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A Beginner’s Guide to Upcycling

Created: 30/07/2015

Purchasing new furniture can be an expensive business, especially if you’re unwilling to compromise on a table, sideboard or armchair that’s not exactly the kind of thing you’re after. However, you may have the perfect item already in the house or you may spot it for cheap at a car boot sale, and by applying a little effort and love it can become a unique piece of furniture for you to cherish forever. 

A Beginner's Guide to Upcycling

This is the beauty of upcycling, and here’s our guide on how you could achieve this in your own home before calling on the services of a South London handyman for the tougher jobs.

Refresh with a lick of paint

Sometimes a splash of colour is all that’s needed to reinvent a piece of furniture that’s completely on trend. With hundreds of paints now on the market in a range of styles, it’s never been easier to find a shade which is absolutely perfect. For the complete lowdown on paint, our comprehensive painting guide is all that you need.

If you are planning to go darker with your palette, for instance going from cream to brown, it should be absolutely fine to paint right over the dried paint – although it’s always recommended to apply a few coats to ensure even coverage.

Should you be going the exact opposite and aiming for a lighter finish, you should always prepare the area initially so the darker coat underneath doesn’t show through the lighter coat you’re about to apply. To do this you should sand off the paint/varnish, preferably with an electric sander, but if such a device isn’t available hand sanding is suitable – just be prepared for the extra ounce of effort. After you’ve taken most of the darker paint off, vigorously brush all the excess dust and dirt off, and then it’s ready to paint.

Getting that shabby chic effect

There’s absolutely no dispute that shabby chic is in fashion at the moment, with consumers who lack the DIY know-how or don’t have lot of time paying over the odds for truly unique pieces of furniture. Luckily for you, creating this trendy furniture for yourself couldn’t be easier, particularly if you follow these simple steps:

1)     Prepare the wood – as mentioned previously, those who make the effort to prepare the area will yield the best results. Because sanding also helps new paint to stick to the wood, don’t worry too much about an entirely even degradation because this will help towards the distressed look. If possible, try to remove all handles so the whole area can be painted easily.

Sand Paper

2)     Add the primer – usually water-based, acrylic primer ensures for a smoother finish and will make the area easier to work with. If there are any areas that you don’t wish to paint, make sure you cover them with painter’s tape beforehand.

3)     Apply two layers of paint – time to get the brushes out and apply two thin layers of acrylic paint, although you should always allow time for the first coat to completely dry before starting the second coat. We suggest using chalk paint for the ultimate nostalgic finish.

4)     Distress, distress, distress – Once all the paint has dried off nicely, you will need to start sanding off some of the paint with fine sandpaper. If you don’t know where to start, look at the piece of furniture carefully and work out which would likely get the most wear naturally. Think corners!

5)     Protect with wax – After you’ve reached a point where you’re done with sanding, wipe with a damp cloth to completely remove all of the dust and leave to dry. The last application should be a thin layer of furniture wax across the whole piece of furniture, paying particular attention to areas of exposed wood. Regular application of furniture wax will help to protect the furniture from wear and tear in the future.

Wallpaper isn’t just for walls

Another cost-effective method for upcycling, and one that’s even easier than painting, is adding a section of wallpaper. You may be thinking what would be the point and would it even work, but it’s truly one of the best ways to upcycle furniture and one that can be done incredibly cheaply if you happen to stumble on a reduced roll of paper.

From wallpapering the back of bookcases to covering individual drawers on a dresser, it can help a piece of furniture become a focal point of any room and offer a stylish product which all your friends and family will envy. Here’s just how you would go about it. Also, many wallpapers are now available by the metre rather than rolls, so it’s even cheaper!

Wallpaper

1)     Prepare the area – As with painting, suitable preparation is key to ensuring you’re left with a smooth finish at the end. If there are any blemishes or small holes, you should certainly fill them and sand off the excess until smooth. Sanding the whole area prior to application also means the adhesive will stick a lot better.

2)     Know your measurements – Wallpaper is only available in single strips, so you have to make sure that you have the correct amount. Always remember, if you cut it too small it’s completely ruined, so go larger if anything!

3)     Use the adhesive sparingly and hang the paper – bubbles are the constant thorn in the side of anyone trying to wallpaper, so don’t go spreading vast quantities of adhesive on. Use just the right amount and you’ll get the perfect finish.

