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Papering a Ceiling

| April 9, 2015

In most cases it is better to paint a ceiling rather than papering it. Applying wallpaper to ceilings is tricky as you are working at awkward angles and against gravity.

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Cleaning Brushes and Rollers

| April 9, 2015

It is a little known fact that paintbrushes actually improve the more they are used, as long as they are looked after.

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Penetrating and Rising Damp

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the UK we see a massive 25,000 gallons of rainwater a year, so it is no surprise that one of the most common problems in our homes is damp. Damp is usually fairly easy to fix, but can sometimes be an indication of a more serious problem.

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Decorating Tiles

| April 9, 2015

If you are tired of your existing tiles, but don’t want to go to the trouble of removing and replacing them, you could always try decorating them.

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Treating Mould and Mildew

| April 9, 2015
Treating Mould and Mildew

Simply painting over patches of mould and mildew might hide the marks for a while, but unless the mould spores are killed, it is unlikely that will be the last you see of them. Here is a complete guide to killing the mould spores and then covering the stains on your walls.

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Removing Paint Distemper

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Distemper used to be a popular finish, and in older houses you are quite likely to come across it when renovating or redecorating. Distemper is chalk mixed with a glue and water.

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Painting Wooden Window Frames

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although this might seem like a simple job, painting window frames should always be completed in a certain way.

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Covering Damp Stains on walls

| April 9, 2015
Covering Damp Stains on walls

If you have had a problem with damp that has left unsightly stains on the walls or ceilings of your home, covering them up after the problem has been solved can be tricky.

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Preparing Plaster for Decoration

| April 9, 2015

Before you can decorate over newly finished plaster, you must allow it to dry out completely. Depending on the size of the area plastered, this could take several days. If efflorescence is forming on the surface, it is still drying out. Wipe any efflorescence away each time it appears. Once it stops, the plaster should […]

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Restoring Wooden Furniture

| April 9, 2015

Many people have an old wooden table or some wooden chairs knocking around the house. I tend to be given first refusal on lots of old wooden furniture my family don’t want or need anymore, but often the furniture is dark and drab.

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Exterior Masonry Paint

| April 9, 2015

Painting exterior masonry is one way to help keep it in good condition and can prevent water invading the brickwork, stonework or render. Masonry paint comes in several different types, each of which is more or less suited to a particular application.

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Stripping Wallpaper

| April 9, 2015

The key to successfully stripping wallpaper is to take your time, prepare the wallpaper properly and work methodically. Make sure you have everything you need for the job, including any specific wallpaper removing tools such as an orbital paper scorer and a clean paper knife.

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Sealers and Primers

| April 9, 2015

Preparation is the key to any decorating job. You may be the best painter or decorator in the country, but if you do not prepare your surfaces well, the result will often be less than perfect.

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Choosing the Best Wood Finish

| April 9, 2015
Choosing the Best Wood Finish

There are several options available to you when thinking about finishing exposed wood both inside and outside your home. This guide will hopefully help you choose the right finish for the job at hand.

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Protecting Solid Wood Floors

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Protecting Solid Wood Floors

As with any painting or varnishing job, preparation is the key. However, the correct preparation is even more essential when the paint or varnish is being applied to floors. Floors obviously take more of a beating than walls, etc, so getting it right first time will mean less repair work in the future.

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Using a Wallpaper Steamer

| April 9, 2015
Using a Wallpaper Steamer

There are several ways to strip wallpaper, but the fastest way by far is to use a steam stripper. These can be bought or hired and will come will all the attachments you need. The only thing you need to add is the water.

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Renovating Fireplace Surrounds

| April 9, 2015

Rather than simply ripping out and replacing old or tired fireplace surrounds, it is often a fairly simple job to renovate them. This will save you money and, if the surround is original, be more in keeping with your property.

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Choosing Filler

| April 9, 2015

There are many different types of filler available, and each has different use around the home. Choosing the right filler for the job will help to give you the best possible finish. As a rule, pre-mixed filler is easier to use but more expensive to buy than powder filler.

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Hanging Paper Borders

| April 9, 2015
Hanging Paper Borders

Adding a paper border to a room seems to be as popular as ever and there are currently a huge range of styles and designs available. Hanging a border can enhance the look of a room and help to break up blank walls.

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Fitting Coving

| April 8, 2015

Coving, also sometimes known as Cornice or Crown Mouldings, serves two main purposes. The first is to conceal the join between wall and ceiling and the second is to add a decorative touch to the room. It is fairly simple to fit and can be tackled by even a new DIY-er.

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Paint Problems

| April 8, 2015

When painting with either gloss or emulsion paint, there are several problems which can occur, especially if you do not prepare the surface to be painted properly. Here we take a look at the most common problems and show how to avoid or fix them.

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Fitting a Ceiling Rose

| February 28, 2015

A ceiling rose makes a nice feature in a period property. You can buy plaster ceiling roses fairly cheaply in a variety of styles.

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Fitting Standard Architrave

| February 28, 2015
Fitting Standard Architrave

Fitting architrave around a doorway properly is not the most difficult of DIY job, but it important to the finished look of any internal doorway. Architrave not only hides the joint between the door lining and the wall, but it also makes the doorway look complete.

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Learn How to Hang Shelves

| February 12, 2015
Learn How to Hang Shelves

Adding shelves to a room, whether as a feature or in a hidden-away corner, is one of the easiest ways of creating extra storage. Shelves can be made from a wide variety of materials, can be hung in a number of different ways and can be bought ready-made or custom build to suit a specific […]

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Painting Stripes on an Interior Wall

| August 11, 2014
Painting Stripes on an Interior Wall

Painting stripes on a wall, rather than using striped wallpaper, can be a very effective way of creating a feature wall, and one which allows you total control over the width and colour of the stripes.

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Replace Silicone Sealant around a Bath

| August 11, 2014

The main purpose of the Silicone Sealant around your bath or shower is to provide a flexible barrier to stop water seeping into the gap between the fixture and the wall. If a non-flexible sealant was to be used, it would crack after just a small amount of use.

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Using Wallpaper Paste

| August 11, 2014
Using Wallpaper Paste

Although you might think that one wallpaper paste is much the same as the next, there are actually several different types, each with quite specific uses. Most of these types of paste come as a powder or flakes ready to be mixed with water. However, you can also by ready mixed paste.

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Painting Walls and Ceilings

| May 11, 2014
Painting Walls and Ceilings

When you are painting a whole room, you should always paint the ceiling first to avoid splashing paint on walls and woodwork.

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Replacing Kitchen Cupboard Doors

| February 21, 2013
Replacing Kitchen Cupboard Doors

One of the easiest ways to give your kitchen a relatively cheap makeover is to replace the doors of the units.

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Choosing the Right Paint

| February 21, 2013
Choosing the Right Paint

Painting is one DIY job that almost anyone will have a go at. There can be few homes around the country which don’t have at least a couple of half used tins of paint laying around. To get good results, you really need to take your time and prepare surfaces to be painted properly, but using the correct paint for the job at hand also makes a big difference to the finish.

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