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 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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