After all this, all that’s left is to stand back and admire your expertise; you won’t believe the difference that a sheet of coloured paper could make to your furniture. If it’s been a success, there’s a chance you won’t want to buy another piece of furniture from new ever again. If you would prefer to have an expert take on the job, the team at Handywork Solutions are more than happy to tackle the job. As well as offering professional carpentry, electrical and plumbing services in Beckenham and other areas, they will happily take on all manner of tasks around the home.

Take your upcycling outside

While the notorious temperament of the British weather means many aren’t particularly keen on relaxing in the garden all that often, it’s still one of the best places to find inspiring upcycling projects. From vibrant decking to changing the outlook of your garden furniture, there’s plenty of scope for upcyclers to explore.

Stained Decking

Your decking is a great place to start, and while you may think it’s easier to replace with new decking, reclaiming it is a lot cheaper and can be done with minimal effort. To find out exactly how we got in touch with Ronseal – the undisputed outdoor painting and decking experts.

1)     Clean the decking thoroughly – on a warm and dry day, use a stiff brush and clean the area using Ronseal Decking Cleaner to remove all dirt. After this use a pressure washer to rinse the cleaner away and allow to dry for a few hours.

2)     Add 2 coats of paint following the grain of the wood – when the decking is dry to touch, get your preferred colour of Ronseal Decking Rescue paint and start painting from the furthest corner. You should always follow the grain of the wood as this will ensure an even coat and an expert finish. When the paint is touch dry – usually around 45 minutes after application – it’s time to add the second coat. When this coat is dry your work is done and it’s time to sit back and enjoy your work.

A tip from the Experts

Upcycling has become a very big business in a relatively short space of time, with countless people all over the internet providing great inspiration and expert advice for the masses.

Just one of these sources is Remade in Britain, the one-stop resource for everything upcycled and recycled. As well as offering inspiration and information on how you can change your masterpieces on your own, it also serves as a marketplace for all manner of unique upcycled homewares; it means that you can enjoy upcycled furniture even if you don’t have the time to do it for yourself.

We were able to get in contact with Remade in Britain to find out what their inspiration behind upcycling projects is, and here’s their answer:

“The case is usually that the item in need of attention, inspires us the most, although talking to other upcyclers and looking online at sites like Pinterest do help. Mainly, we us the latter to learn about new techniques that we can then apply to our own upcycling.”
 - Remade In Britain

Below is a clip of the Recover Team, a retailer of Remade in Britain, transforming an outdated 1980s sideboard into a stylish and unique piece of furniture.



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Beginner’s Guide to Plasterboard Skimming

Created: 15/07/2015

What’s the difference between a sheet of plasterboard and a lovely smooth wall? A nice, smooth layer of plaster – or skim as it’s known in the trade. While applying the skim might seem like a case of just applying it to the wall, there is an art to it and not considering this often results in a bumpy surface that’s full of trowel marks.

Plasterer's Trowel

If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself before calling on expert London handyman services, here’s a few tips to help along the way.

Tools needed

Hawk

Spirit level

Spot board

Steel float

Buckets

Mixing utensils

Hacksaw

Tin snips

Plasterer’s trowel

Angle beads – only if working around corners

Preparing the area

After you have screwed the plasterboard panels to the wall studs, make sure you brush any excess debris off the panels so you have a clean surface to work with. During the preparation, you should also tape all the joists between the panels as this will reduce the risk of cracks along the joints; there is specialist plasterboard adhesive tape available from all leading DIY stores. With the tape, lay it together rather than overlapping to avoid an uneven finish.

Mixing the skim and applying the plaster

Always match the amount of plaster with the same amount of water, stirring well until the mixture is lump free and smooth.

Once you’re happy with the mixture, place your spot board near the wall, sprinkle some water on and pour over some of the wet skim. You will now need to take your hawk and, if you’re right-handed, pick it up with your left hand. In the case of left-handed people, use the hawk in your right hand. Your opposite hand will be used for the steel float. After picking up the plaster with the hawk, take a bit on to the float and begin applying the plaster from the hawk and start spreading in the opposite corner to your strong hand. For example, people who are right handed would begin in the top left-hand corner. Apply evenly in vertical strips until you have an even surface, and leave to dry for around 15 minutes.

Applying the second coat

When putting on the second coat, you should apply with a long vertical coat to eliminate any ridges and create a seamless coverage. After leaving this coat to dry a little, go over the wall with a clean float to smooth over any marks.

