Modern Veneers

Veneer used to be a dirty term– it normally signified something that was low quality and looked phony. Over the last 20 years, products and printing have moved on and it is now possible to utilize veneers to produce hardwearing surfaces which are quick to attain and incredibly low-cost. Not only that however the finished effect looks natural.

Worktop Covers

You can purchase rolls of plastic veneers in a multitude of colours and patterns. It is basically sticky back plastic on a huge scale. This type of veneer works truly well to cover old made or damaged worktops. Kitchen melamine worktops can be refreshed and old-fashioned bathroom surface areas can be rapidly upgraded. These veneers will not last permanently however they can change a space for a couple of years while you save to replace the entire worktop. They can be an inexpensive method to make a room shimmer if you are trying to sell or lease a residential or commercial property.

The application is relatively easy however you need to take your time if you are to avoid getting air bubbles trapped under the veneer. Utilize a length of wood or rubber spatula to flatten the veneer as you slowly remove the support– using the wood to flatten the veneer as you peel. If you remove a big strip of support and after that attempt to repair a large area in one go you will wind up with an uneven surface. This video shows you how easy it is to use.

Brick Slips

Exposed brick walls are a genuine design feature nevertheless in plaster boarded brand-new builds they merely do not exist. You might lug in a load of real bricks to develop the effect– however it is costly, unpleasant and will consume valuable interior space. You can now purchase ‘Brick Slips’ to develop a soft brick result easily and inexpensively. Brick slips can also be called ‘brick tiles’ or ‘brick veneers’.

Rustic Kitchen

If you pick a UV resistant brick slip then you can also use the tiles outside on a terrace or in your garden. The tiles are made up of a hardwearing plastic support with real slices of cement stuck to them that resemble brick. That suggests they not only look good from close-up they likewise feel just like the real thing.

To fit the tiles, clean the wall so it is not greasy or dirty. Use a strong tile cement and make sure it appropriates for outside spaces if you are working in a garden or on a balcony. You should use 10mm tile spacers (unless your tile box says otherwise) and when your tile cement has dried you can grout or cement in between the brick slips to complete the genuine look. Keep in mind that grouting or pointing between the brick slips will take a fair little time however it can include greatly to the completed impact so take your time and do small sections well, instead of trying to rush to complete the whole wall in one go.

PVC Bathroom Cladding

There was a time when tiles were basically the only option for damp steamy bathrooms. There is now a large series of bathroom panels (likewise called shower panels, bathroom sheets or bathroom cladding) on the marketplace. These are big sheets of PVC which are used to cover restroom surface areas. When they are fitted correctly they are totally waterproof, easy to tidy and hardwearing. They come in very large sheets so there is extremely little cutting, signing up with or sealing compared to tiling. You can fit them over existing tiles or use them to cover non-waterproof surface areas like plasterboard. The tiles come in a variety of styles; marble result, tile result, high gloss colours, shine finishes and printed images.

You essentially use a quality adhesive to glue the panels to the wall which is very simple. You do need to invest in great quality corner pieces and joints to make sure that the joints are cool and waterproof. You can purchase these from the exact same source as your shower panels.

Shower panels do work out more affordable than tiles however not by an enormous amount, the greatest conserving remains in terms of the time taken to fit and complete. Shower panels are super fast to fit and need little skill. Tiles, on the other hand, take a great deal of time and ability to get cool edges particularly round sockets, sinks and toilets. You then likewise require to grout and clean the tiles.

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Skirting Boards

My spouse and I have just recently bought a new flat. It is tidy with tidy plastered walls the exact same laminate throughout– essentially it’s a blank canvas. All extremely good and tidy– however not really homely. It is a bit overwhelming for us, where do we start and how do we develop something that has some design or character?

As we have actually started to decorate we are realising that it is everything about good quality small touches that make the difference; lighting, door handles, taps and skirting boards. These things can easily be ignored for flashy photos and big items like sofas. Nevertheless, they are the littles your design that you truly discover and often touch too so the quality (or do not have thereof) can’t be missed.

