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C&H Best Of SURFACES 2011

C&H Best Of SURFACES 2011

We recently traveled to Las Vegas for SURFACES, and for 2.5 days were immersed in the world of flooring. This was the first year that SURFACES co-located with StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, creating a show that focused on both flooring and stone products. Although consumers tend to only purchase flooring every eight […]

Small Space Solutions: Tiny & Tall Closets

Small Space Solutions: Tiny & Tall Closets

If you’re in the process of a renovation, something that’s likely to come up numerous times is the concept of storage. Namely, creating more. Whether you live in a 200-year-old house or a 20-year-old house, more storage always seems to be on the docket for just about every kind of […]

How To Build a Candle Holder from Wine Barrel Staves

How To Build a Candle Holder from Wine Barrel Staves

This inexpensive and easy to do project that can create a dramatic centerpiece to your table or outdoor area. It’s also a great conversation piece as no two will be the same and the oak wine barrel staves will all discolor in various ways. We picked up these wine barrel […]

Creative Places For Built-In Bookshelves

Creative Places For Built-In Bookshelves

Here at C&H, we’re big fans of reading. And that means we’re always on the lookout for great bookshelf projects. Adding built-in bookshelves to your home is an ideal way to increase your storage/display capacity. And those one-of-a-kind architectural touches can go a long way in adding a customized flair […]

Modern Shower Details Unite Design, Function

Modern Shower Details Unite Design, Function

The bathroom is, arguably, one of the most important rooms in the home–and certainly the most personal. Whether your bathroom style is modern, classic, minimalist or spa-like, selecting the ideal fixtures, components and decor can go a long way in not only making your bathroom pleasing to the eye, but […]

Feel The Heat: At-Home Saunas On The Rise

Feel The Heat: At-Home Saunas On The Rise

They say that your home is your sanctuary, so it only makes sense that your space reflect your interests, tastes and, in the case of at-home saunas, your leisure preferences. What may sound like a frivolous addition to some is an inviting paradise to others. The Wall Street Journal reports […]

Give Your Baseboard Moldings New Height

Give Your Baseboard Moldings New Height

Baseboard moldings are one of those thoughtful touches that polish a room and add just enough architectural aesthetic to make things interesting. Yet depending on your home, you may find yourself with small baseboard moldings that only protrude an inch or so above the carpet. With a few supplies and […]

Build A DIY Snow Ramp

Build A DIY Snow Ramp

Who says all of your DIY fun has to be confined inside during the winter months? If you’re lucky enough to live in a locale that receives snow (or are on the East Coast and have more snow that you can possibly want), try building a DIY snow ramp for […]

How Do You Learn To DIY?

How Do You Learn To DIY?

A coat of paint here, a new faucet there — minor home improvement projects are relatively easy to tackle. But what about the big stuff? Maybe you want to install hardwood floors, or replace/update your kitchen cabinets, or re-tile a bathroom. The question is, how do you know what to […]

Records As Roofing

Records As Roofing

File this one under creative genius! Nashville resident and artist Matt Glassmeyer found a way to use 350 vinyl records — attaching them to a roof in place of shingles. Conflicting Internet reports claimed that Glassmeyer’s record roof had held up reasonably well for two years, but Glassmeyer disputed that […]

Hackerspace Profile: Pumping Station One in Chicago

Hackerspace Profile: Pumping Station One in Chicago

As part of the Craftsman Experience Holiday Extravaganza, they invited the Chicago hackerspace, Pumping Station: One to participate and build some holiday projects like snow globes powered by Craftsman orbital sanders and hand-held fans as well as a holiday bot, shown here.

Create An Orderly, Eye-Catching Entrance In Your Home’s Entryway

Create An Orderly, Eye-Catching Entrance In Your Home’s Entryway

A home’s entryway can be an incredibly flexible space — and depending on your home, the size and shape can vary widely. Yet whether you have a nook or a sizable space, we’ve got some tips and tricks for adding aesthetic appeal and organizational capabilities to this important yet sometimes […]

Amazing Kids Room Kinetic Marble Track

Amazing Kids Room Kinetic Marble Track

The latest project on Instructables is an amazing kinetic marble track a Dad built along the perimeter of his son’s room and runs along the wall. As you watch the video the marble challenges seem to get more difficult and interesting. Video below.

How To Display a Snowboard on the Wall

How To Display a Snowboard on the Wall

An avid snowboard collector and DIY enthusiast recently inquired about our 1993 Burton Jeff Brushie Pro model we used in our how-to for hanging a snowboard that we shared with Apartment Therapy last year. We’re keen on keeping this board so unfortunately we couldn’t add it to their collection but […]

How To Install Baseboard Molding Around A Corner

How To Install Baseboard Molding Around A Corner

Beautiful hardwood floors, check. New sheetrock walls, check. Baseboard molding, around a corner; not as hard as it seems. Molding and a quarter round will hide the fact that the floor and wall don’t quite meet up. Here’s a basic how-to for fitting baseboard molding around a corner. 1. Match […]

Crank It Up: A DIY Soundtrack

Crank It Up: A DIY Soundtrack

What’s a good, messy renovation project without music? In the spirit of all things DIY, we’ve compiled a suggested soundtrack to get you through even the toughest of home projects. Warning: May cause spontaneous singing and dancing instead of building! Proceed with caution … 5. “Sledgehammer,” Peter Gabriel How can […]

Build A Fire Pit In Two Hours Or Less

Build A Fire Pit In Two Hours Or Less

What better way to celebrate the crisp weather of fall — especially those delightfully chilly evenings — than with a backyard fire pit? And thanks to a DIY version featured in this month’s Fresh Home magazine, you can be roasting marshmallows and hot dogs in a mere two hours or […]

Spare Change Equals New Floor

Spare Change Equals New Floor

I can’t get enough of unconventional materials used in a DIY project, or even ordinary objects used in extraordinary ways. My latest inspiration? Flooring created from pennies. What a brilliant way to use something that is really kinda worthless. Sure, you can collect jars of pennies and eventually cash them […]

Jeff King – Skater and Host of Built To Shred on Fuel TV

Jeff King – Skater and Host of Built To Shred on Fuel TV

As a former skater and current snowboarder/surfer/paddle boarder, FUEL TV was made for me and has been a guilty pleasure of mine since it debuted. I’ve still got stacks of snowboarding and skate videos on VHS and would watch Lance Mountain, Tony Hawk and the crew from Bones Brigade all […]

Create DIY Storage With A Renovated Armoire

Create DIY Storage With A Renovated Armoire

One of the best things about getting married? The gifts — er, I mean, love and commitment! Let’s face it – registering for household goods and appliances is a definite upside of marriage. And as my impending nuptials draw ever closer, my fiance and I find ourselves in a loft […]

DIY Projects For The Holiday Weekend

DIY Projects For The Holiday Weekend

What better way to celebrate Labor Day than by laboring on a few of your own DIY projects? Sure, the weekend is typically spent saying a three-day farewell to summer, but with an extra day off, you’ll have time to work and play! To help get your inspiration going, we’ve […]