DIY VIDEOS

BUILD

Designing and building a deck as a DIY project is straightforward. Most decks are a simple arrangement of posts or piers supporting bearers and joists upon which the decking boards are laid. The proposed location of this deck next to a saltwater swim...
Wall shelves are an ideal storage solution for small rooms, and they’re easy to make and install. These industrial-style shelves are made from old recycled timber, and feature brackets made from galvanised pipe fittings. The first step is to prepare...
Encouraging kids to put their books away will be a little easier with this doll’s house and bookshelf combo.   Using Forescolor coloured MDF from Porta, the frame of the doll’s house was built first, then the shelves, room dividers and roof were atta...

Renovate

The oven is the place where we bake some of our favourite foods, including roasts, cakes and even pizzas. But over time the oven can become dirty, with grease and food spills causing a great deal of mess. The glass can become cloudy, and burnt-on foo...
Sponsored article For most of us, home automation is something we would believe to be out of reach, as systems can cost upwards of $10,000. In most cases, they can only be installed at the building stage of a project or by rewiring most of your ho...
Oscillating tools are extremely versatile, with countless attachments for a variety of tasks including cutting, sanding and scraping. Also known as multitools, they have dozens of handy uses. Here 5 ways you can use this versatile tool when renovatin...

Decorate

These stylish painted mugs were finished in an afternoon, and they’re so easy to do that you can get the kids to help. For this project, Melissa used a set of plain white mugs, painter’s tape and newspaper, an easy surface preparation spray, a me...
A keen cook herself, Melissa wanted to create something that she knew would be fun to use in the kitchen, so was inspired to decorate a set of generic wooden utensils with individual hand-drawn designs. She used a pencil to sketch words and patte...
In this DIY video, we show you how to revamp a plain timber table to create a designer piece of furniture. First, measure the table and cut a piece of timber veneer or craft ply to size. Use a sharp new blade and a steel ruler as a guide. Spray the e...

Outdoor

Safe, secure parking for our vehicles is important. They are valuable assets and we want to look after them.   The parking space at this site was a sloping gravel area damaged by soil erosion and poor drainage. It was also full of potholes and covere...
Cooking a steak to perfection is an essential skill that any barbecue enthusiast should know, as it’s one of the most popular barbecue meals and is absolutely delicious when done right.   In this how-to video from Matador, barbecue guru and chef Ben...
Click here to get the full step-by-step instructions for this project. Click here to download the project PDF The frame of the doghouse is made from 70 x 35mm pine, and features a timber floor. The sides are clad with pine boards and a metal roo...

Garden

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, making it perfect for creating an instant hedge to block out unsightly views. There's a lot to consider when planting a bamboo hedge, but the most important thing is to select clumping bamboo, not...
Aphids can be incredibly destructive pests in the garden, but with this DIY organic spray, you can deter them from attacking your plants. All you'll need to make this spray is: 2 tablespoons of chilli flakes 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper 2...
In this DIY video, we show you how to plant a bowl of herbs with the kids.   Keeping the kids entertained over the school holidays with creative ideas can be daunting.    Simple to make, we created this herb garden as a great way to begin t...

Hints & Tips

Glass jars have countless uses, but getting the labels off can be tricky, and they often leave behind a sticky residue. You can use Selleys® RP7® to remove leftover residue on the glass. Just spray the residue with Selleys® RP7®, allow it to penetrat...
    Create a hole in the lid of a clean wine bottle with a nail.    Fill the wine bottle to just below the neck with water.  Cover the hole with your finger and insert into the soil.  The water will slowly release as needed over severa...
Cut old stockings into strips.    Then secure the stems of tomato plants to stakes with the stockings.    The stretchable fabric grips the stake while allowing the plant to grow unrestricted.