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Do It Yourself or Not: Install oak trim woodwork

The warmth of natural wood trim is the finishing detail that outlines windows and doors and adds distinction to a room. Whether furnishings are stark contemporary or tried-and-true traditional, any furniture style is complemented by wood trim, and white oak is one of the most popular choices. If you’re remodeling, a sure way to tie an addition...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Lay vinyl sheet flooring

A seamless vinyl floor in a room can create a stunning backdrop for furnishings, whether installed a kitchen, bathroom or any living space. And the choices of colors, patterns and designs has never been greater, many mimicking materials like stone, quartz and planks of embossed wood in small to large formats. The new designs are a complete ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Add wooden brackets as decor

To add personality to a plain vanilla room consider installing two corbels, or wooden brackets to frame a doorway or opening to adds interest and appeal. In an older home the bracket may be ornate as part of an architectural feature of the room, and usually painted or finished like the woodwork. They’re often sold as architectural salvage. New...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Add light under a cabinet

One of the nicest additions we made in our kitchen is a strip of under cabinet lights that makes preparing food safer and easier. As an inexpensive but highly worthwhile investment, the low-profile fixtures come in strips easily installed in the shallow recess on the bottom of cabinets and they plug into a wall receptacle.

The light these ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Paint and glaze paneling

Old dark paneling can be renewed with a facelift that’s a lot easier than tearing out the paneling and installing new wallboard, woodwork and trim. Don’t remove the paneling; refresh it with a faster and more affordable transformation, using paint and glaze to create a colorful alternative. The project involves several processes, including ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a deadbolt lock

Eighty percent of home break-ins occur at the front and back entries, so mechanical deadbolt locks installed on these doors can vastly add to the security of your home. If the door has a window, it’s a particularly good choice because the lock is keyed on both sides of the door so an intruder can’t break the window and reach through to open ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a pedestal sink

One of the tricks home builders use in a small bathroom is using a pedestal sink instead of a boxy base cabinet that takes up a larger footprint. The streamline pedestal takes up a fraction of the space and creates an open feeling in the room. Whatever style you have in mind, there’s one to fit your décor, whether it’s country, contemporary...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Texture a wall

You can transform flat walls in a room with a subtle texture and create the look of plaster without being rough using a specialty paint. The drywall becomes a warm and welcoming surface with paint applied like a faux finish; it’s often used by new home builders as a way to distinguish the surface of walls without adding a wallcovering to them....Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install carpet tiles

We first noticed carpet tiles in offices because they can be replaced where heavy foot traffic makes an obvious worn pattern, so it’s no surprise carpet tiles have made their way into the home furnishings market.

It’s a lot easier and cheaper to replace a section of carpeting rather than wall-to-wall carpeting when only a section has worn ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Replace a kitchen sink

A stainless steel sink is timeless in the ever changing latest design trends in kitchen decor. Replacing an old, worn sink with chips and scratches with a new lightweight stainless steel sink makes it easy to handle and install.

Sinks are designed as an undermount unit that attaches underneath the countertop or as a top mount unit with self-...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a floating floor

The planks of a floating floor don’t need glue or adhesive like a traditional flooring material because they lock together creating a tight bond between the tongue and edge of the planks. They are laminate planks installed over a dense resilient foam that makes it soft underfoot and prevents the planks from flexing when rolled over a flat and ...Read more

Do It Yourself of Not: Replace a bathroom fan motor

In a busy family bathroom nothing gets a harder workout than a bathroom fan. You can replace the guts of the fan, without tearing out the whole thing, when it becomes noisy and does a poor job of removing hot, damp air. The Fantech Bath Fan Conversion Kit Model BFRK100 is designed for do-it-yourselfers and lets you use the existing exhaust fan ...Read more



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