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  1. LOOK THE PART WITH THE RIGHT DIY ATTIRE

    LOOK THE PART WITH THE RIGHT DIY ATTIRE Wearing the right clothes when carrying out DIY jobs means you not only look the part, but you’re going to be comfortable and safe as well. Here are a few items of clothing a keen DIY-er shouldn’t be without.   Safety shoes Just like you wear a safety hat to protect your head, safety shoes are important to spare your feet. If you’ve Read more...
  2. 3 KEY DIY JOBS FOR AUTUMN

    3 KEY DIY JOBS FOR AUTUMN Autumn has arrived and with it the final chance to carry out some important home improvement tasks before the dark winter days are upon us. Here are three jobs which Leyland SDM advise are on your immediate DIY checklist over the coming weeks. Cut out the draughts During soaring temperatures in the summer, draughts in the house are often seen as Read more...
  3. SELECTING THE BEST PAINT BRUSHES FOR THE JOB

    SELECTING THE BEST PAINT BRUSHES FOR THE JOB When you’re looking for a paint brush, it’s tempting to head for the bargain buckets and pick up a pack of five for under a tenner. They’re so cheap it’s easy to just throw them away after use. But a paint brush is like a bottle of wine – spend a bit more and the difference in quality is vast. There are four things to consider when Read more...
  4. SUMMER'S TOP OFFERS

    SUMMER'S TOP OFFERS Work around the home has rarely been more popular than it has in 2020. Lockdown has meant everyone has channelled their inner-DIY mentality and, even as restrictions are gradually lifted, many of our customers are still telling us that they have a long list of projects on their agenda. To help people on their way, we are delighted to reveal our Read more...
  5. PREPARE YOUR WALLS AND CEILINGS FOR PAINTING

    PREPARE YOUR WALLS AND CEILINGS FOR PAINTING As the old adage goes in many different walks of life, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Never has that been truer than when you are painting the walls and ceiling in your property. It may look like the hard work starts when the paint brush is in hand and the first coat starts to be applied. But the preparatory work which is carried out Read more...
  6. COOK UP A DESIGN STORM IN YOUR KITCHEN

    COOK UP A DESIGN STORM IN YOUR KITCHEN For many people, the kitchen is the pride and joy of their property. It’s not only the space where they display their culinary talents but also – potentially – where family and friends get together for a sociable evening meal. But, however much you love your kitchen space, now and again there is a burning desire to make a change and freshen Read more...
  7. MILLBANK ACADEMY SHOOL SCOOPS £1,000 BOOST

    MILLBANK ACADEMY SHOOL SCOOPS £1,000 BOOST We are please to announce that The Millbank Academy in Victoria has been named as one of the first winners of our Give London a Lift campaign.   Millbank Academy, an outstanding primary school on Erasmus Street, was chosen as a June winner and plans to give the school a much-needed lick of paint, which will be particularly beneficial to Read more...
  8. HOLBORN COMMUNITY CENTRE BAGS £1,000 FOR REFURB WORK

    HOLBORN COMMUNITY CENTRE BAGS £1,000 FOR REFURB WORK We are proud to announce that Holborn Community Association are one of the first winners of our £1,000 prize as part of our Give London a Lift campaign. We launched this giveaway competition to help community groups, organisations and charities in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Holborn Community Association works Read more...
  9. HOW TO CREATE A FEATURE WALL WITH MASKING TAPE

    HOW TO CREATE A FEATURE WALL WITH MASKING TAPE Printed wallpaper can be expensive and tricky to get right. A creative alternative is to make an eye-popping feature wall with simple stripes or geometric shapes using a couple of tins of paint and some masking tape. Here’s how: - First, paint the whole wall the colour that you want the lines or stripes to be. Contrasting colours work best. We Read more...
  10. CEMENT, MORTAR AND CEMENT - A BEGINNER'S GUIDE

    CEMENT, MORTAR AND CEMENT - A BEGINNER'S GUIDE Cement, mortar and concrete – it’s all the same thing, right? Well, no. Here’s a beginner’s guide to ensure you get the right materials for the right job. Cement Cement is a fine powder that hardens when you add water. There are different types available but Portland cement, which is grey in colour, is the most common by far. Cement is Read more...

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