DIY with Builders Warehouse

I’m not ashamed to admit that on any given Sunday you can probably find Ant and me at Builders Warehouse. I’ve always dabbled in some DIY, but since moving into our own little flat together I’ve become pretty darn obsessed with it – if you’ve never screwed or banged something into place with your own two hands (ooh, err..) then trust me, YOU NEED TO TRY IT.

So I was more than a little excited when I was approached by Builders to embark on the DIY project of my dreams with them this month. Paint, wood, and getting my hands dirty? Sign me up.

I’ve really been lusting after a headboard and Ant and I decided this would be the perfect time to build one ourselves – side note: doing something like this as a couple is the FLIPPEN BEST. I can’t recommend it enough, it’s so great to spend some quality time together and share the satisfaction of a completed project at the end.

Drawing inspiration from this special Pinterest Board I created, we set out to build a Barn Door style headboard and paint the wall behind our bed a lovely light grey colour. I opted for Dulux’s Truly Scandinavia paint from their Colours of the World range, which is so beautiful and definitely worth looking at for some inspiration if you’re thinking of painting.

We started off with some pine planks, which we dyed with Gripseal Wood Sealant in Grey – this stuff is really great if you’re looking to dye some wood (casual Saturday afternoon hobby perhaps?) and we watered it down and kept applying coats until it looked like we wanted it to look. You can also see how the wood looked before and after we applied the Gripseal.

The process of actually putting the headboard together involved a lot of calculating, measuring, cutting and clamping. When embarking on a project like this, I can’t recommend clamps highly enough (ooh, err…) for keeping things in place while you glue and nail everything together.

Builders Warehouse Paint Project

While we made efforts to keep things in line and uniform in some areas, I was also aware that the headboard is meant to resemble a barn door, so we weren’t super strict, as long as everything looked good.

Builders Warehouse Paint Project

We had an amazing, hilarious (and at times super frustrating) time putting this together, and it was incredibly satisfying to have it finished in the end. Ant also made us some beautiful built-in bedside lights which I’m completely obsessed with. I’ll make another post with specific details on how to make the headboard and the lights – we learnt so much and I’d love to share it with you so that you can build them yourself too.

After painting the wall, hanging the pictures that we’ve had¬†leaning against the wall for AGES and painting our bedside tables with chalk paint, it feels like we have a whole new bedroom. Did I say bedroom? What I meant was Master-Deluxe-Super-Awesome-Suite. I’m so happy.

The finished product:

Builders Warehouse Paint Project

And here’s the Before and After:

Before
Before
After
After

How great does it look?! Freaking out a little here – please feel free to bow down to me as the Queen of DIY (okay, and Ant. He helped with some of the hard stuff, but I helped and shouted encouragement at him and stuff. He can be the King of DIY.)

The BEST PART of all this is that you can also win the chance to complete the DIY project of your dreams and show how much you#loveyourhome with a share of R40, 000 worth of Builders Vouchers. Guys, think of ALL THE THINGS YOU COULD DO. You could build a table, tile a kitchen, paint your cat.* The options are endless.

Enter by visiting their website and filling in all your deets HERE.

See you soon, if you need me I’ll be sleeping below my beautiful new grey wall and headboard.

Lucy
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*FYI I don’t endorse cat-painting. Maybe dog-painting though. That would be amazing.

Builders Warehouse Paint Project

Builders Warehouse Paint Project

Builders Warehouse Paint Project

Builders Warehouse Paint Project

Builders Warehouse Paint Project

Builders Warehouse Paint Project

Builders Warehouse Paint Project

Builders Warehouse Paint Project

Comments 2
  • Lucy – this headboard is AMAZING! My hubby and i have also recently acquired our own place and I’ve tentatively started building and banging about with my power tools. I’ve made a tv stand, which was way more complex than i thought! I followed a local plan which said the wood etc from builders would be total cost R500 – it turned out to actually be R1700! I was wondering how much you forked out for the wood, supplies etc for this project? Would love to try and replicate something similar… Just need to get some clamps!

    • Hey Jaclyn,
      So lovely to hear that you like the headboard, it’s by far one of my favourite pieces in our house.
      I don’t have exact figures as we did the project in conjunction with Builders, so part of it was sponsored. With that said, I would estimate that it couldn’t have cost more than R1000 at most, especially if you already have the basic tools (clamps, hammers, paintbrushes.) Obviously the wood was the most expensive bit, but I’d definitely recommend looking around for that – you don’t always need to pick the thicker, more expensive options :)

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