26 DIY Tips to Improve Your House

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DIY home improvement has been just fantastic as anyone with any skill set can go with it. Not all, but there are at least a few projects that can always be done wonderfully. So, let us help you with those niggly-little jobs:

Follow the Sequence

Before you start with the job, make sure you are following the right sequence. Make sure the walls are done; else you will end up ruining your floor.

Don’t Wash it too often

 Dining room by Ociohogar

Mesa Dominó de Cattelan Italia


Painting can be really daunting and if you are giving it a try yourself, this one trick can be fruitful. When you paint the wall, don’t wash the rollers and brushes after every coat. Instead, wrap them in cling film to keep them moist.

Squeaky Doors

 Windows & doors  by Modern Doors Ltd
Modern Doors Ltd

Ravenna Oak Internal Door Prefinished

Modern Doors Ltd

Noisy doors can be so annoying and can even disrupt your sleep. 

Paints on the Skin

 Walls & flooring by Leoline

While painting, there can be the chance of a few drops of it on your skin. To get rid of it, use baby oils.

Prevent Paint Fumes

Overbearing paint fumes can be troublesome and if you want to avoid the spill, add a little bit of vanilla extract to it.

Paint Spills

Old paint spills can be difficult to rub off from any surface and if you want to save time, rub linseed oil on them.

Rug Gripper

 Walls & flooring by FLOOR_STORY

Kangan Arora—Weft


Looking for a rug gripper? Double sided tape will serve the purpose.

Cutting down Delicate Fabrics

 Walls & flooring by Sinclair Till
Sinclair Till


Sinclair Till

Delicate fabrics can be difficult to cut and if you really want it to be a fast and smooth process, dip the scissors into boiling water.

Dripping Tap

Just attaching a dental floss to the dripping tap can save you a lot of hassle. Insert into the plug hole and it will directly bring the water down.

Creating Stencils

 Bathroom by Drummonds Bathrooms
Drummonds Bathrooms

Drummond's Case Study: London Townhouse, Notting Hill

Drummonds Bathrooms

Masking tape can act perfectly when it comes to creating stencils. It can work anywhere without leaving any mark.

Decking Stain Applicator

 Walls & flooring by Bona

Bona Decking System


A regular broom can act as the right substitute for deck stain applicator. So, you really don’t need to buy one.

Chalk Pens

 Walls & flooring by Tektura Wallcoverings
Tektura Wallcoverings

Make any smooth, low porosity surface dry erase. Clear Erase is transparent, so underlying colour and pattern shine through. Apply like paint.

Tektura Wallcoverings

Use the chalk pens to create temporary murals on the mirrors. A perfect option for adding fun in the kid’s room.

​Prevent the Paint Drip

To prevent the paint drips add glue and a paper plate in the bottom of the paint cans.

Hide the Scratch

 Walls & flooring by Quick-Step

Old White Oak Dark


Apply shoe polish and strong coffee on the dark wood furniture to hide the scratches.

Tighten the Screw

To make sure the screws are not undone add a drop a nail varnish before you finish tightening it.

Heatproof Paint

 Corridor, hallway & stairs  by Stelrad



Old radiators can be added to the heatproof paint and now you can avail it in the aerosol form.

Troubling Nails

 Living room by The Cotswold Company
The Cotswold Company

Farmhouse Ivory 9 Drawer Chest

The Cotswold Company

Having a problem with hammering the nail, rub the tips with a little soap.

Wood Dents

 Living room by Vintage House Coruna
Vintage House Coruna

Vintage House Coruna

Vintage House Coruna

Add some water, lay down a brown paper and iron it to shun away the paints from unpolished woods.

Storing Paints

 Living room by A Rum Fellow
A Rum Fellow

Caterina Ikat Wing Chair

A Rum Fellow

To keep your paint usable for a long time, add a couple of methylated spirits before placing the lid.

Safety Comes First

 Kitchen by Clachan Wood
Clachan Wood

Painted kitchen

Clachan Wood

Turn off your electronics, no matter what DIY task you are following.

Keep a Torch

Keep an easily reachable torch in case something comes across.

Rat Trap

 Windows & doors  by Adamson Doors
Adamson Doors

Adamson Doors

Adamson Doors

A spring-powered rat trap makes the door close automatically. Just keep it closely mounted to the back.

DIY Cleaners

 Living room by Direct Stoves
Direct Stoves

Charnwood Country 4 Multi Fuel / Wood Burning Defra Approved Stove

Direct Stoves

Scrunched up newspaper, dipped in vinegar, if mixed with ash can be used as a dish cleaner as well as a wood burner glass.

Avid Gardening

 Dining room by 99chairs

Scandinavian eating


Utilize the old kitchen funnels for the gardening purpose, just like this image.

Floor Protectors

On an even surface, place a floor protector to make space for chairs and tables.

Call the Professionals

 Corridor & hallway by LA Hally Architect
LA Hally Architect

House in Chandlers Ford II

LA Hally Architect

For the left over, you better call the professionals.

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