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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Adjustable Wrought Iron Balusters

Adjustable Wrought Iron Balusters

Adjustable Wrought Iron balusters are an EASY INSTALL! ONE BALUSTER FITS ALL. A perfect do-it-yourself project! You can easily transition from a traditional wood staircase to wrought iron by simply replacing just the balusters, instantly changing the look of your staircase and...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 5 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Installing Adjustable Brackets

Installing Adjustable Brackets

Adjustable shelf standards are every bit as easy to install as their stationary cousins. But the notches in the standards give you the added flexibility of changing the height, spacing, and even the lengths of individual shelves as your storage needs change.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 an Engineered Hardwood Floor with Nails

Installing an Engineered Hardwood Floor with Nails

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 nails. Nail, Float and Glue installation are three main methods used for installing this type of floor....

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Skill: Intermediate

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

Using Chemical Strippers

Using Chemical Strippers

Not long ago, using strippers to remove paint, varnish, and other old finishes was a really nasty, smelly business. Today, there are many brands of strippers that have low odors, clean up with water, and generally are safer to work with than in days gone by. You can get liquid...

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Skill: Intermediate

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

Crackling

Crackling

Crackling gives an antiqued, weathered look to furniture, accessories, and trim in just hours. For this effect, crackle medium is applied in between the base coat and top coat. The medium stretches when it gets wet, causing the top-coat of paint to crack and exposing the base-coat...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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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