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Paint Your Roof White to Save Energy

Paint Your Roof White to Save Energy

Here’s a quick tip to keep your home cooler and thus bring your energy bill down. Paint your roof white. It’s been mentioned by the new Energy Secretary Steven Chu and supported by Barack Obama that if we were to paint 30 billion square feet of commercial roof space in […]

Painting a Steel Door Requires Proper Prep

Painting a Steel Door Requires Proper Prep

Black is beautiful but sometimes you need to spice things up a bit and add some color. Steel doors look great in muted earth tones but it always depends on the surrounding decor as to what will look good. Most steel doors come painted from the factory and if you […]

Calculate Paint For a Room

Calculate Paint For a Room

Before painting a room or a wall you need to determine how much paint you will need. We always go with just a bit more as it’s always frustrating to return to the hardware store for more paint that you hope they still have or that they are still open […]

Painting Brass Doorknobs

Painting Brass Doorknobs

More from the DIY Maven as a contributor this week to Charles and Hudson. She is an active member of the Curbly community and has written many great posts that cover design, decorating, and diy. This week she is tackling a number of different home improvement challenges for us starting […]

How Much Paint Do You Need?

How Much Paint Do You Need?

Before painting a room or a wall you need to determine how much paint you will need. We always go with just a bit more as it’s always frustrating to return to the hardware store for more paint that you hope they still have or that they are still open […]

What is Wainscoting?

What is Wainscoting?

While at one time wainscoting was necessary, it has more recently become a more of style than a function. Wainscoting can lend an antique look and help it appear more formal. It can be a great accent for a historical house, helping to restore it to its original appearance. Wainscoting […]

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Old homes are not the only ones likely to be contaminated with lead paint. Any home built before 1980 should have it’s interior and exterior paint tested for lead. The older the home the more likely a significant amount of lead was used in the paint. In the mid-19th-century lead […]

5 Steps to Prep Your Wall Before You Paint

5 Steps to Prep Your Wall Before You Paint

Prepping your wall and work area before you paint is vital to your final results. Your paint surface must be clean and your work area clear. You must also tape off any areas you do not want paint to drip on or brush over. Here are 5 steps to prep […]

Kitchen Design Help for a Blue Beauty

Kitchen Design Help for a Blue Beauty

We often like to help out readers with design questions and the room that seems to be everyone’s priority is the kitchen. Sarah would like some design input on this blue beauty. If she can deal with the white appliances which these days look dated, she can save a lot […]

Fall Cleaning Tips: Vacuums and Paint Disposal

Check out these fall cleaning tips from Consumer Reports. Our favorites include: Clean drapes, upholstery, carpeting, and floors. A canister vacuum is better equipped to clean drapes and upholstery, while an upright is better for deep-cleaning carpets. For your carpeting, use a carpet cleaner or schedule a professional cleaning. Dispose […]

Paint Your Own Tin Ceiling Tiles

Paint Your Own Tin Ceiling Tiles

Tin ceiling tiles are a great way to add a classic look to a room or with the right color paint modernize it. Armstrong has some instructional videos for painting ceiling tiles to give them the tin look that you desire.

Handy Home Improvement iPhone Apps

Handy Home Improvement iPhone Apps

Helpful iPhone apps keeping rolling in and there are plenty to satisfy the DIY enthusiast on the go. We previously covered the iHandy Carpenter as well as the Benjamin Moore paint app. Here are a few more iPhone Apps starting with this handy paint selection tool from Sherwin-Williams, as well […]

White Painted Roofs = Lower Energy Consumption

White Painted Roofs = Lower Energy Consumption

It’s been mentioned by the new Energy Secretary Steven Chu and supported by Barack Obama that if we were to paint 30 billion square feet of commercial roof space in the United States white, it would be the equivalent of taking 75 million cars off the road for a year. […]

Benjamin Moore on your iPhone

Benjamin Moore on your iPhone

Painting your home is often one of the least expensive ways to make a noticeable–even dramatic–change to an interior. And if you’d like to match a paint color you see in a picture, Benjamin Moore’s new iPhone app is ready to come to your aid. Load the picture into an […]

Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential

+ Vintage Oak Wooden Kitchen Shelf + More highlights from the Kitchen and Bath Show + Chalkboard Fridge + Setting the perfect table

The Most Popular Do-It-Yourself House Projects

The Most Popular Do-It-Yourself House Projects

We’d like to try a little informal survey to see what DIY house projects you find yourself tackling the most. In our household the paint brushes seem to get the most use so it’s been wise to invest in nice brushes and rollers. We also find ourselves decorating and hanging […]

Working with Wood Floors

Working with Wood Floors

Here are some of our most popular articles for helping you finish, stain, paint, and lay a wood floor and if you are looking for wood floors at a great price of up to 70% off, check out the options available from Lumber Liquidators. Refinishing Hardwood Floors How-To Stain Wood […]

Easy Cabinet Makeover: Add Pulls and Paint

Easy Cabinet Makeover: Add Pulls and Paint

Craigslist flat out rules for finding all types of home furnishings and CasaSugar highlights a members how-to for making over her cabinet. This time, she’s made over an armoire she bought off of Craigslist for $100 with a can of paint and some chic door handles. First, she removed the […]