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Do It Yourself or Not: Regrout ceramic tile

Ceramic tile is an enduring, hardworking surface, but the grout securing it to a wall is vulnerable to being cracked or stained with mold and mildew. When grout loses its holding power it can damage the underlayment, not to mention become an eyesore. If you’re handy or want to learn home repair and maintenance skills, you can fix the problem ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Repair wallboard

Today the walls of most houses are made of wallboard, which is compressed gypsum covered with a paper facing. And that paper facing can be fragile and easily damaged even though it appears solid on the outside. Two high-risk areas for damage are the wall behind a door without a doorstop and the wall in a kitchen or dining area behind an often ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install raised paneling

To add a rich, warm appeal to a room, consider installing wood raised paneling as a wainscoting on the walls. You’ll see it in a library of an upscale home, and often surrounding the walls of a restaurant, to add character and enhance a room’s appeal. And designers often use wood wainscoting to transform an ordinary room to extraordinary. ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a tin-look ceiling

The pressed metal of a tin ceiling draws all eyes up because it’s an attractive treatment to top off a room. It creates an authentic and appealing look, but a tin-like material is easier to install and less expensive than pressed metal. Lightweight, vinyl-coated tiles in classic turn-of-the-century designs are dead ringers for real tin and ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Add a door viewer

We understand that not everyone is comfortable with the idea of cutting a hole in their front door. But a peephole is a handy upgrade. It’s a small, but mighty addition to your front door that provides the security of knowing who is at your door without having to open it to find out.

Here’s how it works: The viewer’s optical lens, with a ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a dimmer switch

Who knew the tried-and-true toggle light switch is not nearly as easy to use as a dimmer switch that you operate by sliding your finger up and the light goes on; slide it down the pad and the light dims. At first dimmers were promoted for use in dining areas to lower the light and create a quiet mood and ambiance for dining. Today they’re a ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a marble floor

New floor tiles in a room make a dramatic change, whether it’s modest or high-end material. A new surface creates a backdrop for furnishing while it also unifies the space. To see what flooring materials are available, take a walk through a home or design center to see the many choices to consider.

Marble’s durability makes it a popular ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install kitchen cabinets

If remodeling your kitchen is on your priority list of home improvements, you won’t be surprised to know a large chunk of money will be the cost of the cabinets and their installation. Think of kitchen base and wall cabinets as built-in furniture that must be designed to fit along the walls throughout the space and around appliances.

No ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Paint a room

The best bang for a DIY buck is to paint a room, because paint is the least expensive fast fix-up for a facelift that we know. A new splash of paint brightens dull walls and creates a fresh, new feeling in a room and a uniform backdrop for furnishings. This is a no-brainer job, even for a beginning DIYer, because it's goof-proof; the paint and ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install polystyrene molding

Install molding and change plain-Jane walls to transform any room with a distinct style and mood. Molding is an architectural element that’s always noticed whether it’s installed on walls at the ceiling and baseboard, or as a chair rail or outlining doors and windows.

Traditionally molding was made of plaster and wood, but today a popular ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a wall-mounted door

A pocket door has long been a solution to create privacy when a traditional door doesn’t work. In some tight spaces there’s no swinging room for the door because of furniture or the door swings into a passageway. That works nicely when the walls are drywall, and the pocket door can neatly slide into the wall cavity. The challenge is walls ...Read more



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