, especially when woodwork and craft is no longer offered at schools.
Make a storage cart - any size you want - that can be used for storage underneath a worktop or in an empty space.
After making the square tube steel frame [below] for the side table using Connect-it adaptors, here's how I used Rust-Oleum Chalked spray paint to finish off the table top.
Pop into your local Builders Warehouse for laminated pine to make this wall mounted bedside light and table combination.
This outdoor storage bench is perfect for a deck or patio where you need extra storage, seating or a table. It looks great and will hold up well outdoors if properly treated. Lift-off panels allow for easy storage.
Using half a sheet of plywood, some pine dowels and knobs, all from your local Builders Warehouse, you can easily make this designer shelf as a DIY project.
Since my original post some years back, plywood floors are definitely trending with those homeowners looking for affordable flooring that offers something unique.
If you have some free time this weekend, here are some ideas for making a quick and easy secret compartment wall shelf for all your small valuables.
Make this affordable DIY pine and plywood headboard to fit any size of bed. You can even adjust the height to accommodate for an extra high mattress. Finish in your choice of paint colour or wood tint.
Next year the DIY Divas celebrate 10 years of DIY workshops and during this time they have empowered close to 8,000 men and women in various aspects of using power tools, woodwork and basic home maintenance.
Some scraps of pine and an hour to space are all you need to make this decorative spice rack for your kitchen.
Here's how to make a dollhouse bookcase for a little girl's bedroom and that offers plenty of storage space. It's made using 16mm SupaWood that you can buy - and have cut to size - at your local Builders Warehouse.
For those men who fantasize about their very own mancave - that special space where you can put up superhero posters and figurines of yesteryear, watch some uninterrupted football games - here's a great idea for making a storage wall.
Here's a clever way to use the storage crates we made to set up a pullout storage system that can be used to store items and contain clutter almost anywhere in a home.
This upholstered headboard adds a stunning feature to the bed, and yet it's so easy to make. Plus, it's extremely affordable if you shop around for fabric.
I made this bracelet hanger for all my bangles and bracelets. The design is very simple and I have provided different finishes in a wood tint or using Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint. It's great for a little princess, for your hubby, or for those of you who have a large selection of bangles and bracelets.
After featuring a project on bathroom storage crates I received numerous requests for instructions on how to make these crates. This article shows how easy it is to make your own crates for a bathroom cabinet, side table or bedside table.
Get a head start on spring projects. Ideal for use indoors or outdoors, this mobile braai cart offers plenty of additional prepping space and ample storage space for braai tools and beverages!
I'm an avid DIY fanatic who loves to make decor accessories and furniture. But I don't make everything I own - I have come to know my limits and what I can and cannot make on my own. So when do you DIY or buy?
After seeing the R6000 price tag for a wood dining table, I decided to make my own at a fraction of what it would cost to buy one. The project was actually very easy and only took a weekend.
Make your own or buy a ready-made chest of drawers, there are so many ways to turn the humble, pine chest of drawers into a spectacular feature piece.
This quick and easy shelf is made using a couple of polystyrene corbels, a scrap of timber or board, and some moulding.
Simple in design, you can easily make this Father's Day gift using pine and leather straps - or repurpose an old leather belt.
Every workshop needs to be organised for maximum efficiency. In this feature we show how to make your own paint storage cabinet.
Use 12mm or 16mm Plywood or SupaWood and colourful paints to make a coat tree to help keep children's bedrooms neat and tidy.
Nail polish usually ends up tossed into the bottom of drawers or crammed into a make up bag. With this Nail Polish Carousel you can have all your colourful bottles within easy reach.
This simple wooden play mobile won't cost much to make and you can add colourful or interesting shapes, homemade toys or eye-catching items to keep your little one occupied.
This fold-down worktable is perfect for the craft or DIY enthusiast who doesn't have a lot of space, such as in a spare bedroom, shed, or garage. When not needed, the worktable folds down flat against the wall.
Andrew Harris offers a variety of easy DIY plans for furniture that is reasonably easy to make using pine. We feature a couple of his popular projects that you can knock up without too much fuss.
