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6 Tips for Prepping for a Winter Weather Emergency Wherever You Live
Stock up on these things just in case.
Feb 18, 2021
How To Keep Warm When It's Cold and the Power Is Out
Here are some tips for staying warm when both the temperature and the electricity drops off.
Feb 16, 2021
8 Lessons I’ve Learned About Love, Patience, and Cleanliness
After 7,000 hours at home with my husband.
Feb 14, 2021
HGTV’s “Design Star” Reboot Will Premiere Soon With Major Celeb Guest Experts
Add "Design Star: Next Gen" to those queues.
Feb 7, 2021
6 Expert-Approved Lego Tips That Will Turn Anyone into a Pro Builder
Plus, how to ensure easy cleanup.
Feb 3, 2021
7 Ways to Keep Your Bedroom Extra Warm and Cozy This Winter
It's hard to get out of bed when your bedroom feels like a meat locker. These tips will help.
Jan 27, 2021
3 Gross Plumbing Problems and How to Fix Them, According to Pros
You don't have to live with these gross issues.
Jan 15, 2021
Before and After: Rainn Wilson Transformed a Dated Ranch into a Bright, Airy Retreat
There were plenty of Dwight Schrute jokes along the way.
Jan 5, 2021
Here’s Why (and How) to Get Rid of Your Junk Drawer
The truth is, you really don't need a junk drawer. Getting rid of yours will help tame your clutter habit, and reclaim precious space. Here's how to do it.
Jan 2, 2021
Laminate vs. Hardwood: What’s the Better Option?
Here's how to decide what's right for your home, according to the pros.
Dec 30, 2020
5 Things That Seem To Always Break During the Holidays and How To Fix Them
Avoid these holiday headaches.
Dec 17, 2020
The Easy $10 Room Transform Trick That I Stole from Working on a Movie Set
It's even easier than paint.
Dec 9, 2020
One Good Thing: How To Build a Face Mask Station in Your Home
This week I want to share with you a simple DIY that I learned from a reader and which solves the problem of organizing all those masks that we have to wear these days.
Dec 3, 2020
8 Foolproof Ways to Keep Your Cat Away From Your Christmas Tree
Cats love trees. In fact, it’s most likely incredibly exciting for your furry friend to see you gussying one up with shiny hanging things on it for them to play with indoors. So it’s important to consider how to cat-proof your holiday evergreen before you end up with broken ornaments on the floor, with it falling over, or worse.Toppling over tends to be the biggest concern when it comes to owning a cat and a Christmas tree.
Dec 3, 2020
How to Hang Holiday Greenery in 6 Quick, Foolproof Steps
Yes, you can make your home look like it's straight out of a catalog. Here's how to do it.
Dec 1, 2020
7 Essential Time-Savers You Need in Your Junk Drawer, According to Handymen
Keep these close at hand and you'll be able to make around-the-house fixes faster and easier.
Oct 29, 2020
How to Soundproof a Ceiling (So You Can Still Like Your Upstairs Neighbors)
Pros give their expert tips for cutting down on upstairs noise.
Oct 27, 2020
How Often Should I Change My Air Filter? Here’s What to Know
How often is necessary when it comes to replacing your air filter? Well, it depends on a few different things, starting with the type of filter you have.
Oct 21, 2020
Four Things You Should Never Have in Your Kitchen
According to maintenance experts.
Oct 15, 2020
One Thing You Should Have in Your Bathroom, According to a Real Estate Agent
Let's talk about the thing no one wants to talk about.
Oct 14, 2020
HGTV’s Latest Show Is About Renovating Your Rental
Renters deserve some renovation inspiration, too.
Oct 5, 2020
Have a Leak? Here's What Pros Say to Do in the First 24 Hours (and Beyond)
There are a few steps you need to take to avoid worsening damage.
Oct 5, 2020
9 Actually Useful Things You Need in Your Junk Drawer, According to Pros
These smart picks take the "junk" out of "junk drawer."
Sep 9, 2020
How to Whitewash Wood for a Modern Farmhouse Look
A step-by-step guide to tackling this easy DIY that's fit for farmhouse modern decor.
Aug 29, 2020
6 Reddit Stories of Home Improvement Mistakes—and How to Fix Them
Learn from Redditors before making the mistakes yourself.
