DIY for beginners
DIY can become a nightmare at even the best of times, but not for 17-year-old Charlie Redfern who constructed her own bed from start to finish for her Product Design AS-Level course.
Charlie borrowed some wooden slats from our Feather & Black store in Oxford to help make her bed, which was crafted from walnut and ash, with the drawers having an apple wood stripe.
Her outstanding work was recognised by her tutors when she was awarded with an overall grade A.
Charlie said: “I wanted to create something different to what we normally see, in traditional material, but with a modern twist. I feel like I have achieved that, not only in a way that is aesthetically pleasing, but also in a way which allows the product to function as I wanted it to.
“There were times where I really had to push myself through figuring out measurements or sanding ash panels for a seemingly endless time, but I really enjoy design work, and I loved focusing in on every detail to make the bed I pictured in my head.”
DIY tips for beginners
For all those other budding DIY enthusiasts out there, we thought it would be a good idea to put together some top tips for all those who are planning on redecorating. Useful tips can make a difficult job a lot easier and more enjoyable, so here’s a quick list to get the ball rolling…
1. If you receive any assembly instructions for a product, it’s a good idea to read them through first before using your tools to piece the items together. Instructions are always there to help you, so don’t forget to have a read of these – even if you just look at the pictures!
2. You can’t do a good job without the right tools. Make sure you’ve got everything you need to hand too, you don’t want to keeping stopping and starting every couple of minutes. If you’re decorating your bedroom, be sure to use a good quality brush. You don't need a huge stack of tools to do a good job, but it’s definitely worth spending a little more on your brushes to get something of decent quality which makes painting so much easier and looking more professional.
3. Ask for help if you need it, it will probably save you time and the cost of any repairs you might need to make if you make a mistake first time around!
4. This one may sound simple, but it’s quite easily forgotten about. When measuring between two points, make sure you keep the measuring tape horizontal or vertical, never at an angle. This means the length would become too big!
January 22nd 2015