DIY

5 ways to clean painted walls

A woman cleaning painted walls

When planning to give your house a thorough spring spruce up, there are some areas that are more straightforward than others to clean as we keep on top of them regularly - but what about surfaces like your painted walls? Walls gather dust and grime over the years, and they’re not something we tend to freshen up on a regular basis (well, most of us anyway).

Try cleaning your painted walls using these 5 tactics from Airtasker:

Here are a few things to consider before you start though…

Don’t forget to dust off any excess dirt before starting. You can do this using a simple duster for those areas you can reach, and a broom with a rag over its bristles for any high areas.

What to do if you encounter one of these 4 common boiler problems

boiler problems - a radiator

Boilers are essential to heat our homes, but sometimes things can go wrong. Jacqueline Gallazzi-Ritchie, Director of All England Gas, told us what to do if we encounter some of the most common boiler problems. 

Buying your first home is exciting, but knowing how everything works can be daunting, and it’s even worse when something fails. We rely on our boilers to heat our homes and water, but do you know what to do when things go wrong? I’ll be giving you my expert advice on how you can deal with the most common boiler problems.

Three DIY ideas to transform your home this bank holiday weekend

DIY Wall planter

The Easter bank holiday is nearly here, and while many people spend this time off relaxing with family, more and more are using the time to tackle the home improvements and DIY projects they’ve been putting off. In the last 10 years, there’s been a 41% increase* in people searching for ways to improve their homes, with 33,110** searches for home improvements in April last year alone. But how exactly can you add a little something extra to your home this bank holiday weekend without breaking the bank?

From creating your own hanging planter to an Art Deco feature wall, Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, shares three easy and on-trend DIY ideas to transform your home this spring

1. Get organised with a hanging planter wall

Get Ready To Impress Festive Guests With Ronseal

Ronseal Floor Wax

The dining room really comes into its own at Christmas. It's the room where the most important meal of the year is served, so it's crucial to get it looking its best. Prepare your room ahead of the 25th with a little help from Ronseal.  

Give your dining table a festive, shabby chic update with Ronseal's Chalky Furniture Paint. Requiring minimal elbow grease, and only a quick sand in terms of preparation, just two coatsof this product are all it takes to achieve a flat matt finish and create a statement table that guests will love as much as the food you are serving on it.

(From £17.99)

Dremel’s how to guide for making a spice rack

Dremel’s how to guide for making a spice rack

Herbs and spices are perfect for adding flavour to your dishes, and with summer in full swing, investing in your own spice rack will come in handy when you’re looking to impress friends with your barbeque specialities. However, you don’t have to splash the cash to have the luxury of owning your own spice rack – why not upcycle that long-forgotten wooden shelf left abandoned in your shed by giving it some TLC and transforming it into something both stylish and practical?

Create your one-of-a-kind, space-saving piece to see you through the summer season and beyond with these simple steps from Dremel – you’ll be sprinkling spices galore, just in time for National Herbs and Spices Day.

DI-Do or DI-Don’t? The professionals weigh in on the cost of a dodgy DIY job

DI-Do or DI-Don’t? The professionals weigh in on the cost of a dodgy DIY job

Putting up shelves, mirrors or pictures

·         Potential damage costs: £200

Whether you’re looking increase storage space or add some character to a room, putting up shelving or artwork can seem like a quick and easy solution. However, care needs to be taken when it comes to the location of pipes and cables that you can’t see.

Andy Porter, Multi-Trade Engineer said “I saw someone recently who put a nail straight through a cold feed when fitting a bathroom mirror and flooded three floors of flats!

DIY SOS – almost half of UK adults are DIY disasters

DIY

NOT-SO-HANDY UK adults avoid common household DIY tasks due to a lack of confidence in their abilities, according to new research.

The survey of 1,483 UK homeowners and tenants carried out by Emo Oil, a home heating oil supplier, revealed that a nervous 52% of UK adults would immediately call on professional assistance before trying to fix a DIY issue themselves.

In fact, the majority (77%) of adults living in the UK do not feel confident to carry out simple home DIY tasks.

More than 1 in 3 (36%) also confess to having a local handyman on speed dial, to offer help with the home improvement and renovation jobs they can’t do.

Do you still call parents for help with basic DIY?

DIY advice from Emma Gannon - Credit Holly McGlynn.

