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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

3. Sprinkle talc onto squeaky door hinges and floorboards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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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