Most of us like to keep our homes looking nice. We don’t mind getting the paint brush out every few years or updating our artwork and soft furnishings. But, there are some home decorating and DIY tasks that fill most of us with dread. Below I go over a few of them and provide you with easy ways to get them done without having to pay someone.
Replace your skirting boards
Skirting boards are rarely replaced. We all have a tendency to makeover a room and leave the old baseboards in place. Sometimes you can get away with that approach.
Rubbing them down and painting them takes a lot of time, but if they look more or less like new when they are finished it is worth the effort. The problem is a lot of the time they don’t. They can become too dinged and dented or are simply too old-fashioned to blend in with your rooms new style of decor.
When that happens, it is time to head over to somewhere like skirtingsrus.co.uk and buy some new ones. You will be pleasantly surprised by how affordable skirting boars are these days. This is mainly due to the fact that most of them are now made out of composite materials.
The fact that waste wood is added to the mix helps to keep the cost really low. That does not mean that MDF skirting is inferior to the ones that are made from wood. Far from it, they are actually more durable, plus this type of baseboard will not warp and start to come away from the wall. You can now buy pre-finished skirting boards, which saves you time and effort.
Painting a wooden fence or shed
A wooden fence or shed really needs to be painted, every few years to keep it looking good. But, it is not a very pleasant job. It takes a long time and getting the paint into all of the nooks and crannies is not always easy. But, you can get it done a lot faster if you spray the treatment on instead of using a brush.
Give it a try the next time you need to paint your fence or shed. You will have to pay a bit more, but you should find that it takes you half the time it does to do it with a brush. This video shows you how to spray outside.
People hate regrouting so much that many of them would rather have a floor, bathroom or shower room re-tiled to avoid doing it. This costs a fortune.
I am not going to tell you that this job is easy or enjoyable. But, what I can say is that it need not be as bad as you think. The trick is to buy the right tools.
Buy a good grout removal tool. It will have a sharp, sturdy blade that will make removing the old grout a very fast process. If you try to use a screwdriver, you will be there for ages and you will damage your tiles. For the walls, when you put in the new grout, use a float.
Only put a little grout onto it and smooth it into the seam at a 45-degree angle. If you do it that way you will only have to pass over each seam once.
So, there you have it, 3 horrible DIY tasks that are not as hard as you think. If you’ve got others, please share them below, especially if you’ve found a fast and easy way to get them done.