Replacing old architraves can give your home a whole new look. We’ll show you how to remove them in just three easy steps. You’ll learn how to pry the timber mouldings safely from a wall, and how to protect your walls during the process. Before you start, arrange some drop sheets around the area and remember to always wear your safety gear.
Take your utility knife and slide the blade along the seam between the timber moulding of the architrave and the wall. Gently cut through any layers of paint that may be covering the seam and create a clean gap between the moulding and the wall. This will help stop the paint peeling off the wall when you pull the architrave away from it.
Now use your hammer and chisel to start pulling the architrave away from the wall. Wedge the chisel in the gap and gradually work your way around the timber moulding, using gentle hammer taps to avoid splitting the timber or the damaging the wall. Carefully pull the timber moulding away from the wall to loosen any nails and to make the gap wider.
Now take your pry bar and wedge it in behind the timber. It’s a good idea to also wedge a packer between the pry bar and wall so that you don’t mark or dent the wall. Then use the pry bar to pull the timber away from the wall. There will be a lot of exposed nails in the timber so wear gloves when handling it for added protection.
How to choose a front door for your home
First impressions are often made quickly, and tend to last a long time. But with a little bit of help, choosing a new front door should be just as easy.
How to hang a door
Bring privacy to a room by installing a door. We’ll teach you how to hang one yourself.
How to install a pet door
Learn how easy it is to install a pet door
How to install french doors
French doors are a great way to add style and link your indoors to your outdoors. We’ll show you how to install them with the help of a couple of mates.
How to seal a door
Sealing your external doors is a simple way to help draft proof your home.
How to remove a door
Learn how to remove a door safely without doing any damage.
How to install a cavity sliding door
A sliding door is a great option in a small space where you don’t have room for a swinging door. This video will show you how to install a cavity sliding door.
How to remove a door jamb
The door jamb is the timber frame that surrounds a doorway. Learn the steps involved in removing it yourself.
How to choose the perfect blind
Blinds are a great way to control light, set the mood, maintain privacy and they are ideal for simple clean living spaces. But how do you select the right blind for your home?
How to hang curtains
When you hang curtains properly the difference can be amazing.
How to seal a window
You can reduce drafts and save on heating and cooling costs by sealing your windows. We’ll show you all you need to know to do it yourself.
How to install awning window locks
Find out how to install a lock on your awning windows and make your home more secure.
How to cover a broken window
Covering a broken window secures your house against the elements and stops the broken glass falling out.
How to install aluminium windows
With a little help, installing an aluminium window can be a simple job. In this video, we’ll show you how with a few tips.
How to install indoor roller blinds
A simple and affordable way to give your windows some added shade and privacy.
How to replace flyscreen mesh
Replacing your old flyscreen mesh is a simple job that anyone can do to help keep the bugs out. This video shows you how it’s done.
Shelving & Storage
D.I.Y. upcycled chalkboard cabinet
We take an old cabinet and upcycle it into a handy chalkboard cabinet that will give you somewhere to store tools and a place to write lists or plans for your next project.
Shelving & Storage
How to make D.I.Y. honeycomb floating wall shelves
These honeycomb floating wall shelves are a modern and stylish way to make a feature of any wall in your house. They’re easy to make and they’ll give a somewhere to show off your favourite things.
Ideas & Makeovers
Learn how to give your bathroom a makeover on a budget
Simple and affordable ways to give your tired bathroom a makeover.
Planting & Growing
Winter garden ideas
It may be cold outside in most parts of New Zealand but there are still a few things that need to be done in the garden at this time of the year. But if you can’t face going outside, you can always bring your garden inside suggests Bunnings horticul...
D.I.Y. wood and concrete kitchen island
You’d be surprised how easy it is to make this wooden and concrete kitchen island from just a few simple tools and materials.
How to give your living room a modern D.I.Y. makeover
There are a few simple ways to freshen up a tired living room and make it a real feature in your home. You can create more space by knocking out a wall and updating the furnishings to fit. By adding floating cabinetry and open shelves, you’ll have m...
D.I.Y. wooden sofa arm table
A sofa arm table is a great addition if you’re short on space or don’t have a coffee table in your living area.
Ideas & Makeovers
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