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Why take up so much of your time searching for you ideal dream wallpaper print when you could just make it yourself? This handy guide will give you all the tips and tricks to create your own design on a paint roller, to cover all the wallpaper you’ve ever dreamed of. You could even use a rolling pin or lint roller instead of a paint roller, so you’re guaranteed to already have most of the objects in your house!

The tools and materials you will need to make this DIY are as follows:


  1. Lay out your plain wallpaper on a flat surface, making sure that the corners are secured to the floor to avoid any movement or creasing.
  2. Start off by deciding on the design you’d like to create, depending on your wildest wallpaper desires. We would recommend a template similar to the one below, but feel free to get as creative as you wish if you’re feeling fancy! This geometric one is great as it’s straightforward to design and cut out with a ruler, so that you can be sure to have straight lines and neat edges.


3. In order to prep your design for your paint roller, use your pencil and ruler to trace the outline of the design on the tracing paper.

4. Flip over the tracing paper and then transfer the design onto your craft foam by going over the outline once again.

5. Once you have your outline on the foam, lay out your cutting mat and scalpel or craft knife and begin to cut the shape out. Use your ruler as a guide to achieve the straightest lines possible.

6. Cut out as many shapes as you wish and play around with how you’d like them to be positioned on your paint roller. Cut yourself some slack, they don’t have to be perfect! You could do them in lines or place them randomly, wall-ever works for you!



7. Put some of your glue on the back of your cut outs and then stick them directly onto your roller of choice.

8. Once fully dry (don’t be tempted to skip this part or you’ll be heading for a wall of shame!), put some paint in your paint tray and use your newly designed paint roller in the tray, making sure to cover all your foam pieces.

Your roller is then ready to use! Paint your design on by rolling your paint roller vertically along your wallpaper. Make sure to pay extra attention when aligning your next line of paint to match up with the one before so that the patterns are symmetrical. Be sure to align your patterns with extra care!


Other methods

Alternatively, other methods of creating a design include cutting your pattern directly onto the roller for a more intricate pattern similar to the one below. If you were to choose this method, make sure you use a rubber paint roller or a wooden rolling pin as they are easier to cut through.




You can also use other objects to create patterns. Covering it with materials such as bubble wrap, and even slightly bunched up cling film gives a great effect, just play around with it, you’ll soon be on a roll! One of our personal favourites is to place lots of rubber bands around your roller and then cover it in paint, leaving you with straight lines like this.




This decoration hack saves you lots of searching time and money and can be adapted really easily to whatever design works for you. If you give this a go do let us know so we can see your wonderful creations ourselves and don’t forget to use the hashtag #ManoMaker, happy DIY-ing!



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Bathroom Renovations – Mistakes to Avoid

Are you thinking about renovating your bathroom? If so, then you may want to try and avoid these mistakes which occur often with bathroom renovations. Such mistakes may appear mild at the beginning, but could cause a major disaster long term. Bathroom renovation mistakes can cost a fortune to correct, and also be very time consuming. Many people fail to realize that a bathroom is the only place in the house that is subjected to harsh environmental conditions. Bathrooms can become very humid, and experience a large range of temperatures. Warm temperatures and humid conditions create a breeding ground for mold, especially if the bathroom lacks ventilation. Bathrooms are in constant use, not only by you, but your guests too.
Spend your money wisely. Design your bathroom the correct way by avoiding these top 5 bathroom renovation mistakes:

1. Inefficient Bathroom Layouts

A bathroom should have enough space to ensure one is comfortable while using it. The items to be installed in the bathroom should not occupy the entire space. Sometimes there is not enough space left to comfortably access the shower. It is usually an uncomfortable experience to always squeeze yourself in the shower on daily basis. You should always be alert to avoid this bathroom renovation mistake by having a bathroom plan drawn to scale. It is usually a good idea to have your bathroom design drawn up by a professional designer. Many bathroom suppliers offer a free design service, which involves drawing a 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) model of your bathroom design. They will probably come up with ingenious ways to maximize on space that you had not thought of. It will sure help you avoid a lot of sizing mistakes which happen during bathroom renovations.

