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Lounge room with pink walls, a green couch, multi coloured rug and a wooden coffee table in it.

Try these fast and affordable ways to give your place an instant refresh.


7 long-weekend spruce-ups

The prospect of a mini home transformation is enticingly close. Seize the opportunity of the upcoming Easter and Anzac long weekends, or any spare weekend really, to tackle those D.I.Y. projects that will revamp your home’s more uninspiring areas. With as little as a tin of paint, a set of stylish drawer handles or a new lampshade, you can change a space from ‘worn out’ to ‘wow’ in a matter of hours.

1. Grab a paintbrush 

Painting is an ideal long-weekend D.I.Y. project that gives maximum impact. For an instant infusion of drama in smaller areas, try embracing the colour-drenching trend, suggests interior designer Charlotte Minty. “This means painting everything the same colour, including skirting boards, walls and woodwork,” she explains.

Painting the front door can also provide fresh street appeal. “The colour could be influenced by the architecture of your home, its surrounding garden or the interior,” says Charlotte. Giving the door its very own colour also helps create an identity for your home, she says.

Dated furniture can be revived with a punchy coat of colour. “Also, painting the back of a bookshelf, or a vintage sideboard or cupboard, with detailing will draw the eye better than before,” suggests Charlotte.

On a smaller scale, painting a picture frame, a little nook or interior doors are all doable projects over the weekend. “If you don’t want to paint the whole door, you can add a bright shot of colour on the edges, which produces a nice surprise when it is open,” says Charlotte. Equally, painting a faux headboard can breathe new life into the bedroom. 

Front of a small white house with a light blue door and white picket fence.

2. Add soft furnishings

Soft furnishings add texture and can immediately make a space feel more homely. Introducing a rug, for example, provides welcome insulation but also grounds furniture visually, says Charlotte. “And with rugs, bigger is best – at the minimum, the front legs of your furniture should be sitting on it,” she says. “Consider colour and texture to tie in or contrast with existing furnishings.”

For windows, try enhancing existing curtains and blinds by adding trims or using fabric paint. Or, if you want to put up new curtains, Charlotte suggests choosing a fabric with texture that will create interest and add a warm feel to the space in the cooler months.

White bed with pink, white and orange pillows, a wooden bedside table, a pink throw blanket and a painted green headboard. 

3. Change the hardware

Upgrading handles is an easy, cost-effective way to revitalise a tired kitchen and bathroom, says Kaboodle Kitchen’s Giorgia Manenti. Consider sleek, streamlined designs in matte black or brushed brass for a contemporary vibe, or look at brushed nickel, chrome or stainless steel for a more traditional look. “It’s important to consider the style of your kitchen and its colour palette,” says Giorgia. “And choose handles that match the surface area of the ones you’re replacing, to prevent revealing holes in the cabinetry from previous handles.”

White kitchen countertop with gold drawer handles. On top of the table sits a white stand of fresh lemons, a grey platter and a clear drink with mint. 

4. Upgrade lighting

Swapping out a dated light fitting is a simple D.I.Y. project that can make a huge style difference. “Shades can be changed on floor lamps, table lamps and sconces,” says Charlotte. “You could use colours and patterns that will bring warmth to the spaces during the cooler season.” Other possible long-weekend updates include swapping out the faceplates on switches and sockets, especially if they are broken or discoloured. Always call on the services of a licensed electrician if rewiring is required.

5. Add shelving

Shelving offers both practical advantages and significant design benefits. Jessica Haslem of Flexi Storage says this allows you to create visually captivating spaces. “By selecting shelves that align with your decorative vision, you can complete a space with a more homely feel, making it inviting and personalised.” Shelves are a great way to display books, artwork or decorative pieces, providing a focal point that adds character.

As well as a storage solution, shelving can also work well as a room divider. “Strategically placed shelving can delineate different areas within a room, providing a sense of structure without sacrificing an open feel,” Jessica says.

Bedroom with a light brown painted wall, brown scallop shelving with children’s books, a jute rug and pillows on the ground and a woven brown chair with soft toys on it.

6. Install wallpaper

From tropical designs to floral and tiled looks, wallpaper can have a dramatic impact. Bedrooms and powder rooms can easily be revamped with it over the course of a long weekend. Key to making wallpaper work is having the right tools and putting in the prep work.

To achieve a quicker, cleaner transformation, stylist Paula Taylor of Graham & Brown (designers of wallpaper brand Superfresco) advises, “Opt for paste-the-wall wallpaper, especially in smaller spaces.”

7.Boost your home security

Looking for a more practical D.I.Y. project? There are now plenty of affordable and sophisticated D.I.Y. security systems you can install yourself. Battery-operated cameras with motion-activated spotlights, wireless functionality, night vision, movement sensors and alarms can be installed in hours. Many also offer live video access via an app. If you want to up the ante, video doorbells are also an easy self-install.

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Photo Credit: Dulux Australia/Lisa Cohen, British Paints, John Downs, Kaboodle Kitchen, Brigid Arnott

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.