Finally after the plaster has been hardened further, but not completely dry, smooth over again with a clean float. You should lubricate the wall using water and a wide paint brush as you go. This will help to make the skim more malleable and help it cover any last minute holes.

If this all sounds a little too complicated and you’re worried you will get it wrong, the team at Handywork Solutions are more than happy to take on the task. As well as offering expert carpentry, electrical and plumbing work in Beckenham and other London boroughs, our skilled team are more than happy to undertake all manner of jobs around the home.



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Survey finds Britons spending more on DIY

Created: 15/07/2015

People all across Britain have started splashing out on DIY in recent months after so many years of holding back, a recent survey has revealed.

Spirit Level

While some people wouldn’t consider any home improvements without consulting an expert handyman service in London or other areas, the development shows that many are picking up the hammers and drills and taking tasks around their humble abode into their own hands.

Hailing from an article published by the Daily Mail – which can be read by clicking here – it seems that homeowners are once again beginning to spend more money on home improvements as the financial belts of the recession are loosened.

Debit and Credit card growth at fastest rate for three years

It comes after a study was carried out by Barclaycard, one which found that spending on credit and debit cards grew at the fastest rate for three years between April and June - a healthy 4.5 per cent rise on the year before. Barclaycard added that this surge could be partially attributed to a rise in spending at furniture and DIY stores. The data was achieved after Barclaycard analysed its own credit card and debit card spending data. Barclaycard said that the low inflation, combined with the growing economy and better pay rises, mean that people are more inclined to improve their homes.

When speaking about the rise in consumer spend, Chris Wood, of Barclaycard, said: “After a prolonged period of strained household budgets, consumers are making the most of the favourable economic conditions and enjoying the increase in their purchasing power.”

Backing this theory is a report that was recently published by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, which found that many people were opting to fix up their current homes because of a lack of decent family homes on the market. The high cost of stamp duty fees also make the idea of renovating homes more appealing than finding a new home.

If you are in need of some urgent home improvements but lack the appropriate skills, the expert carpentry, plumbing and electrical work in Bromley and other London boroughs available from Handywork Solutions are exactly what you need.

Image Credit: David Jones (Flickr.com)



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Article shows off extravagant home improvements

Created: 29/06/2015

An article published by an online newspaper has highlighted some of the best home improvements that have been realised in homes across the world, showing what can be possible if money really is no object.

The article, which was published by the Daily Mail and can be read by clicking here, sees some of the most incredible additions to homes imaginable, and from spiral stairs with attaching slides to a putting green complete with slopes, there’s sure to be something for everyone. While these are slightly more complex than the handyman services in South London we can provide, it shows exactly what can be achieved by those willing to splash the cash on their homes.

Perhaps the most adventurous of all is the hidden underground garage, one which brings your car up to ground level through a hydraulic system so you can park two vehicles in a single space. There are many water-related home improvements, from a vast outdoor swimming pool with rock facades to an indoor pool complete with a waterfall – all of which offer the perfect inspiration for those dreaming about creating their dream house.  

Have a water slide from your bedroom

Other ingenious ideas include a raised section of panelled flooring which incorporates cupboards to offer added space, a water slide starting from the bedroom and finishing in a swimming pool below, and an outdoor shower at the end of a wooded rainforest trail so occupants can literally shower in the jungle. Finally if you’re looking to sit back and relax after a long day at work, the hammock which spans across the ceiling offers the perfect method to do exactly this.

If you are looking for your very own home improvements – albeit slightly smaller, contact the team at Handywork Solutions today. Offering carpentry, plumbing and electrical services in Dulwich, Bromley and other London boroughs, their expert skill attention to detail offers results that you will be more than happy with.



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DIY apps you need

Created: 24/06/2015

DIY apps you need

In this modern age, when looking to spruce up your home or tackle a bit of repair work in the garden, it is becoming increasingly common for people to give the task a go themselves. No longer do you have to get the books out, or even switch on your computer, everything you might need can easily be found on your phone.

While it is recommended that you contact your local handyman in London for larger jobs, so as not to end up like 12 percent of Britons who have DIY horror stories to tell, when it comes to odd jobs and planning you may want to do some research and attempt the initial work yourself.

Here we have rounded up a list of DIY apps you need to have.

Measuring up

Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of DIY for the Average Joe is getting the maths right. For those who are not natural mathematicians, measurements may not come naturally but, thankfully, there is an app (or two!) for that.

