When you’re a novice do-it-your-selfer, even starting a DIY project can be daunting let alone finishing one. So you’ll LOVE these easy tips for regular and useful household jobs.
We’re all familiar with someone who’s into their DIY. They spend their evenings and weekends scouring their homes for tasks to do.But even they were, originally, a novice do-it-your-selfer.
For those of us who are unfamiliar with DIY, problems are generally ignored or brushed under the carpet until they become so noticeable or problematic that we have to bring a professional in to rectify things.
Next time you notice a minor problem with your property, it’s time to act in a different manner. Rather than turning a blind eye to the issue or forking out large sums on builders, painters, and decorators, try fixing things yourself.Time to become a novice do-it-your-selfer, and you’ll never look back.
Here are a few common household problems and how to put them right easily.
Novice Do-It-Your-Selfer: Wood Staining and Varnishing
There are various reasons that you might find yourself wanting to stain or varnish wood yourself. You can save a lot of money by purchasing unfinished furniture and finishing it yourself with these simple activities, or perhaps you’ve had the same furniture for a while and fancy sprucing things up or slightly altering their appearance.
Regardless of your reason for trying your hand at staining and varnishing, you’ll find that it’s actually pretty simple. All you need are the right tools, the right stain or varnish, and a little time and patience.
Before you get started, make sure that you protect your eyes and skin. Wear safety goggles and disposable rubber gloves at all times and if some stain or varnish does get on your skin, wash it off immediately. If it can permanently stain wood, it will stain your clothes too, so make sure to wear something that you don’t intend to wear again.
You should ensure that the room or space you are working with is well ventilated to prevent inhalation of fumes from the varnish or stain itself. Varnish is simple. It’s clear and so can be used on any wooden surface.
However, the stain will alter the colour and overall finished appearance of a piece, so it’s always best to do a small patch test first. Try your varnish out on a part of the piece of furniture that can be hidden if necessary.
If you’re feeling extra vigilant and are set on getting the best finish possible, you can apply a coat of wood conditioner first. It will prevent blotches. Keep this layer thin and leave it to dry before progressing.
Once this has dried, you’re ready to go! Stir the contents of the tin thoroughly and apply the stain to your piece of furniture with a brush or rag. Go slowly, so as to only apply the stain where it is needed.
Wipe off any excess going in line with the grain and allow to dry.
Novice Do-It-Your-Selfer: Putting Up Shelves
Not every home has shelves, but as soon as you have a few up, you’ll realise how useful they really are. They become indispensable in moments. There are so many uses for a shelf in every single room of your home. In your pantry, they can be used for storing herbs, spices, and condiments.
In your kitchen, a shelf can be put up for items that you want regular and easy access to, such as cereals, garlic, and onions. In the living room, shelves always come in useful for plants, books, and photo frames.
For your bathroom, a low shelf alongside the bath can home soap, shampoos, and conditioners.
In the bedroom, a shelf can keep your alarm clock and other small essentials like makeup and hair brushes. Generally speaking, people will call a builder in to put up shelving.
This may be the best idea if you plan to use your shelf for lots of heavy items, such as tens of books. However, if the shelf is just for casual use, it’s worth giving it a go yourself. Before you get any tools out, make sure you know what’s behind the wall that you’re planning to put a shelf on.
You can do this with a cable, pipe, and stud detector (otherwise known as a multiple-purpose digital detector). It’s also a good idea to know what your wall is made of in order to use the right tools.
Masonry walls are made of brick and mortar and are consequently tough. You’ll need to make use of a hammer action drill with a masonry bit attached. Use screws that exceed fifty millimetres and use wall plugs for security.
Floating shelves with hidden fixtures don’t have visible support, so will require special techniques. Follow the manufacturer’s guide to get it right first time.
Alternatively, you could make life extremely easy for yourself and use a specialist adhesive such as those available at http://www.riteadhesives.com.au. These strong grip, tacky, grabbing adhesives can hold up to one thousand kilograms per square meter horizontally.
Just be sure to place your shelf right the first time, or you could end up with a wonky piece of timber that can’t hold anything without letting it slip off!
Novice Do-It-Your-Selfer: Fixing a Hole in the Wall
Whether you’ve moved into a property with a hole in the wall, or a mistake or accident has resulted in a hole in the wall of your current property, there’s no need to reach straight for the phone and the number of a local builder.
Depending on the size and depth of the hole, you may be able to rectify the situation yourself. For now, let’s focus on repairing a hole in a drywall. Take a piece of self-adhesive mesh and place it over the area. Then use a drywall knife to cover the mesh with a lightweight joint compound.
Keep the layer thin and feather out the edges to keep things smooth. Sand the area smooth once it has dried. You can then paint the area to match in with the rest of your wall. It really is as simple as that!
See this handy video on repairing plasterboard holes courtesy of our sister site, Don’t Call Me Penny.
These are just a few different basic DIY jobs that may come up around the house. But be brave and tackle them yourself. You can save a whole lot of cash in the process and pick up practical skills along the way too!