Decorating your first house can feel like a huge and daunting task. It’s a brand new space that may still have the look and feel of its previous owners, and you want to make it your own. While there are certain things you can’t decorate or create yourself, like a new lounge suite or carpets, there are many ways to still make your mark yourself.

Whether you’ve bought a property for sale in Durban, Johannesburg, or Cape Town, buying a home requires a significant amount of your money, which can mean the funds for a home revamp may not be readily available. Luckily, with the help of Private Property, here are a few DIY projects you can start, to make your first house feel like your home.

Crate side table
With pallet design in fashion at the moment, it’s relatively easy to get your hands on a small pallet crate to turn into a unique side table. The untreated wood means that you can leave it bare, cover it in a few coats of varnish for a darker wood look, or even paint it in a colour that suits your chosen colour scheme. Once the crate has been painted or varnished, hairpin legs can easily be attached using a drill and suitable screws.

Crate pic

Picture-frame inspired shelves
Shelving can cost a lot, especially if you have to hire someone to get it fixed to the wall for you. Pick a selection of old or cheap picture frames that are big enough to hold books or anything that you’d like to shelve. Take off all accessories such as the glass, backing and clips so that each frame is bare, and then measure four pieces of board to fit the size of the frame. Glue the edges of the boards together, and then glue that to the frame so that the frame sticks away from the wall slightly. Once the frames have been painted to your liking, they can be stuck to the wall with thick, double-sided hanging tape.


Hanging planters
If you lack garden space, or just want to add some fresh plants and a pop of colour to your interior, hanging planters are a must. Choose a selection of plastic or ceramic plant pots that are light enough to be hung. Using simple chalk paint, paint the pots with your desired colour and, once dry, make four holes just underneath the rim if no holes exist already. Using your chosen rope, cut two pieces about 60-90 cm long, thread them through the holes and tie a knot at the top. The pot can then be hung from a hook on a wall.

Hanging Flower

While these DIY projects are small, a little can go a long way to making a new house feel like your home. Being creative need not be expensive or extremely time-consuming, and these projects might be just what you need to start making your personal stamp on the house.


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