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September 30, 2009

Wood picture frame

Filed under: Wood Working — DO or DIY @ 12:41 pm

Woodworking: How to make a picture frame

First you should decide whether you want to frame your picture/ image as it is or want to add a border. Borders are useful if your artwork is small or if you want to frame an image in order to create a focal point. Use a mount that complements or contrasts the artwork. You can either buy a suitable ready-cut mount or make your own by cutting piece of  mounting card to the required size and cutting out a window to fit your image. Attach the image to the mount with masking tape..

June 21, 2009

Panelling

Filed under: Wood Working — DO or DIY @ 11:34 am

Panelling

As I wrote in the previous article, wall panelling is back in fashion. You can utilise the traditional tongue and groove wood panels, or the Shaker Style framed panels – but it’s much more interesting to have wall panelling with a modern twist..

Tongue and Groove Alternative

Instead of tongue and groove panels why don’t you try MDF or ply panels. Just cut big sheets (or get them cut) into strips of your chosen width. The sheets don’t have to be thick – 5mm is ideal. Then varnish or paint the panels. The wider the panels the more interesting effect you can create. You can use the panels vertically or horizontally (which is more funky).

June 19, 2009

Painting panelling

Filed under: Wood Working — DO or DIY @ 10:18 am

Painting panelling

Having attached your wood panelling to the walls as per the previous article, you can then decide whether you want to varnish, limewash or paint it..

To paint panelling

If your panelling is old and the paintwork is peeling or lumpy, you should strip & sand it back to bare wood. Fill holes, splits and blemishes with wood filler then smooth with a fine sandpaper. Wash it with a mild detergent to remove dust and you’re ready to paint or varnish. If the old paintwork is in good condition you can paint over it, but wash the paintwork first and do use an undercoat!

June 7, 2009

Wall Panelling

Filed under: Wood Working — DO or DIY @ 10:54 am

Wall panelling

Wall panelling is back in fashion – not only the country-style painted wood panels but also the wood panelling that defined our interiors in the 70′s. Of course both applications need a modern twist. This article will help you to choose the right panelling for your interior.

Panelling is ideal for walls in poor condition (but don’t use it to cover damp!) and it’s an easy DIY job. The most common type of wall panelling is made of solid wood planks with a tongue along one edge and a groove on the other. These joints allow secret nailing to the wall and for expansion of the wood with temperature change. Some tongue and groove panels have moulded or other decorative surfaces but, in my opinion, it’s best to stick to the simple ones..

February 7, 2007

DIY or DFY

Filed under: Home Improvement,Uncategorized — DO or DIY @ 2:24 pm

Apparently DIY stores are in trouble – their sales have been going down for a year now. It seems that more and more people are getting tradesmen in to do their home improvement rather than doing it themselves. Done For You is now replacing DIY, so much so, that even the large home improvement stores have started to offer installation and handyman services.

April 23, 2006

Ready for Spring DIY?

Filed under: DIY Home Repair,Easy DIY,Housekeeping — DO or DIY @ 3:54 pm

It’s spring again, and the DIY season has begun. It’s the ideal time to freshen-up our homes, repair household items, fix broken appliances & fittings or redecorate some spaces.

The best way to get everything done by the Summer is to get properly organised. Get a notepad and a pen and look around your home – room by room. Write down the things that need to be cleaned, rearranged, fixed or revamped. Then go outside and inspect the windows, doors, pathways, gates, courtyard or garden. Again, write down what needs to be done..

April 7, 2006

Cordless Glue Gun

Filed under: DIY Crafts,DIY Home Repair,Easy DIY — DO or DIY @ 3:11 pm

If you are after a cordless glue gun, why don’t you try out Coldheat’s new light-weight glue gun? It’s ideal for craft and DIY projects such as model-making, photo framing, scrapbooking, decoration, beading, kids’ art & wood crafts.  It can also be used for small household repairs – on broken ceramic objects, picture frames, toys, cork and so on..

        

So why get it?

  • It is cordless – powered by a rechargeable battery
  • No wires allow flexible & safe use
  • Battery lasts up to 1.5 hours
  • It heats fast – melts glue in under a minute

March 9, 2006

Fixed shelves for an alcove

Filed under: Easy DIY,Home Improvement — DO or DIY @ 11:07 am

An alcove a very suitable space to utilise for fixed shelves and built-in cabinets. For shelves you could use spur shelving systems or brackets, but a more attractive solution is to have floating shelves, where the brackets or supports are invisible.

Creating a floating shelf in a rectangular alcove is a relatively easy DIY job. It’s basically a piece of timber supported on a frame and the front is covered with a thin piece of timber or decorative edge..

Tools you’ll need:

  • Spirit Level
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Masonry bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Saw

March 1, 2006

Putting up shelves

Filed under: Easy DIY,Wood Working — DO or DIY @ 4:30 pm

Easy DIY:

Putting up a shelf is considered an easy DIY job, yet it’s more difficult than you might think. A badly put up shelf just looks dreadful. So before you attach your self-made or ready-made shelf think about the following issues..

Weight

What are you going to use the shelf for? How heavy will the load be? You must construct or buy a shelf accordingly.

Wall

What sort of wall are you fixing the shelf to – brick, concrete, wood, plasterboard etc? You’ll need to buy the appropriate screws and, if necessary, the right wall-plugs.

February 20, 2006

Identifying Electricity Supply

Filed under: Electrical DIY — DO or DIY @ 11:51 am

3 – Electricity

In the UK, most homes are supplied with electricity via cables either underground or overhead. This connects to a sealed terminal box located inside of your home, from which two cables run to an electricity meter and two cables run to the consumer unit.  The consumer unit is often located under the staircase, in the hallway or in the garage – it distributes electricity in your home.

Most consumer units include MCB’s  (miniature circuit breakers) that automatically switch off in case of faults or colour-coded fuses that enables you to locate them and switch off the power to a specific circuit..

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