Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
February is one of the chilliest months of the year. But with spring creeping ever closer, we're taking the opportunity to plan for sunnier days – from the warmth of our homes of course! And with lockdown 3.0 under way, now is the perfect time to launch into a home makeover to make staying in that little bit easier.
- Repot your house plants
- Cut your own firewood
- Tidy up your garden
- Get cracking on home renovations
- Design your dream nursery
- Escape to your workshop
Pot like it's hot
By February, gardeners everywhere are dying to get back out in the soil and dirt. Sadly, most of the garden will still be dormant meaning there's not a great deal to do. However, if you just can't wait, we do have a few ideas of bits and bobs to plant – as long as you have the right equipment. Alternatively, you can give your indoor plants some love and repot anything that's starting to look a bit cramped!
It's your last chance to call 'timber!'
Whether you need to chop up more wood to fuel your stove or you're just sick of looking at a diseased tree or an ugly old tree stump, there's no better time than now to whip out your chainsaw. It's best to chop down trees while they are still dormant so don't delay any longer! This way, you can really make the most of your outdoor space come spring.
Get your garden shipshape for spring
If you're itching to get outdoors but still don't have a lot of plant life to work with, take the opportunity to do an inventory of your gardening tools. Throw away or recycle anything that is past its best and don't be tempted to hang onto ancient tools. Remember: a faulty lawnmower is a recipe for disaster. While you're at it, you might want to think about upgrading your fence to keep your dog in and your neighbours out...!
Inject your holiday budget into your home
Sadly, it doesn't look like many of us will be jetting off to foreign climes any time soon. So why not use your holiday budget to make your home a space you can be really proud of? From giving your walls a fresh lick of paint to investing in an office space or even converting an unused attic, there are loads of ways to make your home feel like a brand new space!
Staying at home just got a lot noisier...
Around nine months ago, we all went into the first national lockdown and, without going into too much detail, some made the most of their time to take their first leap into parenthood. Want to get everything in order for your first born? Feeling a touch overwhelmed as a new parent? Don't worry: we've got plenty of guides to make sure your home and nursery are spick and span!
Enjoy a lockdown-friendly Valentine's Day
Restaurants are closed and weekend trips are out of the question, but fear not: Valentine's Day is not ruined! We're just going to have to be a little more inventive this year... So why not tackle those DIY jobs you've been putting off? Nothing says 'I love you' quite like finally hanging those picture frames or getting round to installing a shower curtain. Alternatively, invest in something you and your partner will both enjoy like a walk-in wardrobe or a hot tub – trust us, you won't regret it!
Escape to the workshop
If you're lucky enough to have your own workshop, it's probably become your little safe haven over the past year. Show it some love with brand new equipment and treat yourself to some new accessories while you're at it. From drill accessories to new batteries, there's no end to the projects you can tackle when you've got the right kit!
Keep Rover from turning into a pup-sicle
While most dogs are happy to venture out in all weather, some need a little helping hand at this time of year. Kit out your dog with a snuggly jacket for walks and make sure they have a warm bed to cosy up in afterwards! Now is also a good time to check up on your cat flap to make sure your kitty can shelter from the cold. And why not give the birds somewhere to relax while you're at it?!
Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 198 guides
Redo a roof with wooden beams? Check.Advise Mister everybody in the DIY shop? Check.Redo the bathroom plumbing? Check.Fit together, build the walls, paint a partition, throw my hammer in a rage thinking that it will fix the problem? Check. The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job! What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!