14 November 2014

DIY you can squeeze in over the weekend

Don’t want to give up your entire weekend, but need to spruce up the house? Research shows nearly half of us (47%) are planning to carry out DIY projects in the next year1, but it’s important to set aside enough time to fit your improvements around a busy schedule.

We look at some of the jobs you can do in a few hours, half a day, a day or over the course of the weekend.

A couple of hours

Paint a feature wall – This will give a room an instant lift, whether you want to highlight a specific area or add bold colour to your home without going over the top. It can be one single colour or a snazzy pattern.

Assemble flat-pack furniture – As many of us who have bought self-assembly furniture have learnt from bitter experience, reading the instructions first could save a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Check that all the components are there, and work through each stage carefully.

Half a day

Revamp old furniture – Upcycling is all the rage, and can really work wonders to improve the appearance of tired-looking furniture instead of forking out for new stuff. Painting is one way to revamp furniture.

Stain decking – Wooden decking needs to be cleaned and treated regularly to prevent it rotting and becoming slippery, so once its clean, use a specialist decking stain for maximum protection. Don’t apply the stain in direct sunlight as you won’t get an even coverage, and allow the decking to dry for 24 hours before using it.

A day

Wallpaper a room – Fresh wallpaper can really rejuvenate a listless room, and is something you can easily do yourself with a bit of practice. Once you’ve mastered the tricky bits – corners and light switches – you’ll want to do every room.

A whole weekend

Put up a fence – A new fence will give you extra privacy and security, and is cheaper than building a wall. It’s hard work, so it’s a good idea to have at least one helper.

Tile a floor – This isn’t a job for complete amateurs but can be done over a weekend if you’re experienced at DIY.

Paying for DIY

It’s estimated that a whopping £79 billion will be spent on home improvements over the next year, and there are various ways that people plan to pay for it. Nationwide statistics have found that three out of five of us will dip into our savings, while around 6% will turn to a credit card or personal loan. 

Make sure you plan carefully, because overspending can be a problem, particularly for over-55s, who are, perhaps surprisingly, the most likely to break their budget.

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¹ All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,128 adults, of which 987 plan to carry out DIY improvements in the next 12 months. Fieldwork was undertaken between 18th - 19th February 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

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