How to save hundreds as a DIY expert
Of course, for the really big jobs, you still need a building professional. But whilst on my DIY mission, I came across a website that helped me do many of the smaller jobs myself...
The DIY Fix It site includes lots of easy-to-follow 'how to' guides, teaching you to do everything from wallpapering a ceiling to removing an airlock in pipe work.
These could save you quite a lot of money, equipping you with the knowledge needed to sort small projects yourself, rather than relying on expensive handymen.
There's also a DIY community forum, where you can ask for advice and swap tips with other DIY enthusiasts.
As a result, my brushstrokes are certainly more even - and my drilling less disastrous - than they otherwise would have been. And nothing has fallen down or apart... yet.
So -feeling inspired to give your home a bit of TLC? Here are four makeover ideas that should be quick, cheap and simple to achieve...
1. Paint your front door
If painting the whole house seems like a horrible chore, spruce up your front door instead. You won't need much paint, and - as it's the first thing most visitors will see - this small task will make a big impression.
2. Replace hooks and handles
Revive tired-looking furniture and fittings by replacing hooks and handles. IKEA does a range of fairly minimalist handles at a reasonable cost; or check out Oliver Bonas for some more unusual options.
3. Mirror image
A couple of carefully-placed mirrors can make a small place look much bigger. IKEA comes up trumps in this category too, with wall mirrors starting from around £10.
4. A dramatic impression
A wallpaper feature wall can make a dull-looking room really special. And it's much more economical than wallpapering the whole place!
And if you don't fancy using wallpaper, you could create a picture gallery, use wall stickers or paint stripes on it instead... check out this Ideal Home guide for inspiration.