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How to Get a Broken Key from a Lock
First step: Don't. Panic.
Jun 14, 2020
This Family's Goal Was to Renovate an Island Resort in Just 6 Months
And HGTV filmed the whole thing.
Jun 13, 2020
These Homeowners Made a Spoof HGTV Show About “Painting Exactly One Wall”
With so many people having extra time on their hands these days in quarantine, it’s hardly a surprise that home improvement projects seem to be on the rise—after all, what better time than now to spruce up your space? One couple documented their DIY painting job of one singular wall by creating a homemade version of an HGTV show, and yes, it’s filled with all the silly suspense and surprises you’d expect.
May 27, 2020
4 Shower Products That Are Ruining Your Pipes, According to Plumbers
Skip these and you'll save on future plumbing costs.
May 26, 2020
This Space-Saving TV Solution is Easier Than You Think
This project looks way harder than it is.
May 12, 2020
How To Repair Chipped China
image:07f97cac69cd192ded508ff0f52c9499aeece4c1 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" I love delicate porcelain. Plates, bowls, vases — I’ve even started collecting pieces from White Forest Pottery, much to my wallet’s chagrin. What I don’t love are the moments right after you accidentally chip one of your prized possessions.
May 11, 2020
Learn This One-Hour Project and Double Your Storage Space
It's easier than it looks! Learn how and you'll be able to organize your stuff in no time.
Apr 28, 2020
Before and After: A $5 Afternoon Project Makes a Plain White Bedroom Feel Cozy
No, we didn't forget any zeros in that total.
Apr 26, 2020
3 Tools and 10 Minutes Are All You Need to Silence Annoying Squeaks
This is the easiest chore ever to cross off your list.
Apr 21, 2020
This Hotline Will Walk You Through Emergency Home Repairs During Quarantine
This company is offering free tele-maintenance video calls for if and when things go awry at home.
Apr 17, 2020
Before and After: A $0 Bath Upgrade that Uses Every Color of the Rainbow
A dark bath gets a technicolor redo—for free!
Apr 16, 2020
Amanda Seyfried’s Quarantine Hobby Is Full of Grandmillennial Style
It took her a month to finish.
Apr 16, 2020
How to Add Some Color to the Most Overlooked Wall in Your Space
The main four walls get a lot of love already—here's how to take care of the fifth one.
Apr 14, 2020
The Easy, No-Nails-Required Way to Give Your Walls a Vintage Shiplap Look
This one-day project gives your walls instant character.
Apr 7, 2020
I Just Watched “Murder House Flip,” and It Fulfilled My True Crime-Meets-HGTV Expectations
It features a once-graveyard transformed into a child-friendly sanctuary. In other words, it did not disappoint.
Apr 6, 2020
The Foolproof Way To Paint A Room In Just A Few Easy Steps
Here's the trick to pro-level results.
Apr 3, 2020
This Easy Paint Project Will Make Your Home Look Instantly Cleaner
Low effort, high impact? Our favorite kind of project.
Apr 3, 2020
The Twice-a-Year Home Safety Checkup You Might Have Skipped Recently
Weekend Projects
This twice-a-year home maintenance task might have gotten lost in all the chaos recently.
Apr 3, 2020
A $44 Makeover Makes This Blah Entry Look Like a Hotel Lobby
You're going to want to pick up a paint brush after seeing this!
Apr 2, 2020
Give Your Home a Little Refresher by Painting this Often-Overlooked Spot
A couple hours' work of work can make a major impact.
Mar 31, 2020
Learn to Knit, Crochet, and More With These Free Online Craft Classes
Some of these classes are normally pretty expensive.
Mar 29, 2020
How to Be Really Good at Jigsaw Puzzles—Plus, 6 to Buy Right Now
A beginner's guide to doing—and loving—puzzles that'll have you finishing 1,000 piecers in no time!
Mar 26, 2020
How to Socially Distance When Your Home Feels Unsafe
Whether it’s a bad marriage, a toxic parent, an abusive relationship, or something else, home isn’t an equally safe refuge for all.
