7 top tips for DIY newbies

7 top tips for DIY newbies

28th Jun, 2018

DIY can often seem over-facing, but you cannot underestimate the satisfaction of getting the job done – whether it is finally putting up that shelf you have been meaning to for the past few months, or freshening up the walls in your hall.

Often it is difficult to know where to start, so we thought we’d make it easier by giving you a few of our tips to help you save time, effort and money…

Take pictures

Before going to the hardware shop, we find it really helps to take pictures of everything that you are trying to fix – sometimes it may even be appropriate to bring the actual object with you! This will save any wasted trips back and forth to the shop and avoid you having to attempt to describe the problem.  

Have a clear vision

Head of psychology at Birmingham City University, Professor Craig Jackson said that “completing DIY projects successfully can be a source of achievement.”

It’s important to visualise what you want to do before you start – imagining the end result can really motivate you. It is also a good idea to picture every step of the DIY task, as this reduces the job to a series of simple tasks, which will make it seem more manageable – having a clear plan of action keeps you on task!

Keep your brushes fresh

When it comes to refreshing your walls with a coat of paint, don’t feel the need to wash your brushes after every layer. It is much more efficient – not to mention easier – to wrap them in clingfilm when you’re done! This can keep the bristles fresh for up to twenty-four hours, so you’ll be ready to apply another coat the next day.

Avoid paint spillage

While painting, it can be useful to glue a paper plate to the bottom of your pots. This prevents any spillage onto your floors or protective sheets you have laid down, which is so much easier to clear up.

If you manage to paint yourself – as well as the wall – baby oil or any vegetable oil is useful to remove it from your skin. Start by washing your hands with soap and water, then rub them with oil and if it is stubborn, using cotton balls soaked in alcohol or nail varnish remover should work. Don’t forget to moisturise your hands afterwards though!

Reduce mess

The mess made when attempting DIY can be off-putting. We don’t like creating extra work for ourselves, so it is a good idea to put protective sheets down to catch any spilled paint or dust created when decorating. All you have to do is fold it up and pop it in the washing machine, or empty it outside!

Putting up shelves

Adding shelving in your home not only helps you get organised, but it can also be a feature of attraction. Before you hang any up, it is important to know what type of walls you have – brick, concrete or stud.  

Also, consider the quality of the fixtures and plugs – you only want to do the job once, and not have any disasters when they’re up!

Know your limitations

Most importantly, know when you need to call in the professionals! Some jobs require an expert, so put down your tools and call a trusted electrician, painter, plumber, joiner, carpenter, or whoever it is you need. You will save a lot of time and money – not to mention effort – by letting them tackle the issue that is well beyond the realms of any simple DIY!

Now that summer has arrived, it may be the ideal time to get your jobs started and finished – good luck!  

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