Aug 28, 2020
The Ultimate Guide to Mixing Leftover Paints the Right Way, According to Pros
One of the most efficient and fun ways to consolidate your leftover paint supply is to mix it up, literally.
Aug 27, 2020
9 Things That Can Ruin Your Garbage Disposal, According to Plumbers
These seemingly innocent items can cause lots of damage.
Aug 25, 2020
What to Do if You Hate Your Paint Job (Yep, You Can Save It!)
Not wild about the color after all? All hope's not lost.
Aug 19, 2020
5 Mistakes Pro Painters Wish You'd Stop Making
You'll get a better result for less time, money, and hassle by following these pro painting tips.
Aug 17, 2020
How to Grow Ginger Indoors
This tasty edible root is surprisingly easy to grow at home.
Aug 13, 2020
How to Balance a Wobbly Ceiling Fan
You don't have to live with a rocky ceiling fan. Here's how to fix it.
Aug 11, 2020
16 Home Skills You Should Know by the Time You're 30
How many can you confidently check off this list?
Aug 8, 2020
This Simple-But-Genius TikTok Hack Will Help You Fake Overhead Lighting
This is a cheap fix you can do in 15 minutes.
Aug 6, 2020
The Unexpected Paint Color Combination You Need to Try, Based on Your Enneagram Type
Here's some colorful inspiration for your next project.
Jul 31, 2020
How to Choose the Right Paint Finish for Your Home Project
Should you go flat or glossy? Pros give the breakdown on the differences between each finish, and which works best where.
Jul 30, 2020
Here’s What to Do if Your Older Home is Sabotaging Your Accent Wall Dreams
Pro painters have a few tricks for dealing with old, un-plumb walls.
Jul 29, 2020
How to Refinish Tile in the Kitchen or Bathroom Like a Pro
It's cheaper and easier than installing new tile—and with the right methods, your DIY job will have a pro look.
Jul 28, 2020
How to Hang a Hammock for Ultimate Summer Vibes
This easy four-step project is one that you can knock out in 15 minutes.
Jul 25, 2020
This Method is the Secret to Cheap, Easy, No-Mess Tie-Dye Projects
If mess has scared you away from DIYing your own tie-dye, we have just the fix.
Jul 21, 2020
How to Pick the Right Paint Brush for Your Project
Should you reach for natural or synthetic? Flat or angled? Here, the pros break it down for you.
Jul 20, 2020
How To Create Rope Light Word Art
Whether for a holiday, or any day really, decorating with lights can be fun and festive decoration. Feeling limited by holiday-themed options? Consider customizing the perfect message inspired by neon typography. You can try on a DIY rope light sign for way less money and way less commitment.Pick a Word or an Abstract DesignPick a word or name with sentimental importance, or just something that looks stunning hanging on the wall.
Jul 18, 2020
How to Test a Waterproof Phone Case
Water-resistant, water-proof and life-proof cases can open up a world of freedom for phone addicts. But before the case ever makes the journey to the lake or the pool, it should be tested to ensure that the case and its seals are in working order. Inspect the case and seals for cracks, dust and dirt. Check that the seal or o-ring is clean an in place. Take a piece of paper, paper towel or anything else that will show when it gets wet, and close it inside the case.
Jul 17, 2020
7 Things You Should Know Before Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets
If you’re looking for a relatively painless, low-cost way to update your kitchen, and have ever been on the internet, you know that painting your cabinets is the way to go. Honestly, I can’t think of better dollar-to-dramatic improvement ratio on any other project. And the news gets better: It’s way easier now than it was the olden days, before the miracle of chalk paint.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: A Revived Wooden Mirror
After spending four muddy days under flood water this mirror was on top of a pile of trash, destined for the tip. Then I got sentimental and retrieved it. It was too wet and filthy to bring inside so it spent the next 6 months outside before I finally decided it was time to make it work or let it go. I toyed with the idea of painting it bright yellow but in the end I couldn’t do it, so I kept it simple and tried to return it to its former glory.
Jul 17, 2020
Oversize Art: 5 Ways to Pull It Off
Isn’t a huge piece of art such a daring focal point for a space? Not only does it highlight a favorite piece of art you might have, but it really shows you’re not afraid of being bold in your home. But when not incorporated well, an oversized piece of art can overwhelm, snatch up all of the attention and ruin an otherwise perfectly lovely room. So how do you play around with the scale of a canvas or framed art piece without things getting visually out of control?
