The best DIY decorating ideas to refresh your home

 The best DIY decorating ideas to refresh your home

To get a professional finish, follow Hall’s tips. “Make sure you do your prep, and fill cracks where necessary first with an appropriate wood filler. Sand when dry, then give the whole surface a quick sand to create a key, so the paint adheres properly. Wash down with sugar soap and a damp sponge, allow to dry, then you’re ready to paint. I always use a water-based eggshell paint for interior woodwork. If you’re going over old water-based eggshell, there’s no need to prime, but if you’re going from dark to light, or just want to do it by the book, use a good primer first, like Zinsser 123. Prime, then go in with two coats of colour, and voila.”

When it comes to colour, interiors writer Kate Watson-Smyth, whose new book, Mad About The House Planner, Your Home Your Story (Pavilion Books, £18.99) was published in March, points out that soft, calming shades have been in demand recently as we have aimed to create…

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