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MAKE, DO & CRAFT

Give household clutter a new lease of life with these upcycled projects

Hanging fruit bowl

Keep your fruit and veg fresh with suspended storage

SHOPPING LIST

• stainless steel colander, £2, Wilko • small colander, £1, Wilko • damp cloth • masking tape • spray paint primer • Rustoleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in Brilliant Blue, £9 per 400ml • 3m chain, from a selection at B&Q • wire cutters • jump rings • jewellery pliers • S hook, £1.94, B&Q

TOP TIP

When hanging, ensure your storage is hung from a beam or other sturdy structure to ensure it will hold fast no matter what is put inside.

1 Begin by wiping the colanders all over with a damp cloth to ensure they are clean. Once dry, turn them both upside down and cover the outside (including handles) in masking tape. Turn them rightside- up and apply two layers of spray paint primer, followed by two layers of blue paint. Leave to dry thoroughly between each layer. Once dry, remove the masking tape.

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Spring is in the air, so it’s the perfect time to drag your home out of the winter doldrums and freshen it up with a coat of paint and a few bright new accessories. And, in this issue, we’ve got lots of affordable ideas for giving your home a quick facelift. On page 37 we take a look at this season’s hot new trends on the high street – from cool coastal vibes to edgy ethnic touches, fresh florals to touchy-feely textures, I know you’ll find a look you love. When it comes to the smallest room in the house (yes that’s right, the downstairs loo), it’s often a bit forgotten and unloved in the décor stakes, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Just turn to page 48 to see how small really can be beautiful! If your kitchen is in need of a revamp but you don’t want to change the units, then consider replacing the flooring. Take a look at our purse-friendly ideas on page 54 to see what a big difference it can make – without the hassle of ripping out your cabinets! Now the weather is getting a bit better, it’s time to start knocking your garden into shape so you can sit out and enjoy it over the months ahead. This month in our gardening section we take a look at some of the most popular garden styles – cottage, Japanese, formal and prairie – and show how easy it is to achieve them in your own garden (p.114). Last but not least, in our food pages this issue we’ve got some utterly scrummy pie recipes that I know you’re going to love (p.100). Trust me, the cheesy fish pie is to die for!
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