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Oh, hello! Welcome to my favourite pastime. I’m never happier than when I’m doing a spot of DIY! You name it, I’ve done it. Though that’s actually not true, as SirThomas Beecham once said ‘Try everything once except folk dancing and incest’!

On the DIY front though I have more or less tried everything. From plastering to tiling. Plumbing to electrics. Decorating, sewing, and more. You’ll find it all here.

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How to reglaze a sash window

How To Reglaze A Sash Window

If like me you are a do it yourself kind of person then at some point you will come across a window that either needs reglazing or the putty replacing at the very least. The window I’m working on today is a sash but to be honest the principle of glazing is the same whatever type of window it is. One of the panes of glass in my back sitting was cracked. Not too badly thankfully and I’ve managed with it for years. But the other day whilst doing up my outhouses the window frame took a bang. And what was once a crack fractured even more and a piece of glass fell out. What wasn’t on my list all of a sudden became high priority so I thought I’d drag you along with me for anyone wanting to know how to reglaze a sash window. Continue Reading…

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How To Make A Cheap Easy DIY Garden Bench

How To Make A Cheap Easy DIY Garden Bench

My garden as you know, needs tending. And that’s an understatement! Having spent almost 10 weeks working on the front of the house at the start of lockdown it’s time to tackle the inevitable that is our back garden. It can no longer be ignored. But with such a dump to transform at first I didn’t know where to start. I was overwhelmed. And so I started with the smallest area there was. A tiny patio area by the outside tap. With a plan in my head to re create a street cafe vibe in Naples. Ever on a budget and with garden furniture being rarer that rocking horse sh*t I decided it needed a pair of benches. I mean how hard can it be to make them? Turns out it’s relatively easy, so here’s an easy DIY on how to make a cheap but stylish Garden Bench. Continue Reading…

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National Home Improvement Month with Schneider Electric

The Best Brand Of Paint For Kitchen Cabinets

This post is sponsored by Schneider Electric. Well what a year we’ve had so far though it seems that many of us are using the extra time on our hands and putting it to good use. Millions of us are getting to grips with DIYs and making home improvements. Our homes are working harder than ever for us and it seems we are doing the same for them in return. In fact a detailed report in the Property Reporter says at least one in ten of us has cracked on with a DIY job or two in the last few months. So much so that DIY stores are bucking the trend and thankfully business is booming. So to celebrate us as nation of DIYer’s this September is National Home Improvement Month and I’ll be working with Schneider Electric on a few home improvements of my own. Continue Reading…

Before & After Reveals, DIY, How To's, Outside Spaces

Restoring A Block Paved Driveway

Restore Block Pavers

Part of my 2020 wishlist is to improve the kerb appeal of my home. It looks dated. So after spending time repointing all our old Devon stone walls. Which by the way has taken nearly two years to complete factoring in the weather! I am now turning my attention to the front of the house with the aim of improving my homes kerb appeal. To be honest it needs it too. I’ve left all those little tasks far too long. Having painted the front door I’m onto cleaning our driveway. At 23 years old it’s lost its colour. And has weeds a plenty between the pavers as well as numerous stains. So I thought I’d share restoring a block paved driveway with you. An easy how to that doesn’t cost the earth or take that much effort to do either.

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