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The Greatest Haunted House You Could Ever DIY
Is there any better holiday than Halloween to indulge your wildest imagination? Your home decor gets free license to be outrageously creepy and campy all at the s...
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Underbed Storage: 8 Helpers to Buy or DIY
Nine times out of ten, the search for extra storage space in the bedroom can leave a homeowner stumped. If your closet is stuffed past capacity and your drawers a...
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10 Fall Door DIYs for the Best House on the Block
In fall we celebrate the beauty and bounty of nature. This is a time of harvesting and hosting, of rejoicing in the changing season. This autumn, before your visi...
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9 Temporary Options for Commitment-Phobes
Our homes are an extension of our identities. It’s where we relax, recharge, and entertain. It feels good to express your personality in your living space. But so...
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Project Showcase: Ben Uyeda's Modern Furniture
Ben Uyeda of Homemade Modern is an architect, blogger, and maker. And some of his most incredible creations are projects you can DIY in your own home with a few s...
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9 Creative Uses for the Back of Any Door
Hidden behind every door is a wealth of untapped potential—often times the extra bit of storage you've been dreaming about, sometimes service for a hack. There’s ...
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Hardware Store Decor: 9 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Tools
Tools were made to be used, even long after their heyday of tough DIY assignments has passed. Whether you've shelved your older tools for newer models or you've i...
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Before & After: A Fireplace Redo
Jessica Bruno is a mom, daughter, and granddaughter—and the creative force behind the popular blog Four Generations O...
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Ordinary Walls Become Extraordinary with Fool-Proof Paint-On Accents
Looking for a finishing touch for your painted wall? Just add a stencil. This trendy technique offers an easy, inexpensive way to turn any surface into a statemen...
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9 Alternative Uses for Toothpaste
Everyone knows that toothpaste cleans your teeth and brightens your smile, but did you know it can do the same for many products around your house? Non-gel toothp...
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10 IKEA Favorites Made New with Paint
The IKEA name has come to represent smart, affordable home solutions for homeowners and apartment dwellers of all ages. But with the popularity comes easy recogni...
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7 Things You Can Make with Copper Pipes—Easily!
Copper just may be the new black. This bright-toned metal is a fast-growing design trend, found in big statement pieces as well as small details. No doubt, copper...
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Genius! DIY Murphy Bed
There's something kind of fascinating about the Murphy bed. Is it a bed? Is it a closet? And just how do you manage t...
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Redecorate Your Home for—and with—Pennies
You can get all the luster of a metallic surface without breaking the bank. The trick? Use pennies. Incorporating the coins into your design as a material can sav...
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8 Ways to Stop Hating Your Floor—Without Replacing It
As the base of any room, the flooring lays the foundation of a space's style. So what happens if you're feeling uninspired by your concrete or vinyl floor? Instal...
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3 New Ways to Decorate with Fallen Leaves
Decorating your home for the holidays can be as simple as grabbing fistfuls of leaves from the backyard—seriously. The creators of a San Francisco floral design c...
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8 Unique Ways to Build Your Own Table
Not every handmade table needs to be built from scratch in a woodworking shop. In fact, ones constructed from upcycled materials usually bring the most character ...
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Renovate Your Rental: 9 Kitchen Upgrades You Can Make
Renters don’t always have a say in the design or decor of a kitchen, and unless you have a flexible landlord, cosmetic changes are not easy to accomplish. But the...
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7 Creative DIY Ways to Reuse a 5-Gallon Bucket
What do you do with an extra 5 gallon bucket? Once its contents are gone, its usefulness is only beginning. That's because there are so many practical ways to reu...
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9 Decorating Lessons We Learned from Social Media
Each and every one of us appreciates a little inspiration when it comes to producing a beautiful home on a budget. We’ll get our fix anywhere we can, whether by w...
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9 Inventive Ways to Decorate with Tree Trunks, Branches, and Twigs
Decorative uses of straight-from-nature wood have been on the rise for a few years now, and the trend shows no sign of slowing. Why should it? Bringing the outdoo...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Low-Cost DIY Fire Pits
After a summer spent out in the Great Wide Open, we hate to retreat indoors, but in most parts of the country, it's o...
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10 New Uses for Old Dressers
The dresser is a sturdy staple of almost every bedroom, but daily wear and tear can put even the best one into disrepair. When it's time to for a new dresser, don...
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Dos and Don'ts of Arranging a Bookshelf
If you're just lining up your books alphabetically on metal shelving units, you're missing out on a great decorating opportunity. A well-styled bookcase pairs fun...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for October
Summer's gone and autumn's knocking at the door. The month of October brings colorful leaves, cool breezes, and Halloween trick-or-treaters. It's also the perfect...
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Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The PVC Pipe Competition Starts Today
PVC pipes are a ubiquitous fixture in many homes, though you wouldn't know it by looking at the surface. That's becau...
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DIY Desk Organizer with PVC Pipe
Why buy a desktop organizer when you can make your own? That's what Cher, brains behind Designs by Studio C, thought ...
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DIY PVC Pipe Wine Rack
When Rachelle, blogger from Adventures in Creating, saw a modern (and pricey!) wine rack for sale, it was love at fir...
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The Cheapest Ways to Boost Your Home's Value
Let's face it: For homeowners in most cities, the real estate boom is far, far behind us. Most folks need to squeeze every last penny out of their investment when...
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DIY Kids Chairs with PVC Pipe
Summer might be over, but that didn't stop us from appreciating these amazing (and amazingly simple-to-make) summer c...
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Genius! DIY Faux Stained Glass
There's something about the nostalgic and timeless beauty of stained glass. . . but genuine stained glass comes with ...
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DIY PVC Pipe Mirror
Who says PVC pipe can't be really, really good-looking? Alicia from Thrifty & Chic makes a case for keeping PVC p...
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DIY PVC Pipe Bathroom Storage
When Crafting in the Rain blogger, Steph, remodeled her bathroom, she said goodbye to an ugly old cabinet—but lost so...
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DIY PVC Pipe Planter
Everyone's got that their weak spot. For Melissa, it's succulents. So when her gardening addiction found her running ...
