How to do DIY

DIY starter projects should be small ones

People tend to think of DIY as the big stuff – like laying floors and moving walls. However, there are far easier projects to get to grips with doing your own handyman routine around the home. And just as in the old saying ‘you’ve got to learn to walk before you can run’ – so it goes with DIY skills. Start small and work up.

Start of small and work your way up.

The simplest DIY – and the least likely to go wrong is probably doing some decorating and painting. If you have a small room that you can experiment on, it helps hone your DIY skills before you tackle main rooms like the living room or bedroom. You’ll work out things like how not to let oil-based woodwork paint sludge and you’ll realise that two thin coats of emulsion is better than one thick one.

The downstairs cloakroom is a great practice room. It’s usually quite small and can be easily separated off while you paint and experiment with your DIY skills. Choose a bathroom paint that will be mould-resistant. Depending on the state of the existing décor, you may only need to apply a new colour, but if you have to remove old wallpaper first, then so much the better for adding to your skills list.

You may want to buy cheap bathroom cabinets to increase the storage in the bathroom. Cheap furniture often comes as a flat pack, but this is great as it will give you the chance to practice putting furniture together. This is one DIY skill you can do anywhere round the home. Constructing flat pack furniture will help you learn how to follow instruction manuals and use a drill and screwdriver. Great starters are smaller items like bedside tables and bookcases.

You’ll soon be able to move onto more complex projects, but it’s better to get ‘warmed up’ and acquire some DIY ability before launching into a big project.

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