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Is your garden decking becoming slippery with autumn leaves and rain? Try using Cuprinol Anti-Slip Decking Stain in Urban Slate (£15.25 for 2.5ltr, www. restexpress.co.uk) to make it safe and look good. This durable paint (available in several colours) contains non-slip micro-beads (plus an algicide to help prevent algae and mould forming) and will turn your deck into a thing of beauty. There’s also Cuprinol Garden Shades in Urban Slate (£23 for 2.5ltr, B&Q). It’s a gorgeous dark grey that’s fantastic on fences and sheds. These two greys work together beautifully and transform boring brown garden wood into something sophisticated.
period properties, particularly ones built in the 19th and early 20th centuries, originally had coving and cornicing in many of the rooms. A room without coving can look bare – it’s amazing what a difference it makes. As well as being decorative, coving is a good way to hide hairline cracks and other imperfections. It also makes it easier to get a neat line between a different wall and ceiling colour when painting.
of coving changed over the years, so try to match any coving you buy to the period of your home. If you have coving in some rooms, this is the best indication of the style, or your neighbours’ homes may have original coving you can copy. Specialist coving companies sell popular period-style designs and some can match existing coving and repair and restore it. Period coving is made of plaster and many specialists make and fit plaster coving, but I wouldn’t recommend putting it up yourself because it’s very heavy. DIYers should play safe and stick to lighter coving materials, which are easier to work with and won’t be potentially dangerous if they fall down. The lightest and easier coving to use is expanded polystyrene, but there are other DIY-friendly types, including polyurethane and duropolymer.
well as getting coving that’s the right period for your home, it’s important to get the right size for the room. Big rooms with high ceilings can take large, more elaborate designs, while smaller rooms with lower ceilings are better suited to narrower, plainer coving. Coving can, of course, be used in modern properties to add interest to a room, but it tends to be a plain, concave design.
Cuprinol Anti-Slip Decking Stain, available from restexpress.co.uk.