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Some recently completed painting and decorating work

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March 23rd, 2018

Some recently completed painting and decorating work

I have decided to do a post about some of my recently completed work, these are only a selection of work I have done in the past couple of months. They include water damage repair, a wallpapering job and an emusioning job, coincidentally they are all bedrooms.

Water stain to ceiling and walls

The first job shown here was of a water stain to a ceiling and walls. The stain was treated and then the ceiling was painted with white emulsion, with the walls being painted a pink tone emulsion. The woodwork was painted in white satinwood and finally a feature wall was papered to complete the job.

Water stain, paint and paper bedroom

Wallpaper in a bedroom

This job was a simple remove old wallpaper and border, paint the ceiling white and re-paper the walls with a floral patterned wallpaper. No woodwork was done.
I removed the old wallpaper and border, filled some small holes and cracks before painting the ceiling with white emulsion. Finally I hung the floral wallpaper to complete the job.
Floral wallpaper

Painting in a bedroom

The third job I am showing you was a repaint in a bedroom. I started by filling some small holes, there wasn’t much filling to do as the ceiling and walls had been papered. I then painted the ceiling down to the picture rail with white emulsion, then I painted the picture rail before painting the walls in a green colour. The remaining woodwork was painted with white satinwood. The door and floor was not touched, although I had previously varnished them.

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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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How to cut wallpaper

Posted by admin
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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