do it your­self

Be handy at home

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The lat­est need-to-knows to help you im­prove your home Got a wooden drawer that KEEPS Stick­ing? rub the run­ners with a white can­dle to Get them Glid­ing again

Be your own plasterer

Sick of bumpy, un­even walls? Knauf ’s Pro­roll plas­ter is ap­plied straight from the tub with a medium pile roller and smoothed with a trowel or joint knife to level the sur­face up to 4mm. It can be sanded and used over new or old plas­ter as well as old textured ceil­ings. Ge­nius.

Show your metal…

Guar­an­teed to be in ev­ery up­cy­cler’s arsenal, chalk paint has rev­o­lu­tionised a vast ar­ray of DIY projects, thanks to the fact that it can be ap­plied to many sur­faces with­out the need for time­con­sum­ing prep. Sarah Jayne Chalk Paint has in­tro­duced two new metal­lic shades – a sil­ver hue called Mer­cury and a rich golden shade named Star­dust – that will give an old piece of fur­ni­ture a fab­u­lous new state­ment look. Or use them more spar­ingly to high­light or cre­ate a dec­o­ra­tive fea­ture. Ap­ply with a brush and once dry, buff with a soft cloth.

try a multi-tool

Us­ing the right tool for the job when do­ing DIY makes the process a whole lot eas­ier and the re­sults miles bet­ter. The Dremel 8220 is a cord­less, vari­able speed multi-tool with in­ter­change­able ac­ces­sory heads, per­fect for in­tri­cate DIY work. Its small size means you can work any­where to sand, shape or carve – ideal for up­cy­cling fur­ni­ture – and its 360° LED light makes it easy to see what you’re do­ing. It even has an en­grav­ing ac­ces­sory so you can per­son­alise items and mark tools or bikes with your post­code in case they get lost.

Sig­na­ture Metal­lic chalk paint, £15.95 for 250ml, Sarah Jayne

8220 Volt Max ro­tary tool, £110, Dremel

Light plas­ter, £25.39 for 12.5kg, Knauf Pro­roll range, Wickes

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