Category Archives: Do It Yourself

Wood Storage Wood Storage


The garage is a favourite place to store all manner of things, including tools and materials for do-it-yourself, gardening and car maintenance. Unless these are kept under control, they will spill over until there is no room for the car. The solution is to build a shallow of full-height storage unit along either the side…
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Cornice Window Treatments Cornice Window Treatments


Cornice window treatments are the easiest way to spruce up any interior decor whether at home or the office and can add an extravagant touch to ordinary curtains or drapes. Window cornices can amplify even the simplest of themes and once you have the right tools it’s relatively easy. Pattern paper, wood, screws, L shaped…
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Making a tincture Making a tincture


A tincture is an extract of a herb in a mixture of alcohol and water, normally 25 per cent alcohol. The alcohol used commercially is ethyl alcohol, but a spirit such as brandy or mika can be used for home tinctures. As tinctures are concentrated extracts, use the mainly as recommended and for a short…
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Stain Removal Stain Removal


Stains that are not treated at an early stage run the risk of ‘setting’ and becoming permanent. Take immediate action to stop a stain front spreading or sinking deeper into the fibers by blotting up the excess with a clean cloth, absorbent tissues or salt. Stains generally fall into 4 simple categories: Stains that can…
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Plant Decoration Plant Decoration


Herbaceous borders bring wonderful colour in summer but die down to next to nothing in the winter, so it is good to provide an evergreen structure of plants to get you through all the seasons. These can also contribute to the ‘architecture’ of the garden, creating levels, screens, and even sculpture. You can plan to…
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Housekeeping Tips Housekeeping Tips


With an average of 2 out of every 3 women working outside the home, research shows that, despite the advent of the ‘new man’, most housework is still done by women. How you tackle the household chores will depend a great deal on your lifestyle. If you have children, keeping the house in order can…
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Garden Gravel Garden Gravel


Gravel is an inexpensive and flexible alternative to paving or a lawn, although it is not suitable for a patio. It blends beautifully with plants, needs little maintenance, and can be used in both formal and informal designs. It is also a useful ‘filler’ material to use among other hard surfaces, or in irregularly shaped…
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Display Lighting Display Lighting


Most of the lighting schemes concentrated on illuminating individual rooms and providing good task lighting for the various activities carried out in them. However, lighting can also be used as a means of decorating rooms and highlighting their best features. Spotlights offer great flexibility here. They are available as single, double and triple spot units…
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Wall Painting Ideas Wall Painting Ideas


Paint is a popular decorative finish for walls and ceilings because it is quick and easy to apply, offers a huge range of colours and is relatively inexpensive compared with rival products such as wall coverings. It can be used over plain plaster, or can he applied over embossed relief wall coverings and textured finishes….
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Wall Papering Stair Wells Wall Papering Stair Wells


Paperhanging in stairwells is no different in principle from work in any other room. However, the job is made more difficult by the need to handle longer lengths of wall covering, and also because access to the higher reaches of the stairwell walls can be awkward. It is a job that requires careful planning, and…
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Floor Repair Floor Repair


Floorboards suffer more from being lifted for access to pipes and cables beneath them than they do from everyday wear and tear. If the floor has nothing worse than the occasional creak, the trouble can generally be cured by lifting floor coverings and then nailing or better still, screwing the offending board down again. With…
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How to Make Roman Blinds How to Make Roman Blinds


Blinds are becoming a very popular alternative window dressing to a pair of curtains (drapes). The styles of blind described here, although made using very similar techniques, create very different effects. Choose the softly ruched Austrian blind for a pretty, feminine window treatment and the smartly pleated Roman blind for a room with a modern…
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How to Decorate Lamp Shades How to Decorate Lamp Shades


A plain lampshade is like a blank canvas, just waiting for the artist’s creative touch. The best type for decorating is a simple shape made of plain smooth fabric or thick paper. If you are experimenting, it is best to use the least expensive type because you will feel less restricted knowing that failure won’t…
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Flower Arranging Tips Flower Arranging Tips


Add to the impact of the design by using a scooped-out melon, with its deeply ridged texture, as an unusual container. Watermelons, pumpkins and marrows (squash), or oranges and lemons also make interesting short-term flower holders. You can dry the shells in an oven at a low temperature for a longer-lasting display. Choose flowers that…
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Window Treatment Ideas Window Treatment Ideas


When planning a window treatment, think of the scheme as an integral part of the whole room. Consider the proportions of the window with respect to the rest of the room, the contents and the dominant colours. Successful window dressing should be part of the ensemble rather than influenced by the whim of fashion. If…
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How to Sew a Box Cushion How to Sew a Box Cushion


Circular bolster cushions look attractive on most types of furniture and make a good visual contrast against the more usual rectangular cushions. This shape of cushion works particularly well with striped, check and tartan cloth, especially when a contrasting tassel, ribbon how or pompom is used as a trim. A box cushion adds comfort and…
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Choosing Plants for Landscaping Choosing Plants for Landscaping


Before making the journey to select plants for your garden make sure you have a clear idea of where you would like to plant them, and the type of soil with which you will be working. Read the label and examine each plant before you buy it to make sure it is right for the…
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Home Improvement Budget Home Improvement Budget


Now that you have a realistic idea of what needs doing to your home, the next step is to plan what the various improvement options will involve in terms of time, logistics and, of course, money. Like most common projects this can be divided up into a number of groups as a brief summary of…
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Lawn and Garden Care Lawn and Garden Care


In addition to feeding, watering, mulching and weeding as already described, plants may require other forms of maintenance. Shrubs for example, may need regular pruning, depending on the species, and how you want them to look. Climbers need to have stray stems regularly tied to the main supports or other stems. Stems that grow away…
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