Photo Measures is an app developed with home owners, architects and interior designers in mind, enabling you to quickly note down measurements on the go and keep them in your pocket. It saves you time and multiple trips back and forth when hunting for objects, materials and ideas. You can take a picture, write the measures and notations, and share the photo with co-workers, clients, contractors and family members.

The app is available both for Android and iOS and allows synching work between the two platforms through Dropbox.

Photo Measures app screenshot

If you are looking to do a complete home re-jig, the MagicPlan by app developers Sensopia makes it easy, or at least virtually easy. It works by allowing you to take pictures of your room’s corners, before editing the room’s layout. You can then assemble rooms with your fingers on the screen, leaving you with the final floor plan result that can be downloaded in JPEG, PDF, DXF and HTML formats.

Magicplan app screenshot

RoomScan Pro from Locometric also makes it possible to create a digital account of your rooms and manipulate them into an entirely new plan. With no need for sketching they make the process easy and it gives you a result that you can show to your architect so they can clearly understand what you want. It’s also easy to add doors, just touch the door frame without the need for dragging. Huffington Post even said, “It's incredibly simple, but seems to work really well.”

Roomscan app screenshot

Repair knowledge

When it comes to electrical repairs it is always recommended that you call a Bromley electrician phone number rather than trying to fix it yourself, but for smaller repairs such as the garden fence or replacing a tile in the bathroom, apps could help you make a professional job of the situation.

iFixit is the free repair guide that covers most elements of DIY and their app, available through the App Store, Google Play and for Windows Phone, offers all of this advice in the convenient format of your smartphone. The below video explains a bit more about how the app works, including its easy new feature for helping share your knowledge as well as learning something new from others’ guides.

Repair guides are split by category, whether that be technology or sewing a button. Just remember, that when it comes to DIY, double check that you know what you’re doing before risking anything that might be damaging to your property, or yourself!

iFixit app screenshot

Design

When it comes to the design of your home it can be difficult to envision what your home improvements may look like once you’re done. Should they not turn out as you thought, this could be a costly mistake. Thankfully, with technology it has become increasingly easier to see what your home might look like should you change a few things, as 3D models get smarter and more realistic.

Autodesk Homestyler makes it possible for you to design your home in 3D, with applications for both your rooms and floor plans. Whether you plan on carrying out the adjustments yourself or are recruiting the help of a professional, their mobile app will make it easy to see what the finished result will look like. Just take a picture of a room to create a 3D home design playground where you can add light fixtures, real furniture products and see how rugs, paintings, mirrors and many other additions will look without actually moving anything around.

You can also receive feedback and get advice via the app as well as browse the Design Stream for ideas.

Homestyler app screenshot

Tips

For more tips for your home DIY the BrightNest app has everything you could need. BrightNest is the online homeowners tips and hints site that covers everything from how to never miss a package delivery to ways to separate a room. The app turns their regular content into the accessible and useful form of an app and is free to download on Android and iPhone. Including easy-to-follow instructions, a personal schedule and helpful reminders, your home will never have an excuse to look out of shape again.

Brightnest app screenshot

These are just a few of the great apps that can transform your DIY experience. Got a favourite, let us in on your DIY secrets on the Handywork Solutions Facebook and Twitter pages.

Image Credit: Japanexperterna.se (flickr.com), Big Blue Pixel – Photo Measures, Sensopia – MagicPlan, Locometric – RoomScan Pro, iFixit, Autodesk Homestyler, Brightnest



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Shoddy DIY leaving Britons considerably out of pocket

Created: 16/06/2015

Many Britons across the UK are being left thousands of pounds out of pocket because of substandard repair jobs; that’s the message coming from a study carried out by the Nationwide Building Society.

Although there are a host of jobs around the home that are easy enough to be taken on by the average-joe homeowner, it’s recommended that expert handyman services in South London are consulted for larger and more complicated tasks. 

According to the survey, 70 per cent of consumers who were asked admitted to giving tasks such as putting up wallpaper and painting a go themselves. A further 65 per cent said that they had attempted to bleed a radiator, along with the 62 per cent that claim that they attempted to improve the appearance of their garden.

Other popular jobs to be attempted around the home included insulating a loft (21 percent) and installing a new kitchen and bathroom, both covering 12 per cent of those questioned.

Another surprising statistic was that nine-in-ten who admitted to botching jobs covered the cost themselves rather than claiming on their home insurance.  