If you're a fan of Big Bang Theory you may have seen Sheldon use this t-shirt folder during the show. It looked simple enough to make, and with a bit of prodding from an avid reader I decided to make one!
This project was designed for EASY DIY magazine and for all you Kreg pockethole jig owners. It's a simple design that is extremely easy to assemble and allows you to add on extra elements if you want to.
Making your own solar oven is one way to cut down on electricity usage. Even a basic solar oven can be used to defrost and perform as a slow cooker. Here are instructions for a basic solar oven that won't cost much to make.
Make these simple decorative floating shelves for a bathroom and create an instant feature. You can use the shelves for storage or to add decor accessories.
Designed to be sturdy, this table and chair set is just perfect for a child's bedroom. Although this set is painted white, you can paint in any colour you like using Prominent Paints select sheen or Rust-Oleum 2X colours.
I made an upholstered ottoman as a comfortable stool to fit under my (small) dressing table. The ottoman has a removable tray and can store all my hair drying tools and accessories.
Don't let shoes cause clutter in a closet. This quick and easy shoe organiser can be modified to any length and is perfect for organising all your shoes.
A creative idea you can make yourself by using Dremel tools is this intelligent toy with a drawer and pull cord. Fill the drawer with a home-baked dog biscuit and you have the perfect, interactive dog toy for your four-legged friend.
If you missed some of our projects during 2015, we put together a round up of some of our more popular DIY projects.
Riddling racks were used for aiding the fermenting process when making champagne. The simple design for a riddling rack makes them ideal as wine racks, and you can easily make your own riddling rack.
Get a head start on your DIY skills in 2016 by signing up for a DIY Divas workshop. Workshops for the Randburg venue have been loaded for the new year.
This DIY race car bed is a reasonably simple project that you can make in a couple of days with a few basic power tools.
This festive season why not give handmade gifts made with love. The Kreg community offers a selection of 6 handmade festive gift ideas.
I came across quite a few tutorials for this giant jenga game that is so easy to make using pine and then all you need are some friends to let the fun begin!
Here's how you can use pine offcuts to craft an educational toy for a young child. These colourful chalkboard blocks can be used in so many ways.
Pop into your local Builders for some PAR pine and make this easy bedside table finished with Rust-Oleum Chalked ultra matte paint.
This workbench for a mitre saw allows you to cut long lengths with ease and be able to move the saw around should you need to. Buy everything you need at your local Builders and make your own workbench.
Using your basic welding skills, or asking a friend to do a small welding project for you, allows you to make your own door or window awnings. An awning not only provides welcome shade during the hottest part of the day, but also adds decorative appeal to any home.
Use PAR pine and MDF to make these kiddies chairs with storage tray. You can paint them any colour using Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint or use wood stain or tinted varnish.
Here's a great project you can do in a weekend using supplies that you will find at your local Builders. This outdoor table has a built-in ice cooler to keep all your summer refreshments cold on hot, hot days.
I have had quite a few readers ask me for instructions to make a cat play stand, so here it is. This one is made using 16mm particle board that is inexpensive and easy to work with.
You can use a shadow box to display your favourite decor accessories. To make a shadow box all you need are some pieces of pine or board and moulding for the front.
This chest of drawers has three spacious drawers and beautiful heart cut outs in the drawer fronts. The entire chest of drawers is painted and distressed to give it a vintage effect.
Shelves are an excellent way to add more storage to any room in a home, plus you can make up shelves that match your existing style of decor.
When a new baby arrives, a glass and steel coffee table is not exactly a child-friendly option. Here's how to make a tufted ottoman table to fill the space.
When a new baby arrives, a glass and steel coffee table is not exactly a child-friendly option. Here's how to make a tufted ottoman table to fill the space.
This adorable heart-shaped mirror with storage shelf is easy enough to make and you can use Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint to finish in your choice of colour.
Ikea furniture is popular around the globe for its affordability and practical designs but it never really took on locally because here in SA we are not very fond of flatpack furniture. Here's how to make a Malm-style dresser or chest of drawers that is sturdy and functional and you can finish it to match your home decor.