Mar 26, 2020
How to Stay Connected with People if You’re Stuck at Home
Thank god for FaceTime and video calling.
Mar 17, 2020
How To Make a Stencil For a Paint Pattern
Stencils are a fun and economic way to create a pattern or duplicate an image over and over again. They can be used on a vast array of items from rugs, and garden containers, to walls and ceilings. You can purchase them pre-made, but if you’re looking for something one-of-a-kind your best bet is to make it yourself. There are quite a few options when it comes to picking out the material for your plate.
Mar 11, 2020
40 New Uses for Rubber Bands
Each day my postal worker delivers my mail through the slot securely wrapped in a single rubber band. Multiply that single band by sheer number of days and— needless to say—those rubber bits pile up. I’ve tried to refuse them to no avail, and I won’t throw them out. So they keep coming and I’m left to find alternate uses for the things.
Mar 11, 2020
Before & After: Behemoth Dining Room Cabinet
Gary and his wife inherited this piece and hated it. They wrote in to ask readers for advice on how two “unskilled and not creative” types could rehab this behemoth into something they’d be happy to have in their home. A contingent of readers liked it as it was, others said to sell it and many of you had suggestions for how to transform it with paint or stain. So, which readers did they listen to or did they forge their own path?
Mar 11, 2020
Accidentally On-Trend: My Rose Gold Pantry Shelves
I am giddy over my new pretty, pretty pantry shelves. Just days ago, they were a hodgepodge of mismatched boards and faux-wood stickers. It’s amazing what a little paint and the old switcharoo will do! When we started working on our new house, I was pleased to find a set of shelves in the pantry. They were nothing to write home about, but they would hold things and they were free and they were fine.
Mar 11, 2020
Home Too Bold? 6 Warning Signs You Need to Cut Back and Calm Down
We frequently advocate for taking chances, being bold and adding in lots of color and excitement into your home! But as much as a bold, colorful and bright home can be invigorating, crossing that invisible line of a little too overboard can create a stressful, overwhelming, unwelcoming space. How do you know if you’ve crossed the line? Here are six warning signs to look out for (and how you can turn the car around if you see you’re designing down the overdoing-it path).
Mar 11, 2020
Easy Wood Finish: Tung Oil and Wax
Finishing wood can take days and even weeks, but there are a few natural and easy wood finishes that Ben Light recommends as alternatives. Today, he brings us: Tung Oil and Wax. Finishing wood can take days and even weeks, but there are a few natural and easy wood finishes that Ben Light recommends as alternatives. Today, he brings us: Tung Oil and Wax.
Mar 11, 2020
Before & After: DIY Striped Accent Wall
Not one to shy away from color (or DIYs), Chelsea took on the task of creating a striped wall in her office niche. Her take on a painted accent wall transformed an otherwise plain white wall into a statement that gives the whole space new dimension.Chelsea has made a few updates to her home since it was featured on Apartment Therapy. In this case she was able to incorporate pattern and color without using a whole lot of material.
Mar 11, 2020
Before & After: Turquoise Front Door
Cream brick, neutral concrete, a white door — this little entryway was cute and welcoming, but it lacked a certain liveliness. With a little bit of turquoise paint, some new lighting, and more substantial hardware, this porch gained a generous dose of personality!Erin from In Between Laundry tackled this little exterior makeover to cheer up her front stoop; she shows how a few simple changes can make a big difference!
Mar 11, 2020
Before & After: TV Tray Table Gets Decked Out
As part of my ongoing quest to add some color to my grey living room, I picked up one of these inexpensive tv tray tables at Target and decided to give it the before and after treatment. Yes, there is spray paint involved. And lamp finials. And rope. Intrigued? Click on through to see my nautically-inspired end result.The goal was to transform this $9 table from ‘college girl watching sitcom reruns and eating popcorn’ to something a little more yacht chic.
Mar 11, 2020
Before & After: Bold Color in the Kitchen
When Lee moved into his apartment rental, the kitchen was stark white and sterile. Check out what some color and black and white self adhesive floor tiles can do…With the help of a hair dryer, he removed the old, cracked vinyl tiles, and replaced them with Armstrong self adhesive floor tiles (cost $90). By positioning them at an angle, he created a diamond pattern that helps to distracts the eye from the railroad apartment’s “long & skinny” shape.
