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How to Build a Trestle Table

DIY specialist and professional furniture maker Natasha Dickins from Little Red Industries is here to walk you through the simple steps to build your own trestle table.     ‘A trestle table is a practical piece of furniture. It’s useful in providing an extra workbench, serving area or dining table, and it stores neatly away,’ says DIY specialist Natasha Dickins at Little Red Industries, who puts a modern twist on this classic design. ‘The trestles actually use a fair bit of timber, so keep the costs down by using 64mm DAR clear pine,’ Natasha says. ‘Simply seal it with Monocel
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Bathroom Makeover Challenge Part 3: Repurpose a Mirror

The one element in a bathroom that doesn’t wear out or become dated is the mirror so there’s no reason it shouldn’t be reused, says DIY specialist and professional renovator Natasha Dickins from Little Red Industries. “Adding a custom timber vanity table and changing the original aluminium frame of the mirror to timber adds a handcrafted element. It also helps the large mirror feel warmer and helps tie it into the rest of the refurb,” Natasha says. Choose an adhesive that handles moisture, such as Bondall’s Bondcrete, which is also easy to work with and dries quickly and clear, and
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How to Build Your Own Laptop Desk

The talented DIY specialist Natasha Dickens from Little Red Industries is back with another DIY project, featuring Bondall products. Watch the how to video or read on to find out how you can recreate this very handy laptop desk – perfect for kids rooms, apartments or small homes without a full study.   While this is a cute desk, it’s not just for kids. The hairpins are a standard height, making the desk suited to anyone in the family. And the tabletop is 800mm x 400mm, the perfect size for a laptop and notepad. The key to the lovely finish
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The beachy coastal home design trend and how to get it

Have you dreamed of living by the beach, but that coastal dream house has always been beyond your budget? How about the next best thing? In this article, we’ll explore how you can bring the coast into your home.  The beachy coastal home design trend With Australia’s love of the beach, it should come as no surprise that the coastal-inspired theme is one of the fastest growing interior design styles. The good news is you don’t have to live close to the beach to incorporate it in your own home. So what elements can you introduce to beach-ify your home?
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How to Boost Home Storage with Custom Joinery

Houses are getting smaller, but we’re acquiring more ‘stuff’. So, what can you do to create more storage in your home? You can either hire an artisan joiner who knows their craft well or you can learn the tricks of the trade yourself. Smart design choices will get your storage sorted in your own home and save you having to fork out for an external storage unit. Customised Joinery in the Kitchen It makes sense to want more space to create culinary delights in your kitchen. Closed cupboards create a calm space; whereas open shelves add personality. Choose your kitchen
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How to fill a crack in concrete

Concrete may be a super strong construction material, but it can be prone to crack. It can crack for a number of reasons, from moisture, temperature changes and ground movement. Do you have cracks in your concrete that need repairing? You could hire a professional, but what you may not know is that repairing cracks in concrete is actually quite an easy, fast and satisfying project for any DIYer, so it’s something you may want to try at home yourself. Not only does filling in your concrete cracks make the concrete look better, it helps keep out the elements, which
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How to Create a Timber Feature Wall

  DIY specialist and professional furniture maker Natasha Dickins from Little Red Industries is here to show you how to jazz up any room with a stunning timber feature wall you can build yourself. ‘I built this lovely timber feature wall using Porta Timber half dowel in Tasmanian oak and finished it with Monocel Clear Timber Varnish to enhance the woodgrain and protect it from everyday wear,’ says Natasha Dickins of Little Red Industries. ‘To do this room makeover I followed my tried and true three-part DIY plan to design the reno,’ Natasha says.   REMOVE THE MOST DISFUNCIONAL FACTOR
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Ultra-Modern Home Design Inspiration

Uncovering your own modern home style and knowing how to achieve it can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. Incorporating timber is a fantastic way to instantly change the look and feel of your entire home. Today, we’re here to help with design inspiration by taking you through some of the timber elements used in two amazing spaces. The incredible home of a leading Australian designer and a modern Scandinavian-inspired apartment building.   Melbourne home of builder and developer Bear Agushi The first home we’re going to walk you through is the Melbourne home of builder and developer
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How to Modernise a Rattan Cabinet

DIY specialist and professional furniture maker Natasha Dickins from Little Red Industries is here to show you how to breathe new life to an outdated rattan cabinet.   ‘There are many pieces of furniture that have handy DIYers stumped as to how to make them fit into a modern home,’ says Natasha Dickins, DIY specialist at Little Red Industries. ‘While there’s nothing wrong with this cabinet of rattan boxes, there’s nothing about it that catches the eye to make it interesting or give it 
a designer edge.’ So what’s the trick?  ‘I have a three-step rule that works for any
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