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Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d utter. I’m getting into DIY.

Just when did the inspiration hit me? Hmm, perhaps it was when Mr Muddy put a nail through the new boiler pipes under the floor just before Christmas (call out and fix cost: £120). Or when my brother got a bit overexcited with the floor sander and gave my antique wooden boards a crew cut. Maybe I’m just sick of Mr Muddy inferring that I’m hopeless at all the spanner and screw, sanding and priming stuff.

Sounds familiar? It’s no accident that the Guardian ran a series on female DIY in the home in 2011-12 covering everything from  drilling and wallpapering to sanding and plumbing (though sorry, sorting out stopcocks or drainage is way a bridge too far for this DIY darling.)


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It’s p your husband has a surge of testosterone and won’t lend you his equipment for fear of you ruining them (Mr Muddy, step forward) Erento is great for handy tool hire – cheaper than the usual suspects and local too.

So, on my checklist for spring: I’d like to know how to position a shelf so all my books don’t slide off. I want to stain a floor the right colour, first time round, without fretting about pools of varnish spoiling the effect. And I’m keen to create pro paint techniques on furniture – that shabby chic two-tone thing has been on my mind for years (the expert in this is undoubtedly Annie Sloan, based in Oxford).

Now simply man up with a tool belt, cultivate your builder’s bum, demand two sugars in your milky tea from the nearest adult, and show the boys how it’s done.

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