Mar 11, 2020
Before & After: A Target Lamp Redo
I’ve had this old quirky elephant lamp from Target for several years, and although I loved its silly charm, I felt like it was in need of an update. Using some fabric, and new shade, and some spray paint, I managed to change the look of my old friend.As for the shade, I used an old Urban Outfitters lampshade that I had from another lamp and covered it with sheets of brocade fabric. Read more about that process in this earlier post.
Mar 11, 2020
10 Ways to Hang and Display ABC Flashcards
Sure, you can keep alphabet flashcards in their box, but they’re so attractive you may like to use them as art. (And little eyes will see them more frequently this way.) Here are ten examples of hanging and displaying abc flashcards in children’s rooms to inspire you.
Mar 11, 2020
Tossing Unused Paint Is More Complicated Than You Think
Here's how to do it right, whether you're working with oil, latex, or spray paint.
Mar 10, 2020
Cheap and Easy Art Ideas That’ll Refresh Your Tired Old Walls
Add some personality and style for almost no $$$.
Mar 4, 2020
Why Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets Are the Best Of All Possible Worlds
Here's the great reason why.
Mar 1, 2020
Before and After: This Bold $100 Floor Redo Will Stop You in Your Tracks
Paint gets another point in the "W" column.
Feb 28, 2020
8 Kitchen Cabinet Paint Jobs We Just Can’t Quit
White kitchens have their place, but these might just be better.
Feb 27, 2020
How To Clean a Coir Doormat
Coir (coconut fiber), makes for a great eco-friendly doormat: it’s durable, made from natural materials, and can fit just about anyone’s home decor. They can also last for years if they’re taken care of properly, and it’s about this time of year that they need the most help. All it takes is a little water and a broom to keep the doormats cleans — check out This Old House’s maintenance tips, after the jump.
Feb 27, 2020
Half-Painted Walls Deliver All the Color, Without All the Effort
It adds character and interest to your space, without all the effort.
Feb 13, 2020
8 Simple, Free 10-Minute Refreshes That Will Make You Fall In Love With Your Home Again
Whether you already have romantic plans or Galentine's plans or children you'll be making Valentines with, there are always more ways to give and receive love.
Feb 11, 2020
Gas Stoves Might Be Phased Out Entirely to Help Save the Planet
You may have to give up your gas range for the greater good.
Feb 10, 2020
How To: Start a No-Dig Garden … Step by Step
A few weeks ago we blogged an article in the LA Times about No-Dig Gardens. They require less water than traditional gardens and they’re an easy way to start a raised bed. You can even start one right over a patch of grass you want to get rid of. Another easy gardening option is bringing the garden inside with grass you can grow indoors. Our friend and coworker, Hulda Nelson, tipped us off to the article.
Feb 6, 2020
13 Simple Fixes to Show Your Home You Care
These upgrades are fast, easy, and full of love.
Feb 4, 2020
This $10 Amazon Buy Is a Cheap Way to Safely Change Your Locks
Rest easy in your new home.
Feb 3, 2020
How To: Install Hardwood Floors
We sure do love the clean look of hardwood floors and have covered hardwood flooring throughout AT. Since this is do-it-yourself month at Apartment Therapy, we thought we’d do some research on this more advanced project. We found an 8-step process on how to place this pretty accent in a room but still wonder…is this an easy DIY or is it easier to bring in a professional?Ok, AT, have any of you tackled hardwood floor installation on your own?
Feb 3, 2020
The Big Color Trend That’s Officially Replacing White Bathrooms
This one is going nowhere.
Jan 28, 2020
The Simple, Doable Secret of Anti-Procrastinators
January Cure
You know those people who declutter a closet without leaving bags of donated clothes in their hallway for a month? Those people are anti-procrastinators. And you can channel their "get it finished" energy with one simple shift.
Jan 28, 2020
9 Time-Saving Tricks Only Pro Painters Know (Until Now)
Make your next paint job a breeze with these expert tips.
