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, the typical homeowner or professional painter and decorator has a few more options to choose from. Let’s take a look at each of them … Read more

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 … Read more

How to Paint Skirting Boards

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. Mostly because it involves lots of crouching and crawling around the floor. There’s more to this everyday DIY job than applying paint, so let’s start by looking at the prep work and what … Read more

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 … Read more

How to Hang Lining Paper – Quick and Easy!

In this article, I’ll explain how to hang lining paper to hide hairline cracks and other marks on interior plastered walls. Once the job’s done, you should have a nice smooth wall ready for painting or wallpapering. (If you’ve never plastered a wall before and want to try it, read this guide on plastering for … Read more

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 (like the Ronseal one below), then sanded to a smooth finish. Larger patches of damaged … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

How to Fit a Dado Rail (and Make Sure it’s Straight!)

First of all, you will have to decide on a suitable height for the dado rail. It doesn’t want to be either too high or too low. For example, on a recent project the dado rail was fitted at a height of 37 1/2″ (950mm) to the top edge with a room ceiling height of 116 1/2″ (2450mm). When you … Read more