Learn how to make and install a bathroom mirror frame yourself. This is a fairly easy DIY project that makes a mirror go from “boring” to “cool!” in no time. All materials and instructions are provided to complete the job. Customize it any way you like to make it unique.
Remodeling, Maintenance & Home Decor
Before you grab your toolbox and start making DIY repairs around the house -- stop. You need to see these home maintenance & remodeling ideas from fellow homeowners first! In addition to time- and money-saving home renovation ideas, this is where we're talking about 'optional items' that you might want to add to the house before or after you move in -- including home decor. See step-by-step instructions for all kinds of DIY home repairs, cool tools that would be nice to have when remodeling a home, reviews of clever new home gadgets, and interior & exterior home decorating ideas.
If you have a mudroom in your house then you know how useful they are. They give you a place to hang your coat and hat and take off your shoes at the end of your day. You’ll also know exactly where to look for those same items when you begin your day.
Attention Avid Readers! Loads of links and photos and a little DIY content showing various types of hidden bookcase doors for that home library that you’ve always dreamed about. There are more applications than you might have thought of for these types of doors.
Closet organizing systems constructed of wood are a positive option to wire shelving. No…I do not like wire shelving. Yes…I’m a fan of closet organizers made of wood. Buy it or build it. Either way I’ve got it covered.
Choosing the correct paint finish for your interior paint project is a breeze when your armed with the proper knowledge of each type and where best to use it.
Rag rolling painting can be a fun and adventurous project that will give your room a dramatic effect. Materials and instructions are included in this article for DIY’ers.
Curly pine wood paneling, twin fireplaces made of fieldstone, hand-hewn solid oak timber joists. Those are just a few of the extraordinary building materials in use in The Willcox lobby. Old world craftsmanship and attention to detail are two outstanding characteristics of this historic building.
The stacked stone sunburst surround design of this fireplace is a marvelous piece of stonework. The keeping room, with it’s cathedral ceiling and open web wooden beam ceiling makes for a wonderful place to gather with friends and family around the fireplace.
Now’s the time to tackle that long overdue remodeling project. Why? Take a look around. The housing inventory is bloated and might take a while to recover. So make the most of it by making your family happy with a much needed renovation while at the same time making it a wise investment with this very informative Cost vs. Value report.
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show this bare concrete retaining wall and an idea that would improve the look of the home exterior (and not have it be the eyesore of the neighborhood). There are many cool retaining wall options, and I like this one the best. A little stucco and a few natural rocks to cap it off and you’ve got it.
Arranging a mortgage short sale is one way of avoiding foreclosure on your home. You sell the house for less than the amount owed, the bank avoids having another foreclosure on the books and the new owner gets a good deal.
I learned that living in a townhouse on the lower end of the row has a definite downside to it. Water will flow downhill should your neighbor’s have a water leak in their dwelling. Don’t let this happen to you. Buy or lease on the upper end whenever possible.
Thinking about going all out and buying a magnetic induction cooktop. Things you should know before taking the plunge by buying the most innovative cooking appliance on the market (and the most expensive).
Glass tile mosaic backsplashes are a spectacular way of adding color to your kitchen. Here are ideas, a How-To video and some eco-friendly makers of recycled glass tile.
Reclaimed and salvaged wood flooring adds a huge dose of character when installed in homes. Reclaimed flooring from old barns, factories and houses is one recycled building material that is probably worth more now than when it was new and well worth the effort in locating it.
Recycled glass tile is versatile, has unique properties, is recycled and recyclable and it is absolutely beautiful when it’s installed as a kitchen backsplash, as flooring in a foyer or bathroom and as an accent in and around a pool. See..I told you it was versatile.
Do you have a few damaged bricks somewhere on your home or sidewalk/fence that need to be replaced? These step-by-step instructions tells you what you need to know to do it yourself.
Installing handrails using composite materials has it’s advantages compared to wood. These DIY instructions tell you how to install them yourself from corner posts to rail caps.
Installing wood ceiling panels adds a really cool effect and is not as difficult to do as you may have thought. I’ve done it and am sharing expert tips on installing wood ceiling panels and step by step instructions and observations. Grab your notepad because I’m ready to get started making your DIY job even easier!
Spend a little time giving your hot water tank some TLC by replacing the old, corroded anode rod yourself. It’s not as difficult as you may have thought. These simple instructions guide you through the process.