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8 Great DIY Ways to Use Cinder Blocks
Coming in at less than $2 per block and useful for a wide variety of purposes, cinder blocks are—you might say—worth their considerable weight in gold. These load...
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5 Things to Do with... Magnets
In most homes, the only magnets are the ones studding the refrigerator door. And while many of us would be lost witho...
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8 Countertops You'd Never Believe Were Handmade
Don’t live with countertops you hate. Even without the money, time, or motivation for a full-on kitchen renovation, there are several DIY ways to do-over your cou...
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10 Insanely Creative Shelves You Can DIY
Why not DIY shelves to hold hardcovers, collectibles, or home office supplies? Better yet, tackle DIY shelves that are as eye-catching as the items they put on di...
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8 DIY Storage Solutions for a Closet-less Room
Storage space ranks near the top of every homeowner's wish list. If you're lucky enough to have his-and-her closets, you're living the dream. But what are you to ...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Creative Ways to DIY Your Next Calendar
It used to be that people relied on the seasons to measure the passage of time, but once the calendar came into commo...
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9 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Fixer-Upper
So the new house isn't perfect—it needs a little fixing up. A house that needs some TLC might seem like a bargain, especially if it's your first home, but are you...
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7 Ways to Make Your New House Look Old
You’ve just purchased a home built in the past 10 to 15 years, and it has everything you need: the perfect location, a good-size lot, big closets, top-of-the-line...
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10 Ways to Use Leather in Your Next Project
Leather is a material that is often equated with luxury, which is why leather can really give your DIY projects that extra-special touch. And despite its luxe rep...
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9 Potent Cleaners You Didn't Know You Had
More and more people are steering away from commercial cleaners with their harsh chemicals and opting for more natural choices to get their homes spotless. While ...
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5 Minutes Flat: 7 Upgrades You Can Do in Under 300 Seconds
Home improvement projects don’t have to drag on for weeks—or even wait for the weekend! Here are 7 easy upgrades that you can accomplish in just a little more tim...
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9 Ways to Get on Board with Pegboard
Pegboard is a go-to choice for garage storage because its grid of predrilled holes holds a variety of hooks that neatly store tools and keep them close at hand. B...
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10 Toolbox Hacks for Your Next DIY Project
There's a little MacGyver in all of us. And when it comes to DIY, who couldn't use another shortcut? Whether your toolbox is fully stocked or you're slowly acquir...
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8 Smart Shoe Racks You Can Make Today
Shoes are a bit like weeds—they tend to get out of control before you know it. But fortunately, shoes are a lot easier to tame. And as the saying goes (sort of), ...
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Shhh! 11 DIYs for a Soundproofed Home
No matter where you live, be it city, suburb, or country, noise is just about everywhere. Even the quietest of neighborhoods regularly experience some level of no...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Set Up a Home Recycling Station
If you live in one of the many municipalities encouraging—or even mandating—an effort to recycle, your day-to-day now...
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A+ Storage Hacks for the Best Dorm Room on Campus
In tiny dorm rooms split shared with a roommate—sometimes more than one—floorspace is like water in the desert. It’s a precious thing. Use these easy, affordable ...
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5 Things to Do with... Shoeboxes

There's something about the size, durability, and versatility of shoeboxes that compels us to keep them long after ou...
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8 New Ways to Use Old Wooden Crates
Old wooden crates tend to evoke feelings of nostalgia—of the simple, good life. They also happen to be an amazingly versatile (and often free) source of inspirati...
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Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The DIY Headboards Competition Starts Today
The headboard is no mere decorative accent; as the focal point of the bedroom, it sets the mood and style tone for th...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must-Do" Projects for September
September marks the official beginning of autumn, which means there are leaves to be raked and cold weather preparations to be made. But this month is more than j...
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DIY Barn Door Headboard
We've seen a resurgence in barn door decor over the years but when we spotted this project from Beth at Home Stories ...
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DIY Wood Headboard
We love it when home DIYers aren't afraid to work with wood and stains. So when we saw this project from Mandy at The...
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DIY Wingback Upholstered Headboard
There's something transporting about wingback furniture. And private. When it comes to wingback headboards, that litt...
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DIY Door Upcycled Headboard
French doors are one of those charming classics that we think never goes out of style. And so that's why we thought t...
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DIY Reclaimed Barn Door Headboard
At BobVila. com we like resourcefulness. And we love reclaimed wood. So when we saw this salvaged barn door headboard...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Easy Ways to Build an Outdoor Movie Screen
Like fireflies and fireworks, movies under the stars make for magically memorable summer nights. But if your town or ...
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IKEA Headboard Gets a DIY Makeover
Who doesn't love IKEA? It's affordable, flat packs make it easy to transport, and a breeze to assemble (well, usually...
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8 Kids Clubhouses You Never Want to Outgrow
So many memories are made in the backyard. Every kid craves a little place of his or her own—a place to imagine and invent, plot and plan. A clubhouse is the perf...
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DIY Repurposed Window Headboard
At BobVila. com, we love an old window. No, really. And this repurposed window headboard from Liz Marie puts one of o...
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Genius! DIY Citronella Candles
You mean you can make your own citronella candles? Now, that's genius! Mother and daughter team Vicki and Jennifer at...
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Designs for a Custom End Table
We entrust a great deal of responsibility to the end table, an unsung hero of the living room furniture ensemble. A v...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Window Screens
If that window screen is torn beyond repair, don't take the entire panel out to the trash. Rather, look for ways to r...
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INFOGRAPHIC: Sober Uses for Beer & Booze Around the House
An outstanding perk of hosting friends and family for a potluck affair can be the copious volume of alcohol left over...
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Genius! World's Most Amazing DIY Slip 'N Slide
In the DIY world, there are great projects, and then there are the truly genius projects that make life a little more...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Creative Ways to Build a Garden Trellis
You can buy a trellis, sure—but where's the fun in that? With no sacrifice in function, a unique DIY trellis separate...
