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Laminate Wall

Laminate Wall

A laminate wall can be the main element of a breathtaking accent. Find out how to make a laminate wall with our easy to follow instructions.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 10 hours

Lattice Wall Pattern

Lattice Wall Pattern

Find out how to make a dynamic lattice wall pattern that's perfect for an accent wall, with our easy to follow instructions.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Metallic Painted Ceiling

Metallic Painted Ceiling

Add drama and elegance to your room with a metallic painted ceiling. Find out how with our easy to follow instructions.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 10 hours

Chalkpaint Wall Pattern

Chalkpaint Wall Pattern

Follow our “How To” on chalk patterns to decorate your wall. It's more striking than wallpaper, and you can change it whenever you'd like.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Create a Custom Picture Frame

Create a Custom Picture Frame

Use frames as decorative accents for any room. Make frames for pictures, hallway mirrors, bathroom mirrors or corkboards. You are only limited by your imagination.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Installing Horizontal Blinds

Installing Horizontal Blinds

Learn the two basic ways to install horizontal blinds: mounted inside or outside the window opening. With either method, careful measurement is important to ensure blinds fit the space.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Build a Panelled Accent Wall

Build a Panelled Accent Wall

Get creative with moulding. Panelling placed at contrasting angles adds artistry to a wall. Paint the finished design a single colour and you'll prevent it from being too busy.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 10 hours

Build a Magazine Book Frame

Build a Magazine Book Frame

Display your cherished collections, whether vintage album or prized magazine covers, in these shadow-box-inspired picture frames.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 hours

Build an LED Light Shelf

Build an LED Light Shelf

A super-long shelf packs its own minimalist drama, but build it with hidden LED lighting and you create an even more brilliant style statement - literally!

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 6 hours

Create a Gallery Wall

Create a Gallery Wall

Simple-to-assemble shelving creates a focus wall suitable for all décor styles. Align black and white photographs in a grid or go multi-coloured and free-form.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Build an All-in-One Daybed

Build an All-in-One Daybed

Constructing a spare bed or reading nook chaise is easier than you think, and the piece is perfect for space-challenged décor-loving types.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 days

Create an Exaggerated Baseboard

Create an Exaggerated Baseboard

Build up your baseboard. It's a decorator trick that's a cinch. With the strategic use of paint and simple moulding, stacked horizontally, you create the illusion of a hefty, high-style trim. Give it a try.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Sponging On

Sponging On

Sponging is one of the easiest techniques you can use to give a wall depth and complexity. Simply pat various colors onto a base-coated wall using a sea sponge. The more colors you sponge on, the greater the illusion of depth. Mixing the top coats with glaze lets you achieve ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Applying Weatherstripping to Windows

Applying Weatherstripping to Windows

Air leakage can account for 30% to 40% of total heat loss in your home. Sealing up the contact areas on your windows with weatherstripping can save up to 20% on your heating bill.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Building a Closet Organizer

Building a Closet Organizer

You've cleared out the space, written down all your measurements, and now you're ready to go out and buy that long-overdue closet-organizing system. Okay, but prepare yourself for some sticker shock. Depending on the off-the-shelf system you choose, a single closet's...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 hours

Build an Open Shelving Unit

Build an Open Shelving Unit

A well-designed bookcase has lots of uses besides book storage. You can use it to display special three-dimensional pieces, collections and even framed artwork. With their open backs, two or three units together can also be used as a room divider. You can make one unit or more...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 8 hours

Removing Mildew

Removing Mildew

Mildew stains often make an appearance in damp locations such as bathrooms and basements. Before painting, you'll need to eliminate this black, speckled growth to make sure new coats of paint adhere well.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Complete Wall Prep

Complete Wall Prep

No amount of paint, no matter how high its quality, will cover flaws in the wall beneath or adhere well to dirty walls. Thus, proper preparation, whether for a single coat of paint or decorative paint finish, is the most important step of any painting project.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Mitring Border Corners