DIY Horror stories very common

The most alarming, perhaps, was the statistic that 12 per cent admitted to suffering DIY horror stories, where more than £200 worth of damage was caused, a figure that should certainly be a deterrent for anybody considering risky work on their homes.

When speaking about the revelation late last month, Martyn Dyson, a spokesman for Nationwide, warned homeowners to think about the jobs that need doing and to not rush into them as it could lead to more damage than good. He added: “stop and think about the job in hand, be realistic in your capabilities and make sure you are covered if things go wrong.”

If you are in dire need of some home improvement and don’t want to suffer the same fate as many of those that featured in the survey, the electrical, carpentry and plumbing services around Bromley and other London boroughs offered by Handywork Solutions offer an affordable and reliable solution. 



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How to make the ultimate kids’ room

Created: 22/05/2015

how to create the ultimate kids' room

Decorating a new baby or kids’ room may sound like a fun prospect, but it can be a bit daunting. In the current market of online shops and new technologies there is more choice now than ever before. So just where do you start?

Once you have enlisted the help of your local London Handyman to ensure the space is safe and the major works are complete, then you can have some fun. If your child is old enough, be sure to include them in the design process, their creativity might just surprise you, but in the meantime we have put together a list of some of the best options and features in order to make the ultimate kids’ room.

The bed

It may be the biggest challenge in the room but the bed is a space that can inspire the rest of the room’s design. They’re not going to be young forever and if they’re going to grow out of it you might as well go all out and get a kids’ bed they’re going to remember. The current market has a great range of beds for children of all ages and at a fraction of the cost as they once were. From a castle to suit your little princess to a spaceship for your little spaceman (or alien!) the options are endless.

Bedtime Bedz is a family-run business that produces the most amazing themed children’s beds. Guaranteed to be safe, high quality, easy to assemble, fun and affordable, they can really help realise your dreams for your child’s room. The Digger Bed, pictured here, is just one example of what they can achieve. With number plates, front working lights and an orange beacon roof light all available as add-ons, what little worker wouldn’t want this to go to sleep in every night? Check out their gallery for more of their great designs.

The bedding

Once the bed is sorted you will want to make sure that the bedding doesn’t let it down. eatsleepdoodle is an innovative company that has just the answer for your little budding artist. Their range of draw on, wash off products means that the kids can run riot with the felt tips and not have to suffer the wrath of mum. The doodle duvet and doodle pillowcases make bedtime fun, where together you can doodle pictures to go with your bedtime stories and invite fun new games, without having to worry about the doodles coming off in the wash.

‘When I grow up I’m going to be…’ How often have you heard your child utter those words? Whether it’s made you burst with pride, or perhaps hope they might change their mind down the line, Children’s Rooms helps encourage their dreams with their fantastically creative kids bedding sets. Princess, ballerina, astronaut or fireman, no profession is out of bounds come bedtime.

The furniture

In addition to getting the kids involved with the design process, why not get them involved with the making process too? The Cardboard Guys make this possible, and most importantly safe, with their Kids Imagination Furniture. With a simple assembly method, kids can create and build their own desk and chair, and decorate however they please. Able to hold over 220 kg, they are hugely strong as well, so you don’t have to worry about it collapsing as they doodle away.

The walls

Gone are the days where a lick of paint and a couple of stencils can cut it on your child’s walls, instead there are now a whole host of ways of livening up your kid’s room both practically and aesthetically. Before you rush ahead with the wallpaper and paste, however, be sure to have an evaluation carried out by a trusted Beckenham electrician to ensure you are not accidentally covering up any potentially dangerous electrical faults. Once that is done you can start planning your child’s walls. Here we’ve rounded up a great selection of options to consider.

Vinyl Impressions is a fantastic creative company that design the most innovative wall stickers and decals. Producing products for both kids, the home and the office, their portfolio is certainly impressive. While the whiteboard vinyl sticker is suggested for an office space, we think it’s a great idea for your kids’ room where they can freely draw on the walls without seeing your temper soar. Similarly, many of the child’s stickers offer great inspiration for the rest of the room and its theme. The Peter Pan’s Shadow sticker is a particular favourite; place it on the wall or over the corner onto the ceiling and it will look as though Peter Pan’s shadow is right there with you at story time.

