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The Ingenious Way to Get Rid of the Clutter That Piles Up at Your DoorProjects & Improvements
Why you need a “landing strip” for your home.
Jan 23, 2023
This Is the Secret to an Instantly More Presentable (and Odor-Free) SofaProjects & Improvements
Here's how to whip it back into top shape.
Jan 18, 2023
How to Actually Get Started on Your Home ProjectsProjects & Improvements
And keep at it all year long!
Jan 17, 2023
Why You Should “Reset” Your Living RoomProjects & Improvements
For one thing, It’ll help minimize clutter.
Jan 11, 2023
How To: Move A Couch Around A Tight CornerProjects & Improvements
In a classic Friends episode, Ross convinces Chandler and Rachel to help him move his new couch up a few flights of stairs in lieu of paying the delivery charge. A hand drawn sketch and a few “pivots” later and, of course, the couch is stuck in mid-rounding-the-corner. When moving your own furniture, there are a few ways of getting your sofa around those tight corners.
Jan 2, 2023
You’ve Been Using Command Strips All WrongProjects & Improvements
Avoid these six very common mistakes.
Jan 2, 2023
How To Remove a Light FixtureProjects & Improvements
Changing out a light fixture can be an easy, relatively quick way to update a room, and it can often make a dramatic difference. Here’s a quick guide on removing the old fixture, leaving just what you need to connect your new one. • safety glasses• circuit tester• screwdriver• step stool or ladderInstructions1. First, shut off the power at the breaker or fuse box.
Jan 2, 2023
How To Hang Fabric as WallpaperProjects & Improvements
Applying fabric to a wall with liquid starch is a great solution for renters and commitment-phobes alike. A bit time-intensive, yes, but the results are just about as good as it gets. And unlike some wallpapers, you can take it with you when you move! This kitchenette turned walk-in closet (old house, used to be multiple apartments..) had great light and was begging for some inspired design.
Jan 2, 2023
Why Your Smoke Alarm Is Chirping (and How to Fix It!)Projects & Improvements
Here are five common reasons why it just won't stop making noise at you.
Jan 2, 2023
The One Thing Your Accent Wall is Missing — and the Easy, Under-$20 DIY FixProjects & Improvements
This little detail is the difference between good and great.
Nov 11, 2022
6 Tips to Make Your Living Room More Like a TheaterProjects & Improvements
Living in the city has it’s advantages—none of which are awesome McMansions with pre-fab home theater spaces. But if you’re a movie buff, you can still fake that luxe home theater look. All you need to do is take on a few quick fixes in your living room.Get the theater vibe by painting your room with dark colors, like burgundy or navy blue. As a bonus, the images on your screen will look better because the light won’t reflect off your new dark walls.
Nov 10, 2022
Everyone’s Painting Their Own Abstract Art, And You Should TooProjects & Improvements
Don't let your artistic skill-level prevent you from creating your own masterpiece.
Nov 9, 2022
Everything You Need to Know to Paint a Projector WallProjects & Improvements
So you’re on a high from last night’s Oscars and finally ready to set up a proper home theater, huh movie buff? Well, you’ll need more than a projector and comfy chairs. It’s a common misconception: You can’t just aim your projector at a bare white wall and drool over your $1,800 projector’s stellar picture. To get the best viewing experience in your home theater, follow these tips for painting a projection wall. Paint it proper.
Nov 4, 2022
Troubleshoot a Fuzzy or Blurry Picture on Your TVProjects & Improvements
Our bedroom TV has been in need of a little upgrade for several years now, so we’re using the excuse of hosting a Super Bowl party to finally take the plunge. We’ll grab a new, compact HDTV for the bedroom—but first, it will pay its dues by supporting a sports-bar-style 2-TV setup in our separated living space. Stoked? Sure, but we know that we’ll have to troubleshoot a few things to make sure we’re getting the best image from our new TV.
Nov 3, 2022
One Thing You'll Need to Know the Next Time You Paint in a Carpeted RoomProjects & Improvements
Tarp and painter's tape won't always save you.
Nov 2, 2022
Why I Loved Having a "Lemon Neighbor" — and How to Be OneProjects & Improvements
It's about so much more than just citrus.
Nov 1, 2022
Nate Berkus's Three Tips For Picking Plumbing Fixtures For Renovations
Your next bathroom or kitchen remodel will look *that* much better.
