If you’ve started doing (or about to begin!) your household repairs without calling on the professional and looking for a helping hand, then this handy guide is for you.
First things first, a can-do attitude may be your most important tool. But, if you want to make sure you avoid common mistakes, then a little bit of knowledge is a close second. Here are our top DIY tips for beginners.
DIY Interior Painting Tips
We all possess basic painting tips – it’s just having the confidence to put them into action. From ensuring you have the right tools to hand and a few additional painting techniques up your sleeve – you will never doubt yourself again and call on the professionals.
To get you started, here are some top DIY painting tips to help you improve the quality of your work, saving you time and money in the process.
Don’t let your paint dry out
It sounds an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many times this happens. Top tip: Drop golf balls into the paint can to fill the air space, or place plastic wrap under the lid. Then, seal it tightly and store the paint upside down. Job done.
Use the right primer
If you’re painting new drywall, it’s important to use a water-based primer to hide any imperfections and provide an even base before applying colour. However, if you’re painting panelling, water-damaged or smoke-saturated walls, always opt for an oil-based primer.
Avoid lap marks
To avoid those dreaded stripes (typically caused by rolling over paint) that’s already starting to dry, keep a wet edge by painting the full height of the wall and then moving over slightly so you can then overlap the last stroke with the next.
Did you know if you drill holes into the stirrer it will help mix the paint more thoroughly? Well, now you do! So, before you stir away, be sure to drill holes in the stirrer as the holes help the paint flow, aerating it like a whisk and mixing the paint evenly.
Add some texture
If you’re looking for a more textured finish, opt for a roller with a longer, ¾” nap, which holds more paint. The nap, for reference, is the fabric material covering the roller. Longer naps create more stippling on your wall because of the way their fibres distribute the paint. On the other hand, use a shorter-nap roller – between ¼” and ½” nap – for a smoother finish.
Clean your brushes and rollers!
High importance alert! Common sense is key, but it’s important you know leaving paint on your brush isn’t an option or you will return to find your brush bristles stuck together and unusable. If you’re looking for prolonged use, it’s important you clean your paintbrushes after every use. And believe it or not, is your answer. Want to know more and how? Check out our cleaning paintbrush blog .
DIY Flooring Tips
If you’re looking to give your space a fresh, new look, replacing floors within your home can make all the difference. At the same time, purchasing quality flooring and hiring a professional can get pricey — fast. So, for those craving a new floor and happy to go DIY, follow these beginner tips to help get you started:
Make no mistake, DIY flooring sounds fun, but installing a new floor isn’t an easy task. However, once you’ve done your research and are up for the challenge, learning how to install flooring can really pay off – and save you lots of money in the long run.
Before you go on a tool-buying shopping spree, it’s important to determine the type of floor you are laying and do your research. Spend time poring over how-to videos for the materials you have selected to help you decide. Also, get advice from the supplier on how to deliver, treat and install the flooring product, as well as checking out the warranty conditions. The way you install your flooring will certainly depend on which material you’re working with, but every installation process starts the same way: prep time.
Just like cooking, without the proper tools, your end results won’t look right. So, once you’ve decided on your type of flooring, it’s time to track down the right tools to install it. Top Tip: Most heavy-duty power tools are available to rent from local stores – don’t shell out hundreds of pounds on tools you will rarely use. If you are using your own tools, be sure to lubricate them after use and keep them rust-free with
As a general rule, the process of installing a new floor can take anywhere from one day to several days, depending on the size of the space. The type of flooring you’re using will also influence the length of time of your project. So, project plan accordingly and set aside a realistic time frame. Ideally, if you’re not in a huge rush, split the work over two or three weekends. DIY flooring can be very tedious – plus it’s tough on the knees and back, so you’ll appreciate the time off between sessions.
DIY Door Tips
Door creaks and squeaks are a real nuisance. That said, thankfully it’s a nuisance that you can get rid of quickly and effectively. Usually, applying on the hinges of a door can get rid of that annoying squeak. If that doesn’t do the trick, you can try removing the hinges completely and then using your trusty blue and red can, remove the unwanted rust that’s built up over time (and causing the annoying squeaking!) thanks to the innovative and fast-acting formula! Take a look at our step-by-step guide .
DIY Safety Tips
The most important thing, before you start any DIY work, is that you take all the necessary precautions to stay safe.
Some general DIY safety tips and practices include:
- Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing or jewellery that could get caught
- Do not rush – take your time on the project at hand
- Keep the workplace clean, tidy and well-organised
- If you’re working inside, ensure the room is well-ventilated
- When the job is done, store your tools away safely and securely
- When using ladders, ensure they are used with care. A-frame ladders should always be locked in the open position and placed on a stable, level surface. If you’re leaning a ladder against a vertical surface, ensure there is a 1ft spread at the base for every 4ft of height. Don’t use aluminium ladders near electrical wires.
There’s plenty of home projects that can be improved with a few simple DIY hacks! So, gather your tools, read a few of our handy guides – such as 4 Easy Everyday DIY Jobs – and get started today.