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DIY Drop-in Tiled Hearth

DIY specialist and renovator Natasha Dickins from Little Red Industries shows how to tile a drop-in hearth to customise a fireplace with a bright, modern finish. The installation of a new wood-burning heater gave me the opportunity personalise this fireplace area by handcrafting the hearth. I swapped out traditional slate with modern subways to lighten up the surface under the heater to compliment the room all year round. In summer, a plant sits on top to green it up. This is designed as a drop-in section of flooring. The same technique could be used in the kitchen or an entryway.
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How to Build a Banquette with Fluted Timber Detail

DIY specialist and renovator Natasha Dickins from Little Red Industries shows how to flex your woodworking skills to install built-in seating with wow factor (and extra storage!). Sitting in a booth or banquette makes you feel part of something special. It’s cosy, comfy and casual, and that’s how I wanted this dining area to be. I also wanted to create storage while hiding the phone line, modem and switches in the corner of the room. The kitchen facing the dining area was recently renovated. To help the rooms feel cohesive I used Tasmanian oak in both, with the same woodworking
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DIY Dowelled Soap Holder

DIY specialist and furniture maker Natasha Dickens from from Little Red Industries returns with a simple project made from Tasmanian oak dowel offcuts and sealed in Monocel Gold for protection against steam and moisture. I made this cute little soap holder to go with my DIY outdoor shower. But it could also be used in the bathroom, laundry or kitchen.
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Pro Tips to Clean and Preserve Your Paint Tools

They say a tradesman is only as good as his (or her) tools, and when it comes to painting, there is no exception. Although more expensive in the initial outlay, good quality paint brushes and rollers can not only save money in the long run (even the cost of cheap paint brushes adds up when you need to buy new ones each and every time you start a new painting project) but they can also save time and frustration during the job. If you have ever had to carefully pick out stray paintbrush bristles from your freshly-painted wall, you will
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7 Amazing Storage Ideas You Need To Try

If you’ve ever been to IKEA, you know that innovative storage solutions can turn even the tiniest room into a brilliantly organised space without compromising on aesthetics.  As a passionate DIY-er, you’re probably always on the lookout for new ideas to improve your home and nudge comfort up a little.  We’ve gathered some inspo for your future projects! Here are 7 amazing storage ideas you need to try! 
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