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How to Repaint Internal Doors – contributed by handle King

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February 5th, 2018

How to Repaint Internal Doors

Do your doors look a little tired and need a new lease of life? In a traditional home, solid wood doors can be stripped and restored to augment their natural beauty. Black or copper door handles are a great way to offset this period look and add a modern twist. Stainless steel and chrome door handles on the other hand look perfect on white doors in a contemporary interior and offer a neutral ambiance throughout your home. Consider the contours and tones in your room to determine the handles that best complement your interior.

If your doors are paint encrusted, you will need to strip the layers of paint back before refinishing. This will not only improve the aesthetic finish on your doors, but will also help to ensure your doors operate smoothly. If lead based paint is being removed, it is best to speak with a reputable specialist for advice before carrying out work as there are additional precautions which need to be taken to ensure the paint is removed safely.

Painting an internal door with a roller

Before you commence work it is important to prepare your work station. Protective gloves, eye and face masks are necessary to ensure that no dust is inhaled and offer you protection from any chemical cleaners that may be used. Ensure that the items you are using are fit for purpose before you start. Once you have done this it is best to unhinge the door to ensure an even finish. Make sure that your work area is well ventilated and dust sheets are laid to catch the debris.

Perhaps the most common method for stripping paint from your door is using a chemical stripper. Typically, this is applied to the surface of the door then after the specified time the paint is removed using a scraper. On stubborn and intricate areas of the door or architrave, a wire brush maybe used to carefully remove paint from the surface. Once you have completed this step, any chemical residue should be removed using the recommended fluid specified on the product you are using. Always follow the step-by-step instructions specified by the manufacturer as they will be most relevant to the product you are using.

Once the paint has been successfully removed, it’s time to sand your door in preparation for painting. When painting, remember to apply the paint smoothly and evenly, do not overload your brush, as this can cause the paint to run which in turn can create drip marks to dry onto the surface of your door. Remember to allow enough time for
the paint to completely dry before applying a further coat of paint. Once you are happy with the finish, you will be ready to hang the doors and fit your door handles.

Fitting a new door handle

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Colour trends for 2018

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January 5th, 2018

Colour Trends For 2018

Dulux Colour Futures™ from AkzoNobel have for the 15th year come up with what they think the upcoming colour trends for 2018 will be, they have selected a range of colours they think will be in trend throughout 2018, this year it consists of a beautiful warm pink, chosen by the colour specialists at Dulux Global Aesthetic Centre.

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What is the trend Colour For 2018

The colour of the year 2018 is…… 10YR 28/072 (also known as Heart Wood).

“Calm or cosy, energetic or relaxed – the feel of your home can be transformed by Heart Wood in different ways. Dive deeper into Dulux Colour of the Year’s four complementary colour palettes for 2018 to find the mood and style that suits you.”

Quote from Dulux website.

You can see more of this years colour schemes here:

See more of this years colour of the year and colour schemes.

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Decorating your rental property

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December 14th, 2017

HomeLet – Decorating your rental property

So you have signed the papers for your rental home, but it’s looking a bit empty and you are struggling to call it your ‘home-sweet-home’. No one likes feeling uncomfortable in their own house, but what can you do to fix this?


There are a lot of home improvements that you can do in your new home to give it a personalised new look, some include:

  • – Put up a garden shed: A garden shed can be useful for storing gardening tools in one place, it can come in various sizes and different materials like wood, glass and metal. Your choice of material can create a naturalistic, minimalistic or rustic vibe with the respective materials.
  • – Installing a new boiler or central heating system: These appliances wear away over time, the house can look dreary when stains and rusts are starting to show. It might be helpful to start considering replacing these old appliances with new ones.
  • – Knocking through rooms: If you want to create a different layout to your room, it might be useful to consider knocking a wall down, this will give you a much bigger space.
  • – Putting up wallpapers: Patterns can spice up an empty or plain room, if you don’t want to cover the whole room with the same wallpaper try putting it on one wall and making it the accent wall. It is an easy and cost effective fix.
  • – Getting a loft conversion: The loft is usually forgotten about and used for storage. Why not use the space for something more aesthetically enticing, give it a paint job and a few lounge accessories, it will be ready for you to enjoy in no time.

The ideas above are just a fraction of what you can do to make your rental property more homely. However, before you make a start Landlord Insurance from HomeLet advises all tenants to get permission from your landlord before making any changes to the property. There is a risk of losing part or all of your deposit when you move out if he or she was not informed beforehand. To ensure the agreement is kept, get your landlord’s agreement in writing as well.


Be aware of the difference between renovations and repair. If there are signs of damage rather than your personal preference to replace something, it is the landlord’s responsibility to get it covered. It is important to get in touch with your landlord or letting agent as soon as possible. You should only attempt repairs to your rental property if this is clearly stated in the tenancy agreement that it is allowed.

If unfortunately, the landlord does not approve of your home renovation plans, don’t feel discouraged because there are still some quick fixes that can help your rental property come to life, you can:

– Add new furnishing to the house

– Replace rusty/broken sink or bath

– Cover marks on paintwork with a paint tester pot that matches your walls

– Fill a vase with fresh flowers from the garden

– Fill your room with delicious tea lights and candles

– Put up picture frames and fill them with your favourite memories

Now that you have all the right ideas, you are all set to proudly (and safely) announce your rental property as your ‘HOME-SWEET-HOME’.

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