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Easter Weekend – Not just for egg decorating

Posted by Adrian
April 13th, 2017

Easter Bunny

Easter Weekend – Not just for egg decorating

As the long easter fast approaches thoughts may turn to a few days off of work, Easter egg hunts, meeting family and friends for a meal and a drink? But it is the ideal time to do some DIY too, especially as the weather doesn’t look wonderful.

In four days you can get a lot of DIY and decorating done, even an entire room makeover. So if you are planning to do some Home Improvements, DIY, Gardening, Decorating carry on reading.

A long weekend of Home Improvements

If you can decorating you will find lots of useful tips and advice of how to go about it right here on this blog, and if you need to work out materials such as Wallpaper, paint or tiles then use our calculators before going out to the hardware store and buying them.

If you are doing some DIY then also check out our other blog over at Rayfields.co.uk, here you will find over forty DIY and Painting and Decorating articles.

Also worth a look is our third blog at Improving Your Property where you will find all manner of topics covered from gardening, woodworking, DIY tips, Plumbing, Decorating and buiding.

What ever you are doing this Easter weekend, enjoy!

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Storage Tips to Simplify your Renovations contributed post by Big Yellow

Posted by Adrian
March 8th, 2017

Storage Tips to Simplify your Renovations

Whether you are undertaking major renovations or simply redecorating a single room, there is bound to be some upheaval. You will need to move furniture, and pack up some items to clear out the area being worked on.

Clearing space for renovations means figuring out areas where you can store items to keep them clean and safe. The kind of storage you choose will depend on how extensive your renovation is.

When decorating a single room yourself, you can probably get away with storing items at home in a separate room. However if the renovation or work being undertaken is more extensive or is likely to make more mess (if you’re building an extension, for instance, or completely refitting the kitchen), you might want to think about storing items away from home.

Storing Items at Home

Even if you’re just decorating a single room, the job will go much smoother and quicker if you can completely clear the room before you start. Don’t be tempted to pile items and possessions in the centre of the room. It may seem like a good idea and a quicker option to start with, but invariably paint splatters will damage items or you’ll be constantly moving things to make room for ladders or pasting tables.

Pack up all your breakables into sturdy boxes and storage tubs, wrapping delicate items in bubble wrap (or blankets and tea towels if these are all you have to hand), and pack them carefully so they don’t roll around and cause damage to each other.

With larger items of furniture, such as dining tables or desks, try to remove the legs to save space.

If you’re storing items at home during larger, messier jobs, it’s best if you can dedicate a room for storage where you can put everything, then thoroughly seal the room off. Simply closing the door won’t stop dust getting in, so seal all around the doorframe with heavy duty tape, not forgetting the gap beneath. Keep this room out of bounds during the renovation, since dust will fly in whenever the door is open.

Alternative Storage Options

The other option, and one that is especially useful if you’re decorating several rooms at the same time, is to take out a short contract on a self storage unit. Some of the advantages include:

  • Contracts that run from just a week. A good idea is to allow plenty of time by over estimating how long the job will take. They nearly always take longer than you originally think.
  • Many different room sizes from large lockers up to storage spaces that will hold your entire collection of possessions and furnishings.
  • Trolleys and pallet trucks that will help get heavy items from your vehicle to your storage room.
  • A secure environment, with easy access in town locations.

As when you’re packing things to keep at home, use sturdy storage boxes and remember to label everything clearly so you know what’s inside each one.

Once you have your possessions in storage, the area to be worked on will be free and clear, but remember to put protection down on carpets to guard them against muddy boots or paint spills.

Preparation, as they say, is half the battle. Give some thought about your work area, plan your storage ahead of time, and any renovation will be completed faster and with less stress.

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How to cut wallpaper

Posted by Adrian
February 28th, 2017

scissors

How to cut wallpaper

If you are hanging any type of wallpaper, making a good clean cut can make or break a job. The last thing you want to see are torn ragged edges, so the key to cutting wallpaper is to use sharp tools.

Scissors

Scissors can be used to trim paper, cut paper and remove excess paper as you hang, so a good paper hanging pair of scissors are always good to have to hand when wallpapering. To use scissors to trim the top and bottom of the paper, use a pencil to mark a line where you need to cut making sure the paper is well pushed in. Mark and then lift the paper slightly and trim carefully along the line with the scissors or papering shears.

Knife

Knife

A knife is the most popular choice, and the best type to use are a craft knife or one that has snap off blades. This way you can simply snap an end off and you have a sharp cutting edge again, this should be done regularly to avoid the knife dragging and tearing the paper. The amount of cuts between each ‘snap’ of blade will depend on the surface you are cutting on to. Wood and plaster will blunt the blade quickly.

To trim the paper make sure the paper is pushed well into where the cut will be, then use something like a wide scraper to hold the paper and then cut along the edge with a sharp knife. Having a sharp knife will make life easier and you can trim on one cut.

Rotary Cutter

Other tools

There are a number of other tools on the market such as rotary cutters, battery powered cutters, triangle shaped and wedge shaped cutter. All these tools work on the same basic principle, they use a sharp cutting blade to trim the paper. Some I have to say are more successful than others, and some last better than others but at the end of the day it is personal preference to which tool you prefer to use.

Triangle Cutter
wide scraper

Wallpaper Calculator

If you need to work out how many rolls of wallpaper to buy, why not use our Wallpaper Calculator to do it, it even has a feet to metre convertor.

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