Mitring Border Corners

If you're making your wallpaper border into a frame around a door or window, you'll need to deal with some right angles. That means mitring your border so the corners look good. The key is to get your border nice and flat before you make your mitre cuts. That way, the...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Install an Over-the-door Décor Shelf

Install an Over-the-door Décor Shelf

For function fanatics and small-home dwellers alike, storage is a luxury. So look up. Installing a shelf above a door in the bath to hold towels and toiletries – or in the kitchen for cookbooks or collectibles – is smart and stylish. It's a simple project that can...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Installing A Floating Engineered Hardwood Floor

Installing A Floating Engineered Hardwood Floor

Because of its construction, engineered hardwood brings with it a number of advantages including quick installation. This project focuses on installing a floating engineered floor. Float, Glue and Nail installation are three main methods used for installing this type of floor....

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

Installing a Closet-Organizer System

Installing a Closet-Organizer System

If you're looking for a quick-fix solution to your closet clutter - and the option to easily reconfigure your organizer as storage needs change - then a manufactured off-the-shelf system may be perfect for you. You just buy it and install it. But a word of caution: All vinyl-coated...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 hours

Installing Allure Vinyl Plank/Tile

Installing Allure Vinyl Plank/Tile

Allure is so easy to install, it is the ultimate DIY flooring product. Allure does not need any glue or adhesive and is a floating floor. Each plank secures to the next using the revolutionary GripStrip. Cutting Allure is also simple, just score with a utility knife and snap!...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Lattice Room Divider

Lattice Room Divider

It’s worth building this divider if you want to partition off an area for privacy, turn one room into two, create an office area – and save money.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Whitewashing

Whitewashing

Whitewashing comes from the old practice of applying a mixture of lime and water to walls. Today you can create this translucent effect by brushing diluted paint onto any raw wood surface. This is a very easy effect to create, but you need to work quickly and wash with the grain...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Build a Dressing Mirror with Storage

Build a Dressing Mirror with Storage

For most women, a dressing mirror is essential – being able to check hems and hair at the same time is a great thing. If you're one of the unfortunate ones without a full-length mirror, we have the perfect project for you. You begin by choosing the size that best suits...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 8 hours

Installing Split-Jamb Interior Doors

Installing Split-Jamb Interior Doors

Split-jamb, pre-hung interior doors feature jambs that are literally split in half lengthwise. The trim casing is already attached to each edge of the jamb. That means you don't have to fumble around trying to make perfectly matched mitred corners – it's already...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Random Stenciling

Random Stenciling

As the name suggests, random stenciling involves applying stencil designs to portions of the wall to suggest a hand painted design. This cherry blossom stencil consists of a sheet of component parts that you can arrange and combine to create designs that mimic the natural growth...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Taping Joints

Taping Joints

Joints should always be reinforced to prevent cracking. This is best done by first applying a thin layer of compound. Then depending on the type of compound you are using, press strips of paper or fibreglass wallboard tape into the damp compound. Use fibreglass tape when you ...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

Laying Tacked Carpet

Laying Tacked Carpet

Carpet is the flooring that invites you to walk barefoot or stretch out in front of the fire. Look for the carpet that works best for your floor. Most carpets can attach to the floor with the use of tackless strips. Carpet comes in rolls with widths of 12, 13½ and 15...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Custom Panelling

Custom Panelling

Create the look of custom panelling. Imply period elegance in your home with simple trims and moulding. Whether you love country-style beadboard or want to recreate a recessed-panel Victorian look, you can do it yourself.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Installing an Engineered Hardwood Floor with Glue

Installing an Engineered Hardwood Floor with Glue

Because of its construction, engineered hardwood brings with it a number of advantages including quick installation. This project focuses on installing an engineered floor with glue. Glue, Float and Nail installation are three main methods used for installing this type of floor....

