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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. […]

3 Priorities When Considering Universal Design

3 Priorities When Considering Universal Design

The U.S. is in the middle of a boom–or, should we say, a boomer. The nation’s baby boomer generation is now turning 65 in record numbers; nearly 7,000 a day. This generational milestone not only has repercussions on the healthcare, homebuilding and other industries, but has also promoted a number […]

Restore Wood In Minutes With A Single Product

Restore Wood In Minutes With A Single Product

You’re probably familiar with the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” If you’re talking about materials, especially wood, there’s no reason to discard pieces just because they’ve seen better days. On the flip side, maybe you’ve collected a stash of salvaged wood that’s ideal for your next […]

Problems When Refinishing a Clawfoot Tub, Part One

Problems When Refinishing a Clawfoot Tub, Part One

When we began this venture, we knew it was a gamble. This is our first turn at refinishing a tub, and we knew we might have to settle for less-than-professional results. This was okay by us, because we love a good DIY challenge and the satisfaction that comes from tackling […]

Home Office Design Makeover

Home Office Design Makeover

There’s no reason your home office has to reflect the drudgery of bill paying, document filing, and to-do lists. Like any other room, it presents an opportunity to make a statement. And, if you work from home, your business will benefit from surrounding yourself with sources of inspiration and stimulation. […]

DIY Wallpaper Removal Tips

DIY Wallpaper Removal Tips

At some point in your DIY career, it’s likely you’re going to have to tackle one of the most arduous of tasks–wallpaper removal. Depending on how the wallpaper was originally adhered to the wall, this can be a relatively easy chore–or one that makes you want to tear down the […]

Cheap Kitchen Countertop Design

Cheap Kitchen Countertop Design

Rustoleum has made it easy to transform the look of your kitchen countertops using their Countertop Transformations Kit. It’s easy to apply and cheap to boot!

Cheap Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

Cheap Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

Cabinets are at the top of the list for any kitchen remodel but there are ways to dramatically change their look without investing in the time and cost of new cabinets. Refacing and resurfacing kitchen cabinets are the next level down but require some know-how and a lot of effort […]