The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Built-in linen cabinet in the hallway was built with this older cottage. New paint and hardware freshened it up.


If you’re building bookcases against a wall the wall should be painted first, preferably with white emulsion to reflect maximum light and give a good backdrop to the books on the shelves. And once the shelving unit is built and securely fixed to the wall any edges that are not already veneered should be finished off by ironing on veneer stripping; as the rest of the wood is already veneered no other finishing touches should be required. The veneer strips, readily available from any good DIY store, come in a roll and are pre-glued; the iron heats the glue and sticks the veneer firmly to the chipboard edge making for a neat finish.

Tile offers you the most in terms of decorative choices when building a new shower area. Tiles can be made of porcelain, granite and other stones, ceramic materials or even glass. With a huge array of colors, sizes and patterns, the design choices are nearly infinite. Hire an experienced, professional tile setter to get the best results and don’t forget that you need to clean and seal grout on a regular basis to prevent mildew growth.

When doing a bathroom remodel, consider not replacing the tub, instead just have it refinished. If your tub is coated with porcelain, it can easily be refinished to look new. They can also put a new finish on the old dated tile above the tub without taking it down. Replacing tile floors and bathtubs can be expensive, so alternatives offer a less expensive way to give your bathroom an updated look.

After connecting the water supply the panel is simply fitted over the previously installed brackets, and the job is complete with no further installation necessary. Total time should be under half an hour. You will probably need a good pair of pliers or a pipe wrench, a drill and bit, a tape measure and a screwdriver – all tools you likely already have in your tool kit. Teflon plumbers tape is advisable for sealing pipe joints, but most hoses won’t need it.