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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 har­ris­

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

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