Lockdown renos

• Sprucing up the house with paint was a popular DIY project during lockdown.

DURING lockdown many of us got the DIY bug and tackled those pesky jobs we had been putting off for years.

But what was the most popular project and what are home owners looking at doing next?

According to DIY behemoths Bunnings, two in five Australians are planning to fix up their garden in the upcoming months.

“We’ve seen an increase in popularity across all plant types over the past few months. Our customers are tackling everything in the garden from growing their own food to updating their garden landscapes, as well as adding greenery inside their homes with indoor plants,” said Alex Newman, Bunnings greenlife buyer. 

With many of us spending more time inside there has also been an upturn in demand for indoor lighting, with home owners using the opportunity to make the transition to LEDs. People are making their home office more pleasant with table lamps, and renters have been installing pendant lights as they don’t need landlord approval. 

According to the latest research, two in three Australians are tackling a DIY job once a month, and 65 per cent of Australians have at least one uncompleted DIY job to finish. Painting has proven to be a big hit. “Our DIY paint range has been popular, especially transformation paints for kitchen benchtops and cupboards, which indicates Australians are refreshing some of the hardest working rooms in their homes,” said Bunnings Warren May . 

“Design and effect paints, including chalk finish and milk paints, have also been good performers. These paints are terrific for upcycling furniture or feature in the room like a concrete wall. “Spray paints, for DIY touch-up jobs and craft projects, plus interior and exterior Broadwall paints, and woodcare (coating exterior timber) also had an uplift.” Outdoor play areas have also been flying out the warehouse doors, and as the weather starts to bite, people are looking at fire pits. 

“As there are no set national regulations, it is best to check with your local council for regulations relevant to where you live. It is important to remember an open flame can’t be used during total fire ban days and should always be kept clear of combustible materials,” noted Bunnings. “In addition to being a reliable source of heat, the right fire pit can add to the décor and style of your garden and outdoor area.” 

General gardening, decluttering/home organisation, painting and landscaping topped the list of activities planned, according to recent DIY research. 

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