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Is your home in dire need of an update? Stop delaying with our guide to DIY to do in a day

From poring over Farrow & Ball paint charts to coveting Conran sofas, we’ll happily admit to being obsessed with interiors. But instead of getting the decorators in, British women are now picking up the paintbrush and doing it ourselves. In the last year, there’s even been a 400% rise in women enrolling in B&Q’s You Can Do It courses. We admire the commitment. To inspire you to join them, we asked Jo Behari from tradeswoman company Home Jane for three easy tasks to tackle this weekend.

Accentuate a unique feature

“Experiment with bold colour by painting a chimney breast, wall or cupboard doors. Preparation is key; buy an electric sander from a DIY shop, fill holes with Polyfilla, then sand twice. Apply an undercoat then a topcoat such as this year’s key colour, Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic (£32.50, farrow-ball.com).”

Embrace stylish shelving

“Take careful measurements then buy a shelf kit from a DIY store such as B&Q’s floating oak shelf (£16.48, diy.com) or visit a timber yard for a bespoke option. Measure and mark the holes and use a Bosch PSR 18 cordless drill (£69.98) with the correct drill bit (masonry bit for brick or concrete, wood bit for plaster) to make holes. Insert Rawlplugs into the wall, screw in brackets then paint.”

Up-cycle vintage furniture

“If you buy old furniture and the wood is in bad condition, sand, fill and clean it, make sure it is dry then apply a top coat – either paint, oil or varnish. Also try cutting wallpaper or fabric such as Timorous Beasties’ Horizontal Decouper (£108 per metre) to fit inside drawers, shelves or bookcases. Apply a coat of PVA to the fabric or wallpaper, put it on the furniture then apply another coat of PVA (timorousbeasties.com).”

Picture credit: Farrow & Ball (farr0w-ball.com), Dulux Visual Solace Trend 2013 (dulux.co.uk)

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