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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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hanging Wallpaper

Hanging Wallpaper

If striking new patterns and stunning colours have made you a wallpaper convert, we'll show you the techniques to effectively measure, cut and hang your wallpaper.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 5 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

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

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

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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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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