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House Painting Tips & Techniques

House Painting Tips & Techniques

Improve your painting skills with these tips that will help you choose the right brush for the job and the correct brush stroke technique to use.

Home Equity Stripping

Home Equity Stripping

Please be aware of an increasingly common type of fraud called “equity stripping”. With foreclosures nearing record levels there are many homeowners willing to do anything to keep their homes. Under no circumstances should you transfer your deed to anyone or any organization especially if they promise to help solve […]

The Anti-DIY Duo

The Anti-DIY Duo

The backlash to the home decoration/renovation tv shows has begun and is being led by one of the leaders in this show category, HGTV. This network will launch two Canadian shows hosted by Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan called, How Not to Decorate and Home Heist. If these shows prove […]

NIBA Home

NIBA Home

We typically leave the reporting of great home decorating stores to Design*Sponge but after a quick trip to Miami we have to give a shout to NIBA Home. Although they’ve only been around a couple of years they have garnered much buzz that we agree is well-deserved. The choice pieces […]

Electric Lawn Mowers

Electric Lawn Mowers

Wired Magazine reviews some of the latest electric lawn mowers and their top choice is the Sunlawn. It’s manageable weight, easy storage, and simple battery replacement give it the top scores and we also think it wins in the looks category with it’s throwback green handles and red blade. But […]

Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Popcorn Ceiling Removal

We agree with Jason who states “Popcorn belongs in a movie theater bucket drenched in butter, not on a ceiling. Cottage Cheese? Well let’s just say it’s something I never want to see in large quantities when I look up.” Popcorn ceilings are widespread in homes built during the 60’s […]

Wood Floor Covering

Wood Floor Covering

This wood floor covering from Ruckstuhl is gorgeous but I’m not sure of it’s real world applications. Bamboo floor mats are great because they are durable and light but “oiled-oak” doesn’t sound too appealing. The polyurethane added may be the special ingredient that makes these floor coverings work. [via Materialicious]

Adirondack Chair Plans

Adirondack Chair Plans

Among The New Yankee Workshop Projects we like the most are the classic Adirondack Chairs and Loveseat. For a sustainable touch use reclaimed wood such as old deck plank boards like the chairs above.

Installing Cabinets – Uppers or Lowers First?

Installing Cabinets – Uppers or Lowers First?

Here’s a great question posed by the users of the Woodweb forums Who out there installs uppers first and why? And if you install lowers first, what are your reasons? I always install lowers first and lately the question came up in the shop. Some insightful answers…

All Types of Ottomans

All Types of Ottomans

Finding the right ottoman that is both comfortable and stylish is proving to be difficult. We need it to work with our room but it doesn’t have to “match” anything in particular. It must also be very durable as we sometimes use it for a seat. There are many places […]

Green Kitchen Remodel

Green Kitchen Remodel

Back on the subject of kitchen remodels, over at Lime.com, Philip Higgs states,¬†Kitchens are a big energy sink – you’ve got five or six appliances sucking electricity, plus hot water and heavy lighting demands – so remodeling one can chop your energy needs considerably if you do it well. There […]

IKEA Kitchen Remodel

IKEA Kitchen Remodel

Yes it’s possible to completely remodel your kitchen for under $2,000. A graphic designer for IKEA decided to remodel his entire kitchen using only IKEA furniture, fixtures, and appliances. His budget actually came in at $1,400 but he did receive a 15% discount and he knew where to look for […]

Scoring Deals at Home Depot

Scoring Deals at Home Depot

Toolmonger has a great tip for saving money on your next trip to Home Depot.

Choose the Right Caulk

Choose the Right Caulk

Selecting the right caulk for your job is important and it may be a bit intimidating to see the variety available at your local hardware store. Silicon Caulk is by far the most popular type of caulk that can be used in many different applications but is has it’s drawbacks […]

Kitchen Countertop Decisions

Kitchen Countertop Decisions

Chowhound has opened up the comments to help them decide what type of kitchen countertops they should install during their renovation and the people are talking. We’ve found some resources that can help with your decision, here and here.

Foreclosures Nationwide

Foreclosures Nationwide

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Rebuilding in New Orleans

Rebuilding in New Orleans

We would all hope that the reconstruction of sections of New Orleans would have been further along (almost two years since hurricane Katrina) but unfortunately it’s not and now homeowners are facing another hurdle in rebuilding their homes because the city requires additional permits to reconstruct in historic districts. It’s […]

Leaded Glass Windows

Leaded Glass Windows

Leaded glass windows are often referred to as ‘stained glass’ but typically are not colored at all. The trend towards hand-blown glass windows is surging and according to the LA Times Whether for a faux chateau in Encino, a pseudo palazzo in Beverly Hills or a super-sized Craftsman in Venice, […]

Hiding Ugly Windows

Hiding Ugly Windows

An undesirable view, utilitarian casements, or ugly shutters can all be cause for you to hide your windows. As a homeowner you may have more options to replace windows or make changes to their appearance, but renters probably have to live with what they’ve got. Here are some tips that […]

Top Ten of 2007 (so far)

It’s hard to believe we’re about half-way through 2007 but in the last six months our traffic has more than doubled thanks to you. Here’s your Top Ten Favorites for the first half of 2007 (which includes some posts from 06′). 1. Drywall Repair 2. Subway Tile 3. Replace a […]

Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen Inspiration

For our money one of the best sources of inspirational kitchen photos comes from someone who knows what their talking about, The Kitchen Designer, her collection of Scandinavian kitchens are spectacular, but there are plenty of other websites that will satisfy your kitchen viewing jones. Check out Flickr, Google images, […]