BBQ delivery, a perfect paint project for lockdown and handbasin heaven

Home front: What can you do to spruce up your home during lockdown?

Colourful sinks
Wash basins are going to get a lot more attention in renovations to come and the prettiest we've seen is this vintage industrial style version available from Tilestyle. Made by Italian company Bleu Provence, the retro range comes in 18 colours including mint, sky blue, ointment pink and lime green, and a variety of sizes including double units and corner sinks. Pictured is a double unit in bright yello (Gallo). Measuring 120 cms it costs €2,247. see

Top coat
Antique furniture doesn't have to stay brown for ever. A perfect lockdown project could be to give granny's sideboard, a faded table or vintage kitchen chairs a whole new look. Irish paint company Colourtrend, based in Celbridge, Co Kildare, has endless summery shades across its rangesand they come in different finishes suitable for woodwork. This art deco style sideboard sings in a colour called Sin City 0816, and looks good against an eye-popping shade called Blooming Perfect 0062.

Both are part of a summer range that include several cheering shades of yellow for hallways, kitchens and bathrooms. You can browse paint shades and room sets at, ask questions and order paint. Prices range from €75.00 - €32.50 per 5 litres. The company also delivers. Phone: 01 628 8224

BBQ sets delivered
Gas barbecues account for 75 per cent of grill giant Weber's Irish sales and during the current restrictions the fact that you can purchase online and have it home delivered, along with chips, from €6.99 and tools, like an instant read meat thermometer, €20, smoker box, €29.99, and wire brush, €12.99, to clean the grate after, mean you can get everything you want without having to leave the house.


For more inspiration check out the social media feeds of rugby stars Cian Healy and Rob Carney, whose used his to cook the family Christmas turkey. A really good introduction level buy is the Spirit, which starts from €549 for a two-burner model while more experienced cooks prefer the options offered by the Genesis range, with prices for a two-burner starting from €1,000.  The brand also offers 10 year warranty on the components of its gas, charcoal and electric models. Weber. com/ie

Building better?

How might architecture change after Covid? After looking at our own four walls for so long, many of us are dreaming of bigger rooms, more light, private spaces, and spaces that can change with our needs. Could we see real innovations coming down the line? What about co-working spaces as part of apartment design, mandatory balconies, wider pavements, more public parks? The Irish Architecture Foundation are holding a public discussion, via Zoom, with the eight architects who featured in last month's piece in this paper by Gemma Tipton on the same topic. Architects on Lockdown – Live takes place on May 12th at 6.30pm. Register to attend and submit your questions to the people who shape our spaces – and our lives – at