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DIY Bathroom Paint Job

DIY Bathroom Paint Job

Over at Modern Self they were inspired by the wallpaper designs of Twenty2 Wallpaper and decided to paint their walls instead. Their results (above) look great but it’s a bit modern for our tastes (but perfect for the Modern Self). Check out more Bathroom remodels.

Ceiling Tiles

Ceiling Tiles

Check out these polystyrene ceiling tiles from Talissa Decor. They can be installed directly over popcorn stucco ceilings in just a couple hours. [via Neublack] [install via Curbly]

Recycled Vinyl Wallcovering

Recycled Vinyl Wallcovering

Treehugger introduces us to recycled vinyl wallcoverings that meet LEED certification and can be applied using water-based adhesives and are colored using water-based inks. These wallcoverings are stylish and come in three different lines that would look great in most commercial applications as well as your own home. Second Look […]

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

44 Years! Congratulations!!! I’m taking a break while we celebrate the anniversary of the two most important people in my life.

Paint Estimate Calculators

Paint Estimate Calculators

Here are some helpful paint calculators from various manufacturers and retailers for estimating the amount of paint needed for covering walls, ceilings, or exteriors. Compare a few and you should have a rough estimate of what you’ll need. PPG Architectural Coatings Benjamin Moore Pratt and Lambert Glidden Paint Quality Institute […]

Install a GFCI Outlet

Install a GFCI Outlet

GFCI outlets are safety upgrades that every home should have. Houses built after 1993 are required to have these outlets installed in bathrooms, kitchens, and near any sink or washroom. GFCI outlets are specifically designed to shutoff the moment it detects a leak in the electrical current such as the […]

Home Office Design

Home Office Design

We need some help with design of our home office. We know we won’t make the cover of House & Garden and there’s not much we can do with the 5-foot ceiling (office is located in vertically challenged loft-space) but the mess of cables and peripherals and books and CD’s […]

Homemade Garage Heater

Homemade Garage Heater

Here’s an ingenious solar heater made of painted soda cans, plywood, and some plastic tubing. The builder wanted a cheap solution to bringing some hot air into his garage. It may not make a huge difference in temp but it certainly qualifies for a build-it-yourself solution.

K/BIS 2007 Recap

K/BIS 2007 Recap

The 2007 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show wrapped up yesterday in Las Vegas and we’ve got some recaps from a couple of our favorite editors/bloggers. Kristen Mucci of This Old House has been covering the tradeshow from the TOH Hardware Aisle. This is her 7th year attending and one of the larger […]

Learn to Design and Build

Learn to Design and Build

Apartment Therapy has turned us onto a great looking school in Vermont called Yestermorrow Design/Build School. They are a non-profit educational institution and offer over 100 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft as well as courses in sustainable design.

Soundproofing Your Home

Soundproofing Your Home

Last year we touched on some ways to prevent sound from leaving your rooms but more importantly how do you keep sound out of your home? Repair-Home.com has some suggestions that require changes to your walls, ceilings, and windows. But you should first follow their easy tips. * At least […]

Comments Are Back!

Comments Are Back!

We continue to fight the good fight against comment spam and although the battle is hardly over we feel confident enough to turn the comments back on. We feel your input will help us build a better site and provide our posts with more depth and discussion. So please – […]

Repair Damaged or Loose Veneer

Repair Damaged or Loose Veneer

Desks, dressers, and tables are often constructed from a particle board top and wood veneer cover. This veneer cover is typically glued or hot-pressed to the top of table and can fray or chip at the edges due to heavy use, moisture, or heat. Here are some techniques for repairing […]

Slim Furniture

Slim Furniture

West Elm has recently introduced a furniture line with a slimmer profile that targets smaller spaces. Perfect for “cosy” apartments or tight rooms that require comfortable seating but can’t handle the typical dimensions of most sofas or ottomans. Watch for more furniture retailers to follow suit.

Home Improvement Myths

Home Improvement Myths

There are some axioms related to home improvement that are just plain false but have been perpetuated by real estate agents, contractors, or homeowners who want to believe in some hard rules when it comes remodeling or renovating their home. Here are some home improvement myth busters. Top 4 Home […]

The City Cook

The City Cook

Courtesy of the Manhattan Users Guide, we’ve got a new bookmark that I’m sure many non-New Yorkers may find interesting. The City Cook is focused on urbanites who are otherwise too busy or counter space impaired to cook a meal at home. We understand this plight and realize that as […]

Safe Gardens for Kids

Safe Gardens for Kids

Here are some great suggestions for planning a child safe garden that maximizes outdoor fun but protects both your children and your foliage.

Backyard Planters

Backyard Planters

Extreme-HowTo has a DIY solution for building backyard planters. These planters are built using pressure-treated landscape timber and are great as vegetable gardens or flower beds.

Rainwater Collection System

Rainwater Collection System

This family in Portland, Oregon decided to take advantage of their abundant rainfall and they began collecting rainwater for household use. They built this system themselves and have a great how-to accompanied by photos.

Call 811 Before You Dig

Call 811 Before You Dig

Matt Navitsky of the Common Ground Alliance has informed us of a new nationwide phone number, 811. This number has been established by the FCC to protect underground utilities as well as DIY homeowners and professional excavators. Before any excavation project you are required to contact your local one-call center […]

Selecting Tiles

Selecting Tiles

Choosing the right tile can be an arduous and painful process, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead visualize how your ideal tile will look in your home before setting foot into any tile shop or speaking to a tile setter. Your gut feelings should guide you towards colors that […]