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Win a DeWALT Toolbox from RS Components Ltd

With spring around the corner, my thoughts are turning to spring cleaning, decluttering and some DIY. There are no grand plans for extensive renovations, but there are a few bits and bobs which need fixing up, replacing or redecorating.  Every home needs a toolbox and a few basic tools, even I have a hammer and a small selection of screwdrivers, as well as some duct tape which is to my mind an essential every home should have. I’m no DIY expert, but I’m prepared to give some simple tasks a go, or patch things up until an expert can be brought in to do their bit. 

I’ve teamed up with RS Components Ltd who are based in Corby, Northants and are the world’s leading high-service distributor of electronics, automation and control components, tools and consumables. They stock a huge range of products suitable for both the home DIYer and for trade, all at very reasonable prices. 

They have a massive selection of toolboxes, starting from £3.59, all the way up to £325 and with brand names including Bahco, Bott, DeWALT, Facom, Raaco, RS Pro, Stanley and Terry.

I’ve picked out a really good all rounder to giveaway, I’ve chosen the DeWALT TStak Combo II Plus IV Plastic Tool Box which RS Components Ltd are currently selling for £68.60. This toolbox is a tough, durable tool case made from polypropylene plastic. Its solid metal hinges and heavy-duty metal latches make it robust. It has a strong metal handle and two compartments to separate smaller and larger accessories for greater organisation.Win a DeWALT Toolbox from RS Components Ltd

It’s a cracking bit of kit and perfect to get your tools in order and organised in time for a bit of spring DIY. What are you waiting for?

Win a DeWALT Toolbox from RS Components Ltd

To be in with a chance to win a DeWALT Toolbox from RS Components Ltd, simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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1. The competition is open to residents of the UK only aged (18) and over.
2. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
3. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget above, complete any mandatory entries and any optional entries you would like.
4. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
5. The winner will receive a DeWALT Toolbox from RS Components Ltd.
6. The closing date for entries is 11.59pm GMT on 8th February 2017.
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DIY: Painting tiles – How to freshen up your home

Christmas is fast approaching and it’s the time of the year when many people are looking at their homes and thinking about a quick fix to spruce it up ready for filling the house with friends and family over the festive period. 

THinking about painting tiles?

If you want to refresh your kitchen or bathroom, but re-tiling seems too expensive or time consuming, painting tiles can be an easy and cost effective solution. If done correctly, it can produce some impressively stylish transformations – here’s a guide guide to show you how.


The majority of tiles can be painted, however there are some which cannot. For example, it’s not recommended to paint tiles which will be exposed to running water on a regular basis. The high levels of moisture in showers or directly above baths means these aren’t the best environments for repainted tiles. However, if you’re simply trying to refresh an old splash-back on your wall, then painting tiles is the perfect solution.

painting tiles


Before you put a paint brush anywhere near your tiles, they need to be squeaky clean. A bit of elbow grease may be required to deep clean and de-grout tiles, because paints adhere better to surfaces which are spotlessly clean. Slightly abraded surfaces are also ideal for painting, so go over the tiles lightly with sandpaper before you start.


Using the right primer, such as Johnstone’s “Any Surface Primer”, is key when it comes to the success of your paintwork. It’s quick drying, it sticks to even the trickiest of surfaces to create a base for both gloss and satin finishes. 


Here’s the fun bit – painting tiles in the stylish colour of your choice. Johnstone’s kitchen and bathroom paint comes in a range of shades, from pastels to bolds, which will completely transform the space.  

Top tip: use masking tape to protect the surfaces next to your tiles – or the newly painted tiles themselves if you decide to re-grout.

Or if you’re looking to spruce everything up quickly with minimal fuss, you could look into getting a new acrylic splashback.

Have you ever painted tiles? How did it work out for you?