Bank holiday weekend DIY hub

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  • 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.

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    How to wallpaper a chimney breast
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    Shelving ideas for beautiful book displays 9 ways to create a walk-in wardrobe

    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
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