26 standout DIY tips!

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26 standout DIY tips!

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DIY home improvement is fantastic because anybody, with any skill set, can have a go and there will be one or two projects that work wonderfully well. It's just so inclusive! 

There's a way to make everyone that little bit more proficient with some tools and an idea, so we found 26 amazing DIY tips to show you today. 

Don't get us wrong, we're always going to need brilliant professionals, like electricians and builders, but for those niggly little jobs around the house, like a loose cupboard door in your kitchen, we know you've got this!

1. Before you lay a new floor, freshen up your walls so you won't risk getting paint on your new surface

2. Don't wash brushes and rollers after every coat. Just wrap them tightly in clingfilm and they'll stay moist

3. Sprinkle talc onto squeaky door hinges and floorboards

modern  by Modern Doors Ltd, Modern Engineered Wood Transparent
Modern Doors Ltd

Ravenna Oak Internal Door Prefinished

Modern Doors Ltd

4. Baby oil will get paint residue off your skin easily

classic  by Leoline, Classic

5. Add a little bit of vanilla extract to your paint tin to prevent overbearing paint fumes

6. Old paint spills will soften up if you rub linseed oil on them. Then you can simply scrape them off!

7. Double-sided tape makes a great rug gripper

modern  by FLOOR_STORY, Modern
FLOOR_STORY

Kangan Arora—Weft

FLOOR_STORY

8. Dip scissors into boiling water before trying to cut any delicate fabrics. It'll be a breeze!

modern  by Sinclair Till, Modern
Sinclair Till

Monochromes

Sinclair Till

9. Attach a length of dental floss to a dripping tap and run it directly into the plughole to prevent a noisy night

10. Masking tape is perfect for creating stencils with. It'll work anywhere and not leave a mark

modern  by Drummonds Bathrooms, Modern
Drummonds Bathrooms

Drummond's Case Study: London Townhouse, Notting Hill

Drummonds Bathrooms

11. A regular broom will be a perfect substitute for a decking stain applicator

industrial  by Bona, Industrial

12. Using chalk pens, you can create non-permanent murals on mirrors. Perfect for kids!

modern  by Tektura Wallcoverings, Modern
Tektura Wallcoverings

Make any smooth, low porosity surface dry erase. Clear Erase is transparent, so underlying colour and pattern shine through. Apply like paint.

Tektura Wallcoverings

13. To prevent paint drips in your home, glue a paper plate to the bottom of your paint cans

14. Strong coffee or shoe polish are perfect for covering up a raw scratch on a piece of dark wood furniture

classic  by Quick-Step, Classic
Quick-Step

Old White Oak Dark

Quick-Step

15. If you want to make sure your screws never come undone when hanging something new, add a drop of clear nail varnish to the hole just before you finish tightening

16. Old radiators can be perked up with heatproof paint. You can now even get it in aerosol form

classic  by Stelrad, Classic
Stelrad

Radiators

Stelrad

17. To make nails enter wood smoothly, rub the tips with a little soap before hammering

country  by The Cotswold Company, Country
The Cotswold Company

Farmhouse Ivory 9 Drawer Chest

The Cotswold Company

18. On unpolished wood with a dent, add some water, lay brown paper on top and iron. The dent will spring out

modern  by Vintage House Coruna, Modern
Vintage House Coruna

Vintage House Coruna

Vintage House Coruna

19. To keep your paint usable, add a couple of caps of methylated spirits, then place the lid on. Don't stir until you next need to use it

eclectic  by A Rum Fellow, Eclectic
A Rum Fellow

Caterina Ikat Wing Chair

A Rum Fellow

20. Whatever your DIY task, remember that safety must come first so always turn off your electrics

modern  by Clachan Wood, Modern
Clachan Wood

Painted kitchen

Clachan Wood

21. Keep a torch in a known and easy to reach place just in case anything shorts or you stumble across an issue

22. A spring-powered rat trap makes a great automatic door closer when mounted to the back

modern  by Adamson Doors, Modern Wood Wood effect
Adamson Doors

Adamson Doors

Adamson Doors

23. Don't waste money on expensive cleaning products, when you can clean your woodburner glass with scrunched up newspaper, dipped in vinegar and ash

country  by Direct Stoves, Country
Direct Stoves

Charnwood Country 4 Multi Fuel / Wood Burning Defra Approved Stove

Direct Stoves

24. Old kitchen funnels can be repurposed as brilliant twine dispensers. So handy for avid gardeners!

25. On an uneven surface, use felt floor protectors to lengthen chair or table legs

scandinavian  by 99chairs, Scandinavian
99chairs

Scandinavian eating

99chairs

26. Above all else, know when it's time to call in the professionals. Otherwise, you might waste a lot of time, effort and money trying to tackle something you simply can't master!

 Corridor & hallway by LA Hally Architect, Modern
LA Hally Architect

House in Chandlers Ford II

LA Hally Architect

For more home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 25 Decorating Traps We Don't Want You To Fall Into.

 Houses by Casas inHAUS, Modern

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