Your weekend DIY timetable

Quick and easy jobs that still leave you time to enjoy the bank holiday

A bank holiday weekend is the perfect time to do improvements around the house you’ve been putting off. And with these quick and straightforward DIY jobs, you can still fit lots of fun and relaxation into your long weekend too.

10am - 12pm: paint front door

Show off your DIY skills to the neighbours with a freshly painted front door. Sand down old paintwork (easier with an electric palm sander), remove the doorknob and put masking tape around the letter box. Wipe off dust with a damp rag and paint a first coat of proper primer.

12pm- 12.30pm: stop squeaks

Spray WD-40 onto every hinge in the house to banish squeaks and rust-proof them. Use a cloth to catch drips. Ahh, silent cupboards.

12.30pm - 12.45pm – mug of builders’ tea

12.45pm - 1.45pm: fill holes

Avoid being daunted by painting that wall, just do the prep today by filling any holes and cracks with quick-drying filler.

1.45pm - 2.45pm: a well-deserved lunch

2.45pm - 3.30pm: hang that picture

It’s been propped up against the wall for ages hasn’t it? Put a pencil mark where your nail is going to go. Use a cable detector to make sure you’re not going to hammer it into any pipes or wires. Tap in nail, hang picture and use a spirit level to check it’s straight. TIP: Hang pictures lower than you think – at eye level.

3.30pm - 3.30pm: stop that dripping tap

Remember what your dad used to say? ‘The right tool for the right job’? An adjustable spanner will get you into the tap quickly to easily replace the washer. Don’t forget to turn the water off first. And buy a new washer, obviously.

3.30pm - 4.30pm: sand down wall

Back to that wall. Filler dry, you can now sand where you filled, so you’ve got a smooth surface ready for painting next weekend.

4.30pm - 6pm: paint the front door (second coat)

Primer dry? Get your colour on there (a paint specially meant for exterior woodwork). Only paint the door, not the jamb, so you avoid two freshly painted surfaces rubbing together. Do the jamb next weekend, then after that, a second coat for the door. Rome wasn’t built in a bank holiday weekend!

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