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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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Finishing Inside Corners

Finishing Inside Corners

Inside corners are a natural place for hairline cracks to appear. This can be prevented by first applying a thin layer of wallboard compound, followed immediately by strips of paper or fibreglass wallboard tape pressed into the damp compound. You will want to use fibreglass tape...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Rustic

Rustic

This textured effect is created with joint compound, producing a stuccolike appearance. Look for a joint compound with a slow setting time; premixed compound may be too brittle when it dries and will chip. When applying, use a plaster knife or trowel and place a generous portion...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 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

Replacing Cabinet Hardware

Replacing Cabinet Hardware

Look for replacement hardware sized to match the existing holes in your cabinets. If the holes don't match, you'll need to fill the old holes and conceal them. With painted cabinets, you can hide the patch with touch-up paint. With wood cabinets, select a wood filler ...

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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

Framing a Pre-hung Interior Door

Framing a Pre-hung Interior Door

If you're building a new partition wall that includes an interior door, you'll need to frame the door opening properly. A properly constructed door opening reinforces the wall above and on either side of the door. You can save yourself some potential headaches by purchasing...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Vertical Stripes

Vertical Stripes

Vertical stripes are one of the most versatile wall finishes. They complement any decorating style, from sophisticated and sleek to casual and relaxed, depending on the width of the stripes and the colours selected. Choose narrow, high-contrast stripes for small rooms to draw...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 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

Install a Pocket Door

Install a Pocket Door

Save valuable space by installing a pocket door that disappears into the wall when privacy isn't required. It's a good choice for the entryway to a small room that might be cramped by a swinging door. Our simple frame and door kit is ready-to-install and comes with easy...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 2 days

Installing Beaded-Board Wainscotting

Installing Beaded-Board Wainscoting

Wainscoting provides an intimate, traditional feeling in dens, bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a somewhat formal look for dining rooms.Installation is typically 32 to 36 inches off the floor, or roughly one-third of the room height. You can also create real drama in a dining...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 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

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

Removing Wood Flooring

Removing Wood Flooring

Think twice before tearing out a wood floor. You can easily replace a few badly damaged boards, sand away wear and scratches and apply a shiny new finish – for a fraction of the cost of new flooring. And if you want to install a different material, you can save time and...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 hours

Masking Wood Trim

Masking Wood Trim

You can paint like a pro if you mask your work. Use pre-gummed masking paper or wide masking tape to protect anything you don't want splattered or painted over. Masking is a great way to paint adjacent surfaces, like where door or window trim of one colour meets wallboard...

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Skill: Beginner

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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

Strié

Strié

Strié is a subtly textured finish that mimics the look of an elegant wallcovering or fine fabric. This simple technique consists of nothing more than dragging a dry brush vertically through wet glaze that has been applied over a base color. The glaze must be wet for the ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

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

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

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

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

Constructing a Built-In Shelving Unit

Constructing a Built-In Shelving Unit

Want a more finished look for your new shelves? Then consider taking the time to plan and construct a built-in shelf system. Tucked between two windows or between a wall and a window or door, it will take on the look of custom furniture, because you can plan it to fit exactly...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 5 hours

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

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

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

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

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

VENITIAN PLASTER

Venetian Plaster

Venetian plaster is an old-world wall treatment that gives wall a silky smooth finish wit ha slightly marbled appearance. Venetian plaster is mostly binder wit ha small amount of tint. You don’t need to lavish it on the wall-just two sheer coats will do the job. Round the...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Replacing a Threshold

Replacing a Threshold

Thresholds are an important part of the entry to your home. Their primary function is to keep warm air in and cold air out (or vice versa in the summer.) It is always a good idea to purchase a high-quality, durable threshold seen as it will likely endure a lot of traffic.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

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

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

Embossed Stencilling

Embossed Stencilling

Add an elegant embossed design to the wall with dimensional stenciling. Also called relief stenciling, this effect is created by applying joint compound to a stencil pattern using a trowel or blade. (You could also use Venetian plaster.) After the joint compound is dry, the base...

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Skill: Beginner

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

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

Grass Cloth

Grass Cloth

A grass-cloth finish mimics the look of the popular wallcovering, but gives you the freedom to choose colors that suit your décor. To create the effect, drag a notched squeegee horizontally through. Starting in a corner or beside a doorway provides a straight edge to guide...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 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

Freeing a Sticking Door

Freeing a Sticking Door

Doors stick when the hinges sag, when the door frame shifts, or when humidity causes the door and door frame to swell. If the door seems to be sagging within the frame, make sure the hinge screws are tight. Screws that are loose may need to have their screw holes repaired. If...

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