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Do It Yourself or Not: Cane a chair

Lovers of antique furniture are always on the lookout for a chair with an original cane seat because it's a prized possession. If you're looking for such a treasure and find one with damaged or missing caning you can have the chair recaned or do it yourself, assuming you're patient and persistent and adept at working with your hands.

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Do It Yourself or Not: Build a glass block wall

Prefabricated glass block systems are often used to create a shower wall enclosure in a bathroom, but today's designers and homeowners can create new spaces with them throughout a house. The versatility of these systems lets you create a half-wall or floor-to-ceiling room divider, define space in a front entry or bring daylight into a room with ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Replace a laundry tub

Is your laundry area in need of a facelift? A good place to start is replacing the old fiberglass wash sink with a stylish new laundry tub. It seems the utilitarian sink designed to collect water from the washing machine does a lot more than that while accumulating stains and scars from years of painting and gardening chores. To update the space...Read more

Texture paint a ceiling

Adding a texture to a ceiling is an attractive way to conceal imperfections and light cracks while adding interest and dimension to an otherwise flat surface. It's not a solution for a ceiling marred with deep cracks, but it can be a decorative finish with swirls and stippling effects that hide small blemishes.

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Repair a toilet

If there's one life skill every person should have it's how to fix a toilet, or at least be able to diagnose why it's not property operating. Knowing how a toilet works and how to keep it working is not as mysterious as it seems. Fluidmaster.com, a manufacturer of plumbing parts, has a nice video to put you in the know.

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Do It Yourself or Not: Install cork floor tiles

Cork has been used in European homes for years, and as an eco-friendly flooring material it's a popular choice here in the states too. Made from the bark of cork oak, the material is known as a soft, durable and sound-deadening flooring solution. It's renewable because the tree is never harvested; the outer bark is stripped from the trunk ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install wall shelves

Make the most of wall space in a utility room, up in the attic, down in the basement or out in a shed or garage; anywhere storage space is needed. We find wall shelves most useful in a small space like a laundry closet where bulky cleaning supplies are used.

Walk into any home center and find an array of shelving systems, with the vertical ...Read more

Install an electric wall heater

Having trouble getting heat to a room? Sometimes a room is located too far away from the furnace ducts that supply heat to the rooms in a house. If that's the case, consider adding an electric heater installed on a wall in the room to make the space comfortable and warm. This add-on solution is a less expensive way to solve the problem than ...Read more


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