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Easy DIY Fixes for 11 Annoying House Problems 
It can be a real chore to deal with all of your home's trouble spots and "quirks," especially after you've learned to live with them. Sometimes it's out of pure p...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Summery DIY Porch Swings
I'm not sure, I haven't researched it, but sitting—no, swaying—on a porch swing might be the most relaxing of all the...
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Bob Vila Thumbs Up: Announcing the Concrete Projects Competition!
Every day, we see tons of incredible DIY projects. Some are done by seasoned veterans of the do-it-yourself world. Ot...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for August
By the time August hits, the end of summer is on the horizon, regretfully, but don't despair—there's still plenty of time left before fall. Make the most of this ...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Easy-to-Make Pet Beds
Is there a Rufus or Rover in your clan? Even if your pet is allowed on all the soft spots enjoyed by the two-legged m...
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Make It Personal: Monograms Where You Least Expected Them
For centuries, monograms were used to signify status and power, whether stitched in golden thread or etched in silver. These days, they still add polish and style...
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DIY Concrete Countertops
We loved Jessie's concrete countertops at Imperfectly Polished and couldn't wait to feature them. The entire project ...
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DIY Concrete Letters
When we came across this DIY concrete letter and ampersand from Katelyn at Learning, Creating, Living, we had to shar...
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DIY Concrete Lamp
Concrete is one of the most versatile materials. And unlike many raw materials, concrete can be molded into any shape...
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DIY Concrete Candle Holders
Inspiration comes in many forms—sometimes even in a store catalog. When Diane of In My Own Style saw these Concrete F...
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DIY Hand Planters
There are lots of DIY concrete planters out there, but not many are in the shape of a pair of hands. We were so struc...
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DIY Concrete Tabletop
Sometimes we see a project that truly bowls us over. This concrete tabletop from Pete at D. I. Y. Projects with Pete ...
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Sitting Pretty: 11 Amazing Chair Makeovers
Chairs are hospitable and versatile. Adding a couple of great chairs is an easy and affordable way to give a space a new look—plus, chairs are a cinch to repositi...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Delectable DIY Picnic Tables
There’s nothing nicer than enjoying the company of friends and family over food and drink in the summertime. But do y...
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10 DIY Ways Renters Can Remake Their Space
Life as a renter is a mix of pros and cons. While you don't have to fix the leaky faucet yourself, you don't have the option to change it either. Sure, you have l...
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How To: Recover a Chair
It's only a matter of time: Sooner or later, your chairs with upholstered seats are going to get worn, dirty, or date...
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How To: Transform a Cabinet with Spray Paint
Is there a dated, shabby, worn-out cabinet hogging space somewhere in your home? If so, you may feel tempted to get r...
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10 DIY Labels for Better Home Organization
As we acquire more and more stuff, it becomes harder and harder to keep track of it all. That's where labeling becomes paramount. But before you settle on stan...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Crafty Paper Lanterns to Create Quickly
To add a delightful detail to your home, you need not invest heavily in the effort, either financially or in terms of...
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Reinventing the Wheel: 10 Smart New Uses for Old Tires
Wheels have come a long way since their Stone Age introduction. No longer just for transporting objects from place to place, wheels have become a starting point f...
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10 "Zero Dollar" Storage Hacks
Closets are built with doors for a reason: They’re meant to hide stuff. Still, these essential storage spots are some of the most-used spaces in any home—so why n...
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10 Creative New Ways to Use Old Bottles
Is your recycling bin overflowing with old wine, beer, and soda bottles? Glass bottles fill local dumps and monster landfill sites all over the world. While house...
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Kid-Friendly DIY: 10 Projects Sure to Inspire Summer Fun
Summertime is on, and the kids are out of school. Every mom knows that for these three months it's more important than ever to keep the kids busy. But you don't h...
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Starting TODAY–New Bob Vila Thumbs Up Competition!
Here at BobVila. com, we are always impressed with the high caliber of DIY projects that you accomplish at home. Whet...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Quirky Ways to Build a Bird Feeder
Whether you're washing dishes at the sink or sitting at the desk in your home office, it's pleasant to look out the w...
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Hitting the High Notes: 10 Musical Instruments Reimagined
Many of us have musical instruments that occupy a special place in our hearts, even if they no longer occupy a place in our lives. It's hard to imagine parting wi...
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Bathing Beauties, Before & After: 7 Stunning Bathroom Makeovers
Because the bathroom isn’t the first thing visitors see, it often falls to the bottom of the DIY to-do list. But a bathroom shouldn’t stay out of sight and out of...
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DIY Mason Jar Speaker Set
The humble mason jar can hold nearly anything—including tech gadgets! Designer Sarah Pease converted these canning ja...
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DIY Outdoor Chandelier
I just love candles in mason jars. A few summers ago I bought a package of half-pint jars and some light wire and mad...
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DIY Blue Mason Jar Chandelier
I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this project with you. I’m so in love with blue mason jars. I’ve been want...
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DIY Mason Jar Windchime
It was only a matter of time before I tried out my bottle cutter on a mason jar. Here's how I pulled off this mason-j...
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DIY Mason Jar Solar Lamp
When the words mason jar and solar lamp come together in the same sentence, I don’t care who you are—you get excited....
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make Your Own Hammock
What else says summer like a hammock gently swaying in the afternoon breeze? If you do not love the styles—or the pri...
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Wow with Words: 10 Ways to Bring Typography Style Home
Do actions really speak louder than words? If we're talking about relationships, most people would probably say yes. But when it comes to your home, words themsel...
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10 Creatively Crafty Decoupage Projects to DIY
When something in your home is in need of a little pick-me-up, you can’t go wrong with decoupage. The process is relatively easy—though a little messy—and nearly ...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for June
The first day of summer is almost here, and memories of the long, cruel winter have all but left our collective consciousness. Since June is a great month to fire...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Beautifully Basic DIY Bookends
If you have a few especially beloved books in your collection, why not use a pair of DIY bookends to set them apart a...
