Archive by category DIY

Weekend Workout!

Weekend Workout!

Want to breathe new life into your living space? Ciara Allen lets you in on the latest, and thriftiest, home improvement trends… As an interior designer I know that decorating a property can seem like a massive undertaking. But there are simple ways to revamp and reinvigorate your environment quickly and effectively. A rejuvenated room […]

In the frame

In the frame

To complete the interior of your home (known as second fix) you will need decorative trimming/ finishing timbers; for your floor it’ll come in the form of skirting board and for the door surround, architrave. Beyond that, trimming/finishing can actually be applied anywhere to improve appearance and hide joints, edges, imperfections, or for protection. They […]

DIY Painting: walls and “cutting in”

DIY Painting: walls and “cutting in”

What you need to know to achieve a professional finish on your walls, and how to master the art of “cutting in”… Painting the walls Walls are one of the most visible aspects of your home and a rushed job will look it, so before you start to tackle your project, plan your approach, remove […]

Hanging Doors

Hanging Doors

Hanging a door isn’t as difficult as most people think. If you take your time, follow some important steps and have someone available to lend a hand at the right time, it’s a sure way to save a few bob and impress the significant other at the same time! Changing the interior doors in a […]

Plaster and paint

Plaster and paint

Long gone are the days when you had to work with rabbit’s skin glue and whey to fix colours and provide the covering qualities of paint! Thanks to the development of acrylic paints after World War II it is now possible to get literally any colour you want, paint any surface and achieve a hard […]

DIY: The Essential Tool Kit

DIY: The Essential Tool Kit

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to do a job with the wrong tools. It makes the simplest of tasks infuriating. Instead of taking ten minutes, you can spend an hour trying to loosen off the last screw with a butter knife! Desperate measures. DIY should be fun, inspiring and fulfilling. This article therefore […]

Problems With Wood

Problems With Wood

The main problem with wood is that it is natural. We have all become so accustomed to man made products designed to perform exactly as we wish and always in the same way, it’s easy to forget that wood is a living material. As such therefore, the source of the difficulty lies in that fact […]