Did you know less than a third* of Brits would speak to another person to learn new DIY skills?
We’re big believers in encouraging people to simply have a go when it comes to all things home and garden improvement – so welcome to the #DIYSkillShare movement.
By sharing knowledge and empowering one another, we can create a nation of DIY Heroes!
Here, we’ll be sharing your top skills, hacks and top tips alongside some of our favourites from DIY enthusiasts we’ve partnered with.
Transform an unused space
Make like Jenny from @jenshomejournal and turn an old piece of furniture into a useful bench in an unused space. Jenny advises avoiding MDF across the top as it can easily be water damaged – and use a paint with a built-in primer to save time and make the bench suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
Lay a wooden floor with ease
Hannah from @theottothouse demonstrates the ease of laying a wooden floor. The best bit? It doesn’t need to be perfect. When it comes to intricate corners, cut the boards as best you can, leaving a slight gap between the board and wall to allow for movement in the wood – finish with skirting board to keep everything looking tidy.
Create an impactful skirting board on a budget
Becky from @alittlecotswoldhome reveals her top tips for creating a skirting board panelling effect on a budget. She suggests using additional mouldings to give the impression of a taller, more impactful skirting board – use a room laser to ensure everything is straight, it’s much easier than juggling a spirit level if you’re tackling a DIY project solo.
Gardening in the winter months
Gardening isn’t just for the warmer months! Paula from @homewiththedenhams demonstrates how to make your own window box, using spare wood, to display evergreens and winter flowers. Just remember to add drainage holes to the bottom of the box – a number 8 drill bit is perfect for this.
Add interest with floating shelves
Freshen up an area with versatile floating shelves, perfect for easily changing up décor throughout the season. Cut down, sand and paint existing wooden boards, as per Forida from @thehomemama and create a minimalist effect through the use of concealed brackets specifically for floating shelves.
*28% of Brits would speak to someone else to learn new DIY skills, according to research carried out online on behalf of HIPPO by Opinion Matters.