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Easy DIY home improvements your other half will love

DIY Home improvements

Darren PalmerDarren has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.


Conflicting thoughts on budget. Alternative style aspirations. Different project management styles. All of these elements and more can see home improvement projects test the limits of even the most solid relationship.

So, if you can feel the reno bug brewing, but don’t want to risk your relationship over upgrading your home, here are a few suggestions that should satisfy your DIY cravings and please your partner at the same time.

For the outdoorsy type

Living together in the city, but dreaming of an escape to the country? Plantation shutters can inject some cute cottage style into your home. Offering some welcome privacy, too, they can help create the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere, even when you’re in the city centre.

For the eco-warrior

If your partner is all for green living, then replacing tired flooring with eco-friendly alternatives should be a welcome change. The Stockmans Ridge timber collection, for example, uses sustainable sourcing and production techniques to yield more product from fewer trees. Super simple to install, boards simply click together, without any need for glue or nails.

For the shopaholic

Use your partner’s shopping habit to inspire your next DIY project and give their (undoubtedly overflowing) wardrobe a makeover. Installing additional tension rods will help to maximise dead space, while fixing rails to the back of the doors creates a useful place to hang scarves or ties.

For the stressed out

If there’s nothing more your other half likes than running a hot bath and whiling away a few hours in the tub, giving your bathroom a makeover could score you some brownie points. Updating fixtures like cabinet handles and tapware and introducing soft furnishings is an easy way to dramatically transform the feel of the space.

For the budding chef

Feed your partner’s creativity in the kitchen by making them an indoor herb garden. Depending on how much of the fresh stuff you get through in an average week, you can craft one using anything from tin cans and mason jars to outdoor planters. Line them up on a shelf or sideboard, or save space by fixing them to the wall.

For the gadget fiend

If your partner forever has a gadget on the go (and all of the cables are ruining your home’s polished finish), try transforming a chest of drawers into a charging hub. In the back of the drawer, simply drill a hole large enough to fit a power strip cord and plug. Grab an extension cable with enough ports (plugs or USBs) to charge all your home’s devices simultaneously, feed it through the hole and fix it to one of the internal panels.