Jul 17, 2020
How To: Soundproof Your Home
Of all the problems associated with urban living, noise is the one that drives people the most nuts (For an example, watch this Italian clip). From the knocking pipe in the bedroom, to the upstairs neighbor’s rock’n’roll medley, to the bridge and tunnel traffic outside the window, noise can disrupt sleep, distract you when concentrating and stress you out after work when you need to unwind.
Jul 17, 2020
4 Elements That Make a Room Enjoyable (& How To Get Them Right)
Let’s face it: to make the most of the energy and money spent on decorating a room, you have to want to spend time in the space. Here are four important elements that can have a huge impact on the desirability of a room and how to make sure you’re getting them right. I used to have this apartment with an eat-at bar at counter height. I rushed out and found a set of stools I loved the look of, dreaming of hosting breakfast for guests and lounging every morning to enjoy a cup of tea.
Jul 17, 2020
Does My House Really Smell Like That? Five Ways to Mask the Must
If you’re like me or the millions of travelers this holiday season, you likely walked into your home after several days away and became acutely aware that *gasp* your house has a smell! It’s a smell that is probably constant, yet you’ve grown so accustomed to living with it that you hardly ever notice. It might not necessarily be a bad smell, and in fact some homes are downright pleasant on the nose.
Jul 17, 2020
Using a Hair Dryer to Remove Paint and More
Last week we discussed about getting started on wrangling our cords and cables in our home office, a project that required us to get moving on painting the interior before installing the cable channel guides we purchased. And painting we did!
Jul 17, 2020
7 Clever Painting Ideas to Steal from the 2019 IKEA Catalog
We all know that catalogs aren’t real life, but they can be excellent sources of inspiration to mine for your own home. IKEA has one of the best ones out there, and their 2019 edition (out this week!) is chock full of ways to add color, interest, and texture to your walls. Here are some clever and creative painting ideas to steal. Here, IKEA uses two complementary paint colors for the walls: a dusty blue and pink.
Jul 17, 2020
How to Know If You Have Hard Water (and What That Even Means)
As long as the tap turns on, you don’t really think about your water. But you may have a problem that shows up in other ways, and hard water is one you should definitely pay attention to.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: A One-Weekend Bathroom Refresh (+ Painting Tips from a Lazy Perfectionist)
With the warm season starting, I’ve become obsessed with all things white. So I’ve returned to my rental white walls in the bathroom, which feels so fresh and clean for summer. Check out the results below. I used the same color on the baseboard and moldings so I didn’t need to worry about that clean line of paint as the color changes (the most frustrating part of a painting job to a self-proclaimed lazy perfectionist).
Jul 16, 2020
7 Ways to Have Your Most Successful Garage Sale Ever
Ready to stage the best, most profitable summer yard sale you’ve ever thrown? There are plenty of tricks to make your sale stand out from the other sad, old-shoes-on-a-blanket sales dotting your neighborhood. Here’s how… Anyone with a yard can have a yard sale but we’re going for showmanship here. Are you moving? You, my friend, are having an “Everything-Must-Go Moving Sale.” Selling the extras from your spring cleaning binge with a few friends?
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: Kids’ Table & Chair Set
I am quite envious of skilled thrifters; I’m unable to see the potential in a yard sale find or figure out what’s quality and just needs a little repair or TLC. That’s why I love seeing yard sale transformations. I have some hope that if I look at enough, the skills will magically transfer to me. So I’ve been staring at this beautiful kids’ table and chair makeover for a few days. Check out what Lolly Jane did with this well-loved table and chairs.Amazing, right?
Jul 16, 2020
4 Ways to Know When to Replace a Fire Extinguisher
Your home tech uses electricity. And where there’s electricity, there’s a fire hazard—especially if you’re the type to hold on to tried, true and worn out devices. Speaking of—have you checked your fire extinguisher lately? It might be worn out. Here’s four things to check to know when it’s time to replace it.Now that we’ve taught you how to buy the right fire extinguisher, it’s important to keep it in working order.
