Putting up coving can be hard

This weekend has been spent doing DIY – my partner and I have a spare room that needs to be ready for visitors in three weeks so I got to it! The first job was to put up some coving which didn’t go quite as smoothly as the first time I did coving (this was only the second time). In this post I share a few of my learnings.

It’s worth spending time getting the corners right

The corners are the tricky bit and this time round I didn’t spend as much time trying to get them perfect – I had used filler to hide the small gaps the first time I did coving so I was confident it would be quicker to do a rough job of the corners and then neaten them with filler later. I got the coving up in a couple of hours and then hastily filled the gaps with filler. When I came back after it had dried I realised my mistake – it was going to be very difficult to sand these back to the right shape. Many hours later and I have corners that look great but it took far longer than if I’d have spent the time to cut them closer to the edge.

Use both hands to waste less caulk

I learnt a neat trick from Instagram with caulking. If you follow the nozzle with your finger directly behind, far less caulk gets wasted as it isn’t able to form a bulge! I’ve seen similar videos of people fashioning attachments for the nozzle to achieve a similar effect if you don’t want to get messy.

Pins are helpful when you’re on your own

My partner was away at a festival which made handling long pieces of coving above my head more difficult. To ease getting the piece of coving into the right place I hammered pins along the bottom line of where the coving would sit. I was then able to glue the coving then set it in place without having to worry about whether it was level or not as the pins already were.

Hopefully at least one of my learnings can help you out the next time you feel the urge to make a change in your home.

What’s the DIY project you’re most proud of?

*Image from Hayles and Howe

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