Fiberglass tub repair can be done easily without hiring a professional if you follow these tips. If your bathtub repair includes fixing cracks, you should know that It isn’t necessarily the easiest of DIY home fix-it projects but you could prolong the usefulness of the tub by following these clear and concise instructions to seal the cracks.
Nervous about kitchen sink repairs? Don’t be! If you have an issue with your kitchen sink sprayer you’re gonna love the step-by-step instructions provided in this article. Fixing a kitchen sink hose sprayer is an easy DIY repair job for any homeowner and will help you gain confidence to tackle other DIY projects in your home.
Clear and concise DIY instructions on how to replace a toilet on your own. Add it to your DIY bookmarks for future reference. Great advice to save yourself a small mint by replacing the toilet on your own rather than calling on a plumber.
Where’s that cool draft coming from in your house? Could it be the electrical outlets? Eliminate that possibility by learning how to install inexpensive foam gaskets on all of your home electrical outlets. It’s a quick and easy DIY project.
Your dining room deserves a little ambiance. Here are step-by-step DIY instructions to install a dimmer switch for perfect mood lighting in any room you choose.
If you’ve ever wished you had a water spigot on the other side of your house, too, here are some step-by-step instructions to install it yourself.
Looking to renovate your kitchen on a tight budget? One cost effective method is to employ the many benefits of laminate countertops. You’ll be surprised with the assets of today’s laminate choices.
A lightning protection system is probably one of the most overlooked potential components of a new or existing home. It might cost a few bucks up front but it could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars.
One small feature that builders can install to attract buyers are bathroom furniture vanities rather than basic cabinetry. They add a custom touch and personality to an otherwise run-of-the-mill bathroom.
The TwoDaLoo is a dual-sided toilet that allows you and a very good friend to “go” at the same time whilst you talk about the day’s events. How dumb of an idea is that?
Recommendations for pot filler faucets plus a few photos of the ones we’ve seen installed in newly constructed gourmet kitchens. Also included is a DIY video on how to install a pot filler above your cooktop.
Get rid of the clutter! Lots of kitchen organization and storage solutions to organize your kitchen for maximum efficiency.
DIY’s Paul Ryan gives a great piece of advice on budgeting for kitchen renovations. Tips to save money on kitchen remodeling projects.
Kick it up a notch in your retro room decor by adding a pair of restored vintage drive-in movie speakers complete with stand.
This handy little automatic door switch lighting feature in a kitchen pantry is a welcome idea that has been a long time coming. The simplest ideas are sometimes the best.
I recently saw a restored Solotone Entertainer coin operated jukebox speaker that dates to the 1940’s. It’s a great little example of corded Americana.
Eating out while eating in is made possible when you have your very own 50’s-era reproduction diner in your home. Authentic materials and ideas make it fun.
I’ve laid my hands and eyes upon a beautiful piece of nostalgia from 1955. It’s called a Seeburg Model 100 J jukebox and it sounds great!
Here are 7 quick, budget-minded remodeling tips to get the look of your dream kitchen while on a less-than-dreamy budget.
Here’s a neon-lighted glass block wall that is well-suited to a really fun 50’s-60’s era retro rec room. What a great idea!
This segment of my interview with Paul Ryan reveals some good advice for homeowners tackling a kitchen renovation project that want to get the biggest bang for their buck.
DIY Network’s Paul Ryan tells us about some hot kitchen trends in an exclusive, one-on-one interview on The Fun Times Guide To Homebuilding.
My one-on-one interview with Paul Ryan of the DIY Network. His expert tips on things you can do to your kitchen to increase the value of your home.
Gathering scary ideas for decorating your home for Halloween has never been easier. Nothing here will cost you an arm and a leg…or anything for that matter…just a little bit of your time.
Wise up and have a whole-house surge protector professionally installed to protect all of your major electrical appliances and electronics. Here’s why.
A wall sconce is a great way to add a custom look to your home. Here are a few ideas that custom homebuilders and/or homeowners have installed.
Liven up your bathroom with an aquarium toilet tank. How about a sleek looking aquarium sink to inject some interest in your lavatory.
Curious which toilets made a splash at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Vegas this year? Contemporary and Asian-inspired designs were influential as well as water conserving toilets.
Painting and caulking are easier than you may think. Advice for the do-it-yourselfer looking for professional results.
I’ve removed a ton of wallpaper in my house over time and have found the easiest way to remove wallpaper (and the best tools). There are some really easy DIY tips to remove the wallpaper glue and I’m sharing those with you. Follow these tips and I guarantee your project will go a little smoother!