2. Poor Quality Bathroom Products/Furniture

When it comes to bathroom furniture and fittings, you normally get what you pay for. Although a cheap tap may look nice and shiny, it could have a poor-quality chrome coating. Some metallic coatings may not be durable enough over a long period of time. Some may even be more sensitive to harsh cleaning products such as bleach. It is worth investing money in known brands when it comes to taps and metallic fittings such as handles. If you want the best, then consider using stainless steel where possible, as it is very resistant to corrosion. Another important bathroom item is the shower. Invest money in a decent shower with excellent seals. Simple showers are likely to stay cleaner for longer then ones with lots of grooves and edges.  Frameless showers are very low maintenance as they are constructed from less parts.

3. Inefficient Ventilation

This is a probably one of the most common mistakes which occurs during bathroom renovations, and it is a complex one too. When a bathroom has an improper ventilation, problems will start arising. Inefficient ventilation can be a breeding ground for mold. Also, lack of ventilation may cause more condensation to form, resulting in damp patches on walls. Any materials within your bathroom that naturally absorb moisture such as wood could also become affected over a long period of time. We always recommend using extractor fans that vent directly to the outside, rather than recirculating ones. Although extractor fans are essential, they can be noisy. There are many types of extractor fan which are activated in different ways such as light switch, pull cord, motion sensor or even humidity sensor. Personally, we prefer light switch activated extractor fans because they can be switched off immediately when leaving the bathroom, rather than a 15-minute time delay.

4. Choosing the Wrong Bathroom Tiles

This is another issue that is common among those who are renovating their bathrooms. Did you know that some wall tiles require sealing? If this is not carried out, then mold is likely to grow within the pores of your tile material. Always ask the manufacturer is your wall tiles require sealing before installation. Another thing to consider if the tiling grout. Tile grout is the most likely things in your bathroom to become moldy first. Therefore, it may be a good idea to have less tile grout by installing very large tiles. Also, you should consider of tile grout colors such as dark grey. Not only do other colors look different and fantastic, it will help to hide mold that will grow in years to come.

4. Choosing the Wrong Bathroom Flooring

Bathroom floors get wet on a daily basis, which is why selecting a suitable floor is important. Most people underestimate the importance of bathroom flooring. If you are choosing tiles, then make sure they have a rough surface. Installing smooth tiles on the floor can be dangerous when wet. Non-slip flooring will help you prevent unnecessary injuries, especially when getting out of the bath or shower. Some people think they can use normal laminate wood flooring. However, they soon find out that water can penetrate the wood structure of this flooring, causing it to swell and break apart. If you are after a laminate wood look, then we recommend using Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT). They are similar to laminate flooring as they are tongue and groove. But the difference is the material, as they are 100% plastic and therefore waterproof, making it ideal for bathroom renovations!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Warton Woodworks
Enjoy this article about mistakes during bathroom renovations? Warton Woodworks is a Loft Conversion and Home Renovation Company based in Essex, UK. They have extensive experience in the fields of carpentry, loft conversions and home renovation. More articles like this can be found on their Home DIY Blog, which is part of the Warton Woodworks website. Articles are based on their real world projects and experience.

Looking for a pergola for your garden or patio but can’t get your budget to stretch far enough? This tutorial will take you step by step through how to build a DIY pergola easily and without spending too much. You can even match it to the rest of your garden furniture!

With the arrival of the good weather it’s important to have shade to protect you from too much sun (yes, even in the UK… 🙂 ) . Pergolas, arbors, or gazebos can be ideal, however, it can sometimes be difficult to find the one you want for the price that suits the size and style of your garden or patio.

To get the perfect pergola for your patio, why not make your own DIY pergola and match it to the rest of your outdoor furniture?

Tools and Materials

thehandymano mano mano DIY pergola tools needed

To make a DIY pergola such as the one in this tutorial, you will need the following tools and materials:

Cost, time and difficulty

To make your own wooden pergola for your patio or garden will cost you less than £150, which is a huge saving when compared to the price of a shop-bought one. If you need any of the tools and materials that have been used here, you can find some of them in this sample shopping basket.

However, this DIY project is easier than it looks at first sight, although, it does require a certain level of experience when it comes to carrying out DIY jobs. That’s why we’ve given this project a medium level of difficulty.

In addition, you will need a couple of days work to finish your pergola:

  • The first day is used to prepare the structure and treat the wood.
  • The second day is devoted to assembling the pergola. To do so, you will need to ask a few friends to help out.

You should also keep in mind that this project needs to be done in good weather, otherwise it will take much longer to set up.

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How to make a wooden DIY pergola

Building a DIY pergola may seem like a complex project given its size. But, trust us, it’s a lot easier than it looks!