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Pipe Dreams: 10 Inspiring DIY Projects with PVC
While you may have no idea what polyvinyl chloride is, chances are you have some in your home, in the form of PVC pipes. PVC is an inexpensive, hard yet flexible,...
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Bob Vila's Thumbs Up Starts TODAY!
This month we’re launching the first ever Bob Vila’s Thumbs Up competition—and we need your help! Here at BobVila. co...
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10 Thrifty DIY Ways to Organize Your Home
Life works so much better when it’s organized. But many of us worry that it will take too much money to get all the right storage solutions, all those beautiful, ...
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Boring Cabinets No More! 10 Easy and Affordable Kitchen Upgrades
One of the most prominent fixtures in your kitchen—the cabinets—can be your quickest path to creating a whole new room. If you’re looking for a change in kitchen ...
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14 DIY Projects Perfect for the Weekend
It doesn't take a big budget and a crew of professional contractors to revamp your house. Reinvent your home yourself, room by room, one weekend at a time. It's e...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Bike Racks to DIY on the Cheap
Depending on where you live, you may be completely surprised or utterly unimpressed by this fact: Worldwide, bicycles...
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Growing Up: 10 Inventive DIY Vertical Gardens
Spring is in the air and it’s time to get growing! Whether you’re working within the confines of an apartment balcony, a modest backyard, or an expansive ranch, a...
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5 Things to Do with... Tree Stumps
As the country emerges from a harsh winter, many homeowners are facing the prospect of cutting down and cleaning up h...
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13 DIY Window Treatments to Dress Up Your Space
Just as clothes make the man, the right dressings can make all the difference for your windows too. Whether your window overlooks a dramatic vista or merely your ...
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Beyond Recognition: 10 Rooms Totally Transformed
DIY bloggers are a talented bunch. Skilled in carpentry, styling, and social media, they constantly challenge themselves with home makeover projects that last any...
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Mother's Day Gift Guide: 10 Ideas to DIY or Buy
When Mother's Day rolls around, many of us say it with flowers—the most popular gift of the holiday. But if Mom has more than enough bouquets at home, get creativ...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Easy DIY Beanbag Chairs
Beanbag chairs come with a host of often negative connotations. In the eyes of an average homeowner—someone who perha...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Sturdy and Stylish DIY Dining Tables
The dining table is where families gather to enjoy meals, swap stories, and make memories. Given its central role in ...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Toys
Up in the attic, down in the basement, or out in the garage, chances are that you've got a chest full of old toys. If...
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17 Creative Ways to Repurpose Cardboard
While technology is constantly giving us new ways of doing things, there are some things that stubbornly stay the same. Take the good old cardboard box, for examp...
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6 Creative Things to Do with Leftover Tiles
Having leftover tiles after remodeling your home can often times be a blessing in disguise. Not only are leftover tiles ...
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How to Make Wall-Mounted Pinch Pots
Our new house is white walled, and I'm kind of loving it. I like the idea of bringing in little pops of color with ar...
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Easy DIY: Decorating a Door with Paint
I have a roof to finish, a yard to put it, a house exterior to paint, and what am I spending my time doing? …de...
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Make Your Own Vanity: 12 Inventive Bathroom Rehabs
The centerpiece of any bathroom is the vanity. It not only holds the sink, but it also provides valuable storage. Its finish and style often help set the palette ...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Unique and Easy DIY Pendant Lights for Any Room
Nobody wants to spend time in a room with bad lighting, but how do you avoid it? Well, there's strength in numbers: O...
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12 Ways to Wake Up Your Tired Outdoor Furniture
When spring is in the air and the weather starts to heat up, so does your outdoor entertaining. But after a long winter, your outdoor furniture might be looking s...
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5 Things to Do with... Artificial Turf
When artificial turf came onto the scene in the mid-1960s, it offered several advantages over natural grass lawns, ea...
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DIY Tales: Converting a Closet into a Home Office
I am super excited about today’s post. I recently gave the guest room a bit of a facelift with some paint and art....
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10 "Sober" Alternative Uses for Alcohol at Home
It's the perfect accompaniment for an exquisite meal and close friends, but drink too much of it, and you may find yourself slipping and stumbling into a heap of ...
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DIY Tales: Kids' Room Renovations
Before Like the Master Bedroom, this side of the 2nd floor almost doubled in size as we changed from a low profile cape ...
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13 Unexpected Ways to Use Contact Paper Around the House
Contact paper has long been the stuff of mothers' old cabinet drawers. Today, adhesive paper has firmly rolled into the 21st century with a wide variety of eye-ca...
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DIY Tales: Locating a Bathroom Leak
When I returned home from Jack's karate lesson, Sweetie told me I needed to check the toilet in the guest bathroom. It...
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Get to Work! 15 DIY Workbenches, Craft Counters, and Potting Tables
Whether you’re a woodworker, gardener, or avid DIYer, you need a comfortable work surface at which to complete your projects. While there are many workbenches, cr...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Easy and Elegant DIY Canopy Beds
We tend to think of canopy beds as being romantic, glamorous, and perhaps a bit showy. Yet their origins are humble. ...
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5 Things to Do with... Test Tubes
Test tubes are commonplace and entirely unremarkable in locations like science labs and chemistry classrooms. But in ...
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13 DIY Lanterns to Illuminate Your Porch, Patio, or Garden
When the weather gets warm, outdoor living heats up, and porches and patios become the place to be. As your sunny days shift to balmy nights, add some atmosphere ...
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18 Bathroom Updates You Can Do in a Day
The bathroom may not be the venue of choice for your next social gathering, but on any given day, it receives a number of visitors—and for that reason alone, it's...
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Turn On the Style: 11 DIY Switch Plate Upgrades
Plastic isn’t always fantastic, and most standard light switch plates can be a total snooze. With a little DIY care, these often-overlooked elements of your home ...
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DIY Tales: Repurposing an Old Chest of Drawers
I’ve been keeping a really fun secret! When my SIL asked me to turn this Entertainment Center into a Play Kitch...
