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sustainable kitchen

Sustainable Kitchen Renovation – Top Tips for a Greener Kitchen in 2022 (UK Guide)

Kitchens lend themselves very nicely to a sustainable makeover, as there are so many different aspects that can be changed or adapted to make the room more eco-friendly, whatever your budget. Sustainability is the watchword for all current building design and construction, but how can you create a sustainable kitchen? We all know about recycling …

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do i need planning permission

Do I Need Planning Permission? 23 Projects You Can Start Now in 2022 (UK Guide)

Apart from the obvious lick of quality emulsion paint or new carpet, have you ever wondered what home improvements you can carry out without going through the expensive and timely process of planning permission?  We reckon there’s probably more than you might think! We’ve done the research and we’ve uncovered 23 home renovation projects you …

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best washable paint

Best Washable Paint in 2022 (Reviews & Buying Guide) – The UK’s Top 3

Washable paints are essential for households with muddy paws, small sticky hands, or high-traffic areas that require frequent wipe downs (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms). In a Hurry? Here’s our Top Pick for the Best Washable Paint in : As their name suggests, washable paints should clean effortlessly with just water and soap. However, with so many …

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how to smooth walls without plastering

How to Smooth Walls Without Plastering in 2022 (5 Methods to Follow) – DIY UK Guide

For many of us, plastering walls is a daunting task. It’s messy, difficult to apply and time-consuming. In fact, ‘wet’ plastering is a skilled job that takes plenty of practice. Thankfully, we’re are going to show you how to smooth walls without plastering or hiring a professional. There are several options available for smooth, ready-to-decorate …

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does emulsion paint go off

Does Emulsion Paint Go Off? (and how to prevent foul-smelling paint) – UK DIY Guide

Yes, emulsion paint does go off. But how do you know it’s gone off and what’s the best way to extend its shelf life? In this guide, we’ll address these common questions and provide some top storage tips that will maximise the lifespan of your unfinished tins of emulsion paint. How Long Does Emulsion Paint …

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how to box in pipes

How to Box in Pipes in 2022 – Step-by-Step DIY Guide and Top Tips (UK Edition)

Unsightly pipes can completely ruin the interior of a home. Well, unless you’re opting for that trendy industrial vibe of course! Pipes covered in layers of thick paint, or pipework that’s messily sprawling across a wall in your home, can all become a bit of an eye-sore. If you want to sort out your pipework …

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how to build a cupboard

How to Build a Cupboard in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide and Top Tips) – UK Edition

When I was shopping for a new cupboard, I couldn’t find anything in the shops that met my requirements. However, I soon realised I could build a cupboard that would save me money, meet my storage requirements, and fit my room’s decor. A win-win-win! In this easy-to-follow guide, I’ll share my experience and show you …

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how to fit acrylic splashback

How to Fit Acrylic Splashback – Step-by-Step DIY Guide (2022 UK Edition)

Practical and visually pleasing, acrylic splashbacks are a hugely popular choice for use within both kitchens and bathrooms. They provide a backdrop against the wall, which is durable and easy to maintain, protecting walls from grease when cooking, or water splashes from a tap. Acrylic splashbacks are inexpensive and a great choice for use within …

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how to use scrim tape

How to Use Scrim Tape on Plasterboard in 2022 (DIY Guide and Top Tips) – UK Edition

Scrim tape seals the joints between panels of plasterboard to prevent cracking in the plaster applied to it. Scrim tape is easy to apply, inexpensive, and essential for creating a smooth finish. In this guide, we’ll show you how to use scrim tape effectively and provide some top pro tips. In a Hurry? Find top-rated …

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how to fit plaster coving

How to Fit Plaster Coving in 2022 (Complete DIY Guide and Top Tips) – UK Edition

Plaster coving is a decorative feature fitted where the wall meets the ceiling. Although coving is often considered a period feature, it does have a place in modern British homes. This simple three-step guide will show you how to fit plaster coving and achieve a professional finish. Coving, like this one from B&Q, comes in …

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how to use decorators caulk

How to Use Decorators Caulk in 2022 (Complete DIY Guide and Top Tips) – UK Edition

