4 Fun DIY Projects to Kill Boredom During Lockdown

The lockdown has influenced our lifestyle and routine. Professionals are struggling to juggle working from home and create boundaries between their work and personal life. Instead, others are trying to fill the gaps of empty hours waiting for these restrictions to be lifted. However, with such a significant amount of free time available, you can turn your social-distancing era into a mindful retreat. While you are there, learn a new skill and take up a new DIY project to make your home beautiful this summer!

Rethink Your Garden

Anyone lucky enough to enjoy a garden during these unusual times has never been as grateful for it. However, changing it around, making it summer-ready, and tidying it up is essential to living your garden-life to its fullest! Start by tending your plants and flowers and rearranging the furniture. If you have never invested in outdoor chairs and tables, this is an excellent time to support a local artisan by buying a unique piece of furniture.

Additionally, you could invest time in creating a path in your lawn. This feature can make your outdoor area more liveable and accessible by your family and guests.

Breath New Life Into Old Furniture

A quick visit to your garage will tell you that you have at least a chest of drawers or chairs worth restyling. If there is not enough space in your home to welcome a new piece of furniture, you can turn it into a waterproof item that can live on your patio.

Restyling old furniture does not require you to be a DIY expert, but you definitely need some tools and pieces of equipment to make your time worthwhile. Investing in spray paint can be an excellent starting point for your projects, especially as a quick make-over can offer you professional results and transform any item!

Use Wallpaper to Restyle Your Rooms

Remodeling a bathroom or bedroom is among the most expensive and time-consuming projects you could undertake in your house. However, if you wish to enjoy a modern-looking room that better matches your current preferences, there is no need to go to such great lengths. Instead, opt to invest in an alternative, stylish wallpaper. They are easy to apply and can genuinely change the look and feel of a room. And if you still have some of it leftover, you can create lamps, DIY wall art, or covers for boxes.

Build a Bookshelf

Unless you are passionate about scouting a unique piece of furniture, bookshelves tend to be the cheapest-looking items in our homes. They serve their purpose, and they are designed to be a home for your books and spare articles. However, building one yourself can be a source of great satisfaction. Since many people have large quantities of free time available, this period is perfect for undertaking such a lengthy project. Investing in the right materials for your projects is essential, as these can truly make a difference in the outcome. And, even if you are a DIY expert, don’t forget to get the inspiration and tips you need from experts in the sector!

Manchester City 3 Arsenal 0

Arsenal’s David Luiz was sent off in a performance riddled with mistakes as Manchester City secured a comfortable victory behind closed doors on the first night of the Premier League’s return. Luiz, who came on as a first-half substitute, failed to clear the ball just before half-time and Raheem Sterling fired in City’s opener. The defender was then sent off after pulling back Riyad Mahrez in the second half to give away a penalty, which Kevin de Bruyne coolly slotted in for City’s second. Substitute Phil Foden netted a third for the defending champions, capitalising on a rebound from Sergio Aguero’s strike. There was concern for City late on as Eric Garcia needed several minutes of treatment on the pitch after a nasty collision with goalkeeper Ederson, and was carried off on a stretcher.

Arsenal were second best throughout as manager Mikel Arteta left Alexandre Lacazette on the bench and Mesut Ozil was kept out of the extended 20-man squad. There were bursts of energy from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Eddie Nketiah going forward in the first half but it was City who were more dangerous. De Bruyne, Sterling and David Silva were all denied by Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno, who produced an impressive display, but it seemed inevitable City would move ahead when Luiz’s mistake gifted Sterling a chance from close range. Victory for Pep Guardiola’s side means league leaders Liverpool remain six points away from winning the title – writing off any potential celebrations in Sunday’s Merseyside derby. On an evening in which thousands tuned in to watch a new-look Premier League on their TV screens, players from both clubs used their platform to support the Black Lives Matter movement for racial equality.

All players and staff took a knee immediately before kick-off, mirroring the actions of those at Villa Park in the earlier match, and the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ replaced players’ names on the back of their shirts. After being left out of the starting line-up by Arteta, Luiz was handed his chance when he was brought on in the 23rd minute as Arsenal suffered their second injury of the match. Pablo Mari, making just his second Premier League start for the club, followed Granit Xhaka, who was taken off on a stretcher early on. But Luiz, prone to questionable decision-making, only confirmed his manager’s decision to leave him out initially had been for the best. Failure to clear the ball properly led to Sterling’s opener – the ball bouncing off Luiz’s knee from De Bruyne’s pass, landing straight into the path of the City forward. And Luiz completed a dreadful night four minutes into the second half when he tugged Mahrez’s shirt with no intention to play the ball, giving away a penalty and receiving a red card.