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Top 10 Classic DIY Projects for the Outdoors
It's time to embrace the warmer weather by tackling a couple of outdoor DIY home improvements. There's so much to be done, where do you start? How about right her...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Unique Coasters You Can Easily Create
In bars and restaurants, drink coasters often bear the logos and slogans of popular beverage brands. At home, DIY coa...
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5 Things to Do with... Coffee Grounds
If you drink coffee, chances are that you drink it every day. Sure, sometimes you get it on the go, but if you're any...
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DIY Tales: Reinventing a Vintage Hutch
This week’s guest post is submitted by a fabulous Stylish Patina reader and fellow furniture re-imaginer, Lindsa...
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Blown Away: 12 Upcycled Wind Chimes You Can Make
Do you want a unique set of wind chimes to add some personality to your garden, patio, balcony, or deck? You’re in luck—no need to go to an expensive home boutiqu...
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9 DIY Wood Wall Treatments
Wood is found inside every home, from the framing to the floor. With the exception of floors, molding, and trim, however, most of it is covered by drywall, paint,...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Simple Ways to Set Up a Compost Bin
Compost: It's what eventually becomes of all decomposing organic material. Essentially, it's dirt—but it's not just a...
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Back to Basics: Hanging Drywall
In the past week or so, we started hanging drywall in our home office. It’s not a terribly quick process and it&rs...
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5 Things to Do with... Cassette Tapes
Chances are good that in some remote corner of your home there lies a box full of dusty cassette tapes. Be honest: Wh...
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DIY Tales: Painting a Vintage Cabinet
Another DIY project for the summer porch (if it ever gets above freezing around here so we can actually use the porch). ...
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Easy DIY: Vintage-Style Light Fixture
Vintage is so modern! I know it’s an oxymoron in itself, but it’s true. …and I for one LOVE vi...
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17 DIY Mini Bars to Mix Up Your Home Decor
After a long day, almost nothing is as relaxing as enjoying a cocktail. If you like to unwind with a drink but don't always like the stress or expense of going ou...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Clever Designs for a DIY Curtain Rod
Details: They make a house a home. Every element you add to serve a purpose also offers an opportunity to personalize...
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15 Shipping Pallet Projects for the DIY Home
Shipping pallets are the DIYer’s standby building material for many good reasons. They aren’t hard to come by, and even damaged pallets can be salvaged for smalle...
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5 Things to Do with... Junk Mail
Everyone hates email spam, and rightfully so. It does have one redeeming factor, though: It's relatively easy to mana...
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Easy DIY: Mosaic Tile Bedroom Mirror
With all the home improvement projects we've been doing our master bedroom has gotten the short end of the stick. It'...
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8 Brilliant DIY Ways to Reinvent Your Dinnerware
If you're like me, you enjoy mixing things up from time to time just to keep life interesting. This especially applies to home decor. Giving your personal space a...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Very Versatile DIY Ottomans
Available in all shapes and sizes and with or without built-in storage features, ottomans are among the most versatil...
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DIY Tales: China Hutch Make-Over
DIY China Hutch Make-over Good morning everyone! I am sitting here at 6:00 with a large frosty diet coke finishing up th...
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DIY Tales: Refurbishing an Antique Table
This week's DIY project is a turn-of-the-century table Coach had stashed in the barn. At first, it was pretty beat up, l...
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How To: Install a 3-Way Dimmer Switch
We had a nice electrician man come to redo some lights for our kitchen.To be specific, we had a lovely fluorescent box h...
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Easy DIY: Refreshing a Curio Cabinet
This week’s guest post features a curio cabinet transformation submitted by Stylish Patina reader, Janelle Welch. ...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Sweaters
If your tastes have changed or you've outgrown a favorite old sweater, you have options aside from donating the garme...
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DIY Tales: Repairing Solid Wood Doors
If you have ever experienced solid hardwood doors, you know they can’t be beat in comparison to hollow doors. T...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Marvelous Mirrors You Can Make in a Day
There's more to a mirror than just seeing yourself in its glass. For one thing, because they reflect natural and arti...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Rakes
What good is a rake you can no longer use in the garden? Actually, there are countless ingenious ways to give a secon...
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Garage Doors Repurposed: 10 Innovative Design Uses
If you’re planning on improving your home's curb appeal by installing a new garage door, don’t be so fast to throw out the old one. Disposing of a large, cumberso...
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More Than Meets the iPhone: 9 Add-Ons to Transform Your Mobile Device
Thanks to a legion of software apps, smartphones have evolved into "Star Trek"-like communicator devices. Of course, loading up on software isn't the only way to ...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Flat-Out Wonderful DIY Platform Beds
Platform beds never go out of style—unlike, say, platform shoes, but that's a different story. Appropriate in a range...
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5 Things to Do with… Washi Tape
Washi tape: It's a little like masking tape, but it's a lot more fun than masking tape could ever be. Readily availab...
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DIY Tales: Old Chair Redo
I'm not sure of the age of this chair, but by the appearance of the three layers of finishes and seat covers, it must be...
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DIY Tales: Colonial Country Cupboard
Last summer, Coach and I took a long weekend trip to Bethel, Maine for a bit of golf and R & R. Well, I should say...
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DIY Tales: DIY Bathroom Vanity
Where to begin on this one…. There was a bathroom vanity in my house that HAD to come out. Was it ugly? Not ...
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Nightstand Project Ideas
You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. Only when I tried living without a nightstand did I realize how import...
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DIY Tales: "America the Beautiful" Map
America the Beautiful. Sorry that I’ve been a wee bit obsessed with maps recently, but I am sharing my latest DIY...
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5 Things to Do with... Colanders
I love my colanders. Vintage-inspired, colorful, and enamel-coated, they work not only as strainers, but also as deco...
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DIY Tales: DIY Lighting Inspiration
If you've ever been in the market for lighting in your home, you know how expensive it can be. In fact, so expensive tha...
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DIY Tales: Under-Cabinet Drawers
Under Cabinet Drawers Hi Everyone!!! Right now it’s all about storage in our shop today as we show you how we incr...
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Weekend Projects: Make a Shower Curtain 5 Ways
Shower liners are a humdrum necessity. They perform the simple but important role of keeping water in the shower stal...