Step 1: Sand the wood

The first step is to sand the wooden posts and crossbeams with an orbital sander. This will produce a much more uniform surface and remove any imperfections. When sanding, it is recommended to sand with the grain (rather than against it).

On a side note, sanding helps to open the pores of the wood and so prepare it for the application of treatments that protect it from different weather conditions.

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Step 2: Cut the crossbeams at an angle

Next, cut the ends of the crossbeams using the mitre saw or a handsaw and mitre box. In this specific case, the side beams have been cut to achieve a length of 2.2 metres. The rest of the crossbeams will keep their original 2.4m length.

In addition, to bring a rustic touch to the pergola, the edges have been bevelled. To do this, leave a margin of 3cm at the top of the beams and cut the rest at angle of 45º.

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Step 3: Make the notches to insert the crossbeams

The next step is to make a couple of notches in each crossbeam to slot them onto the pergola’s side beams. The steps are as follows:

  1. Mark the notch in pencil, leaving a margin of 3cm from the top and 15cm from the side. To help, you can use a wooden template with the same width as the crossbeams.
  2. Use the jigsaw to cut the sides of the slot.
  3. With a chisel and hammer, tap on the top part of the notch until the surplus wood falls away.

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Step 4: Treat and colour the wood

Next, you should apply protection and colour to the wood.

When applying the varnish, the following points should be taken into account:

  • You will need a minimum of two coats to allow the product to penetrate the wood fully and adequately protect it.
  • To achieve greater impregnability, it should be applied by brush.
  • You can choose between different colours and shades to match your terrace or deck, as varnish can be decorative as well as protective.

thehandymano mano mano DIY pergola treat and colour wood

Step 5: Attach the bases of the post

Once the varnish is dry, you will have to attach the galvanised post bases to one end of each post. These bases allow you to screw the posts to the floor of your terrace or deck, so that they are properly secured.

All you need to do is cap them on the end of the wooden posts using the rubber mallet, then screw them in with hexagonal-head coach screws.

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Step 6: Assemble the DIY pergola on your terrace

This final step involves assembling the pergola. This will require the help of several people because, due to its size, the structure is difficult to move. The steps to follow are:

  1. Slot the crossbeams and the sides of the pergola together, leaving the same space between each crossbeam (in our case, 50cm).
  2. Drill the top to make it easier to insert the coach screws and prevent the wood from splitting when screwing in the screws.
  3. Turn the roof of the pergola over and screw the posts to the inner side of each corner.
  4. Turn it over again, with the help of friends or family (in our case we needed 4 people).
  5. Reposition the pergola in its end location and screw the post bases to the floor of your terrace, deck or patio.

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Et voila! You’ve gone and done it! As this is a huge project, we would love to see yoru take on it! Send us photos on social media @manomano.co.uk 😉

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This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!

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Unsure where to hang your garden tools and accessories to keep them tidy and ready to hand? Fortunately, this is one of our easy pallet projects! Not only does the tool organiser look great, but it’s also simple and cheap to make. Pallet’s about time you got started on it 😉

Tools and Materials

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Most easy pallet projects, including this one, need these tools and materials:


Cost, Time and Difficulty

It will only cost you around £20 to keep all of your tools and implements organised, as long as you already have the tools required. In this sample ManoMano shopping basket you’ll find a selection of the tools and materials used to make this organiser.

A morning should be enough time to complete this DIY project. However, keep in mind that depending on the protective coating you use for the wood, this completion time will vary according to the drying instructions.

The difficulty level for this project is low. In fact, this is the ideal project for anyone starting out on their first DIY pallet project, which is why we’ve listed it under easy pallet projects 😉 

Easy Pallet Projects: DIY Outdoor Tool Storage

This pallet organiser features an extra storage space at the back. Therefore, the top section has been used as a planter while the central and bottom sections are for storing garden tools.

Step 1: Sand the pallet

The first step is to sand the pallet with an orbital sander, both the top and back. Also sand the 3 extra boards – which you can take from another pallet.

If the pallet is in very bad condition, we recommend starting with a coarse grain paper to remove splinters and flaws. Next, give it a once over with a medium grain sand paper. This will give the pallet a more uniform, smooth finish.

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Step 2: Cut and drill the extra boards

In order to increase the storage spaces on the pallet, we’ve screwed in some extra pallet boards at the back. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Cut the boards to the width of the pallet. You can use either a mitre saw or a hacksaw.
  2. Screw the boards on to the back of each crossbeam on the base of the pallet.

