All posts tagged: DIY

Tips for choosing the right paint for your project with Earthborn paints

Tips for choosing the right paint for your project with Earthborn paints

I love a makeover project and one of the easiest ways to instantly freshen up a space is with a new lick of paint. It’s amazing how much cleaner and smarter a room can look with fresh paint. But where to start with what type of paint, or even what colour, to use? Every home is unique and we all have different conditions to work with, so I’ve teamed up with Earthborn paints to share with you five tips for choosing the right paint for your project. Earthborn paints is a small, independent, UK-based brand that specialises in environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional paints. Their paints are free from acrylics, oils and vinyls, making them a much nicer product to work with because you don’t get the strong chemical smells. Says Cathryn Helsby, marketing manager of Earthborn paints: ‘Here at Earthborn, we pride ourselves on doing things differently. We do not believe you should have to sacrifice quality or style to protect your health or the environment. Our hero paint is made with clay, which gives it its name Claypaint – it has a unique ultra matt finish that softens and …

Make an entrance: improving your home's kerb appeal

Make an entrance: improving your home’s kerb appeal AFTER

Sometimes DIY projects take longer than you think, sometimes you have to go back for an extra pot of paint or spare paint brush, the right drill bit, but it feels so good when you get a job done. Bank holidays provide a great opportunity to get stuck in and make a few small changes, so I’m excited to finally be able to reveal the results of my ‘Make an entrance’ door makeover with B&Q! With a smart new door, fresh lick of paint, sparkling door furniture and a couple of plants, we’ve transformed it I think literally from drab to fab. Previously tired and run-down, our entrance is now smart and refreshed. There’s still a few little finishing touches to complete, such as removing the old porch door and installing a new piece of glass above the front door with a number on it, but it’s looking oh so much better already. And finally in that shade of colour I love so much – grey! Do you remember the before? It was a pretty uninspiring …

The new house: BEFORE

The new house: BEFORE

You’ve had a sneak peek of the outside of our new house in south London, this time I want to show you the inside, before we get to carried away with renovations and forget to share the before shots! I’ve been sharing a few sneak peeks on Instagram and Snapchat but here I want to show you the exciting plans we want to carry out. Our new home is an early 20th-century terraced house near Brixton that has been subjected to various – I would say naff – additions and decorative choices by previous owners that are not in keeping with the period of the property. Our plan is to restore it to its former glory, strip back the horrible, ugly Seventies and Eighties features and bring back a little bit of its character. I’ve been eagerly watching George Clarke’s Old House New Home on Channel 4, where he helps homeowners transform their tired old homes into modern interiors. Like the homes on the show, I want to tear out terrible taste and make the most of the home’s history, while …

Make an entrance: improving your home’s kerb appeal

When moving house and looking to buy a property, first impressions are everything. We’ve just moved into a new house near Brixton in leafy south London (very exciting!), a big change for us from a 2-bed flat in the hustle and bustle of King’s Cross. It wasn’t quite love at first site for us though – this house was let down by its poor kerb appeal. We were initially put off by its uPVC windows, flimsy plastic door and thickly textured grey facade (the rest on the row are brick), yuck, yuck, yuck – it was only when we went inside and visited a second time that we started to see its potential. Unlived-in for months and looking tired, it just needed a bit of love and care. As with many things, looks can be deceiving and with just a few small changes, I believe we can gradually begin to bring this house back to life and restore it to its former glory. When B&Q approached me for their ‘Make an Entrance’ appeal, encouraging people to get …

Urban Jungle Bloggers: hanging planters

A day late but here is my Urban Jungle Bloggers post for this month, with the theme Hanging Planters. At first I was a bit stumped by the theme, I didn’t really have anywhere in the house to hang a planter (the curtain rail was one option but I didn’t want to take the risk of it falling down on me!) and I’m not really one for DIY. Give me a job like changing the lightbulb or doing some wallpapering and I’m fine; I’m a dab hand with polyfilla and I once took the bathroom door off it’s hinges, held it up against the bath and sawed the bottom off when it was sticking to the floor! But little, fiddly DIY projects nah. Thoughts did pop into my head, like yes, I’m going to weave my own hanging planter, but let’s face it that was never going to happen (although having seen Joelix’s post, there’s a use for fish-net tights I thought I would never see…). Instead I got two old glass yoghurt pots (these are …

Origami Workshop using Betty & Walter’s retro prints

SMUG is a lovely kooky lifestyle shop in Islington’s Camden Passage, which I always pop into if I’m in the area. Run by founder Lizzie Evans, it sells a beautifully curated array of homeware, stationery, accessories, vintage furniture and kitchenware by designers such as Thornback & Peel, Donna Wilson and a favourite of mine, Mae Engelgeer. She recently opened a cafe in the basement, offering Ozone coffee, pastries made locally by Yeast Bakery and lots of other yummy homemade treats by Lizzie herself, all served up on 1950s Formica tables (there’s also a small, quiet courtyard when the sun shines!). It made the perfect location for the launch of Betty & Walter’s new Autumn/Winter collection of bags, purses, kitchenware and accessories last week. Betty & Walter was set up in 2011 by Central Saint Martins graduate Lisa Stickley and now sells prints that look to the mid-century for inspiration, including her aunty Betty and Uncle Walter, the perfect 1950s muses. Lisa starts each print by hand, tweaking each artwork before scanning it onto the computer and having it made …