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15 Coffee Bars to Put Pep in Your Home Design
The explosion in popularity of single-serve coffeemakers like the Keurig has given rise to a new home design trend: the coffee bar. Making a cup of coffee now req...
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5 Things to Do with... Fireplace Ashes
Cozying up to a roaring fire is a winter evening pastime that no one would reject. Disposing of fireplace ashes? Well...
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DIY Tales: Rustic Vintage Rolling Bar Cart
DIY Tutorial- Rescuing and Restoring and Reloving an old cabinet into a Rustic Rolling Bar Cart. This antique, beat up...
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Open Sesame: 12 Ways to Dress Up a Drab Door
Does your house suffer from drab door syndrome? It’s a common diagnosis. We tend to view doors as necessities—all function and no frill—so we don't see them as th...
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Easy DIY: Choosing the Right Outdoor Paver for Your DIY Patio Project
Are you toiling with the idea of building your patio floor all by yourself? Here is a guide to help you choose the right...
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11 Stylish Ways to Enhance—or Hide—Your Radiators
With much of the nation experiencing the bitterest temperatures on record, many of us are appreciating our radiators like never before. Why not show that love by ...
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DIY Tales: LOVE-ingly Restored Hope Chest
Back when I was a little girl, hope chests were a thing. The only company I was aware of that built them was Lane-t...
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Interior Inspiration: Incredible Makeover of Basement Turned Home Pub
This unique basement transformation into a home pub with a wine cellar was designed by Crisp Architects in New York C...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Favorite DIY Wall Clocks
Since their advent in the Middle Ages, clocks have been made in a seemingly infinite range of styles. Even in the pre...
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5 Things to Do with... Wooden Dowels
Though they're nothing more than long, cylindrical pegs, wooden dowels can be used to make furniture and home accents...
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Easy DIY: DIY Picture Frame
DIY Picture Frame Hi everyone! Today we are going to show you how to make DIY picture frame from your old scrap wood. Th...
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DIY Tales: Installing Under-Cabinet Lighting for $25 in Under 30 Minutes
Nothing (to me) was more frustrating than trying to make delicious meals in an ill-lit kitchen. Okay, maybe some things ...
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12 Unique Designs for DIY Kitchen Islands
Are you looking for more storage or workspace in your kitchen but are reluctant to splurge on a custom kitchen island? Here are 12 creative islands that sprang up...
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Weekend Projects: 5 "Make Your Own" Kitchen Islands
In the kitchen, an island is surrounded on all sides not by water, but by foot traffic and day-to-day household activ...
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5 Things to Do with... Denim
Decades ago, denim may have seemed uniquely American, but today this sturdy fabric belongs to the world: A whopping 4...
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DIY Tales: Antiqued Mirror on the Wall
Who’s the fairest (and most rustic, vintage and gorgeous!) of them all? This mirror was another “throw-awa...
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Walk on the Wild Side: 14 Amazing Painted Floors
Does your floor need a new look? Instead of replacing it with costly broadloom or hardwood, consider painting it. Today’s homeowner has a lot options for painted ...
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Drab to Fab: 10 Fantastic Furniture Makeovers
Whether they involve repainting, resizing, or retrofitting, furniture makeovers are very popular in the DIY world. While original finishes and old-world style cer...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Stand-Out DIY Benches
Consider the DIY bench and its beautiful simplicity: It celebrates the union of form and function, don't you think? W...
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Bob Vila Radio: DIY Headboards
The most important part of any bed is the mattress: The right mattress on a good frame is key to a good night’s sleep...
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5 Things to Do with... Pegboard
People often peg pegboard as being fit only for the garage. Well, that theory sure has a lot of holes in it! As these...
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DIY Tales: Dresser Makeover... She’s a Classy Lady Now
When we moved in we needed dressers, and my Mother in Law was awesome and brought over four! We had them stored in ...
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Show-Offs! 9 Inventive Ways to Display a Collection
Why do we feel compelled to collect things? Some of us love the thrill of seeking out unusual items that delight us or reflect our interests, while others save me...
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Easy DIY: How to Paint a Coffee Table
When I was younger, a big mistake I made was assuming I couldn’t decorate my home nicely due to funds. It struc...
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DIY Tales: Shoe Storage Solution
Is my front door the only one that is the gathering place for discarded shoes? I clean up piles like this on a daily bas...
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Bulletin Boards to Organize Your Life
Every home needs a message center, and for most people, the standard office-style pin-board works fine. . . just fine...
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5 Things to Do with... Bricks
For thousands of years, people have made bricks and used them to build structures of all kinds. Even today, with so m...
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30 Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do
Not every home's a fixer-upper, but all houses need occasional repairs and maintenance. You'll be able to handle those jobs like a pro if you make sure you have t...
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Interior Inspiration: A Bookworm's Paradise
This house located in London was recently renovated by Platform 5 Architects. The client, a book lover with an extensive...
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DIY Tales: Vintage Butcher Block Table
Yet another DIY project to share. This butcher block table was actually in two pieces-the bottom had been kicking around...
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Room Makeovers: A 10 Year Old's Parisian Chic Room
My ten year old daughter has had a fascination with Paris since she was a toddler. She even has a "Paris fund" a savings...
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DIY Tales: Three-Drawer Chest Redo
I picked up this small chest of drawers really cheap. I decided to use it as my "brave creation". A traditional re-finis...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make Your Own Rug
When laid over floors or mounted on walls, area rugs imbue living spaces with warmth, style, and comfort. If you're s...
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5 Things to Do with... Cardboard Boxes
Without cardboard boxes, what would the world be like? At times, it seems like cardboard is nearly as ubiquitous—and ...
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DIY Tales: Improving Energy Efficiency in Our Old Home
When we first bought our house, it was not energy-efficient at all. Not by a long shot. The windows were all old and s...
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Easy DIY: End Table Tutorial
I am creating a small space (a corner) in my bedroom to read, so I removed the armoire from the corner of the room. ...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make a DIY Floor Lamp
When it comes to lighting, form and function are equally important. You want your fixtures to let you see what you're...