Considering that we have never written a post on skirting boards I thought I would share what I have actually discovered with you today. Of all skirting boards do several things; they protect the wall from kicks, bumps and scratches, they tidy up untidy edgings and they add to the style of your room.


You may have come across the term ‘Architrave’. It resembles a skirting board however not quite the same. It is the wood or moulding that is utilized to frame entrances. You must try to match up the shape of your architrave and skirting boards to develop a cohesive circulation.


Skirting Boards and Architrave come in a variety of profiles. They can be an easy plank of wood or be formed and moulded into numerous designs and styles. There aren’t any standard terms for skirting board shapes however you can get an idea of the range of shapes available from any excellent skirting board seller.


A Mitre Saw

Similar to any DIY task, to get a good result you need to have the right tools. Skirting boards last a long time so you need to fit them right. If you can’t pay for to buy the right tools then obtain or hire them. If that is not possible then you are best paying a carpenter to do the job for you. To fit skirting boards well you require to be able to cut exact lengths of wood easily. Doing this with a hand saw is nearly impossible so you truly require a ‘mitre saw’. These tools have circular blades mounted in a manage that you can move up and down over a repaired plate. The repaired plate will have various accessories to assist you fix the wood in place before cutting and likewise so you can measure exact angles. Professional mitre saws are costly but can get a standard domestic variation for about ₤ 60.

Undoubtedly, this tool has the prospective to be dangerous if you do not operate it carefully. You must constantly read the manufacturers manual before you operate it. It is also a great concept to practice making some cuts on extra wood prior to you begin so you can be positive of obtaining tidy accurate cuts safely. Although the saw looks rather challenging, due to the fact that the blade is fixed in a housing and you can protect the wood before cutting, it is in fact much more secure than using a hand saw or axel mill. So use some care but do not be delayed.


Precise measurements are necessary. You will require a good tape measure and a sharp pencil for defining the wood and flooring. It will be hard to measure accurate lengths on your own so a second individual to secure the procedure at one end while you operate at the other is ideal.

For an external corner, you should press your skirting board versus a wall and run your pencil along its edge at the corner and past the wall edge. Do the same on the other wall and where the lines cross is where your skirting boards require to be cut to. Procedure your boards carefully and then use the mitre saw to cut a 45-degree angle. For internal corners, the process can be more complicated and you may require to ‘scribe’ or utilize a ‘profile gauge’ to get a good fit. The video below is a detailed guide to the more complex strategies.


This a technique for getting skirting boards to joint securely and nicely or fitting the skirting over imperfections in the flooring. It is better to understand this technique with imagery. The video below is just a number of minutes long and discusses the procedure just.


If you have modern, flat plastered walls then you can often use wood glue to fix your skirting board to the walls. This is a simple and fast way to fit your carefully measured and cut skirting boards. Apply the glue to the reverse side of the boards in a zig-zag pattern, after fixing to the wall carefully wipe off any excess glue. You will need to hold the boards in place with weights or heavy furniture while the glue dries.

In some cases, you may not wish to use glue or your walls might be uneven making glueing impossible. In these cases, you will need to nail or screw the skirting boards into the wall. If you have stud walls then you should use a stud finder to work out where the wood supports are behind the plasterboard and connect your skirting boards to the wood rather than trying to nail or screw them to the plasterboard. It can be helpful to drill pilot holes into the skirting board planks before you place them against the wall and fix them in place. Note that if you use nails or screws you will need to fill or paint the boards afterwards to hide the fixings.


You will need to use a wood filler to finish off the job. All your corners will probably need to be filled. No matter how carefully you measured and cut– imperfections in your floor, walls and the wood planks will mean there are gaps where the skirting board should meet. There will also probably be gaps at the top between the skirting board and wall and maybe between the floor and skirting too. It is best to carefully fill these gaps when you fit the boards. If you don’t the skirting will look messy and the gaps will accumulate dirt over time, which will which look terrible.

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