Painting & Decorating

How to Use a Steamer to Remove Wallpaper

A wallpaper steamer is the best tool to use to remove wallpaper. It’s fast, efficient and you can quickly strip a large room. These things are cheap, last for ages and save so much time, buying one is a no-brainer. I use one every time I need to remove wallpaper and pass it around the…

The 3 Best Types of Paint for Interior Wood

Back in the day, people automatically opted for gloss paint when painting wood around the home. Doors, skirting boards, door frames, bannisters – they all got the same treatment. These days, there are at least a couple more types of paint to consider. Let’s take a look at each of them so you can get…

How to Clean Paintbrushes (Water and Oil-Based Paint)

In this article, we’ll be looking at the best ways to clean paintbrushes after you’ve spent hours painting skirting boards, painting interior doors and generally sprucing up your home. A good quality paintbrush will last many decorating jobs and will help you achieve a high-quality finish. So it makes good financial sense to take care…

Eco-Friendly Paints for a Sustainable Future

Before we get into the topic of eco-friendly paints, let’s take a look at the current landscape. Toxic and dangerous. Two words that describe some of the ingredients present in modern paints. They’re bad for human health and damaging to the environment. The ingredients that give paint its colour often contain cadmium, chromium and lead….

How to Wallpaper a Room Step-by-Step

From this guide, you’ll learn how to wallpaper a room. We’ll look at the whole process from start to finish and provide you with some top tips to make everything go as smoothly as possible. As with most things DIY, good preparation is key to doing a great job. So be prepared to spend a…

How to Plaster a Wall – A Guide for Beginners

Get ready to dive into this detailed guide to plastering for beginners by somebody who does it every day! Through my whole experience as a plasterer, I’ve always been lucky to work with people who knew what they were doing. I’ve been shown the right plastering tools to use, the correct ways to prepare a…

How to Paint Skirting Boards

Are you wondering how to paint skirting boards? Great! You’ll be pleased to know painting skirting boards isn’t a difficult job. However, it’s one of those jobs most people don’t enjoy. Especially because it involves lots of crouching and crawling around the floor. Typically, there are two scenarios – painting new skirting boards or repainting…

The DIY Guide to Wallpapering Feature Walls

Tastes change over time, so it is not surprising that the decor in our homes is constantly evolving. The trend for ultra-modern surroundings is not everyone’s cup of tea, but even in those rooms you will see twists on modern decor. I am referring to the one wall that people choose to wallpaper to make…

How to Paint Interior Doors Like a Pro

Over time the interior doors of your home will start looking a bit grubby and worse for wear. This is especially true if you have little ones running around all day. If money is flush and you fancy a change, you could invest in new doors from a local builders merchant or online from a…

10 Tips for Painting Walls and Ceilings Like a Pro

Painting might seem simple at first glance, but the tradesmen who have mastered it have plenty of secrets for improving efficiency while getting fantastic results. The top 10 tips for everything from preparation to completion are covered here so you can finish your project more easily without sacrificing quality. 1. To maintain a consistent texture,…

Plastering Tools

If you find yourself involved in a home improvement project such as hanging drywall, painting or wallpapering a room, having the proper plastering tools is essential. Fortunately, all of these items are available at your local hardware store or online. Let’s take a look at the plastering tools you need. You might like: Plastering for…

How to Hang Lining Paper – A Complete Guide

In this article, we’re going to look at how you can hang and paint lining paper to achieve the same finish as a newly plastered wall. Using lining paper this way removes the cost and mess associated with hiring a plasterer (tips for vetting building contractors) or plastering a wall yourself. (If you’ve never plastered a…

How to Repair Cracked or Damaged Plaster on Internal Walls

Should you discover cracks or patches of loose plaster on the internal walls of your home (usually found when you redecorate), you will have to repair the walls before painting or wallpapering. Small cracks can be repaired using an appropriate flexible filler, then sanded to a smooth finish. Larger patches of damaged or loose plaster will require…

A Guide to the Different Types of Plaster

Here’s a quick guide to the different types of plaster you typically use for home DIY jobs. You should be able to buy each of these from your local DIY store. Browning Used as a base coat on walls, brickwork, block work, breeze block and plasterboard. A 25kg bag will cover approximately 3-3.5 square metres…

How to Prepare and Paint Walls and Ceilings

If the walls or ceiling you wish to paint have been recently plastered then they will need to be completely dried out before any paint can be applied. This could take several weeks depending on the temperature in the room. Related: 10 tips for painting walls and ceilings like a professional It is sensible to wait this…

How to Prepare Interior Woodwork for Painting

In this article, we’ll be looking at how to prepare interior woodwork for painting. You can use the methods described on skirting boards, window sills, architraves, bannisters, rails, doors etc. Good preparation is key when you’re painting interior woodwork. It’s worth spending more time on this part of the process than you think you need…

How to Calculate How Much Wallpaper You Need to Decorate a Room

Wallpaper rolls typically measure 33′ (10m) long and 21″ (535mm) wide. If the room you’re decorating has a ceiling height of 9′ (2760mm) you’ll get three drops of wallpaper per roll. Allow a few inches per cut length for trimming the top and bottom off each strip. Allow more if the wallpaper has a large pattern…

Home Decorating Equipment – The Tools and Gear You Need

Welcome to my comprehensive list of all the home decorating equipment and tools you need to keep your house or flat looking smart and presentable. Under the umbrella term ‘home decorating’ I include painting, wallpapering and ongoing cosmetic maintenance. You can buy cheap versions of all this equipment from markets, hardware shops and online. But…