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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
How To Give Furniture a Distressed Painted Finish
Distressing is an easy way to add character and depth to furniture both new and old. The process is simple but can take a fair amount time, depending on the complexity of your piece of furniture and the amount of distressing you actually want to achieve. If you’re working with a newer piece, a few coats of a dark stain before you paint will provide a deeper richness once you’re ready to distress.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Crochet a Foundation Chain
The ability to crochet is a skill set that comes in handy more than often than you might imagine. It’s an inexpensive hobby that helps pass the time, is great for handmade gifts, and the repetition can be quite relaxing. The foundation chain is one of the most important techniques to learn, as it serves as the base on which your projects are built. The chain will hold your stitches and all succeeding rows. Yarn Crochet hook 1.
Dec 19, 2019
Smart & Simple: The Best Way to Sew on a Button
Save some dough by taking care of loose or missing buttons yourself; there’s no need to pay the dry cleaner to put them back on for you. All you need is a sewing kit and five minutes of concentration to do it RIGHT, so they’ll stay put and work well. And if you think you already know how to do this, you might want to read up on it anyway, unless you already know about the toothpick trick, and the proper direction to stitch your buttons… ThreadButtonNeedleScissors 1.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Thread a Sewing Machine & Wind a Bobbin
Knowing how to correctly thread your sewing machine opens up a world of creative possibilities. The process might seem intimidating, but once you get the general idea you can apply what you know (give or take a loop or twist or two) on any machine you come into contact with in the future. It’s a two-part process in which you’ll learn how to wind the bobbin and then thread the machine. So dust it off, plug it in, and start practicing! Most sewing machines basically look the same.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make a No-Sew Tote Out of a Pillowcase
Widowed pillowcases are just as common around our house as single socks. I have no idea what happens to them, but apparently the same monster that eats socks also has an appetite for pillowcases.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Use The Rasterbator to Create Large Scale Wall Art
It can be difficult to pull the trigger on a large scale wall art purchase. When you calculate the cost of the piece, transport, and hanging, the whole process can be pretty expensive -not to mention it’s a huge commitment. So in the mean time, there your wall stands, lonely, empty, bare… while you wait (and save up for) that perfect piece.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Paint a KitchenAid Mixer a New Color
If you’ve ever thought, “what was I thinking when I picked out that color?” while staring at your kitchen mixer, this DIY might just be for you. For around $10 you can repaint to freshen up or completely change the look of your mixer —a pretty sweet alternative to shelling out a few hundred bucks for a new machine!
Dec 19, 2019
We Tried 3 Fabric Paints On Upholstery and Here’s What Happened
Last time we tested paint on vinyl, this time we’re testing it on softer upholstery fabrics. We’ve all seen chair makeovers on Pinterest and they look great —but just how comfortable are they? And how well does the paint hold up? Well, we’ve been wondering too, so we rounded up a couple pieces of furniture and put them to the test!
Dec 19, 2019
How To Dye Textiles In A Front Loading Washing Machine
Dying textiles is a great way to give new life to an old blanket or pair of jeans. If you’re working on a small item, a plastic bucket is ideal, but if you’ve got something sizable like a quilt, a large enough container to properly cover and agitate the item in can be difficult to come by. You already knew you could use a top loading washing machine, but did you know you can also use your front loader? Well, you can!
Dec 19, 2019
How To Replace a Light Switch
No matter how much effort is put into a well decorated room, an old yellowed light switch can totally distract from the overall design. At less than $2 a pop, you have no excuse not to replace them! It’s an easy, low budget fix that can add major appeal to a room. Screwdriver Needle nose pliers New light switch Okay, so before you do anything, get to your circuit breaker or fuse panel and shut off all electric in the room where you are working.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Dingy to Decorative” DIY Patterned Entryway Makeover
Project by: June Location: Hertfordshire, UK Our hallway was dark and dull, looking grubby and tired.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Blank to Brilliant Navy Blue” Baby Room Makeover
Project by: Taylor Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Just days before my scheduled c-section, we were finally finishing our daughter’s nursery. We wanted a room with lots of contrast, personality and DIY touches. We also knew we were working with a small space and so we wanted our choices to be high-impact and make a smart use of our limited floor space.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Just Isn’t Me” $500 Kitchen Makeover
Renovation by: Kristyn Location: Pittsburgh There was nothing WRONG with the kitchen when I purchased my first home except that it wasn’t me. It didn’t fit the 1920s Tudor Revival style of the house or my preferred bright, colorful, organic modern look. Although I don’t love bead board, there was no reason to replace the clean and sturdy cabinets. So I embraced it, adding more to the side and back of the island that separates kitchen from dining room.
