do it yourself
Be handy at home
Transform weathered wood
Give unpainted wood door and window frames protection for winter with Ronseal’s new 10 Year Woodstain. Just sand any flaky surfaces, wipe with white spirit, then apply. Rainproof in an hour, it comes in 11 shades.
Try your hand at upcycling
Transforming tired old furniture is a thrifty (and immensely satisfying) way to create bespoke pieces for your home. But if you’re an upcycling newbie, check out the new Upcycling Kit from Harris. It has all the essentials you need, including two sanding blocks, three paint brushes, a dustsheet and a how-to guide, all you need to add is paint and your chosen piece to transform and off you go. Need more inspiration? Check out the easy-to-follow online instructional videos at harrisbrushes.com.
ADD privacy with film
When buying Wallpaper, always check all the rolls have the same batch number to ensure the colours match perfectly
Window film is an excellent way to keep the curtains open, while keeping your dignity intact. It’s easy to install, too. Spray a clean, dry window, and the adhesive side of the film with fresh soapy water. Spray your fingers, too, so the adhesive doesn’t stick to them. Hang the film in position, using a squeegee to secure it and smooth air bubbles out. Leave for 24 hours before removing the tape over any decorative sections and use a pin to lift off any pieces that don’t come off with the tape.
Barcos window film, from £30, The Window Film Company Buy now withOwnable
10 year woodstain, £17.99 for 750ml, Ronseal Buy now with Ownable
Upcycle kit, £14.99, Harris Buy now with Ownable