Sit back with your popcorn, Michael Jackson style because THIS. ACTUALLY. HAPPENED.
Yep, I got my DIY on with the help of the Ryobi One+ Tools.
I can’t actually say it was a perfect success, or that I’ll be offered a spot on The Block anytime soon but this project was all about learning how to use power tools and getting my confidence up!
DIY Project – Replacing skirting boards
So this is what I was dealing with #myocdcouldnthandleit.
There’s only so much furniture that can hide something like this, just so you know.
Trust me, I tried.
Since I started patching holes in walls (you know, from the 85million pictures and shelves I move around), I’ve always fancied myself as a wannabe DIYer, except the thought of using a power tool had me running away from the idea faster than Ussain Bolt in a sprint.
Nek minit, I’m at Bunnings chatting away to the staff about what I would need to do the project. Turns out, not much!
Ryobi One+ to the rescue!
I always imagined that power tools would be this overwhelming mission, requiring lots of cords, batteries, tools – not to mention then working out how the hell to use them all.
So I was a tad excited to hear that just a Ryobi 18V One+ 18V battery would be all I needed, and it would work with ALL the tools I needed for my little DIY project.
Woot woot. Yay for keeping it real, Ryobi *fistbump*.
Feeling a bit confident, a bit nervous and a little bit hungry, I left Bunnings (sausage in hand) ready to start my project.
(because a sausage from Bunnings is completely essential in any DIY project, or any trip to Bunnings really).
After taking pretty pics of all boxes, I ripped them open (read all the instructions, of course) and got started by charging the 18V battery and waited for those lights to go green.
Then I realised I hadn’t turned the power on, so I waited some more. #rookie. Lucky it charges super fast.
Once the battery was charged, I set up the Ryobi One+ Multi Tool. which I’d be using to remove the old skirting board.
I felt as unco as I look doing this part…
The Multi Tool comes with all the bits and bobs you’d need for any project.
And here’s me in action, using the Ryobi One+ Multitool to remove the old skirting board.
Getting the angle right on this was tricky, but I got the hang of it with only one injury to the plaster.
Oopsies. Enter my patching skills later.
Once I’d cut through the nails and glue using the Multitool, the skirting board came away really easily. WINNING. Scotty Cam eat your heart out.
Next came the bit I’d been kinda dreading. The Ryobi One+ Cordless Mitresaw.
I have a healthy respect for this type of tool.
And by healthy respect, it means I stay well clear of them at all times.
But this guy was SO MUCH FUN and easy to use…. and totally safe.
Note: there is something extremely satisfying about doing a perfectly straight cut using a Mitre Saw.
I measured and cut this skirting board LIKE A BOSS. Such a pity The Block applications for 2019 have closed, I think I’d be a real contender.
Once the cut was done, I had to face my next fear.
The nail gun.
Seriously, I held the Ryobi One+ Cordless Brad Nail Gun like it was a ticking grenade. I was so worried that I’d accidentally brush the trigger and a spray of nails would pepper my walls.
Turns out, I really didn’t need to worry as there just the right amount of steps involved that you really can’t “accidentally” nail anything.
Phew. Watch me go!
VOILA! The new skirting board was on baby, yewwwww.
Now, if I hadn’t taken a slight chunk out of the wall this next step may not have been entirely necessary.
But you know me, always up for an extra self-inflicted challenge.
I had to patch and sand the plaster above the new skirting board. Which meant that I got to use the Ryobi One+ Random Orbital Sander, hehe. I’ve always sanded by hand, but this made it sooooo much easier.
And that is a wrap. Or a new skirting board.
Want to see the video of the whole process?? Head to my YouTube channel and witness my DIY prowe
Switching the battery into the next tool I needed made it so easy. And now that I have these basics, I’m starting to plan which of over 70 tools in the Ryobi One+ range that I need to build that second story on the house.
Kidding. Or am I…..
If you’ve ever dreamt of doing a DIY project, I can’t recommend the Ryobi One+ range high enough. And you can chat to the staff at Bunnings (all over Australia and NZ) about which tools you’d need to complete your job.
I’d love to see your finished projects!