In this project you will find instructions to make a tub chair and upholster in your choice of fabric.
One of my favourite and most comfortable chairs is a tub chair. These days a tub chair can cost anywhere from R1500 upwards, but you can make your own for a fraction of the cost. I don't care if they are trendy are not... they are comfortable and if you can upholster or make a slipcover in your choice of fabric.
Plywood or MDF strips applied to interior doors add a new level of detail to plain hollow core doors.
I have been needing a footstool in the family room for quite a while and finally got around to making a quick and easy footstool.
If you need extra storage in a bedroom, making underbed storage drawers with caster wheels allows you to pack away bed linen, winter blankets, clothes, shoes, or use as storage for children's toys to free up space and contain clutter in a bedroom.
There are many ways to make your own chunky floating shelves and here is a collection of the best and easiest ideas for chunky floating shelves.
This practical bathroom shelf and towel rail is made using Meranti, but you can substitute with pine or board to match your bathroom decor.
Use a piece of pine, plywood or MDF, a 25mm dowel and some Rust-Oleum 2X UltraCover spray paint to make this dowel hanging rack.
I have received plenty of requests on how to make a drop-leaf table and most of the instructions you find are extremely complex. This DIY round drop-leaf table is easy enough for anyone to make.
I came across this project on BHG and it's a great way to put offcuts to good use. I often have leftover pieces of 69 x 69mm PAR pine and you don't need much to make these pine block coasters.
This rocket / spaceship bed was made for a little boy who loves anything to do with space and I thought it might be nice to show you how easy it was to make the bed.
Pine furniture is reasonably affordable but doesn't add much in the way of style. We show you how to makeover plain pine furniture into more attractive pieces.
A litter box can be an eye-sore, even if you empty it as often as possible. Here are some ideas on how to disguise or hide a litter tray that your cat will enjoy - and you will find practical and useful.
Here is a desk that you can make that has storage shelves on the sides, and a storage cubby in the top for books or files - to keep the desktop clutter free and neat.
I noticed this project on Popular Woodworking and while it's a very simple woodworking projects, the finished result is great. You can use the modular unit as a wine rack, as a free-standing or wall-mounted bookshelf, for storage or as a display shelf.
As our natural resources become increasingly scarce, we need to look at alternative ways to make use of less. Using less is just as beautiful, as can be seen with the Knockdown range from Louie Rigano.
This adorable clothing rail with heart cut outs would add a finishing touch to any little girl's bedroom and is the perfect accessory if you daughter loves to play dress-up.
Now you can increase your home design and home improvement skills simply by tapping your phone. There are so many apps on the market (free or at a small cost) that go a long way to making your home decorating and home improvement projects easier.
This modular cube desk is perfect for a child's bedroom - boy or girl. Stack up the storage cubes, fit doors or shelves and finish off with a cube seal with extra storage.
When you need to work late at night, which many of us often do, having a portable laptop stand makes it comfortable to work in bed. This is a variation of the 3-in1 table made earlier this year.
Make this rustic pine or reclaimed wood bookshelf to the size shown in this project, or adjust the length to fit into a specific space.
This trendy desk is made using 16mm MDF from your local Builders and painted with a Bosch PFS spray gun. The modern design blends will most bedroom styles and it offers storage drawers for school supplies or stationery.
These baby step stools are fun to make and small children can use then as seats or as a step stool. Small children have difficulty reaching a sink, or climbing on a toilet and these sturdy baby step stools make it easier.
Use PAR pine and pine moulding to make a wooden picture or photo frame that can be stained or painted to match your existing decor.
Pine tongue and groove is inexpensive and allows you to make affordable projects with timber that are rustic and practical. This bedside cabinet is easy to make and won't cost you a fortune at around R450 for the materials.
After posting this armchair tray for drinks, books or magazines or facebook, readers requested that I post a step-by-step for this quick and easy project, so here it is...
Make this vertical planter using blocks of reclaimed wood, threaded rods and nuts, and some recycled food jars or mason jars.