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Learn How to DIY Renovate

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DIY Tutorials

DIY Tutorials
DIY Tutorials

5 Tools Under £5 You Need In Your Kit

5 Tools Under £5 You Need Now

Having now owned a rather extensive DIY supply kit, I thought it was about time I shared some of our favourite tools (and not-so-favourite tools - coming soon...) that we think every toolkit needs.

This list was really hard to narrow down if I'm honest and we've tried not to choose tools that are too task specific. These are all tools that we use relatively often and genuinely find useful. I haven't bothered with stuff like screwdrivers and hammers, 'cos lets face it - if you don't have the bare basics, you probably don't have any interest in DIY and you most likely aren't even going to be on this site.

So, let's get to it!

DIY Bike Shed with Log Store

bike shed with log store

For the last four years, we've had one small storage issue - where should the bikes live? For a while, they lived in the hallway, then in the bedroom and then they just hung out in the garden like a lost sock. Not only was it cluttering up my otherwise (semi-)organised garden, it wasn't so great in the winter, as the bikes would be wet, covered in snow and generally make them prone to quicker wear and tear. Grant uses his bike almost daily, so we needed them to live somewhere accessible, but somewhere they could stay out of sight and dry too.

So, of course, I had a plan - a bike shed. BUT a bike shed with a difference. A combined log store bike shed! Typical bike sheds are usually quite short in height and I felt not making use of the space above would be a waste. So my plan was to have a bike shed at the bottom and then use the area above as log storage. The problem was, no one sold anything that suited my brief - so I decided to make one. And of course, I'm sharing the full DIY with you.

DIY Geometric Ceiling Light (Icosahedron)

There are so many parts of our home that are finished, but unfinished. Like the random piece of skirting board in the kitchen that hasn't been attached, the door that's lived without a handle for two years, the bits of filler on the walls I never sanded and repainted, oh and the two semi-attached bulbs hanging precariously from the dining room ceiling. You know it goes - nothing is ever 100% complete.

Over the next few weeks though, we're on a mission to fix all these little niggly things and one of those jobs involved buying/creating two light fittings for the dining room ceiling. With a budget of £0, we decided to get creative rather than buy something - and this is what we came up with...

icosahedron geometric ceiling light DIY

How Much Does It Cost To Install A Wood Burning Stove?

DIY Installing a Wood Burner

It's that time of year again; where we're all swapping out the summer duvets for winter ones, blowing the dust off those old thick woolly jumpers and beginning to set timers for our heating to automatically come on at the crack of dawn. (Well, if you have central heating that is - we actually don't!) We'll do almost anything to stay warm and cosy! And as the temperatures start dropping across the country, wood-burners are getting lit and dominating our Instagram feeds and it gets you wondering - how much does it cost to install a wood burning stove? And should I get one? 

Good question - I wondered the same thing before we bought our wood burner too. Thing is, I couldn't find much info online about it. And even after getting a few quotes in, I had no clue how realistic or reasonable they were. So, I thought I'd share our experience, how much we paid, and what's likely to affect your quote and how much you'll pay too.

How to Fit a Rebated Door Latch on an Internal French Door

how to install a rebate door latch

Do you remember almost two years ago we bought a pair of secondhand glazed doors for our conservatory and fitted them? Two years ago. Well, we never got round to fitting any door handles. I know, it's shocking. Truth be told, the handles I had bought turned out to be way too big for the door. They protruded like crazy and for such a small door, just didn't look right. I think they were actually meant to be for an external door (oops!), so we never fitted them.

Now, two years on, I'm on a mission to get finishing all these little niggly jobs off, so the time has finally come to sourcing new handles and getting them fit!

Creating an Indoor Garden Room: Conservatory Reveal

turning a conservatory into a garden room

Our conservatory is a bit of a marmite room. It's a very old conservatory (built in the 80s) that heats up to about 1000degrees in summer and then freezes to about -1000degrees in winter. I'm exaggerating, but you get what I'm trying to say - it's not a perfectly formed extension. It's what typical 80s conservatories are known for; being a tad impractical.

Despite that, knocking it down seemed like a total waste since we would only have gained a tiny extra bit of space in the garden. I think having it as a living space is actually more beneficial, plus, I'd always wanted a conservatory. It might not be the conservatory I had dreamed of, but I certainly wasn't letting it go!

7 Creatively Awesome Staircases Ideas!

industrial outdoor spiral staircase

If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have seen I've been pinning a ton of attic conversion ideas over the last month. We might still be a long way from beginning any work up in our attic - but a girl can dream right?! Anyway, in my mad month of pinning, I came across some simply awesome staircase ideas. Ideas that make you want to rip out your existing staircase and fit a whole new one.