Toni’s Top Tips!

Toni’s Top Tips!

With so many brilliant ideas posted in our groups every day, it’s all too easy for a fantastic project to slip through the cracks. So, to make sure you don’t miss a thing, we’ve gathered some of the biggest, boldest and best ideas of the last month – let’s take a look, and hopefully, get inspired!

Tip #1 Shower Curtains.

If you want to create a tranquil scene in your garden, why not fit a shower curtain to your fence? We know, it sounds a bit off the wall, but trust me, this can create an amazing overall look. Shower curtains come in all different designs, and can be purchased for almost nothing online. Waterproof and easy to hang, they make for a quick fix to a boring fence panel, an ugly wall, or the side of a shed. Choose a design which suits your garden style, and attach using cable ties or a strong glue for attaching to walls.

See some amazing examples from our group Gardening On A Budget Official.

Tip #2 Chalk Paint

Furniture paint has come a long way over the last 5 years or so. Gone are the days of sanding, priming and sealing – most shop bought brands of chalk paint now have all of this built in. So, if you have a solid piece of furniture that is looking just a bit tired, chalk paint is the best way to bring it back to life. You could even make your own using these easy recipes…

Plaster of Paris chalk paint recipe

  • 1 cup latex paint
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons Plaster of Paris

Baking soda chalk paint recipe

  • 1 cup latex paint
  • 3 tablespoons cool water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda

Unsanded grout chalk paint recipe

  • 1 cup latex paint
  • 1 tablespoon cool water
  • 2 tablespoons unsanded grout

Tip #3 Elbow Grease

This product is loved by everyone in our group, Cleaning On A Budget Official. I’ve honestly not seen a bad review yet!

Not only is it the number one degreaser in the UK , it also has many other uses – some of which you may not be aware of. For example:

  • Degreasing bike chains
  • Painted walls
  • Removing pen marks from hard surfaces
  • Radiator cleaning
  • Iron plate cleaning
  • Skirting boards
  • Walls
  • Fabrics
  • Carpets

“Miracle stuff! I dropped two massive blobs of this hair dye on my carpet, panic set in and I grabbed my Elbow Grease…bumped it straight out!
Thought I’d share as I can’t be the only messy dye-it-at-home bird out there!!!” – Zhela Cole

Tip #4 Patio Painting

As we know patios are not cheap, but fixing them up can be. Patio painting has been a massive trend in our group Gardening On A Budget Official. We are seeing posts daily on the topic and the results are amazing. Here’s how to get the look:

  • First, clean your patio, use a jet wash if you can. This will ensure you are not painting dirt, as this will later become loose and chip your paint work
  • Allow to dry fully, and check the weather – you will need a few dry days in a row to allow for this project
  • Choose a masonry paint, and don’t be afraid to go bold – the colour choices are endless
  • Stencil if you wish, this will add the wow factor, search for patio stencil on Google
  • Finally, seal with a patio sealer

Check out some of the amazing work that has been carried out by our members over the last month.

Tip #5 Kallax Beds

UK homes generally have one smaller bedroom, meaning less storage and limited space. Creating a bed out of Kallax units has fixed this issue for many members of DIY On A Budget Official. These beds are super simple to make and can be built to any size you wish.

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