When it comes to keeping homes in tip-top condition, new research(1) by E.ON reveals a third of Brits struggle to tackle home maintenance tasks (34%). Some 15% of people say they can’t change a light bulb without help and almost a third need help mowing the lawn (29%). To relieve the pressure on parents, and help fill the knowledge gap, E.ON has partnered with author, podcaster and digital expert Emma Gannon for DIY advice.

Energy-related tasks are the area people feel least comfortable tackling. Two thirds of people are unable to re-pressurise their boiler without help (65%), 40% don’t know how to bleed a radiator, and a similar number struggle to set the timer on their heating (41%). And almost one in five struggle to read their energy meter (19%).

How to create your dream outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchen

Have you ever looked through the pages of interior glossies and lusted after the impeccable Outdoor kitchen on offer? Yes, us too.

But creating the perfect alfresco dining space doesn't have to be reserved for show homes and warmer climates. By following some simple design advice, you too can create a versatile outdoor space, which – even in the UK - can be used all year round...

Plan it out

You wouldn't start an indoor kitchen renovation without first having a fool-proof plan, so why would an outdoor one be any different? 

Get Help to Buy your perfect home at Heath Farm, Holt

 Buy event

Homehunters seeking an exceptional new-build property can find out how to get more for their money at a special Help to Buy event on Saturday, 28 April, at Lovell Homes’ Heath Farm development in picturesque Holt, North Norfolk.

Taking place from 10am to 5pm, an independent financial advisor will be available throughout the day, providing free advice on the Government’s Help to Buy: Equity Loan* scheme which enables buyers to secure a newly-built home with a down payment of just five per cent.

It means that at Heath Farm, a stunning development  of two, three, four - and five-bedroom homes within walking distance of Holt’s Georgian town centre, you could move in with a deposit of as little as £11,248!

Flexible and adaptable new-build homes

new-build homes

The challenge of finding a home with just the right amount of space and with absolutely no need for DIY is driving many buyers to new-build homes in Bristol.

Increasingly, newer homes are designed to provide flexible space that fits a wide variety of lifestyles, providing those who may previously have opted to downsize with the luxury of rooms that are perfect suited to their requirements.

DIY a thing of the past!

DIY a thing of the past!

The challenge of finding a home with just the right amount of space and with absolutely no need for DIY is driving many buyers to new-build properties in West Sussex. 

Increasingly, newer homes are designed to provide flexible space that fits a wide variety of lifestyles, providing those who may previously have opted to downsize with the luxury of rooms that are perfect suited to their requirements.

How To Build A Gallery Wall In Your First Home

How To Build A Gallery Wall In Your First Home

Artfinder.com's Product Manager, Jen Bayne, talks us through how to build your perfect gallery wall.

 

1.The first step is to collect, collect, collect. Start making a collection of things you love - from original art, to handmade prints or photographs. As you are collecting think about the scale of your possible collection and the arrangement you want - do you want to keep them all the same size or work in a mixture of different sizes? Look for inspiration online, in your favourite cafes and restaurants or at home shows and exhibitions.

 

The Home Owners Guide To Home Maintenance: Interactive House

The Home Owners Guide To Home Maintenance: Interactive House

Home is where the heart is, and new or existing home owners alike are keen to make the most out of their property in the current housing market. But for the novice DIY-er the prospect of tinkering with the gutters or fixing a leaking roof can seem quite daunting.

 

Professional Building Supplies want to give home owners the confidence they need to get their house in order, especially during the winter months when home maintenance is so essential, so they have created ‘The Home Owners Guide To Home Maintenance: Interactive House’. 

 

DIY In Your First Home? UK’s First Comparison Site for DIY Supplies Launches

DIY In Your First Home? UK’s First Comparison Site for DIY Supplies Launches

Go Banana has launched as the UK’s first comparison website for building and DIY supplies. With 50,000 searchable products – and more being added all the time – Go Banana provides an online platform for DIY enthusiasts looking to purchase supplies quickly and efficiently at the best possible price.

Go Banana’s unique software creates a live shopping list which searches online 24/7 and shows the best results, meaning users save between 20% and 35% with every purchase. Users can search, compare and buy across a whole range of building and DIY supplies, including building and hardware; tiling and flooring; plumbing and heating; painting and decorating; kitchens and bathrooms, and many more.