Want to encourage your child to learn to tell the time without sticking a clock that is less than child-friendly above their bed? Kids Wall Stickers has the perfect solution with their beautiful wall clock stickers. Bright and colourful, they making learning to tell the time fun and enjoyable. Choose from cats, dinosaurs or a pattern that helps them associate the time with their daily activities, such as tea time and nap time. They also bring the unsightly height chart into the 21st century with numerous designs for monitoring your child’s growth, so it really is a chart you will want to keep and cherish.

Continuing with the wall theme, children’s product company Becky and Lolo make storage beautiful with their themed shelves. From Princess Palace to Pirate Ship, even their bookshelf can be personally picked out to complement your newly designed room. They also have a great range of other kids’ room ideas to fuel both your imagination and theirs!

We would love to see what kids’ room ideas you come up with – share your photos on the Handywork Solutions Facebook and Twitter pages.

If you have any more ambitious plans for your child’s room, just give us a call: our experienced team can help with any makeover plans you might have in mind, no matter how big or how small!

Image Credit: Children’s Rooms, Designed and manufactured by Bedtime Bedz Chester Ltd, eatsleepdoodle, Children’s Rooms, The Cardboard Guys, Vinyl Impression, Becky and Lolo



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The home improvements NOT to make

Created: 20/05/2015

Green bathroom

A recent survey has found a list of top home improvements that home owners shouldn’t be making. According to a Barclays Mortgage survey, which took into account findings from 2,000 people, there are a number of so called ‘home improvements’ that could actually turn a buyer off of a property.

At the top of the list was an avocado coloured bathroom, where 62 percent of those polled said it would put them off. While findings suggest that enlisting the help of a handyman in London for home improvements could add as much as £31,000 to the value of your property, home owners are being warned to be cautious about the home improvements they choose to make.

“Simple is best”

“Simple is best”, that’s the view from TV property expert Phil Spencer, as reported here. Of such home improvements, Spencer said that while “It's fascinating to see such a large appetite for home improvements in the UK […] over the years, I've learnt that simple is best and to keep improvements as neutral as possible.”

He also said that “the UK's current view on home improvements and the most offensive styles, is something every home improver should be aware of.”

Also making the list of home improvement no-nos were woodchip wallpaper, where 60 percent of those asked said it was a property turn-off, stone cladding at 54 percent, flocked wallpaper at 49 percent, and artex ceilings at 47 percent.

In addition to superficial improvements, it is also vital to get a reputable Bromley electrician in to check all of your wiring if you are looking to sell your London property, as dodgy electrics will be more than a turn-off for a potential buyer.

When the amount of money you could achieve in property value with home improvements is considered, where a 30m² extension could add an extra £156,000 to a London property worth £464,000, it is certainly worth considering your options closely. Speak to a reputable handyman service prior to any improvements, as they will hold the experience and expertise that can help add value rather than see potential buyers turning away.

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Survey finds one third of people never finish DIY projects

Created: 08/05/2015

A recent survey has revealed the real difficulty that comes with improvements around the home, finding that more than a third of Brits never actually get round to completing the task at hand.

With such negativity from the public towards common home improvement tasks, it’s no surprise that handyman services in South London prove so popular with those looking for a professional job.

According to a survey of 2,000 people, which was carried out by Halifax Home Insurance, 38 per cent of those asked have given up on the task at hand, while a further 10 per cent said that they had only got as far as purchasing the tools.

58 per cent didn’t know how to put up a shelf

In terms of the skillset of the general public, one in five people lacked the ability to change a lightbulb and a further 58 per cent wouldn’t know where to start when it comes to putting up a shelf. Adding to this was the incredible statistic that 27 per cent feel they don’t have the correct level of skill to paint their homes.

The survey also found that, on average, 29 per cent have botched up a DIY project. It uncovered that people from Wales are the handiest, with just 23 per cent making a mess of a DIY project, which is a stark comparison to West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber, where one third admitted to veering off course with a home improvement project.

If you are at a lost cause when it comes to DIY, the experts at Handywork Solutions are the perfect people to help you. Offering electrical, carpentry and plumbing services in Beckenham and other London boroughs, no job is too big or too small for their dedicated team.



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The Best Pinterest Pinners for DIY

Created: 01/05/2015

We’ve all been there: trying to think of a way to jazz up our homes, but not quite sure on the method or, more importantly, how it’s going to look afterwards. This can be a hugely frustrating situation and not reaching a decision could eventually result in wasting valuable time that you could be spending on your DIY. Thankfully, Pinterest has revolutionised the way we can plan DIY projects. Not only does it provide inspiration for what to do, in the majority of cases they also provide the method behind it and even how good it will look after you’ve finished.