Jan 27, 2020
The $10 Item Pros Recommend for Rescuing Your Floors from Winter Grossness
It's all about prevention.
Jan 25, 2020
7 Dangerous Things Your Plumber Wants You to Stop Doing
Plumbing issues can be a real drain (get it??).
Jan 21, 2020
How To Repot an Orchid
There is nothing more satisfying than watching an orchid send out its flowering spike — knowing that when you see the glorious blooms, it was you that helped it thrive to do so. And while we’ve shown you how to repot your houseplants before, orchids, well they’re a different sort of breed. Unlike your typical houseplant, potting orchids in soil will lead to root rot and one dead plant! Orchids are either terrestrial or epiphytic.
Jan 16, 2020
Five Home Maintenance Responsibilities You Can Kiss Goodbye
Vacuum no more.
Jan 16, 2020
7 Two-Tone Furniture Redos for When You Just Want a *Little* Paint
These furniture makeovers let natural wood have the spotlight.
Jan 12, 2020
You’ll Think Twice About Passing Up Old Furniture After You See These Dresser Makeovers
You'll be itching to refinish your own dresser once you see these beauties.
Jan 7, 2020
Try This One-Hour Walk-Through Exercise and Get Closer to Your Dream Home
January Cure
You're the expert on what kind of love your home really needs right now.
Jan 7, 2020
The Best Bold Wall Color Transformations We Saw This Year
These stunners will have you running to the paint store on the double.
Jan 3, 2020
Before and After: A $0 Entryway Redo Cruella De Vil Would Go Wild Over
This new space has major spunk with minimal investment.
Dec 23, 2019
Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets Is Not All Sunshine and Rainbows
Consider these drawbacks.
Dec 30, 2019
Here’s How My Painted Cabinets Have Held Up — One Year Later
Even though I loved the initial result, I wasn't without fear for the future.
Dec 30, 2019
These Pretty Murals Prove the Dream of the '90s is Alive in Paint Land
Murals are BACK, baby, and they're more stylish than ever.
Dec 28, 2019
8 of the Best Home Hacks of 2019, According to Reddit
Put these smart solutions to work next year to make life easier in 2020.
Dec 26, 2019
Before & After: An Exterior Renovation in Seattle
My favorite Before & Afters are when talented people buy tired old houses and breathe new life into them. This 100-year-old house in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle shows that a thoughtful approach to design can be modern and sustainable while still fitting in with the surrounding neighborhood.Todd Smith, of Syndicate Smith, along with his wife Julie bought their 1911 fixer-upper in 2004 and have recently completed an extensive exterior renovation.
Dec 19, 2019
Before & After: Painting a San Francisco Victorian
When Andi, Dean and their building neighbors decided to re-paint the faded exterior of their Victorian home, it quickly became apparent that the process was not for amateurs. Located in the Alamo Square neighborhood of San Francisco, not far from the famous painted ladies, their building is over a century old.
Dec 19, 2019
How to Remove Stickers & Labels From Glass
Depending on your personality, peeling a label off could be the best or worst possible way to spend a half hour. If it’s your worst nightmare, we’ve got a great tip for you that will have your vessel sticker-free in just a few short minutes! Turn your hairdryer to high heat and hold it over the sticker for about 45 seconds. After 45 seconds of direct heat, test a corner of the sticker and see if it peels away easily.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Go Couch-Free In Style?
Q: My husband and I are considering ditching the couch. It’s ugly, the cat destroys it, and it’s destroying our backs. We’re excited about the idea of floor cushions but I’m nervous about pulling the trigger. We’re picturing a low coffee table, maybe with zabutons, zafus, and assorted floor pillows. We have dining room chairs for guests who aren’t able to get down on the floor.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Hide Home Wires
No matter how clean your space actually is, a tangled bundle of wires can instantly make the room appear messy and unorganized. Make your space clutter free and ready for its close-up with one of these helpful hints. Before you start: Turn off and unplug all your appliances and do a quick sweep to remove any dust bunnies that may have taken up residence in your wire pile.
Dec 19, 2019