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Four DIY jobs you can do this Easter long weekend

After spending months at home, it’s no surprise that many people are thinking about updating their homes.

The Easter long weekend is a perfect time to undertake some renovations, from the small changes required to spruce up a space to bigger projects that bring some bang into the room.

Here, Trojan experts share four quick and easy DIY projects for a more functional and fashionable home.

Revamp your kitchen with new cupboard door handles (30 minutes)

Tools and supplies needed: Trojan screwdriver, safety glasses, Trojan 200mm combination plier, snap screws and new handles.

An easy way to give your kitchen a new look is to replace cupboard door handles.

First, remove the old handles with a screwdriver.

Trojan recommends using snap screws to help mount cabinet handles; the long screw that has notches at different lengths which can be snapped off for the required length to suit different door thicknesses.

Then using a 200m combination plier, cut the snap screws down to the required size.

When attaching the new handles, fix the snap screw thread loosely into the handle first, starting with the top screw. Align the bottom screw and tighten with a screwdriver.

Reupholster your couch (2-3 hours)

Tools and supplies needed: Smartphone,Trojan 200mm combination plier, new fabric, Trojan 3 in 1 staple gun, staples and scissors.

Reupholstering a couch with new fabric is an exciting way to give it a makeover while saving money.

Couches have a lightweight layer of fabric, known as a dust cover, stapled to the underside of the couch.

First, use the 200mm combination plier to remove the staples from the fabric. Once the dust cover is removed, take away the layers of upholstery fabric stapled to the couch’s frame and set aside.

Take photos so you know the order in which the pieces were removed, where they fit and how the fabric was attached.

Cut and attach new upholstery fabric in the reverse order that you removed the fabric using the old fabric as a stencil and use the 3 in 1 staple gun to staple it back to the frame.

Then re-staple the dust cover back to the bottom of the couch.

Transform your wall with DIY wallpaper (3-5 hours)

Tools and supplies needed: Measuring tape, contact paper, pencil, template/design, Trojan medium paint mixer, paint, paintbrush, razor blade and ruler.

DIY wallpaper is a great way to create a space that is completely unique.

Contact paper holds up well on the wall and can be removed without leaving a trace behind, making it the ideal solution for renters or those who like to change wall scenery regularly.

Use a measuring tape to determine how much contact paper you require; most options come with a grid on the back as a size guide.

You can design your own pattern or use a simple online template and trace it onto the contact paper with a pencil.

Use the trojan medium paint mixer to mix paint thoroughly to improve the colour and consistency of the finish.

Paint your design and let each panel dry for approximately 3-4 hours.

Once dry, cut the contact paper carefully with a razor blade, slowly remove the backing and place onto the wall, starting from the top.

Smooth out all the bubbles with a ruler and adjust, as necessary.

Relax at home (as long as you like!)

Tools and supplies needed: Couch, home-cooked meal and loved ones.

Once you’ve completed the DIY renovations for the weekend, the only project left to do this Easter is to relax.

While you’re at it, make yourself a delicious home-cooked meal and get your friends and family round to admire your handywork!

Trojan tools are available exclusively through Bunnings Warehouse nationwide. For more information, visit http://trojantools.com.au/.

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