Oct 28, 2022
Supply Checklist: Everything You Need to Paint a RoomProjects & Improvements
I’ve painted many rooms in my day (I’m a little bit of a painting junkie), and like so many other things, once you get the hang of the process, it’s really quite fun. Throw on some old clothes, kick out the jams, and after a few hours of good old physical labor, you’ll have a wonderfully transformed space. But you won’t get very far painting a room successfully if you don’t have the correct supplies!
Oct 26, 2022
7 Secrets to Repainting Furniture, According to a Pro Furniture FlipperProjects & Improvements
Expert tricks to take your next DIY project to new heights.
Oct 25, 2022
The Dos & Don’ts of Perfectly Matched Paint Touch-UpsProjects & Improvements
No more scratched, scuffed, or chipped paint!
Oct 25, 2022
This Surprising Aluminum Foil Hack Will Help Save Time on Your Next DIY ProjectProjects & Improvements
Skip the tape, and try this painting trick instead.
Oct 25, 2022
Tips for Hanging a Flat Screen TV Over a FireplaceProjects & Improvements
We know that folks are pretty divided over the concept of a flatscreen over the fireplace — there are concerns about the aesthetics of this location, as well as proper viewing angles and the impact heat may have on your tv performance. But, let’s say you have decided that it is the way to go for your room and are now facing the second part of the equation — how to place it just right.
Oct 25, 2022
The Cure for Getting Sticky Tree Sap off Your Hands Is in Your PantryProjects & Improvements
Getting un-stuck from your Christmas tree's sap is easier than you think.
Oct 25, 2022
Why You Should Add Baking Soda to Latex PaintProjects & Improvements
A whole new world of paint will open up to you.
Oct 25, 2022
We Tried Painting A Fabric Chair With Chalk PaintProjects & Improvements
Here's what we learned.
Oct 25, 2022
The Biggest Regret House Flippers Have About Fixing Up a Home
Real Estate
It has nothing to do with cutting corners.
Oct 23, 2022
This Super Simple TikTok Hack Will Make Your Next Paint Project Much Less Messy
It's so simple I was actually face palming as I watched it — and all you need is painter's tape!
Oct 19, 2022
11 Useful Home Hacks for Basic Zip TiesProjects & Improvements
Zip ties are just one of those things that seem to have an infinite amount of uses. Obviously, they’re good for tying groups of things together, but that can mean so many things. Once you read these 11 uses for zip ties, you’re probably going to want to buy a huge stash to have on hand. You know how your shower drain only gets clogged on Monday mornings when you’re already running late for a meeting and didn’t shower all weekend?
Oct 14, 2022
Genius Ways to Fix These 5 Very Annoying Things at HomeProjects & Improvements
Living in a house (especially an older house) is a noisy business. Cabinet doors slam shut. Floorboards creak. Doors squeak on their hinges. What to do (besides moving) if you’re a person who loves peace and quiet? We’ve got a few ideas. Most American houses are made from wood, and over time, wood can expand and contract. Squeaky or creaky floors are caused by the wood subfloor separating from the joists beneath.
Oct 13, 2022
How To: Properly Place A RugProjects & Improvements
Our friend recently bought a nice shaggy rug for her main living room but wasn’t sure if the rug should go flush against the wall or sit in the middle of the floor? This inspired us to do some research and offer a How To for properly placing a rug in different rooms in your home. Here are 3 ideas for 3 of your main living spaces.
Oct 13, 2022
How To: Make an Ottoman SlipcoverProjects & Improvements chicago how-to how-to-make-an-ottoman-slipcover--085993> click thumbnails for larger picsProject: Ottoman SlipcoverTime: 2 1/2 hoursCost: $20.00 excluding extra set of legs No question about it, the little straw ottoman is already as cute as can be. It can however, go to work for you doing double, or even triple duty with help from a slipcover and a change of legs.
Oct 13, 2022
Change The Fabric, Change the Look: Upholstery MagicProjects & Improvements
Apple green plush or tweed linen? Each one gives a different lookwhat they can do…It’s true that even a simple change of fabric can change the look of a piece. Take this sofa, the Chet from CB2, which we’ve blogged before. In apple green velvet, the sofa reads nouveau 80s, modern and sleek. In linen, the look is softer and would easily fit in amongst the simple wood pieces we’ve been seeing a lot of.A good upholsterer can: change a straight arm to a rounded or flared arm.
