Top DIY tips from a Good Housekeeping journalist!

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Women doing DIYThis month we are celebrating the 19th anniversary of QVC's longest running show – DIY on Sunday! Make sure you tune in at 10am on Sunday 11th November to see what we have in store for you.

We will have a special guest coming in to present the Power8 tool – Tommy Walsh, star of Ground Force. This complete power tool system features a drill and circular saw, that can all be used in conjunction with the same battery and all packs into a compact and portable carry case.

Carrie-Anne Skinner from Good Housekeeping InstituteTo celebrate this amazing milestone age, we caught up with journalist Carrie-Anne Skinner, Senior Researcher at The Good Housekeeping Institute, to get some expert tips on improving your home and current interior trends.

What are the main DIY trends that you will feature over the next couple of months?

In Good Housekeeping we’ll be looking at how to make your home warm and cosy to ensure you can stay snug during winter, as well as looking at the best way to de-clutter your home and ways to bring festive cheer during the Christmas period.

 

What would you say is one Home Improvements project that anyone can do themselves?

Creating a feature wall is a great project for those that are new to DIY and those that are a dab hand. If you’re a DIY novice, then opt to create a focal point by simply painting the wall in a contrasting colour that will enhance your existing colour scheme. Alternatively, if you fancy more of a challenge, consider using a patterned paper to cover the wall.

What are your top tips for getting the best paint finish on your interior walls?

  1. If you’re simply painting over painted walls, make sure you wash the wall to remove any traces of dirt and grease to ensure the paint sticks to the wall successfully. Don’t drench the wall however, as it needs to be dry before you start painting.
  2. If your surface is wallpapered, you will need to strip this off first to get the best possible finish. Fill small cracks and dents; use sand paper to smooth any lumps and bumps on the wall and then wipe down to remove any dust. Finally, open windows and doors in the room to help the walls dry out.
  3. Make sure you cover carpets and furniture and then use masking tape to ensure you don’t accidentally end up painting skirting boards or cornices. Use a smaller brush to paint the edges first, known as ‘cutting in’, and then fill in the main expanse of the wall. Hold you brush at a 45 degree angle to the wall and paint in broad vertical strokes, followed by horizontal and diagonal strokes to ensure an even coverage. Start closest to a window or source of light and then paint away from it.
  4. Once the first coat has dried, view the room in natural light but more than likely you’ll need a second coat, and quite possibly a third depending upon the colour your painting over. Always invest in good quality expensive brushes that are less like to shred their bristles onto your wall and if you take a break from painting wrap your brush in cling film so it doesn’t dry out.

What would you say is a key DIY tool that everyone should own?

A good quality paint brush is an excellent investment and if cleaned and stored properly, it will last you for many years. A Philips and flat head screwdriver is also a must, and will come in handy whether you’re fitting a vacuum cleaner together, building flat pack furniture or simply changing a plug.

Do you have any additional tips you can give to our customer for their home improvement projects?

Make sure you allow plenty of time for your project. Don’t start painting at 2:30pm because chances are you won’t be finished before the natural light fades, and never rush a job as this is when you make mistakes. Finally ensure you’ve got all the tools and cleaning materials you need before you start the job. There’s nothing worse than having to dash out because you’re out of white spirit!

Don't miss the DIY on Sunday show at 10am on Sunday 11th November!

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