You do not need to be an expert in DIY to come up with some fresh design ideas for your home, says Janet Pritchard from www.minimalinteriors.co.uk. Here Janet shares some low-cost ideas to improve your home that just about anyone can do.

Wooden furniture that is scratched or scarred can be given a facelift by sanding down and refinishing or completely painting a different colour. Small scratches or chips can be surprisingly easily disguised using a walnut! The variegation and colour in a fresh walnut will help blend the unsightly mark in with the natural colour of the wood, and the texture of the nut allows you to get inside a groove more easily than with a traditional wood finisher or retouch solution: It may not totally cover the scratch totally but will definitely leave it less noticeable.

You can make your own kitchen stools or bedside tables using …

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