HGTV’s “Boise Boys” Share Their Fave Remodeling Hacks

published May 31, 2019
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Contractor Clint Robertson and designer Luke Caldwell are the stars of “Boise Boys,” currently in its second season at HGTV. The best friends and family men have quickly become one of the network’s most popular pairs—and it’s not surprising why. Their clever renovations feature budget-friendly, out-of-the-box projects that even DIY-newcomers can complete with ease.

With the summer months fast approaching, the Boise Boys took time from their packed filming schedule to share their favorite renovation tips and tricks.

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1. Pull out the paintbrush

This tip is simple, yet underrated, say the pair.

“We’re doing a lot of DIY projects this season, but the easiest of them, in terms of design, is just painting the walls,” Caldwell says. “It’s crazy how a $10 bucket of paint and a paintbrush can change the feel of a room.”

Not sure what color to try? “When we’re doing a house and coming up with a color scheme, we usually go monochromatic,” he advises. “But you can add in shapes and images and intermix them together.”

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2. Build your own chandelier

With a simple drop light and a few items from the hardware store, it doesn’t take long to transform a room with a one-of-a-kind chandelier.

“Clint has been building chandeliers left and right this season,” Caldwell says.

“They sound like a big, complex undertaking, but you can just buy a nice drop light and use your imagination to turn a drop light into something really cool,” Robertson says. “We are using plumbing copper and fittings in one episode this season. All you have to do is go down to the hardware store and get some fittings, half-inch copper line, and metal glue. Or, you could even grab some twigs and weave them together like a fishing basket to create an organic chandelier.”

3. Upcycle!

The Boise Boys are known for recycling odd finds into DIY treasures.

“Luke is always digging around and finding stuff,” Robertson says. “A 20-foot church pew showed up one day, and we bought it for only $50. We needed seating for a corner dining area in a kitchen. Once the pew was cut, it slid in there and worked perfectly.”

On another episode, “I couldn’t find a coffee table that I liked, but I found old, stackable Army filing cabinets,” Caldwell adds. He stacked them and bought a piece of glass to “create a low-profile coffee table. Plus, you can still use those drawers to store things like pictures and board games.”

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4. Look to the walls

Robertson and Caldwell shared easy tips to create that wow factor.

“We take dowel rods and cut them down the middle,” Robertson says. “You can use those as wainscoting by simply painting them before sticking in place.”

“We do a lot of feature walls,” Caldwell adds. “This season, I found some old fence posts and Clint put them up and nailed them in. It created this texture and added a creative element.” And the best part? It only cost $200.

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5. Add some curb appeal

Get outside and dress up those windows.

“Adding shutters and window boxes to the exterior of the house is very inexpensive and will bring so much character and life,” Caldwell notes.

“You’re not going to find shutters in big box stores,” Robertson says. He recommends finding your own material and using it to make a grid.

6. Refresh your favorite vintage finds

When it comes time to add furniture to a space, Robertson and Caldwell love heading to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store to find vintage treasures or recycled pieces in great condition.

Vintage finds “add soul and life into a space, whether they are from a flea market or garage sale,” Caldwell says. “By putting something into your house with history and a story instead of buying something brand new, you add character. When you refurbish the right pieces, they could last another 30 to 50 years. Things were built better back in the day.”

To get more DIY tips, tune into “Boise Boys” on HGTV and follow them on @timberandlove on Instagram.