Top Decorating Tips for the DIY Novice


Decorating your home is something that can be time-consuming, error-strewn and draining, especially if you’re new to DIY. Fortunately, help is at hand as Local Traders have recently released an e book helping to show you that decorating isn’t as hard as it seems. If you’re unsure of what to do when feeling like making a few changes to your home, here are four top tips you could follow.


Hanging wallpaper Protect your furniture and everything else before starting. Measure your wallpaper and the walls, then apply an even spread of paste to each piece of paper. Stick it to your wall using a brush to ensure it’s even and no bubbles appear.


Painting a ceiling It’s very tricky to do, but it’s possible to make it easier. Starting at the edges and working your way in is advisable. Next, try and paint carefully – a paint roller can help, as you’re less likely to see dripping. Leave to dry and then apply a second coat.

Removing Artex A textured coating which features in many homes with a 1970’s/80’s décor, it can be hard to get rid of. To do it, wear protective gear, use a hammer, chisel and a steamer/ steam stripper. Artex can contain asbestos, which is dangerous.


Removing tiles Equally tricky, tile removal should be done with care. Ideally, you should use a hammer and cold chisel on the tile grouting, as it makes for an easier job in removing entire tiles rather than attacking them in the middle.

Images 1 & 3 via House to Home, Image 2 via Of All the Fish in the Sea.