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26 of the best (ever) DIY tips!

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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DIY home improvement is fantastic because anybody, with any skill set, can have a go and there will be one or two projects that work wonderfully well. It's just so inclusive! 

There's a way to make everyone that little bit more proficient with some tools and an idea, so we found 26 amazing DIY tips to show you today. 

Don't get us wrong, we're always going to need brilliant professionals, like electricians and builders, but for those niggly little jobs around the house, like a loose cupboard door in your kitchen, we know you've got this!

1. Before you lay a new floor, freshen up your walls so you won't risk getting paint on your new surface

2. Don't wash brushes and rollers after every coat. Just wrap them tightly in clingfilm and they'll stay moist

modern Dining room by Ociohogar

Mesa Dominó de Cattelan Italia


3. Sprinkle talc onto squeaky door hinges and floorboards

Ravenna Oak Internal Door Prefinished:  Windows & doors  by Modern Doors Ltd
Modern Doors Ltd

Ravenna Oak Internal Door Prefinished

Modern Doors Ltd

4. Baby oil will get paint residue off your skin easily

5. Add a little bit of vanilla extract to your paint tin to prevent overbearing paint fumes

6. Old paint spills will soften up if you rub linseed oil on them. Then you can simply scrape them off!

7. Double-sided tape makes a great rug gripper

Kangan Arora - Weft:  Walls & flooring by FLOOR_STORY

Kangan Arora—Weft


8. Dip scissors into boiling water before trying to cut any delicate fabrics. It'll be a breeze!

9. Attach a length of dental floss to a dripping tap and run it directly into the plughole to prevent a noisy night

10. Masking tape is perfect for creating stencils with. It'll work anywhere and not leave a mark

Drummond's Case Study: London Townhouse, Notting Hill: modern Bathroom by Drummonds Bathrooms
Drummonds Bathrooms

Drummond's Case Study: London Townhouse, Notting Hill

Drummonds Bathrooms

11. A regular broom will be a perfect substitute for a decking stain applicator

 Walls & flooring by Bona

Bona Decking System


12. Using chalk pens, you can create non-permanent murals on mirrors. Perfect for kids!

Make any smooth, low porosity surface dry erase. Clear Erase is transparent, so underlying colour and pattern shine through. Apply like paint.:  Walls & flooring by Tektura Wallcoverings
Tektura Wallcoverings

Make any smooth, low porosity surface dry erase. Clear Erase is transparent, so underlying colour and pattern shine through. Apply like paint.

Tektura Wallcoverings

13. To prevent paint drips in your home, glue a paper plate to the bottom of your paint cans

14. Strong coffee or shoe polish are perfect for covering up a raw scratch on a piece of dark wood furniture

Old White Oak Dark:  Walls & flooring by Quick-Step

Old White Oak Dark


15. If you want to make sure your screws never come undone when hanging something new, add a drop of clear nail varnish to the hole just before you finish tightening

16. Old radiators can be perked up with heatproof paint. You can now even get it in aerosol form

Radiators : classic Corridor, hallway & stairs by Stelrad



17. To make nails enter wood smoothly, rub the tips with a little soap before hammering

Farmhouse Ivory 9 Drawer Chest: country Living room by The Cotswold Company
The Cotswold Company

Farmhouse Ivory 9 Drawer Chest

The Cotswold Company

18. On unpolished wood with a dent, add some water, lay brown paper on top and iron. The dent will spring out

19. To keep your paint usable, add a couple of caps of methylated spirits, then place the lid on. Don't stir until you next need to use it

Caterina Ikat Wing Chair: eclectic Living room by A Rum Fellow
A Rum Fellow

Caterina Ikat Wing Chair

A Rum Fellow

20. Whatever your DIY task, remember that safety must come first so always turn off your electrics

21. Keep a torch in a known and easy to reach place just in case anything shorts or you stumble across an issue

22. A spring-powered rat trap makes a great automatic door closer when mounted to the back

23. Don't waste money on expensive cleaning products, when you can clean your woodburner glass with scrunched up newspaper, dipped in vinegar and ash

Charnwood Country 4 Multi Fuel / Wood Burning Defra Approved Stove: country Living room by Direct Stoves
Direct Stoves

Charnwood Country 4 Multi Fuel / Wood Burning Defra Approved Stove

Direct Stoves

24. Old kitchen funnels can be repurposed as brilliant twine dispensers. So handy for avid gardeners!

25. On an uneven surface, use felt floor protectors to lengthen chair or table legs

Scandinavian eating: scandinavian Dining room by 99chairs

Scandinavian eating


26. Above all else, know when it's time to call in the professionals. Otherwise, you might waste a lot of time, effort and money trying to tackle something you simply can't master!

House in Chandlers Ford II:  Corridor & hallway by LA Hally Architect
LA Hally Architect

House in Chandlers Ford II

LA Hally Architect

For more home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 25 Decorating Traps We Don't Want You To Fall Into.

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Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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