If you’re new to the world of Pinterest, here’s our guide to some of the best pinners you should check out in your hunt for DIY ideas.

What is a Pinterest board?

If you are completely new to the exciting realm that is Pinterest and do not know what it is, it essentially acts as an online scrapbook where users can upload images and other media content. The content users upload are known as ‘pins’, and these can be collated by users into a collection of relatable pins; these collections are known as ‘boards’.

The Creek Line House: The BEST Dining Rooms

The dining room is among the most important rooms in the house. As it serves as the place where the family eats and shares stories about the day ahead or the one just gone, it’s integral that you have it looking perfect to ensure you can completely relax. This is where THE BEST: Dining Rooms board from The Creek Line House can be of perfect help, offering inspiration for every feature. It’s part of a series of ‘Best Boards’, looking to provide inspiration across the home – all of which you can see below.

Visit The Creek Line House's profile on Pinterest.

We were able to speak to Courtenay Hartford, founder of The Creek Line House, to find out what the inspiration was behind her fantastic range of Pinterest boards.  

“My inspiration behind creating my Pinterest boards was to have a place to collect all of my favourite ideas for renovating and decorating my farmhouse. Once I discovered all the great ideas that Pinterest has to offer, I added more boards for other areas of my life as well!”

-          Courtenay Hartford, The Creek Line House

We also asked her what her top tip is for people looking to improve their homes:

“My one tip for people looking to improve their homes is to try to keep a clear vision of what you want your home to look and feel like and remove all of the excess clutter and junk that's not in keeping with that vision.”

-          Courtenay Hartford, The Creek Line House

Mimi Jung- Home Improvement

If you’re thinking of something slightly outside the box, the ideas available on Mimi Jung’s Home Improvement blog are sure to help your imagination run wild. An interior designer and founder of Brook and Lyn, she’s a master of minimalism and cutting-edge design, and this is also represented through her Pinterest boards. Offering ideas for everything from stunning staircases to beautiful bedrooms, most listed are bigger than your average job and you would probably want to call in an expert handyman in South London to carry out the work with minimal stress.

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Bre Thurston – Home Improvements

Another example of home improvement inspiration comes from Bre Thurston and her Home Improvements Board, one that’s already being followed by almost 1,000 active users. Although her day job is as a wedding photographer in sunny California, it’s clear that she also has a good eye for home improvement. As well as providing ideas on ways to spruce up your home, there’s also plenty of ideas to transform your garden into a sanctuary of peace and relaxation.

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Lauren – Bless’er House Projects

An expert in the art of DIY on a budget, Lauren from Bless’er House has more than enough ideas to suit all types of homeowner – all of which can be found through her Bless-er’s House Projects board. From tips on how to transform cabinets with just a lick of paint to making a mock fireplace, all of the ideas listed are done so with budget in mind. By looking at the Bless’er House profile, you can see plenty of other boards that offer inspiration for other areas in the home.

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Christine at Where the Smiles Have Been

Budget has become so important in the world of DIY in recent years; why would you pay a fortune for home improvements when they can be done at just a fraction of the price? This standpoint is the inspiration behind Upcycling: Trash into Treasure. An ingenious board created by Christine from Where the Smiles Have Been, there’s everything from clever ways to paint furniture and transforming old drawers into shelving units to even making old picture frames into whiteboards. There’s more than just one board relating to DIY on her profile, so be sure to have a good look below.

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Lynda@ Gates of Crystal

A serial ‘Pinterester’ if ever there was one, Lynda from Gates of Crystal has 135 boards and just shy of 26,000 pins on her profile. Of all the rooms on her profile – which you can see below – our favourite in terms of inspiration is Beautiful Rooms, something that everyone wants from their home. With hundreds of images of perfect rooms in terms of balance and furnishings, it’s exactly the inspiration you need to create your dream home. As already mentioned, there are plenty of other boards for you to check out, including French Country Chic, An English Country Home and even one simply on Home Improvements.

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We hope these boards could provide all the inspiration you need for DIY jobs across the home. While you can certainly try out many of the ideas featured yourself, others could require the services of a plumber based in Dulwich, Bromley or other London boroughs – if this is you then get in touch!



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