Jul 16, 2020
A Welcoming Atmosphere: How to Create (or Boost) It In Your Home
Atmosphere is the je ne sais quoi ingredient to interiors. You can’t really put your finger on it and it’s not really something you can buy in a box to add to your home. But it’s the thing that differentiates a great home from just a good one, and it’s the thing that makes guests want to stay and linger in your home as long as possible. How do you get it (or make your existing atmosphere even better)? Well the answer to that isn’t easy.
Jul 16, 2020
10 Impressive DIY Wall Art Projects from Our House Tours
“Decorative art isn’t necessarily created just by bona fide artists. Everyday folks can get in on the action too, and make custom work for their walls. We asked our house tour residents to tell us about their DIY art projects, and the results are endlessly impressive. 1. Above, a Southwestern rug-inspired painted canvas from Kathryn & Perry’s “Have Less Do More” Apartment: My proudest DIY has got to be our little dining nook/statement art wall!
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: Anna’s Take on the Ikea Rast
We’re certainly no strangers to the versatility of the Ikea Rast around here. I even put together a post about The Endlessly Adaptable IKEA Rast Dresser last year. This $35 dresser is a DIYer’s dream and I love continuing to discover new variations. Anna took the simple little dresser and turned it into a classic nightstand…Anna recently shared her Rast customization on her blog, Take the Side Street.
Jul 15, 2020
10 Clever DIY Projects to Hide Household Eyesores
Here’s the unfortunate truth about 99% of all living spaces: every house and apartment—large or small—likely has something that’s weird, oddly placed, or just plain ugly. These persistent little problems (cords, vents, pipes, outlets) might drive you nuts, but stay they must, especially if you are a renter. The only solution is to get creative…. Here are ten common household eyesores, and DIY projects and ideas to help you disguise them: 1.
Jul 15, 2020
4 Seemingly Harmless Things That Will Ruin Your Kitchen Sink, According to Pros
Think twice before rinsing these household staples down the drain.
Jul 15, 2020
How To Beat the Cold: Tips for Making Windows Warmer for Winter
Keeping warm in the winter time sometimes requires extra work and some ingenuity. Thankfully, our reader community is a generous one; people regularly share helpful tips and secrets in the comments. Today, I’ve gathered just some of their great ideas on how to seal up windows and deal with drafts — so you can live as toasty (and as cheaply) at home as possible this cold season. gudnis: If you have double hung windows, head to the hardwre store and find some FELT weatherstripping.
Jul 15, 2020
The $0 Way to Always Have Real Flowers at Home
Just call this your "forever bouquet."
Jul 14, 2020
8 Big-Impact Projects You Can Do with Just Paint and Tape
These projects look complicated, but the materials list couldn't be any simpler.
Jul 6, 2020
How to Replace a Light Fixture
With a few safety precautions and a little DIY know how, you can swap out your own light fixtures.
Jun 30, 2020
The Year is Half Over—So Here’s One Simple Thing You Can Do This Weekend to Feel Accomplished
Weekend Projects
One simple effort has the potential to make you feel light, calm, and even a little bit peppy.
Jun 26, 2020
DIY Project Test Lab Results: We Painted a Leather Sofa and Here’s What Happened
This sofa used to be black, but I painted it brown. You can see how it looks, but I know what you’re thinking. Did it rub off on your pants? How does it feel? Is it stiff? Is it gummy? Can you scratch it with your fingernail? Does it peel? Does it stink? Does it poke you in the butt? Is it a tragic mess that will end up in a dumpster? Let me break it down for you. First, the paint I used was Angelus Brand Leather Paint in tan.
Jun 24, 2020
How to Paint a Tile Floor for a Budget-Friendly, Colorful Upgrade
This budget-friendly upgrade is totally doable in a weekend—and way easier than replacing a whole tile floor!
Jun 23, 2020
25 Little Ways to Refresh Your Home for $25 or Less
Not all transformations need to feel like a quest—in fact, you can go a long way on just a little money.
Jun 18, 2020
Before and After: A $30, One-Day Dining Room Project (That Works in Any Space)
This project adds instant warmth and character.
Jun 18, 2020
Can You Paint Vinyl Siding? Yes—Here's How
Paint can save you from replacing your siding altogether.
Jun 16, 2020
This TikTok Hack Will Make Hanging Pictures So Much Easier
Gallery wall, you’re no longer as scary as you once were.
Jun 16, 2020