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A chic DIY bathroom renovation for less than $2,000

Need to start a bathroom renovation but don’t want to break the bank? Take a cue from blogger and interior designer Heather Cooke. Her dated ’90s master bathroom was in desperate need of an upgrade, but instead of splurging on a pricey renovation, Cooke gave the space a makeover using secondhand finds, a lot of creativity, and a little bit of elbow grease.



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Now, the black-and-white space has an eclectic farmhouse feel more in step with her family’s tastes. “As someone who has decorated their home 95 percent secondhand, it’s always a proud moment for us to develop spaces that are both unique and fit our design aesthetic,” Cooke says. 

For more bathroom inspiration, browse our bathroom ideas gallery.

The before

Cooke’s home was built in early 2000, so the bathroom had a very traditional 1990s feel. Thankfully, it wasn’t all bad. “We fell in love with the size of the master bathroom and its large open windows,” she explains. “The space had a large long double vanity that was functional, just very dated. We wanted to update the space immediately to fit our personal style and make it feel more modern.”

One of the first projects the family renovated, the bathroom was hardly used before completion. Still, Cooke wanted to preserve the ease and function of the roomy layout. 

The Process

“We wanted the bathroom to have an electric mix of styles, yet still be crisp and clean,” Cooke explains. “We also wanted to achieve a bit of an old farmhouse vibe and ensure that the space felt old and more original.”

To nail that balance, the Interior Swag blogger opted for a clean black-and-white color scheme. She painted and stenciled the floor tiles instead of ripping them up and installing something new.

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First Ever ‘Green Shopping Aisle’ Caters to Environmental Enthusiasts Who Want Home DIY Projects

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Environmentally-minded DIY enthusiasts can now enjoy the first ever ‘green shopping aisle’–complete with a real grass walkway and a canopy infused with foliage and butterflies.

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The green aisle is, quite literally, festooned with evergreen climbers and vegetation to help eco-conscious shoppers find the section of the hardware store that will make their home more sustainable.

‘The Green Aisle’ launches today at one of Britain’s major hardware chains,  Homebase. The first stores to get the foliage-festooned aisle are: Haringey in London, Edinburgh, Bridgend, Birmingham, and Leeds–with more stores to follow.

In partnership with Smart Energy GB, the aisle showcases eco-friendly and energy-efficient home improvement products, as well as information on how to get a smart meter installed, all in one place.

MORE: Grocery Store Unveils World’s First Plastic-Free Aisle 

All of these efforts will help make homes greener and ready for winter.

‘The Green Aisle’ was created after research found 74 per cent of Brits are keen to make their home greener, but half have no idea where to start.

Craig Phillips, DIY expert and one of the first to visit the ‘Green Aisle’ in Haringey, said, “I’ve helped hundreds of people improve their homes over the years by making small changes which have a big impact–the same is true for taking small energy efficiency measures in the home.

“It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to making greener choices.

“The Green Aisle helps make this process even easier for people by identifying which products are more environmentally friendly, and likewise understand the positive impact they can have.”

Data from Energy Saving Trust also shows a household can save up to £581 ($751) on energy bills each year if they implement a full range of efficiency measures.

These include the purchase of efficient appliances

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Safety Tips To Follow During Your Next DIY Home Improvement Project

Around 85% of U.S. homes were built before 1980 and are now in need of improvements. And since you’re probably spending more time than ever at home, it’s likely you’ve taken an even closer look at all of the things that need fixing. You may even have a growing to-do list of all the repairs and upgrades you want to make over the next few months to improve both your property value and your quality of life.

renovation Safety Tips to Follow During Your Next DIY Home Improvement Project

While some jobs need to be handled by a professional, there are countless other projects that can easily be DIY’d. However, you still need to approach every renovation — regardless of its size and scope — with caution. Although over 20,000 workplace slip-and-fall injuries were reported in California during 2015, you don’t have to be on the clock to become hurt while doing a job. And unless you’d like to be one of the 6.8 million Americans who use assistive devices (like crutches or wheelchairs) to aid their mobility, you’ll want to do everything possible to avoid potential hazards while you’re improving your home. Here are just a few safety tips you’ll want to follow during your next DIY home improvement project.

