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Rainy Day DIY - get inside jobs done and dusted

So the weather report isn’t looking too flash for your outdoor projects this weekend? Not to worry! There are a few handy  jobs  and DIY projects that are perfect for tackling on a rainy day. 

Sometimes you just want a DIY project that can be completed in a weekend and won’t cost the earth. Avoid project creep and tackle your DIY the smart way with tools and equipment from Hirepool. At Hirepool we offer competitive hire rates and expert advice on any DIY task, so you can get your job done and chill out and admire your handiwork. Here are our top picks for the DIY jobs you can get done inside this weekend.

 

1. Repair it 

 

Fixing Sink

 

That’s right, repair it. While it might not make the biggest impact in a room, it’s sure to improve your day to day experience of your home and get your other half off your back once you get it done. We recommend grabbing a notebook and taking stock of the repairs needed around your home. Go from room to room and give everything a thorough check and make notes of any repairs needed. 

 

Common household repair jobs may include: 

  • Unclogging drains

  • Fixing leaky taps or a running toilet 

  • Repairing loose or scratched floorboards

  • Filling holes or dings in walls 

  • Fixing cracks in plaster (especially in ceilings) 

  • Regrouting old tile

  • Fixing squeaky doors or loud cabinets 

  • Replacing or installing a light fixture

  • Fixing a stuck window 

 

While not the most exciting to-do list, knocking off all of these little jobs over a rainy weekend will be a weekend well spent - and you won’t have to worry about them again for a while! 

 

Tools you may need for small repair jobs may include a drill, a hammer or nail gun, plumbing tools, plastering equipment, or other hand tools. 

2.Whip up a feature wall

 

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There's a lot you can achieve in a weekend with a good idea, a few tools and a tin of paint. Add interest to your interior spaces by giving your room a coat of paint, or a feature wall that inspires. 

There are a few ways to make a big impact with a feature wall. Painting it a different colour is the simplest and fastest way to make your space feel new, but you can also consider adding board and batten stylings or shiplap for added interest and texture. Wallpaper is also a simple way to liven up your space without breaking the bank. 

Accent walls are a great way to experiment with textures and colours without breaking the bank or committing to using it for the whole space. Consider adding a chalkboard wall in the kitchen or kids playroom, or adding a tile feature wall in the bathroom if you’re feeling confident. If you’re not ready to commit to a permanent feature wall, hang a gallery wall instead. 

 

Tackle your feature wall project the smart way with tools from Hirepool 

  1. A paint spray gun and attachments will make your painting quick with a smooth result. 

  2. A wallboard sander will help you prep your walls for painting in no time 

  3. A nail gun and spirit level  will make light work when attempting board and batten or shiplap

  4. Don’t forget Extension cords and/or ladders for those hard to reach places.

  5. Safety equipment such as rubber gloves, eye protection and good ventilation.

 

The possibilities are endless, so have fun creating a different mood or look for your space. If you’re unsure about the best tools for your particular feature wall DIY, call in and have a chat to the Hirepool team, our local experts are always happy to help point you in the right direction.

 

 

3. Get creative with concrete 

 

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You may only think of concrete as something you mix up and use outside, but you’d be missing out on all the many fun and useful DIY projects to try with concrete. Head to the garage and clear some space, throw down a tarpaulin and get creative with concrete.

You can make a planter box or planters using buckets as moulds or putting together a mould out of scrap timber you have lying around.  

How about attempting concrete stools or a coffee table? Make industrial looking pendant lights using bottles and a lightbulb kit, the possibilities are endless. 


Make sure you check out our guide on how to mix concrete everytime, and pick up a concrete wheelbarrow or cement mixer to get the job done the smart way.

 

 4. Build and perfect your ‘shelfie’

 

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Shelves come in all shapes and sizes and are useful in almost every space in your home. Adding built in shelving units can act as an eye catching feature as well as a useful space to store or display your household items, and can usually be built or hung in a day or two. 

 

In the living room, try your hand at building  a bookshelf, adding a built in shelving feature or hanging an art ledge or two to create a wall feature.

 

In the kitchen, construct custom open shelving to store kitchen appliances and dinnerware, or build in a small floating shelf for spices and decor. 

 

In the bedroom, try a built in floating shelf beside the bed instead of a side table, or a low bench for holding plants or storing extra bedding. 

 

No matter what shelf you try your hand at making, make sure to pick up the tools you need for a perfect finish from Hirepool. Cutting mitred corners or other timber joinery cuts is much easier with a mitre saw. A circular saw will make cutting timber straight a lot easier than by hand, while a jig saw will help with any curves or organic shapes you wish to cut. 

 

Don’t forget to snap a pic or ‘Shelfie’ when you’ve built and filled your new shelf!

 

5. Focus on the Foyer

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As the old saying goes, first impressions count, and this is true for your home too. Welcome friends and family from the cold by creating inviting space by spending a little time sprucing up this high traffic zone. Entryways or hallways can easily become cluttered with coats and shoes, or become a dumping ground for mail and other household items. There are a couple of smaller jobs you can easily do to make a big difference in this small space. 

 

  •  Update your welcome mat or rug

    - This will be a welcome bit of texture and colour while saving your carpets or floor from becoming worn over time

  •  Sort out your storage

    - Keep smelly shoes and unsightly sports gear tucked out of sight. Build a bench seat with storage or cubbies below so you have a dedicated zone for stashing your sneaks.

  •  Add some coat hooks

    - Avoid a jumble of coats and scarves from piling up in your hallway by fixing some coat hooks in place. If you have kiddos, make sure there are some at the right height for them too! 

  •  Repaint your front door

    - Even if it’s only the inside! Stripping paint and repainting your door is a fun way to add a pop of colour and makes a great first impressions with visitors

 

Just because a space is small doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. There are several tools that might come in handy as you update your entryway, such as sanders and saws for building storage solutions, a drill or right angle drill for putting shelves together and fixing coat hooks, a heat gun for removing paint from doors, especially in hard to reach corners. 



Ready to get your inside jobs done and dusted?  

Take some time during the cooler months to update these smaller areas and pat yourself on the back come summer when they’re done and you can relax. We have a huge range of tools and equipment available at Hirepool to help you tackle interior repairs or reno jobs. Get in touch with your local branch today to talk about selecting the right gear for your project!