Tools at the ready

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES & SERVICES - Janita Singh

LONG week­ends and school hol­i­days are per­fect ex­cuses to roll up your sleeves and em­bark on home im­prove­ment projects.

When it comes to im­prov­ing the look and value of your home, it re­ally is a mixed bag, says Bun­nings DIY ex­pert Dale Hutchin­son.

A project like paint­ing is an easy week­end job but elec­tri­cal or ma­jor struc­tural changes are best han­dled by li­censed trades peo­ple.

But if you can hold a brush or screw­driver, then you have the skills to do some ba­sic home ren­o­va­tion tasks, he adds.

For those keen to give it go, Hutchin­son sugges­tions the fol­low­ing: PAINT­ING: A fresh coat of paint is a fun and in­ex­pen­sive way to re­vamp any space. Even old pieces of fur­ni­ture can be painted (try chalk­board paint for added state­ment). Paint­ing tiles is a new trend (pre­pare tiles by giv­ing it a good clean and sand, mask edges and paint the sur­face with a primer be­fore ap­ply­ing a tile paint). STOR­AGE: There are many clever stor­age so­lu­tions and all you re­quire is some skill to put to­gether a flat pack. WALL ART: Fea­tur­ing wall art is an ideal way to give any space a facelift with­out mak­ing any per­ma­nent changes. WALL­PA­PER: Sim­i­larly, wall­pa­per can make a real state­ment. With just a few steps like cut­ting to size, ap­ply­ing paste and mak­ing sure it is straight, this project can be com­pleted in a few hours. KITCHEN: Any up­date to this area is a great way to max­imise the home’s value. Up­date cabi­net han­dles, paint a wall or just change the work bench. GAR­DENS: Add shrubs, flow­ers and trees to the front of the house and start work on a path­way or step­ping stones if you have space. You can also con­struct some raised veg­etable gar­dens that will pro­vide you with fresh pro­duce.

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