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4 eyesores in every new home - and how to fix them

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14 Jul 2017

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Moving into a new home is never going to be a tidy affair.

Once the excitement settles and it’s time to get stuck in to really making your home your own, you’ll find yourself noticing a few little things that just look like they shouldn’t be there.

Maybe it’s too many wires beside the telly or shoes that don’t have a designated home. But you tell yourself it’s okay, you can live with it for now and move on.

Zoom forward to two months later and those wee problems suddenly become a big pet peeve and you need to do something about them! But where do you even start?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are 7 eyesores in every new home - and how to fix them!

1.  Wires

We all feel a little bit of anxiety when we see a bunch of wires just aimlessly sitting in the middle of a space.

Wires dangling left, right and centre is enough to drive anybody crazy and untangling them is definitely not for the faint-hearted. But a few easy tricks can help you tuck away those eyesores and contain the chaos.

Binder clips will keep your wires together and prevent them from becoming tangled up. Alternatively, sticking command hooks at the back of your furniture will hide those pesky wires while keeping them organised and easy to access.

You can get a stylish cardboard box and cut a small rectangular hole at the back and feed all of your plugs into it. This is great for hiding all of those cables bunched up under your TV. Even keep your extension leads tucked inside the box for safe keeping and easy access.

2. Pet bowls

You spent a lot of time trying to make your kitchen a place of fine cuisine, but there’s one thing that just keeps taking your focus away: the pet bowl.

Food for your dog or cat isn’t exactly the easiest on the eye or the nose. Most people just live with it, but what if we told you there is a very easy way to hide it away and keep your pets happy too?

One simple hack is to keep all of your pet’s food organised into one single place by designating a bottom drawer in your kitchen to them. It’ll keep your floor looking squeaky clean and free from distractions while also hiding that dreaded smell.

3. Wall vents

Picture this: you’re painting the walls of your lovely new home. You stand back, take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

But you can’t help but notice that giant vent hanging over you in the corner and slowly sucking the life out of your freshly painted walls. What do you do?

The easiest solution is to hang a pretty picture over it. It’ll be easy on the pocket and requires almost zero DIY effort. This also works to hide thermostats and any other eyesores on your wall.

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy and you feel like the room needs that extra bit of air, you could just replace the vent cover with something to your taste. Use a metal sheet with a vibrant pattern and you’ve got yourself a brand new vent and eyesore-free wall.

4. Tiles

Replacing ceramic floor tiles in your kitchen or bathroom can cost time and money and really take a lot of life away from your new home. Need an easy fix?

Did you know that you can paint your tiles? It sounds crazy but it can be done!

First, sand any existing colour off the tile and dust it down. Next, tape off any edges and corners so you get a straight and even finish.

Apply a primer coat once it’s all dust-free and after it’s dry, give it a light sanding to remove any small burrs that may have risen out of your brush or roller. You don’t want to remove the primer; you’re just making sure that your tiles are perfectly flat and prepared to receive paint.

Lastly, apply several thin coats of an oil-based semi-gloss to give it a durable finish. You can find more information on this here.

Sounds good doesn’t it? If you’re taking part in any of these DIY projects, let us know on Facebook!

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