DIY Top 10 Tips

DIY Top 10 Tips

When we were stripping wallpaper the other weekend we started thinking about things we wish we’d known when we first started tackling DIY projects. Several amusing/horror stories later, including a good reminisce about the sink in our first home which was held up with bamboo sticks (not our work might I add!), we came up with our DIY top 10 list.

  1. Everything will always take longer than you expect, take your expected time and double it! If you finish sooner than expected great, but at least you’ll be prepared for every eventuality!
  2. As rewarding as DIY can be it can also be very frustrating – so lots of patience/or something soft to take aggression out on is a must!
  3. You will always notice any teeny-tiny mistakes on a DIY job. Don’t worry, nobody else will!
  4. Invest in a wallpaper stripper, it will save you so much time and arm ache.
  5. You can never have enough paintbrushes. Invest in high quality ones if possible – nothing ruins a painted surface like stray bristles. It’s also a real faff trying to get them out of the paintwork without giving yourself a new paint job in the process!
  6. Whilst we’re on the subject of quality – buy high quality paint if possible. Nobody likes having to do 3 coats of an entire room!
  7. Masking tape is essential! Check out this incredible tip for painting clean lines.
  8. Where possible decorate a room before you replace the floor. If you can’t or aren’t replacing the floor then make sure you have some old sheets on hand to protect surfaces.
  9. Nobody likes painting skirting boards or doors, but they really do finish a room off!
  10. Whilst you can always pay somebody to do it for you it’s much more satisfying (and cheaper) to DIY! Plus you’ll learn some skills that you can use time and time again!

I’m sure there are lots of other things we’ve learnt in the process of renovating 2 homes but these were the ones that immediately sprang to mind. What about you, do you have any must know tips for new DIYers (or experienced ones always looking to learn something new)?




  1. December 3, 2013 / 2:37 pm

    Great post Sammi! You’re absolutely right – you can never have enough paintbrushes!!

    • Sammi
      December 3, 2013 / 2:38 pm

      Thanks Becky, I hope the advice helps some people!

  2. December 4, 2013 / 1:05 pm

    We learned the hard way on #6 our paint is actually rubbing off in a high traffic zone!

    • Sammi
      December 4, 2013 / 3:10 pm

      That’s never good Trisha – good excuse to redecorate though!

    • Sammi
      December 4, 2013 / 5:32 pm

      Thanks Brynne!

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