Dec 19, 2019
The “100% DIY Faux Flavor Paper” Project
Project by: Kelly Location: Athens, GA I recently became obsessed with this wallpaper pattern called “Cuben” made by Flavor Paper. I saw a photo online of how someone had used it in a kitchen. Unfortunately the wallpaper is a little out of my budget so I decided to attempt to recreate it in my own kitchen with paint. I measured my walls and plotted out the design on graph paper. I used a yard stick and a level to get all the lines penciled onto the wall.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Out-of-Date to On-the-Market” Home Makeover
Renovation by: Douglas Huebner Location: South Orange, New Jersey I’m a Realtor in South Orange, NJ and I have an investor client. I’ve helped him buy a couple of houses in the area for him to restore and resell. On this particular project he let my wife and I do the renovation. I became the General Contractor / Project Manager and my wife did all the design work. We did a complete renovation.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make a Painted Faux Marble Table Top
Yesterday I showed you the “before” condition of this poor little table, which was used outside by its previous owner and left to rot and weather. Today I’m showing you how to paint faux marble to use as a replacement table top for any project you have in the works. This is a very easy technique that takes hardly any time or money to do. Round wooden top or decorators table Black paint White paint Sealer Regular paint brush Sea sponge Small feather 1.
Dec 19, 2019
Renovation Project Secret: How To Lay A Perfect Bead of Caulk Quickly & Neatly, Every Time
While in the process of diy-ing a bathroom renovation, I discovered a key process “secret” worth learning. Laying the perfect bead of caulk might not sound very exciting, but is an essential process to know for any home owner. My first attempt to lay caulk wasn’t so bad. I was trying to seal an apron sink we just put in the kitchen. My caulk work turned out nicely, but, boy, was it tedious, not to mention super messy!
Dec 19, 2019
How To Strip and Refinish Wood Furniture
You’d never know it, but this Mid-Century Modern credenza was once disguised in flat white paint. For twenty bucks, it was really hard to resist buying it and testing my skills at striping off paint. Learn how after the jump… 2 quarts paint stripper Mineral spirit Miniwax Wood Finish Stain (I used English Chestnut) Rags Rubber gloves Goggles Mouse Sander 150 grit mouse sander refill Paint brush Plastic putty knife Toothpick Screw driver Respirator 1.
Dec 19, 2019
How to Grow and Care for Paperwhites (and Make It Spring Year-Round)
Yes, you can grow bulbs inside! Here's how.
Dec 18, 2019
How To Paint Furniture for a Professional-Looking Finish
Painted accent pieces can add charming touches for your home but can be less than charming if painted incorrectly. The process might not seem difficult at all- apply paint, dry, repeat- but if you want a clean, professional finish, there are a few more considerations and steps involved. When painting a really nice piece, you need to put in just as much effort in the prep and sanding stages as you do in the painting stages.
Dec 17, 2019
How To Paint a Room
image:67b7c9186c96828dfa2d1b65d5b34e09cb32315e w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Painting a room can seem like a daunting task but it’s totally worth all the work in the end. For me, seeing the steps all laid out helps make a task seem less overwhelming.
Dec 16, 2019
How to Fake a Department Store-Worthy Christmas Tree With Thrift Store Finds
Upcycling never looked so chic.
Dec 13, 2019
9 Colors that Complement Classic Blue, Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year
Don't know what to use with Classic Blue? Don't worry, we've got you.
Dec 5, 2019
6 Projects You Can DIY Using Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year
Whether you want a little Classic Blue or a lot, these projects will help you stay on-trend for 2020.
Dec 5, 2019
The Lightbulb Wars: The Best Lighting For Your Home
Do CFLs work best in overheard lights or in table lamps? What fixtures work well for LEDs? In our second to last Lightbulb Wars video, Maxwell visits Lighting by Gregory to talk about how to light your home. Interested in getting new light fixtures and light bulbs for your home?
Dec 4, 2019
Here's How Often You Should Clean Your Carpets (and How to Do It)
Vacuuming alone won't cut it.
Dec 2, 2019
How to Style your Fireplace Mantel Like the Pros
Decorating a mantel can be a head-scratcher, so we turned to the pros for their top tips.
Nov 30, 2019
How to Fit a Lot of People in Your Tiny Living Room
Hosting more guests than you know what to do with? Here, our tips for making it work in the smallest of spaces.