Oct 12, 2022
HGTV Stars Share the Secrets to Pulling off a Large-Scale Renovation
“I think anyone can do a renovation like ours.”
Oct 12, 2022
Test Run: Does Tibet Almond Stick Work on Dark Wood?Projects & Improvements
We’ve raved about Tibet Almond Stick before — in fact, I first bought one after Maxwell posted about them in 2006. Until now though, I’ve always used mine on lighter wood, like oak. Yesterday, annoyed at all the scratches that have appeared on my dark finish coffee table, I decided to see if, as promised, the renowned stick could get them out, too . . .The Almond Stick is actually a cotton roll soaked in a “secret family formula.
Oct 11, 2022
The Home Projects You Should Never Attempt on Your OwnProjects & Improvements
According to a California real estate agent.
Oct 5, 2022
How To Live Alone Without Feeling LonelyProjects & Improvements
Whether by choice or by circumstance, living alone has a lot of advantages. But perhaps one of the most subtle yet saddest disadvantages is sometimes feeling lonely. And though occasional feelings of loneliness are natural, why feel lonely when you don’t have to? There are things you can do to create a home that repels loneliness when you live solo. This is the most important one in my opinion. I think you need to throw your curtains open every day. Let the light in.
Oct 3, 2022
How To Remove a Stripped Screw Without an ExtractorProjects & Improvements
image:e4471c14063691b3b4999905f48d87bfe81e71bd w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Almost everyone who has worked on a DIY or renovation project has applied too much torque and stripped a screw head clean. It can feel like a frustrating dead end, especially if you don’t have a specialized extractor kit on hand.
Sep 29, 2022
Window Sill Extender Ideas for Maximizing Every Inch of SpaceProjects & Improvements
Windowsills are usually nothing more than a space for plants or forgotten tchotchkes, but they provide plenty of opportunity, especially if you can find a way to make them larger. Windowsill extenders may sound like a funky contraption, but they enable you to make more out of the smallest ledges.This can be as simple as scooting a bench or shelf in front of a window or extending your space outside through the use of a window flower box.
Sep 28, 2022
Why Paint Color Matching Doesn’t Always WorkProjects & Improvements
Here's what you didn't know.
Sep 15, 2022
How To Paint Windowsills & Window TrimProjects & Improvements
Repainting my windowsill made it onto my to-do list during the January Cure, and I decided to tackle it this past weekend. After a couple of hours of scraping and painting, my windowsill looks good as new.
Sep 15, 2022
Is Your House Making You Sick? 5 Ways to Purify Home Air NaturallyProjects & Improvements
Would it shock you to know that the air you’re breathing indoors can be up to 5 times worse than the air outside? Neglecting the quality of the air you breathe on a daily basis can result in illness, allergies, asthma, and frequent headaches, and it can even be harmful to your digestive system! But you don’t have to settle for poor air quality. Here are five simple, ways for you to naturally purify the air in your home without purchasing an expensive air purifier.
Sep 15, 2022
How To Patch a Hole in Drywall or Plaster WallsProjects & Improvements
Repairing medium to larger-sized holes in plaster and drywall isn’t quite as difficult as one might think. Wall and ceiling repair patches made from fiberglass and perforated aluminum are excellent solutions that help to get the job done in just a few simple steps. Did I forget to mention how easy they are to use? So easy. Upon moving into our new (very old) home, we noticed that almost every wall had a dent or large hole in it from constant contact with a door knob.
Sep 15, 2022
Behr's 2023 Color of the Year Is Here, and it's All About Chill VibesProjects & Improvements
It's meant to create a sense of calm and relaxation.
Sep 14, 2022
DIY Project Test Lab Results: We Tried 3 Vinyl Upholstery Spray Paints and Here’s What HappenedProjects & Improvements
So what’s the deal with vinyl spray paint: does it work, or is it a waste of time? I put three different paints to the test on three of the exact same chairs and was pretty surprised with the results. Hint: as it turns out, vinyl and fabric spray paint can actually work! There are some pretty impressive Before & Afters floating around of old, ugly vinyl furniture having been given new life with paint.
