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How To Transition Between Flooring Materials

How To Transition Between Flooring Materials

Let’s say you want to use different types of flooring in two rooms, but you have a rather open floor plan and the transition is highly visible. Should you scrap the whole project or stick to one type of flooring? Heck, no — it’s all about the transition. We were […]

Fence Installation Tips

Fence Installation Tips

Adding a fence to your property–or swapping out an old fence for a new one–is not only a good idea for your home’s security, but also adds aesthetic appeal to your yard. If you have pets, adding a fence is a great way to keep your furry friends from running […]

Planning For An Outdoor Space

Planning For An Outdoor Space

We’re seeing some amazing photos around the Internet of newly renovated outdoor spaces. ‘Tis the season to break out the patio furniture and barbecue grill and spend as many hours outside as possible! But perhaps your outdoor area is in need of a makeover. Regardless of what you want to […]

Carpet Removal Tips

Carpet Removal Tips

Whether you’re swapping out older carpet for a newer design or going with a different type of flooring, you’ll have to remove the existing carpet. And even if you’re calling in a professional for the installation, you can save money by removing the carpet yourself. First things first? Make sure […]

Installing A Heated Towel Rack

Installing A Heated Towel Rack

Grabbing a warm, toasty towel right after a shower or bath–it’s one of life’s little luxuries, isn’t it? But instead of relocating your dryer to close proximity of your bathroom, try installing a heated towel rack. Aside from making your daily bathroom routine more luxurious, heated towel racks help towels […]

Ways To Use A Pressure Washer

Ways To Use A Pressure Washer

Have you guys seen that commercial (for a headache medicine, maybe?) where the husband pressure washes the deck and obliterates all of the outdoor furniture? Too funny! All joking aside, however, pressure washers (also known as power washers) can be great tools, especially if you have exterior maintenance tasks. If […]

Best Way To Build Custom Window Screens

Best Way To Build Custom Window Screens

C&H universe, I’m in desperate need of your help. My dilemma? The gorgeous windows in our loft are without screens. We can’t open them wide enough to get a decent breeze for fear that our two adorable cats will escape and plunge three stories to the street (insert very sad […]

Simple Fireplace Redesign For Less

Simple Fireplace Redesign For Less

A fireplace is the focal point of a living room, so it’s important to have something that doesn’t make you recoil every time it catches your eye. My friends Heather and Neil had this unfortunate reaction when they moved into their 1940s traditional house in Santa Monica. The living room […]

Installation Tips For Hanging Pot Racks

Installation Tips For Hanging Pot Racks

Hanging pot racks are a great invention. If you’re short on storage space, racks can free up the shelving or cabinets that are currently home to your pots and pans, which tend to be some of the bulkiest items in the kitchen. Installing a ceiling-mounted pot rack takes a little […]

Reupholster Your Dining Room Chairs

Reupholster Your Dining Room Chairs

Our friend Antonella’s up to her old tricks again…making her beautiful house even more beautiful. When we last visited her, she was transforming her office space. Now she has moved onto the dining room and re-covered six dining table chairs with a bold new print. This nifty little intervention cost […]

Lessons Learned: Check Your City’s Codes And Regulations Before DIY-ing

Lessons Learned: Check Your City’s Codes And Regulations Before DIY-ing

Applying a coat of fresh paint, refinishing hardwood floors, installing built-in shelves–these sorts of DIY projects can be completed within the privacy of your own home. But what happens when a project moves outside, whether to your home’s exterior or your surrounding property? Take a cue from a Los Angeles […]

Give Your Home’s Hallways Some Attention

Give Your Home’s Hallways Some Attention

We’ve noticed a lot of talk in the DIY blogosphere this week about hallways. Although these long, narrow corridors can often be challenging when it comes to function and decor, hallways are typically neglected when it comes to their appearance and use. Because hallways are usually small, these are great […]

How To Install Crown Molding In A Weekend

How To Install Crown Molding In A Weekend

Watching home improvement or real estate shows with my boyfriend really irks me. He laughs when couples get excited over crown molding in a house. I finally had to ask him why it annoyed him so much – and he said that anyone can install crown molding in their home. […]

Manage Recipes, Music With A Built-In iPad Cabinet

Manage Recipes, Music With A Built-In iPad Cabinet

Quick poll: Does anyone still use cookbooks? With smartphones and tablets becoming increasingly popular, recipe apps may be the way to go. (Confession? I have numerous cookbooks. And I use them. A lot.) While browsing the blogosphere, we stumbled across an ingenious project–a built-in iPad cabinet, positioned near the kitchen, […]

Early Spring Maintenance Checklist

Early Spring Maintenance Checklist

We may be getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but it’s time to think spring! Even if you’re not quite out of the winter weather woods, we’ve got a short list of tasks you can tackle to get your home–both inside and out–ready for warmer months. Spring Maintenance Tasks: *Inspect […]

Need A Weekend Project? Transform A Closet!

Need A Weekend Project? Transform A Closet!

Closets are magic places. They hold lots (and LOTS) of treasures, make great hiding places and are a necessary part of any shopping-obsessed person’s lifestyle. Because they tend to be overfull, a closet’s appearance is sometimes neglected. If you’ve decided it’s time to rescue your closet from a non-descript life, […]

Would You Self-Install Carpet?

Would You Self-Install Carpet?

Most flooring projects can be filed under the DIY category. But what about installing carpet? (And we’re not talking FLOR tiles, although they’re certainly an attractive flooring option–and can be quickly installed.) Over at the Your Fifth Wall blog (such a great way to think of the floor, isn’t it?), […]

How Do You Tackle Your DIY To-Do List?

How Do You Tackle Your DIY To-Do List?

Now that warmer weather is (possibly) on the way (sorry – we’re a little snow-weary here in Kansas CIty!), you may find your DIY list getting even longer with the temptation of warm, sunny days–and more daylight hours–beckoning your inner productivity. There’s no doubt that a little planning and research […]

How To Prep Cabinets For Painting

How To Prep Cabinets For Painting

We’ll be honest with you. Painting cabinets is a pretty serious undertaking. If you’re in the market to update your kitchen but don’t want to invest in new cabinets, painting them (and swapping out hardware) is the easiest way to give your kitchen a complete facelift. Before you go to […]

DIY Inspiration: Pine Plank Ceilings

DIY Inspiration: Pine Plank Ceilings

We follow several DIY bloggers who are all in varying stages of basement renovations. Whether your lower level needs an update or a complete finish, putting some DIY muscle into your basement can do wonders for your home’s square footage. Traditionally, basements have a bad rap–dark, damp and kinda scary. […]

Tile Removal Tips

Tile Removal Tips

Removing tile is right up there with removing wallpaper as one of the more challenging DIY jobs. If you’ve decided it’s time for new tile, you’ll have to remove the old. This process becomes a lot trickier if you want to salvage the existing tile for use in another project. […]