Calling all DIYers! Today we're sharing some seriously cracking life hacks to make all your home improvement projects easier and more mess-free than you ever thought possible.
We've got clever tips for everything from painting to drilling - you won't believe how simple but effective these 17 hacks are. Check them out now and up your DIY game today!
One of the main factors that puts many of us off of painting is the mess it causes. Well, with our DIY life hacks, it's never been less-messy!
1. Pop an elastic band over the paint tin
A simple elastic band is all you need to provide a ledge on which you can remove excess paint from your brush. Stretch a large band over the bottom and top of the open tin, and gently glide your brush over it after each dip.
This hack will prevent any paint from running off of the brush, or paint can, thereby reducing waste and mess in one swift sweep.
Discover more great uses for elastic bands in our other article.
2. Cling film your paint tray
Still got a lot of paint left in your paint tray? There's no need to choose between messily trying to pour it back into the tin or throwing it away - we have a life hack that's a much better option.
Cling film your paint tray and brushes and the lack of air will prevent them from drying, meaning they're wet and ready for your next spurt of work.
3. This life hack will prevent paint drips
Worried about getting paint all over the floor? We recommend, of course, covering the ground with a sheet, however, an additional step you can take is to use a large plastic lid (something like an old paint or large coffee-tin top) and cut a rectangular hole in it to that will fit your paintbrush hadle. Pull it down over the paintbrush handle and it will catch any drips, leaving your with a clean floor.
This is a great hack for anyone who's planning on redecorating sometime soon!
4. How to cover door handles when painting
Painting a door? Or perhaps around the edge of a light fitting?
An alternative to lining the edges with tape is wrapping the whole thing in aluminium foil. Unlike tape, you can scrunch it over the entire object, preventing paint flicks from causing any damage.
5. Use baby oil to remove paint
You DIYers will know that getting paint on your skin can be uncomfortable and unsightly. A great life hack to know is using baby oil to remove paint.
Apply in a circular motion to gently remove any coloured paint, leaving your hands clean, supple and soft.
Life hacks to make drilling & hammering easier
Drilling - an essential and basic skill in many DIY projects. Check out our life hacks below to get more confident with your drill than ever!
6. Pop a sticky note under the drill
Want to hang something up super fast? If it's just a small picture frame you're putting up, there's no need to put a protective layer down, or even get the vacuum out - if you know of our clever DIY life hack, that is.
Attach the sticky strip of a sticky note to the wall under the drill, and it will catch all of the debris from the wall - pretty clever, huh?
7. Remove stripped screws with a balloon
Stripped screws can be extremely tricky hard to remove - well, no longer!
Watch the video above to see how a balloon can solve this problem in a matter of seconds.
8. Use a comb to hold nails
Don't run the risk of a wonky nail. All you need to keep your nail perfectly straight is a comb. Slip the nail in between two of the teeth, then hammer away.
9. How to keep screws handy when hammering
Ew - don't put those dirty screws in your mouth! We have a handy life hack to keep screws accessible at all times.
Get yourself a small, but powerful, circular stick-on magnet and attach it to the base of your hammer handle. It will hold the screws so you can grab them when needed.
10. Attach a pencil to your tapemeasure
Find marking and measuring at the same tame rather tricky? Us too!
Clip a pencil into a binder clip then onto your tape measure. Now, you'll be able to measure and draw at the same time, making your drilling and hammering more accurate than ever before!
Upcycling & decorating life hacks
Looking to make more aesthetic alterations to your home? We have tips for that! Check them out below to make your life SO much easier...
11. Back your sandpaper with masking tape
Sandpaper may look strong, but it can soon wear down. If you've got a big project to work on, consider backing your sandpaper with masking tape - it'll increase its durability no end!
12. Use velcro to hand frames
Not feeling confident enough to use the drill? This Velcro life hack is about to become your best friend.
Extra-strong Velcro is amazing for loads of things, including putting up pictures. Attach strips to both the back of the frame and the wall for the easiest interior update ever.
Don't forget to check out some other uses for Velcro you probably never thought of too!
13. Use nail polish to prevent rust
Sometimes rust can give a lovely, vintage look. If that's not something you're going for, a coat of clear nail varnish on small, metal items will keep them from rusting.
Want more uses for nail polish? Check out our other blog post!
14. Remove wood scratches with a walnut
Yes, you heard that right! The oil in walnuts is amazing at nourishing and buffing out scratches in wood. Give it a go on the table you want to upcycle, and you may not need to get out the wood varnish at all.
15. DIY the shabby chic look
Shabby chic furniture is all the rage, but it sure can be expensive. Why not try DIYing instead?
A home improvement hack absolutely everyone should know is using sandpaper to give furniture a 'distressed' look. This is particularly effective on painted wooden pieces of furniture.
If you want to take your upcycling projects one step further, learn how to make chalk paint.
TOP TIP: to upcycle smaller pieces using this technique, use an emery board instead of sandpaper. Don't forget to check out our many other uses for nail files while you're at it!
16. Remove superglue with an emery board
Whilst you've got your nail file to hand, you can use it to remove and superglue that may have gotten on your fingers during your upcycling project.
DIYers and non-DIYers alike should all know this handy hack!
Are you a DIY pro? Share any tips you have with us in the comments belwo - we'd love to hear them!