Category Archives for Painting & Decorating

fire retardant paint

How Does Fire Retardant Paint Work (and how best to use it)?

A fire could destroy your home and even take away your life or that of your loved ones. Why take the risk? For me, treating my home with fire retardant paint is an essential part of protecting my family, our possessions and the very roof over our heads.  However, while it’s relatively simple to do so […]

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how to remove polystyrene ceiling tiles

How to Remove Polystyrene Ceiling Tiles

The 1970s have a lot to answer for in the interior design stakes. You only have to think of avocado bathroom suites and Artex to realise that. One of the worst decorating trends of the era, though, has to be the compulsion to install polystyrene ceiling tiles. These unsightly tiles have long-since fallen out of favour […]

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how to hang wallpaper

How to Hang Wallpaper Like A Pro

As most DIY enthusiasts know, hanging wallpaper has the reputation of being a tricky job if you’re a novice. The truth is, as long as you avoid wallpaper with complicated designs and patterns with horizontal lines (because they have to be matched up perfectly), hanging wallpaper couldn’t be easier. Here are some professional tips to give […]

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painting floorboards

Painting Floorboards – The Complete Guide

Painting floorboards is an easy way to update the look of a room. A classic style is white painted floorboards, that can then be jazzed up with a colourful rug to fit the theme of the room. This look can work anywhere from the kitchen or bathroom, to a living or dining area. Our simple guide […]

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how to use a paint sprayer

How To Use A Paint Sprayer Like A Pro

Paint sprayers are recommended when painting a large area that requires a smooth, even finish. Sprayers are also a good idea for covering objects with lots of detail, as the paint can be precisely sprayed into all the nooks and crannies.This article looks at how to use the two most common types of paint sprayer: […]

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best paint sprayer uk

Best Paint Sprayer UK – The Top 5 Reviewed

Please note that this article contains affiliate links. Clicking these does not affect the price you pay, but we will earn a small fee if you do purchase something.Paint sprayers are a great choice for making large painting projects quick and easy. They can be used to paint anything from interior walls to furniture or […]

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decorators caulk

How To Use Decorators Caulk

I love decorators caulk, it’s like a magic wand for giving a perfect finish! Cheap and easy to use, decorators caulk is a versatile filler, applied with a caulking gun. Even after it’s dried, the caulk remains flexible. These attributes make it a brilliant option to fill cracks, as they stay looking perfect even if there […]

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garage door paint

Garage Door Paint – What To Buy And How To Use It

Garage door paint can be used to give your garage a fresh new look. Your garage contributes to the overall style of your home so it’s important it looks good. Could your doors use some TLC?  Rust spots or flakey paint can all contribute to an untidy image but using garage door paint is an […]

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painting radiators

Painting Radiators – How The Pros Do It

Radiators are an essential multi-use part of modern day living, keeping our homes toasty warm, drying our clothes and occasionally even a place for pet cats to have a snooze. They also contribute to the overall look of a room, but have you looked at yours recently to see if they actually compliment the room? You […]

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best roller for emulsion

What Is The Best Type of Roller For Emulsion Paint?

When it comes to painting large surfaces, a paint roller can save you a lot of time and energy. However, there’s a lot of confusion about the different paint rollers and how to best use them.So what is the best type of roller for emulsion paint? Read over this quick guide on how to select […]

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distemper paint

Distemper Paint – What Is It And How Do I Remove It?

Chances are if you live in an older home built before the 20th century you have distemper paint on the walls. It’s an annoyance as it can be difficult to remove and nothing sticks to a wall with distemper paint on it.  below to find out what exactly distemper paint is and how to […]

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silicone sealant

How To Remove And Replace Silicone Sealant

Silicone sealant – it’s the clever stuff that keeps water from escaping out into places it shouldn’t. Typically you might think of silicone for sealing the edge around a shower tray or bath, but it’s also used around windows and in the kitchen too. You’ll find it anywhere that requires a water-tight seal. Whilst silicone sealant […]

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paint stripping

Paint Stripping -The Ultimate Guide

In a home renovation, you’ll likely need to strip away layers of paint which have built up over the years. Over time, interior trends change dramatically, as do personal preferences. The quickest and easiest way to update an interior is the power of paint. But the more layers of paint that are applied, the thicker and […]

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wallpaper steamer

How to Use A Wallpaper Steamer

Whether you’re looking to refurbish an old and tired interior, or you’ve just moved into a property with some seriously dated wall-coverings, you may find yourself needing to strip away old wallpaper. Luckily, stripping wallpaper isn’t a particularly difficult job and with the help of a wallpaper steamer, you can strip walls in literally a matter […]

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paint pads

How To Use Paint Pads

Cost Time Difficulty If you’re looking to paint those tricky spots in your house, paint pads are a great option. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to paint your walls, ceilings, and get in those tight spots. A traditional paint roller can get messy and paint pads provide a perfect alternative with a smooth and even […]

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how to wallpaper around a window

How to Wallpaper Around a Window

IntroductionWallpaper has made a big comeback in home decor. No longer is it a thing of the past, only seen in midcentury homes that haven’t been updated since the 70s. Wallpaper can add colour and personality to any room, whether it’s an accent wall or covers every square inch. However, for some people applying it […]

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painting skirting boards

Painting Skirting Boards – The Ultimate Guide

Repairing and painting skirting boards to match your home décor gives any room a polished look. However, you might only need to give your skirting boards a touch up, because like me, you have a young family and they inevitably become damaged. Alternatively, you may want to repaint them entirely to match your new home décor.  Either way, […]

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lining paper

How To Use Lining Paper – The Complete Guide

Lining Paper is a quick and easy way to create a flat and smooth base on walls and ceilings, ready for either painting or wallpapering. Lining paper is a really effective and budget-friendly way to create a professional finish, without the cost of hiring a professional. You might wonder whether using lining paper is worth the […]

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how to paint a door

How To Paint A Door Like A Pro

They say when one door closes another one opens, but this only works if you haven’t painted the door shut. Luckily, I’ve written this handy guide on how to paint a door to ensure that both interior and exterior doors in your home are as fully functional as they’re beautiful. In this article, we’ll explore […]

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painting MDF

Painting MDF – A Step-By-Step Tutorial

MDF, short for ‘medium density fibreboard’, is a cheaper alternative to wood. MDF is made of wood fibres that have been combined with resin to form a board. The main surface of MDF is smooth, but the edges, which when cut expose the fibres, can be rough. It’s not difficult painting MDF, but you do […]

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