Nov 27, 2019
Before and After: See How $70 Transforms This Dark Kitchen
It's a lot of bang for less than a Benjamin.
Nov 26, 2019
8 Seriously Brilliant Home Improvement Tips, According to Reddit
From saving money to protecting your home, Reddit has all the best answers.
Nov 24, 2019
Here’s How to Stop Getting Other People’s Mail Delivered to Your Address
Because snail mail is only fun when it's intended for you.
Nov 23, 2019
9 Smart Tricks to Make Your Next Paint Job Simple and Painless
For those of us (hi, me) who like our chores to feel a little less chore-y.
Nov 23, 2019
How to Grow and Care for Ornamental Kale and Cabbage
It's not just for salads! This cool weather-loving plant is a colorful addition to window boxes and other outdoor planters.
Nov 19, 2019
How to Be a Good Thanksgiving Host to Guests with Disabilities
Here's how to host a Thanksgiving celebration that's accessible for all of your guests.
Nov 19, 2019
7 Little Upgrades Under $40 That Make Having Company Way Easier
Hosting for the holidays? Make life a lot easier with these low-cost products.
Nov 17, 2019
Pros Reveal How to Pick the Right-Sized Sofa for Your Living Room
Six smart tips for what you should know before you invite a new sofa into your home.
Nov 15, 2019
Quick Q: How Do I Hang a Wreath?
We've got eight different tricks for you, whether you own or rent.
Nov 12, 2019
Quick Q: Do I Really Need to Clean My Fireplace?
The answer is about more than just keeping things tidy.
Nov 9, 2019
7 Ways to Improve Your Mornings Now That the Days Are Shorter
Daylight Saving Time is here, and these clever tips will help you get you through your morning when the snooze button isn't an option (sob).
Nov 3, 2019
6 Things People With Zero Clutter Have at Home (And They’re All Under $75)
We polled some of the most uncluttered people out there (read: professional organizers) who told us what super-affordable things they keep around their homes to keep their lives running smoothly.
Oct 29, 2019
Before and After: A Designer-Approved Paint Trick Transforms This Living Room
It's like night and day... or day and night.
Oct 23, 2019
Here's the Secret to Keeping All That Cane Furniture from Breaking
Three easy rules will keep you from saying goodbye to your favorite chair too soon.
Oct 19, 2019
We Tried the Gadget That Can Tell You the Paint Color of Literally Anything
We put the Datacolor ColorReader to the test—here's our verdict.
Oct 16, 2019
Before and After: A High-Impact, Paint-Only Bedroom Makeover—for $160
When Georgia natives Sarah and Ryan moved into their two-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles, they knew they wanted to give the bare white walls a custom treatment. Inspiration struck as Sarah was browsing—where else?—Reddit.
Oct 14, 2019
6 No-Fail Tips for Painting with Dark Colors
Don't be scared of the dark side! We've got expert tricks on how to make deep hues work in your home.
Oct 6, 2019
40 Home Projects to Remember to Do, And When to Do Them
There are smaller things we know to do—clear the lint tray, clean the disposal weekly, scrub down the inside of the fridge—but what about all the big stuff, the kind you don’t see every day?
Sep 30, 2019
5 Rental Tweaks That’ll Feel (Almost) Better Than Therapy
With a little research and creativity, you can make rental upgrades that will totally improve your quality of life at home.
Sep 28, 2019
8 Unexpected Color Combinations That Actually Work Really Well Together
If your home is due for a redesign, and you’re looking to go bold with a color combination that will pop, you could choose a classic pairing that you see everywhere—or you could opt for a wow-worthy and unexpected duo.
Sep 26, 2019
6 Ways to Fake Architectural Character in a Generic Room
If you're lucky enough to live in a space with brick walls, wooden beams, a gorgeous fireplace, exposed ductwork, or loads of built-in shelving (or a combination of the above), we envy you!
Sep 25, 2019
18 Small, Practical Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Fall
Staying in tune with the change of seasons helps in some small way to feel in sync with the Bigger Picture.
Sep 20, 2019
7 Ways to Make Your Entryway So Good, You’ll Want to Hang Out There
Your entryway is the first area that guests see when they walk into your home, so it's only natural that you want it to look welcoming, at the very least. But shouldn't it go a step beyond that?
