Bank holiday weekend DIY hub

Whether you've got half an hour or the entire weekend, make the most of your bank holiday by rolling up your sleeves and getting handy. From fun and simple decorative projects to full-on DIY, we’ve got videos and step-by-steps to inspire…

What better time to take on those outstanding DIY jobs and upcycling crafts than a bank holiday weekend. With four days of free time ahead you have got the chance to shop, prepare and pull off some impressive home improvements. From tiny decorative touches to bigger jobs that need more attention, roll up your sleeves and get handy!

DECORATING

If the onset of spring has you reaching for the nearest paint brush then the bank holiday weekend is a great time to
make a big dent in one of your decorating goals. With a bit of forward
planning and pre-shopping, you can use the long weekend to spruce up
your living space with a feature wall or even decorate a hallway.

Make sure you get all your essentials before you start by checking the Easter bank holiday opening hours, then read our top tips for choosing the
perfect colour for your walls – paint will look different in every room depending on
light, size and finish. If you’re feeling the itch but need a bit of
inspiration we’ve got some great weekend decorating projects for you to try.

Easy living room updates you can do in a weekend
7 beautiful ways to dress windows
Style guide to dressing a bay window
How to choose the perfect curtains
Paint: The essential guide
How to wallpaper a chimney breast
The latest wallpaper trends
From pink to pistachio: Decorating with colour
Shelving ideas for beautiful book displays 9 ways to create a walk-in wardrobe

Plus win the ultimate Bosch DIY and garden tool kit
We’ve teamed up with Bosch to offer a mega bundle of power tools worth £1000, perfect for tackling those DIY and gardening jobs over the bank holiday. Bosch cordless tools are powered by a single battery in the same voltage system, allowing you to move easily between jobs inside and outside.

DIY

Whether it’s finally fixing that dripping tap or adding more storage with shelving, getting your hands dirty is a thrifty and satisfying way to give your home a fresh new look and feel.

If you’re planning a major home improvement like a new kitchen extension or a bathroom refit the bank holiday provides valuable time get a closer look at the details that can make or break a project. Let us give you a head start with our shopping picks of the best taps, splashbacks and kitchen unit doors, plus these budget bathroom suites. Then check out our buyers’ guides to kitchen worktops and fitted furniture.

For more instant gratification there are lots of ways to improve your home in a few days, from retiling a floor to hanging a new favourite wallpaper.

How to lay floor tiles
How to change a tap washer
Video: How to hang wallpaper
How to transform your walls with panellingHow to hang picturesOur best shelving storage ideasHow to put up floating shelvesHow to fit a decorative centrepieceHow to lighten beamsHow to wallpaper a chimney breast5 things you need to know when you’re cleaning out your loft

CRAFT AND UPCYCLING IDEAS

There’s nothing as satisfying as transforming a piece of furniture destined for the scrap heap into a beautiful new item for your home, so if you have some time to spare why not try one of our 10 of the best upcycling ideas anyone can do! We’ve also got bags of crafty projects for every skill level, from quick-sew textiles to pretty country accessories.

Upcycling and craft projects
3 craft ideas for blackboard paint
Painting furniture – our favourite projects
How to make a Roman blind
How to make bunting
How to cover a lampshade with fabric
How to make a paper windmill
How to make candles in teacups
How to make an envelope cushion
How to cover a lampshade with wallpaper
How to make a pretty hanging heart
How make a floral peg bag
How to make a roll-up blind
10 gorgeous table setting ideas
10 of the best easy furniture transformations
How to make Swedish blinds

CLEANING

Sometimes transforming your environment can be as simple as a good clear out, tackling the spring deep clean or maximising your space. Before you start putting energy into beautifying your home we’ve got some words of wisdom to make light work of the dirty jobs!

Our ultimate cleaning tips
How to sort out your paperwork
The A to Z of stain removal How to clean wooden flooringHow to clean a washing machineHow to remove a stain from an oak worktop6 natural spring cleaning hacks

GARDENING

Take the time to get outside this bank holiday, not only will you blow away the cobwebs but you’ll reap the rewards in the warmer months by getting your garden in order early.

Update your garden in 10 easy steps
Stunning ideas for small garden
10 of the best front garden designs Gorgeous garden decking and patio ideas10 of the best patio gardens

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