Cheap and easy to use, decorators caulk is a versatile filler. Even after it’s dried, the caulk remains flexible, but only if you know how to use it properly. In this guide, we’ll show you how to use decorators caulk like a pro. Why Use Decorators Caulk? The flexible nature of decorators caulk makes it …

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how to paint a radiator

How to Paint a Radiator in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide) – UK Edition

Do your radiators complement your home decor, or have they gone rusty? If so, transform your radiators and your room by following this simple but effective guide on how to paint a radiator. By following this step-by-step guide, you’ll achieve the best finish possible without the cost of hiring a professional. Don’t fancy doing this …

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how to replace bathroom sealant

How to Replace Bathroom Sealant in 2022 (Complete DIY Guide) – UK Edition

If you need to remove and replace silicone sealant within your home, then we’ve created this step-by-step guide for you. We’ll show you exactly how to replace bathroom sealant like a professional but without the cost. Don’t worry if you’re not an expert DIYer either; this is a straightforward tutorial that anyone can accomplish. What …

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how to strip paint off wood

How to Strip Paint off Wood and Other Materials in 2022 (Complete DIY Guide)

Over time, many homes build up layers of paint on their walls, ceilings, floors and furniture. These built-up layers become messy and difficult to remove. In this guide, we’ll show you how to strip paint off wood, and other common surfaces, such as masonry, metal and glass. Let’s get stripping! In a Hurry? Find top-rated …

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how to use a wallpaper steamer

How to use a Wallpaper Steamer in 2022 (Complete DIY guide) – UK Edition

Whether you’re looking to refurbish an old and tired interior, or you’ve just moved into a property with some shocking wall-coverings, you may find yourself needing to strip away old wallpaper. Fortunately, with the help of hot steam and this handy guide on how to use a wallpaper steamer, you’ll be stripping those ugly walls …

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plaster types

Plaster Types – The Top 11 in 2022 (plus how to use them) – Complete DIY Guide

Bonding plaster, One Coat plaster or Tough Coat plaster? We all want that smooth, high-quality finish on our ceilings and walls, but what plaster types should we use? Getting a good finish on your first attempt at plastering a wall is difficult and is almost impossible to learn from videos (I know because I tried!). …

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how to wallpaper around a window

How to Wallpaper around a Window in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide) – UK Edition

Let’s face it; there are some areas people find difficult to apply wallpaper. This is especially true when there’s a window or door frame. That’s why I’ve put together this tutorial on how to wallpaper around a window.  Tools & Materials Tools: A damp cloth for cleaning walls Rosin paper or drop cloth to protect …

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how to paint skirting board with carpet

How to Paint Skirting Board with Carpet in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide) – UK Edition

Painting skirting boards to match your home décor gives any room a fresh new look, but how do you do it without ruining your carpet? In this guide, we’ll show you how to paint skirting board with carpet, and avoid much of the mess that inevitably comes with painting. In a Hurry? Find top-rated painters …

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dry lining tips

Dry Lining Tips – How to Plasterboard Stud Partition Walls in 2022 (UK Edition)

Dry lining stud partition walls is a project any homeowner can take on; you just need to have the right tools, materials, and dry lining tips. This guide will walk you through the whole process of dry lining, from selecting the right plasterboard to taping and jointing. Note: If you’re dry lining brick walls, please …

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plasterboarding a brick wall

Plasterboarding a Brick Wall in 2022 (Complete DIY Guide) – UK Edition

Plasterboarding a brick wall, which, if done correctly, produces a nice smooth finish that you can decorate straight away. There are two main ways to fix plasterboard to your wall: ​​​Stick directly onto walls with adhesive Nail/screw to a timber/steel frame attached to the walls In this post, I’ll cover #1. Don’t fancy doing this …

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painting new plaster

Painting New Plaster in 2022 (Step-by-Step DIY Guide) – UK Edition

Transforming your home decor often involves painting new plaster, which has some key differences compared to painting ‘old’ plaster.  Fortunately, producing a nice smooth finish in the colour you love is a relatively simple and cost-effective way of giving your home a stunning new look. Before you get started though, there are three common questions …

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