Sep 7, 2019
Henrybuilt’s New Sister Company Helps You Design Your Dream Cook Space
When it comes to kitchen design, there have really only been two options: cookie cutter IKEA or cost prohibitive custom—and not much in between. While the former is getting a lot nicer with the recent crop of third-party sellers creating design-forward cabinet fronts and various other elevated touches, the latter hasn’t seen much in the way of innovation or accessibility.
Aug 28, 2019
Hasbro Is Renovating the Clue Mansion—and You Can Help Pick Its New Room
The classic board game is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
Aug 25, 2019
What Is Chalk Paint, Anyway?
Curious to see what all the hype's about?
Aug 20, 2019
Why You Should Never Add Essential Oils to Latex Paint
File the tip under “just because you see it on Pinterest doesn't mean it's a good idea.”
Aug 16, 2019
5 Times When Painting Over Something Is a Terrible Idea
Sometimes painting something can be just as quick a route to “I love it!” as “I wish I hadn't done that.”
Aug 14, 2019
Make It Work: The Complete Guide to IKEA Hacks & Projects
You know the saying: give someone a fish and they eat for a day. But teach that person to fish and they eat for a lifetime? Wise words, and completely applicable to IKEA hacks. Because, we can show you good examples of “Before & After” projects all day long but, sooner or later young lady, you’ll find yourself standing in front of a broke-down MALM dresser and you won’t know what to do. And then where are you going to be? Huh? Can you answer me that?
Aug 12, 2019
Here’s How To Fix Broken Household Items For Free—Even If You’re Not Handy
As the Depression era saying goes, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." Easy, at these free community organized workshops for people fed up with throwaway culture.
Aug 10, 2019
Clever Ways to Avoid All That Labor-Intensive Taping Before You Paint
While painter's tape promises clean lines, it can come with issues. And, of course, there’s the time requirement: It takes forever to apply.
Aug 9, 2019
8 Ways to Update Stuff That’s Just Taking Up Space in Your Closet
Current organization trends say that if you don’t love something, you should let it go. We’re going to go a little against the grain here and say that if you don’t love it, you should just update it.
Aug 9, 2019
9 Clever Painting Ideas to Steal from the 2020 IKEA Catalog
Paint is one of the easiest ways to transform your home. And while simply picking a new color and rolling it onto your walls will do the trick, sometimes you're looking for something a little more exciting. Thankfully, the 2020 IKEA catalog dropped this week, and it's full of great ideas for your next home project.
Aug 1, 2019
This Expert-Approved Trick Can Make Your Home Look More Expensive Than It Is
Vintage interior lighting can add sophistication to a space, making it look more expensive.
Jul 22, 2019
How to Actually Have Alone Time In Your Dorm If You’re an Introvert
How to handle the lectures, study groups, social activities, and living arrangements.
Jul 15, 2019
12 Things You Should Know Before Painting Your House Exterior
Our experts sketch out the 12 things you must know before you paint your house.
Jul 5, 2019
The Secret to Successfully Painting IKEA Shelves
Apartment Therapy readers are an amazingly helpful and knowledgeable group – over the years, they have stepped up and provided answers to all sorts of questions about how to do things around the house better, where the best sources are and, of course, what color to paint the walls of your (fill in the blank).
Jul 4, 2019
How To: Slipcover a Reading Chair
Time: 2 WeekendsCost: $120 This is one project that most (including ourselves) consider TOO HARD. Recovering a reading chair? Forget it. But NicoleMari’s patient, smart, inspiring instructions will soothe your nerves and give you confidence. NicoleMari submitted this project to our January Jumpstart Contest and tied for second place in her category (Thanks, Nicolemari!)… AFTERTell us the tools and resources you used for the project: I bought all my materials and notions at fabric.
Jul 4, 2019
Hear Us Out: Scented Drawer Liners Deserve a Comeback
These vintage fragrance-filled pops of color and pattern seriously deserve a comeback.
Jun 21, 2019
Matte or Gloss? 5 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself First
You don’t need to be a D.I.Y. pro or color expert to know that picking a paint hue is easier said than done. With dozens of brands and ever-so-slightly nuanced shades to choose from, the whole process can be confusing, time-consuming, and headache-inducing. But even if you know all the questions to ask yourself when narrowing down your paint chips, you might forget to factor in the finish. Deciding between matte and gloss may seem like an afterthought, but in reality?
Jun 13, 2019
Break Out the Paintbrush: You’re Missing This Overlooked Design Opportunity
Think your decorating work is done? There’s a spot you may very well be missing—your interior doors.
Jun 11, 2019