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10 Surprisingly Simple Woodworking Projects for Beginners
Woodworking doesn’t have to be daunting! Most of these fun, novice-friendly projects use scrap lumber and require just basic tools and some simple instructions. T...
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5 Things to Do with... Wine Corks
In the wake of holiday office functions, neighborhood tree lightings, and, of course, New Year's Eve parties, wine co...
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Hang ‘Em High: 10 Recycled Coat Racks That You Can Make Yourself
As we enter the season of sleet, rain, snow, and ice, winter coats can quickly clutter halls and mudrooms. Put them in their place with one of these DIY coat rack...
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Bob Vila Radio: Christmas Tree Crafts
Right now, there may be more than 25 million cut Christmas trees adorning rooms throughout the United States. Within ...
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Build Up Your Home Library: 10 Inspiring Reads with a DIY Point of View
Check out these literary favorites with a DIY bent that are guaranteed to galvanize you into undertaking new and exciting projects—or, at the very least, keep you...
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Easy DIY: Fancy Tablecloth
I wanted a nice table cloth for our annual neighborhood progressive party, but didn’t want to spend a bunch of mon...
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Ways to Make a Picture-Perfect Frame
It's a fact of life: We all have more photographs, paper keepsakes, and artwork than frames in which to display them....
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5 Things to Do with... Gift Wrap
It's always alarming to see how much gift wrap gets wasted during the holidays. Boldly patterned, brightly colored pa...
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DIY Tales: Installing Bath Hardware in Tile
******* When you work in bathrooms, the occasion will arise when you will need and want to mount something into til...
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Easy DIY: Vintage Bird Print Gallery Wall
Hey All! I know it's been about 2 months since my last post. I would just like to say that it's been a very busy and emo...
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Just in Time: 10 Stocking Stuffers to Save the Day
So it’s almost Christmas, and you’ve still got some stockings that need filling. Here are 10 simple gifts—some you can make yourself—to brighten anyone's holiday.
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Weekend Projects: Holiday Crafts for Kids
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's: It can be a real challenge to avoid stress this time of year! If...
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5 Things to Do with... Pens
The pen is mightier than the sword, everyone knows that. But when a pen runs out of ink, its power diminishes—or does...
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DIY Tales: Rewiring a Lamp
The switch on our living room lamp broke, leaving my favorite quiet spot too dark. Being the handy guy about town that I...
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Demolition Diaries: Finishing an Old House Salvage
We finished our old house salvage project that I told you about a few weeks ago, and I wanted to share some photos with ...
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DIY Tales: Board and Batten Wainscoting
Board and batten wainscoting for your bathroom Are you a board and Batten fan? Today’s post is picking up on part ...
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10 Imaginative Garlands to Add Charm and Whimsy to Your Holiday Tree
Why settle for just beads when you can dress your tree with stringed-decorations made from felt, corks, bells and more. Check out these imaginative Christmas gar...
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Let It Glow! 10 Festive and Easy DIY Candles
Candles are particularly valued during the holidays for their cozy ambiance and their ability to illuminate the decorations around them. But this year, why not em...
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Weekend Projects: 10 DIY Gifts to Make and Give
You don't need to spend a fortune or wait in long lines to give the perfect gift to a loved one this holiday season. All you need to make these gifts are two hand...
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Weekend Project: 5 Ways to Create Ice Luminaries
Ice luminaries date back to the olden days, when if you wanted to illuminate winter darkness, you needed to use a lit...
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Holiday DIY: Baby’s Breath on the Christmas Tree
After the tree is bought and the lights are wrapped around and all the ornaments are put in place my tree is still no...
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5 Things to Do with... Doorknobs
We interact with them daily and seldom think twice, but do-it-yourselfers have found plenty of reasons for us to focu...
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Wrap It Up! 10 DIY Ways to Bedeck Your Holiday Gifts
When it comes to gift giving, it's the thought that counts—and obviously a great deal of thought went into these creative DIY gift-wrapping ideas that make the mo...
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DIY Tales: Turning Two Chairs into One
DIY Chair Bench from Hello I Live Here Hi everyone! Hope you’re all doing great and keeping warm today! Sorry I ha...
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Holiday DIY: Silver Pinecone Wreaths
I make small and large changes to our holiday decorating each year. (You can check out all our holiday decor here &nda...
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Holiday DIY: A Re-Purposed Christmas Tree
A Re-purposed Christmas Tree The other day I was reading a post by my friend Vel about collections, I fell in...
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Holiday DIY: Popsicle Stick Trees
Super fun and easy craft! Supplies you will need are: *Craft sticks (two different kinds see photo) *Hot glue *Sty...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Classic Wood Games You Can Make Yourself
If you love to use tools and you love to play games, then you're not alone: Scores of handymen and women have used wo...
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The Tree-Free Christmas: 14 Unorthodox Alterna-Trees You Can Make Yourself
This year, whatever your motivation, have a go at making your own nontraditional Christmas tree. Here are 14 amazing examples, all created from items you can pick...
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Bob Vila Radio: Repurposing Gourds
Gourds come in many beautiful patterns, shapes, and textures. They can be striped or speckled, knobby or curvy, and t...
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Holiday DIY: Painted Christmas Ornaments
Painted Christmas Ornaments Hello everyone! Tonight’s post is going to be about painted Christmas ornaments. It wa...
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5 Things to Do with... Altoids Tins
The next time you open an Altoids tin only to find that it's empty, rest assured that even if there are no mints insi...
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25 Insanely Easy-to-Make Holiday Ornaments
With some common tools, scrap supplies, and a little know-how, you can transform just about anything into a decorative accent for your holiday tree. Here's proof!
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DIY Tales: Painted Baskets
The wastebaskets that I placed in my mudroom as shoe storage once upon a time looked like this... I picked them up ...
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Very Merry Mailing: 10 Delightful DIY Holiday Cards
Gather some inspiration for a handmade approach to your season’s greetings, using materials from around the house—both inside and out.