Sep 13, 2022
B&A: This On-Trend DIY Accent Wall with Secret Storage Came Together in 3 Days
This is a trick you can steal for your own mural painting projects.
Sep 12, 2022
Yes, You Can Paint Your Popcorn Ceiling—Here's How
You don't have to remove it to improve it.
Sep 9, 2022
When It's OK to Paint Over Wallpaper (and How to Do It Right)
Stuck with stubborn wallpaper? You don't have to rip it down to change the look.
Sep 8, 2022
The (Mostly Free) Way to Get Dried Paint off Wood
You don't have to live with the splatter. We've got pro tricks for how to remove them, even if they're totally dry.
Sep 8, 2022
Learn How To Spray Paint Plastic the Right Way
How to paint plastic without it chipping, cracking or flaking.
Sep 8, 2022
How to Measure When You Don't Have a Tape Measure or Ruler
You can find rough measurements or distances using easy-to-find items you already have on hand.
Sep 8, 2022
Step by Step: How To Paint Metal Baseboard Heater Covers
Let’s face it, baseboard radiators are ugly. They’re boxy, often institutional beige, and they tend to accumulate scuffs and splotches of rust. But baseboard radiators do serve an important purpose, and those of us who rely on them to heat our homes are more or less stuck with them. Fortunately, there are ways to work around these wall-space-hogging eyesores, and painting your baseboard heater covers to match your home’s walls or trim is a great place to start.
Sep 7, 2022
5 Tips for Keeping Your Dishwasher in Tip-Top Shape, According to a Pro
Number 5 can save you so much money in the long run.
Aug 31, 2022
B & A: A $15 Paint Idea Turned a Living Area into a Multi-Functional Space
Get the fancy built-in look for less!
Aug 27, 2022
4 Ways to Spot a Worthwhile Fixer Versus a Money Pit
Real Estate
It's better to know exactly what you're getting into.
Aug 14, 2022
Why It’s Worth Renovating Homes with Unconventional Pasts
According to “Murder House Flip” stars Mikel Welch and Sarah Listi
Aug 14, 2022
Nearly 3 Out of 4 Empty Nesters Renovate Their Homes, Survey Finds
Goodbye kids, hello home office.
Aug 10, 2022
6 Things to Know Before Painting with Red, According to a Professional Painter
Before you pick up that paintbrush — or even before you pluck a color swatch from the paint aisle — read what this pro painter has to say.
Jul 30, 2022
10 One-Hour Paint Makeovers That Truly Anyone Can Do
From chalky finish paint to spray paint and many shades of craft paint in between.
Jul 15, 2022
9 Easy, Colorful Mini Makeovers You Can Do with Just a $5 Sample Pot of Paint
You don't need to shell out for a gallon — or even a quart! — for these small paint projects.
Jul 13, 2022
This is the Most Stressful Room to Renovate, According to One Study
49% of renovators say it's the most stressful room to work on.
Jun 20, 2022
These Are the Top Home Upgrade Trends For Summer 2022
'Tis the season to spruce up your space.
Jun 19, 2022
6 Things That Get Extra Dirty (and Messy) in the Summer
And how to keep them clean.
Jun 18, 2022
This Is Exactly How to Write an Apartment Address
Here’s a breakdown of the correct wait to address mail when you’re sending it to an apartment.
Jun 16, 2022
These 6 Eye-Catching Designer Paint Projects Are Easier Than You Think
The impact is huge, but paint projects aren't as complicated as they look.
May 14, 2022
7 Fun and Unique Crochet Patterns to Try for Yourself
What to make when you're tired of scarves.
May 10, 2022
This $5 Paint Project Barely Takes Any Time or Effort, But the Payoff Is Huge
You can pull it off in about an hour.
May 10, 2022
This Weekend: Get This Room Ready For The Main Event
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and your kitchen is about to go through the cooking and cleaning equivalent of crossfit meets morning bootcamp meets spin class meets a marathon, all in the span of a couple of days. The whole holiday will go a lot smoother if you do a few things to help your space perform at its peak. Consider this your pre-holiday stretch before the big workout ahead. Make Your Fridge An Organized and Spacious Oasis of Calm: Your fridge is Ground Zero on Thanksgiving.
May 5, 2022
Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Painting kitchen cabinets is a big job (even if you have a tiny kitchen!). So it makes sense that you'd have a lot of questions about the process.
May 4, 2022