Home Made Easy – Episode 6
In episode 6 of Home Made Easy we look at projects that revolve around a vertical theme…
Part 1 – Gardening
When it comes to vertical gardening, it seems to be a trend that keeps on growing. With cities expanding and gardens becoming a luxury, the alternative is to go upwards.
When it comes to gutters they definitely have more than one use… one that stands out is using them to create vertical planters!
If you are looking for a fuss free display option, why not opt for beautiful shelves. A few shelves and brackets are all you will need to display your potted plants.
Part 2 – DIY
Most of us have them, and most of us forget to look after them. We’re talking gutters and what you should be doing to keep them in tip-top shape:
- Remove debris using a leaf blower or cleaning by hand
- Remove birds nests and / or wasp nests (call in a professional for wasps)
- Clean the surface of the gutters using a multi-purpose cleaning agent
- Look for any damage to your gutter system; this includes alignment, gaps and holes or rusted areas
- Repair leaks using a silicone sealant (for metal) or a PVC sealant (for plastic)
- Check roof condition and do relevant maintenance
- Install new equipment; like gutter guards to prevent Autumn leaves from entering the gutter
- 18mm Plywood
- Wood screws
- Wood glue
- Sand paper (80 + 180 grit)
- Mitre Saw
- Wood chisel
- Wood pre-cut to size at Builders:
- Vertical mounting board – 18mm x 200mm x 2.0m
- Shelves – 18mm x 300mm x 200mm
- Optional: Router the edge of the shelves with a round-over bit for a smooth edge.
- Mark out where each shelf will sit on the back board:
- 1st shelf – 150mm from the top
- 2nd shelf – 450mm from the top
- 3rd shelf – 600mm down from top
- 4th shelf – 750mm down from top
- 5th shelf – 900mm down from top
- 6th shelf – 1050mm from the top
- Mark the thickness of each shelf on the mounting/back board, using the actual shelf.
- Use the mitre saw to recess the mounting board to a depth of 10mm in order to house each shelf.
- Use the chisel to remove any excess wood from the recessed area and ensure the cavity is level.
- Drill pilot holes through the mounting board to receive and secure shelves.
- Apply wood glue to the recess and secure each shelf with screws, centered to the mounting board.
- Sand the unit with 80g sandpaper to remove markings, then lightly sand with 180g to obtain a smooth finish.
- Spray or paint a coat of varnish/sealant to the entire project and allow to dry.
- Once the varnish is dry, mount to a brick wall using masonry screws and a wall plug.
Part 3 – Décor
- Wooden slats
- Chalk paint
- Paint brush
- -Drop sheet
- Double sided tape
- Start by measuring the height from your floor to ceiling and cut your wooden slats to size.
- With the wooden slats cut to size, move on to painting them using Chalk Paint. No primer is needed, so jump in with a brush and apply your colour of choice.
- Depending on your preferred look, two coats should be enough.
- Once the paint has dried, simply attach the wooden slats to the preferred wall using double sided tape.
- Be sure to use a spirit-level and a spacer when sticking the slats to the wall to create a perfectly straight and perfectly spaced pattern.
- Round mirrors (available in different sizes)
- Double sided tape
- Start by selecting the wall that you want to bring reflective life to.
- Measure out the area and determine how many mirrors you need.
- You can lay out your mirrors on the floor to plan your design, and then simply use double sided tape to stick the mirrors onto the wall.