Always Wear Protective Gear

Aside from knowing how to safely operate power tools and other equipment, you’ll also want to take pains (pun intended) to get yourself the right protective gear. This means you’ll want to wear ear and eye protection, as well as gloves, headgear, and non-slip footwear with closed toes. You should also consider wearing some kind of face mask if you plan on working with any kind of chemicals or with power tools that might produce dust. In addition, take care not to wear loose clothing that could become caught in equipment or that could hinder your movement.

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6 Times You Should Not DIY a Home Improvement Project

HGTV makes everyone feel as if they’re only a couple of power tools away from being home renovation masters. But don’t be fooled. There’s a reason building and construction trades are considered skilled jobs.



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Tackling a home renovation project requires more than an eye for design and the ability to match colors. You also need to understand how the various parts of a structure fit together, and you may even have to (gasp) do some math.

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What’s more, a home improvement project done wrong can be expensive to fix, or even dangerous. Before you end up with a DIY disaster, here are six times when you should probably call in a pro.

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1. You don’t understand what you’re doing

Yes, this seems so obvious, doesn’t it? And yet, some people try to do projects when they don’t understand the mechanics. Perhaps they mistakenly think it will all simply fall into place once they get a bit further into the project.

Don’t assume project instructions will make sense later. Know what you’re doing right from the start. Otherwise, you won’t be able to identify potential problems as they arise. Or worse, you could get halfway through and find you can’t finish.

The same thing goes for tools, especially power tools. If you don’t know how to use something, maybe you shouldn’t be using it.

Failing to heed this advice could result in shoddy work or personal injury. Neither is a good outcome for a DIY project.

2. Someone knowledgeable advises you to get a pro

Maybe you go to the hardware store, explain the project, and the workers raise their eyebrows and say, “Really?”

When someone familiar with

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There’s a new DIY advent calendar perfect for home improvements lovers and you can get it from Wickes

IF there’s someone in your household who loves a bit of DIY then we have found the perfect advent calendar to buy for them this year.

The Draper Tools advent calendar includes a measuring tape, adjustable wrench, a selection of pliers, hexagon keys and a ¼” hex magnetic screwdriver with 31 different insert bits.

This Draper Tool calendar comes with 49 different surprises - perfect for creating a brand new tool box

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This Draper Tool calendar comes with 49 different surprises – perfect for creating a brand new tool box

It also comes with a handy, sturdy case to keep everything safe and organised.

The limited edition calendar will be available from stockists nationally around the country and online, including Wickes, from end of October.

It’s Recommended Retail Price (RRP) is just £34.99, although individual retailers can set their own prices.

The full list of contents for the calendar is:

  • 1x 2m Measuring tape
  • 1x 100mm Adjustable wrench
  • 1x 115mm Combination pliers
  • 1x 115mm Diagonal pliers
  • 1x ¼” Hex magnetic bit driver
  • 1x 1/4’” Hex 60mm magnetic bit holder
  • 9x 25mm PZ TYPE insert bits: No.0, No.1 (x2) No.2 (x4) and No3 (x2)
  • 3x 25mm Cross slot insert bits: No.2
  • 4x 25mm Plain slot insert bits: 3, 4.5, 5.5 and 6.5mm
  • 7x 25mm DRAPER TX-STAR insert bits: T10, T15, T20, T25, T27, T30 and T40
  • 3x 25mm Square insert bits: No.1, No2 and No.3
  • 5x 25mm Hexagon insert bits: 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6mm
  • 10 x Hex keys 0 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3., 4, 5, 5.5, 6, 8, 10mm
  • 1x Storage case with EVA insert

Draper Tools says that you’ll end up with the sort of set that could be handy for anyone around the house, garage or even at work.

As you open each door, you’ll start to build a tool kit that could come in useful for all those little unexpected jobs around the

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