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No More Excuses: DIY Projects That Fit Your Schedule and Budget!

No More Excuses: DIY Projects That Fit Your Schedule and Budget!

We’re all guilty of putting off DIY jobs around the house and garden, citing financial or time constraints. But many jobs can be done in hours or days at most and don’t have to cost a fortune. 

Update a Downstairs Loo

A downstairs loo is quite literally a convenience and often gets ignored when it comes to decorating or updating. But as it’s a small room there’s no reason why you can’t tackle this upgrade over a weekend. 

Whether you just paint or wallpaper the walls and change the toilet seat or install a new toilet and sink there are plenty of online tutorial videos that will take you through the process, step by step. For really small loos there are even toilets with a sink above the cistern so even the tiniest room in the house can get a makeover.

Put in a Porch 

If you’ve been considering installing a porch for years and keep putting it off, now is the time to do it. For those with DIY building skills, this job can be done in a week or two depending on the size and materials it’s made from. 

Size and material will also affect the building a porch cost which can range from about £1,500 to around £4,000. However, it can add saleability to your property and creates extra usable space around the front door. Remember to check whether you need planning permission before starting work. 

Hang Wallpaper

One of the most common DIY tasks that strikes fear into the hearts of homeowners is hanging wallpaper. This is why this project gets put off, sometimes for years. While it may look complicated, practice will give you confidence so start small. Choose the tiniest room in the house and paper that has no repeat patterns so there’s nothing to line up. 

For added simplicity, paste the wall wallpapers are far less involved and you don’t need a pasting table. There are a multitude of online videos you can watch to gain tips and advice to successfully complete this project. When you see the results, you’ll be glad you did. 

Re-roof the Shed

The shed is the workhorse of your garden, storing tools, protecting bikes and garden furniture and serving as a general dumping ground. Neglected it can quickly fall into disrepair leaving it and your belongings at the mercy of the elements. If your shed roof needs repair it’s something you should tackle sooner rather than later and it doesn’t take long. tools

Felt roofs can be quickly removed and replaced by taking off any fascia boards and finials, untacking the damaged felt and replacing it with new felt cut to size. The fascia and finials can then be replaced. Your roof has a new layer of protection and the contents of your shed are properly sheltered. 

Paint Your Fence 

Painting your fence is not the most exciting DIY task you’ll embark on but it is necessary and will prolong the life of your fencing. These days you’re not constrained by just brown shades and can choose from a variety of bright and cheerful fence colours. 

While painting should only take a day or two depending on the size of your fence, don’t forget the importance of proper preparation. This includes cleaning, repairing any damage and sanding down the surface before applying the paint. Once that’s done you can have fun brightening up your garden with a fresh new fence colour. Job done!

Note: This is a collaborative post

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