This will create 3 spaces on the back which can be used to store small tools and implements, or even as a planter.

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Step 3: Protect and decorate the pallet

The next step is to protect and decorate the pallet with varnish. Varnish penetrates the wood and protects it, but as an open-pore coating, it also allows the wood to breathe and can help regulate the internal moisture. That’s why it’s ideal for protecting any wood to be used outdoors.

When applying varnish, you will need a minimum of two coats to allow the product to penetrate the wood fully and properly protect it.

Varnish is also available in a variety of colours and shades, meaning it is decorative as well as protective. In our case, we chose a white colour.

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Step 4: Attach hooks

The last step is to attach several hooks to the pallet to be able to hang your tools. Specifically, we used:

  • Hooks to hang the hose
  • U-shaped mounts to hold a spade and rake
  • Various coat hooks
  • Handles to hang S-shaped hooks from

Meanwhile, it’s a good idea to use plastic or stainless steel hooks and mounts to provide protection against outdoor weather conditions.

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Once you’ve completed these steps, all you need to do is drill some holes in the wall to hang your organiser pallet and start organising your garden tools and implements, keeping them nice and handy. (Although, nothing is as handy as The Handy Mano 😉 )

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The top section is perfect for a few plants or flower pots, adding a touch of life and colour.

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Just imagine how amazing it would be to have your shoes all organised! Our instructions on how to make your own DIY shoe storage for your wardrobe will show you how to create more space, for cheap!

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Tools and materials

thehandymano mano mano DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe materials

Cost, time and difficulty

The approximate cost of materials to make your DIY shoe storage is around £60. Take a look at our ManoMano shopping basket, to see some of the basic tools you’ll need.

Although this isn’t a very complicated project, it might not be suitable for a first DIY task, as its difficulty rating is medium. You’ll need approximately 7 hours to cut and assemble the various parts, although this time will vary depending on your experience and skill as a DIYer!

How to build your DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe

This shoe storage is made up of one MDF section divided into shelves, within a melamine outer structure. Both parts are connected with telescopic slides screwed into the bottom. This allows the organiser to easily slide out. The steps followed to make this unit were as below

Step 1- Cut the MDF and melamine panels

First, you’ll have to cut the parts that make the shoe organiser. To do so, make sure you use the circular saw to make sure that you get perfectly straight lines. Also, using a saw guide will help with your precision and make sure that each piece is cut perfectly.

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One of the main advantages of making your own shoe storage is that you can adapt it to fit your own wardrobe. In this case, we had a space that measured 54cm deep and almost 1m wide. Thus, the MDF parts required to make the storage were:

• 1 part measuring 62 × 62cm for the back
• 2 parts measuring 62 × 52cm for the base and central divider
• 6 parts measuring 52 × 30cm for shelves (3 for each side)
For the melamine outer frame you will need:
• 2 parts measuring 67 × 52cm for the top and bottom
• 2 parts measuring 65 × 52cm for the sides
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Step 2- Assemble the interior storage

Next, assemble the MDF interior using the pocket hole jig to conceal the joinery.

To recap, the steps to are:

  1. Clamp the jig onto the piece of wood
  2. Drill a hole using the step drill
  3. Screw to connect the parts

Meanwhile, to assemble the pieces follow this order:

  1. Screw the divider to the base
  2. Next, attach each of the shelves on either side of the divider
  3. Lastly, screw on the back

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To support the parts and make the work easier, it’s a good idea to used angled clamps. You should also assemble the shelves in a way that the holes are hidden on the interior

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Step 3- Assemble the outer frame

Next, you’ll have to assemble the outer frame. To do so, drill holes at the top and bottom of the side parts. Then, screw these to the top and bottom parts to form a cube.

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Step 4- Attach the telescopic slides

Lastly, attach a set of telescopic slides to the inner and outer parts of the storage unit. This will allow you to slide out the interior section, making storing and choosing your shoes simple.

When you attach the slides, you have to first screw them to the bottom of the MDF storage unit. Then, attach them to the bottom of the melamine structure.

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Once you have completed each of these steps, this will be the final result of your DIY shoe storage for your wardrobe. In the picture, you can see the unit both inside and outside of the wardrobe.

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All that’s left to do is to fill it up with all of your shoes! 🙂

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thehandymano mano mano DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe finished boxes

This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!

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