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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

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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Skill: Beginner

Time: 

Removing Wallpaper

Removing Wallpaper

Removing wallpaper can be a daunting task, but we have a stripping solution formula that will help remove stubborn wallpaper with ease.

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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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

 
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