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

Using a Heat Gun

Using a Heat Gun

Heat guns are a great way to remove old paint, varnish and other finishes. They are especially good at taking off multiple layers of paint – all at once! As you use the heat gun, the paint softens and bubbles up, making it easy to remove it with a metal scraper. As you might...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 2 hours

Linen

Linen

Add a touch of elegance to plain walls with the woven look of linen. For this effect, a dry linen weaver brush is dragged horizontally, then vertically through wet glaze, exposing the base coat colour. Use a light touch on the brush for a more delicate effect. This technique ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Build Up Your Baseboards

Build Up Your Baseboards

This tall, British-inspired baseboard instantly elevates the style of a room. Adding moulding to your baseboard can be a relatively simple project when you let a compound mitre saw handle all the complicated cuts.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Removing Carpet

Removing Carpet

There aren't any ifs, ands, or buts about pulling up old carpeting, because you can't lay any other material, even new carpet, on top of it. Fortunately, removing carpet isn't rocket science seen as it's only fastened only around the edges.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Installing Stationary Brackets

Installing Stationary Brackets

It's true – simple one-piece, 90-degree-bend shelf brackets are visually unobtrusive. For greatest strength, however, choose brackets with an additional diagonal support. In either case, it's best to attach the bracket's longer arm to the wall and use the shorter...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Removing and Replacing Thresholds

Removing and Replacing Thresholds

Thresholds cover floorboard edges that end at a door, and serve as a transition element to other flooring materials such as carpet, vinyl and ceramic tile. Most thresholds are wood, although you also can buy plastic solid-surface versions, similar to solid-surface countertops....

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Finishing Outside Corners

Finishing Outside Corners

Outside corners often take quite a beating, so it is a good idea to reinforce them with a metal corner bead. This is nailed to the outside corner, then joint compound is applied. Keep in mind that you should allow a day for drying for each coat of joint compound on corner joints....

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 5 hours

Installing a Security Lock

Installing a Security Lock

Deadbolt locks provide extra security for entry doors. There are two types -- single-cylinder and double-cylinder. Single-cylinder types feature a finger latch that can be opened from the inside. Double-cylinder deadbolts must be opened with a key from either side of the door.Both...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Versatile Pine Shelf

Versatile Pine Shelf

Take just a few hours on the weekend or in the evening to put together this multi-purpose shelf that will help organize your hallway, bath or bedroom.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Make a Hidden Storage Closet

Make a Hidden Storage Closet

Add a hidden storage closet by cutting a slanted door into a stairwell. Camouflage it by painting broad stripes across the entire wall. Trick the eye further by adding a strip of matching baseboard to the bottom of the door.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 2 days

Removing Stains

Removing Stains

You probably can't wait to get rid of ugly brown or rust-coloured stains, but hold on – those stains are trying to tell you something. Stains usually are caused by leaky roofs, walls, or plumbing pipes. Be sure to make all necessary repairs before trying to remove or...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Hanging Borders

Hanging Borders

Like any wallpapering project, you're most likely to be successful if the surfaces are clean and smooth. If you're installing a wallpaper border over an existing paper, you'll get the best results using a vinyl-to-vinyl adhesive.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Installing Hardwood Flooring

Installing Hardwood Flooring

Installing your new hardwood floor yourself is a great way to save on project expenses. The wood flooring of today is much different from the wide sawn planks of years past. Wood is one of the easiest floors to install. Modern wood flooring is kiln dried and machined to standard...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

Replacing Cabinet Hinges

Replacing Cabinet Hinges

Replacing hinges on your cabinet doors is easy enough, but plan to take your time – you'll need to remove each door to work on it. Place a soft cloth on a nearby countertop to use as a work surface. Take care not to drop any tools on your countertops.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Enhance Your Décor with Moulding

Enhance Your Décor with Moulding

Looking to enhance your décor but don't know how? Turn your bare walls into your canvas. Here's how: use chair rails to create architectural panels on your painted walls. Use white paint on your walls and mouldings to create a full panel effect or play with different...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Stacked Stone

Stacked Stone

Transform plain walls into an architectural feature with a faux-stone technique. Applying the paint in rectangles of varying sizes produces a stacked-stone effect. This finish uses a textured paint that gives the blocks a slightly rough, sandy surface. To create the effect, plan...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 hours

 
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