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Quick and Easy Shaker Drawer Fronts
I've been working on a hallway organizer furniture project for over two years now. Other, more pressing, projects kee...
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Holiday DIY: Rustic Christmas Wreath
Easy Rustic Christmas Wreath Happy Friday everyone! Hope your day was awesome . We started decking the halls at Hello I...
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DIY Tales: Magazine Holder
Do you need a DIY magazine holder? We built a simple DIY magazine holder to keep that reading material secured. This pro...
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How To: Paint Brass Light Fixtures
... without breaking the bank! So, we've lived in this house for over a year and every.single.day I wake up and go in ...
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How To: Winterize a Rain Barrel
It was cold this weekend in Baltimore. This is important because it was really cold, below freezing during the day fo...
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My Favorite DIY Things (Move over Oprah!) - Part II
It's time to follow up on the list of favorite stuff started with My Favorite DIY Stuff (Move over Oprah!) - Part I, ...
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10 Laundry Room Storage Ideas That'll Knock Your Socks Off
In the quest to stay organized, storage is king. Especially in the laundry room. Though organization and laundry rooms are a somewhat utilitarian and practical ma...
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Weekend Projects: DIY Window Treatments
Why do people so often ignore the importance of blinds, drapes, and curtains when they are chief among the elements t...
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Holiday DIY: Modern Paper Tree Garlands
When I was young my mom made simple Christmas decorations for our house. She told me that when she grew up in Finland th...
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DIY Tales: Installing an Electrical Outlet on a Masonry Wall
I live in an old house and the largest portion of our house sits on a stone foundation. A few weeks back I told you...
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5 Things to Do with... Yardsticks
You may think of it only as a handy helper at the workbench or sewing table—a no-frills, low-tech instrument for meas...
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Draft Dodgers: 9 DIY Creations That Keep Out the Cold
Though the weather outside is frightful, wind-blocking draft dodgers are delightful...and wonderfully simple to make.
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DIY Tales: What to Do with a Cross Section of a Tree Branch
Hey wait, we already celebrated Thanksgiving in October! Yes, it's true Thanksgiving's much earlier here in Canada, but ...
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How To: Make Homemade Clamps
Here's an easy way to improvise when you're running out of clamps around the woodworking shop.  After spreading glue,...
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How To: Make a Mosaic Countertop
Here's a unique way to use ceramic tile for a very unusual countertop. Just break up the tiles into random pieces, us...
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Easy DIY: Ornament Wreath
I was getting into the holiday spirit over the weekend with my first craft project of the season, the ubiquitous ornam...
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Easy DIY: Polish Star Ornament
To make one of these ornaments you will need: A pen or pencil (to form the points) Something sharp to poke a hole thr...
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Weekend Projects: DIY Thanksgiving Decor
There's a lot to be thankful for: your health, the roof over your head, and the loved ones who surround you at Thanks...
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DIY Tales: From Dining Room Set to a Dining Storage Island
We had a small kitchen island that functioned more for storage than anything else. It was not high enough for sitting...
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5 Things to Do with... Wooden Hangers
Eventually, we all find ourselves with more hangers than we know what to do with, and when they are not keeping our s...
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Holiday DIY: Cinnamon Stick Christmas Tree Sign
While surfing through Pinterest for Christmas inspiration, I came across several twig Christmas tree signs. I love th...
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What Would Bob Do? You Asked, He Answered
Bob Vila is no stranger to offering advice—or visiting the Forums. Here, he answers 10 real-life questions from homeowners just like you.
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10 Novel Uses for the Classic Clothespin
The first clothespins served the sole purpose of hanging laundry. But today, these humble wooden clips inspire all sorts of home improvement projects, from managi...
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5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do
While many of us would be fearful of repairing a roof or installing an electrical outlet, there are plenty of things ...
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From the Community: 10 Great DIY Projects From Bob's Bloggers
We've gathered together some of our favorite new and easy DIY projects—ranging from dinosaur planters to potato stamps—courtesy of our community of bloggers.
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DIY Tales: Oxidizing Wood with a Home Made Stain
When I built my plumbers pipe bench, I knew I wanted a greyish color stain. A friend told me you could make a stain mixi...
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Recipe for Success: 10 Easy Kitchen Storage Hacks
With a few simple and fun DIY projects, you can turn your kitchen into an oasis of order where everything is at your fingertips.
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5 Things to Do with… Filing Cabinets
Whereas our desks were once crammed with 8. 5" x 11"-inch documents, sheets of loose-leaf paper, and manila folders, ...
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DIY Tales: Rustic Planter Box
Create a rustic planter box for your Christmas porch with Hello I Live Here Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I am sharing...
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DIY Tales: Towel Holder and Dowel Rack
Make a Towel Holder and Dowel Rack combination for more bathroom storage. Have you run out of places to hang your flanne...
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Think Outside the Toolbox: 9 New Uses for Old Tools
When it’s finally time for old tools to retire, don’t ship them off to Florida. Give them a second career as a crafty DIY project.
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Easy DIY: The Fallen Leaf Lantern
I don't know if I ever formally announced this on Poppy Haus, but I started a visual display internship with Anthropo...
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Order in the House: 10 Smart DIY Filing Solutions
Banish the bills and jettison the junk mail with one—or more—of these 10 expertly crafted filing solutions you can make yourself.
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Ways to Build a Bar at Home
As the holidays loom on the horizon, many families have begun to make plans and gather essentials. For some, that mea...
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DIY Tales: Making a Frame From Scrap Wood
Frames from scrap wood Taking a break from the master bath update, I decided to make some wood frames from scrap wood le...
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5 Things to Do with... Legos
Thought you were too old for toys? Think again. Adults have ample reason to revisit Legos, if not for sheer amusement...
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DIY Tales: Cage Light Sconces
Hey everyone! We finally had our fox party and I'm still cleaning up party decorations and gift wrap. I'm going to do a ...
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11 Crazy Jack-o'-Lanterns to Really Give You the Creeps
Sculpted into notorious villains, ghastly creatures, and macabre scenes, these 11 pumpkins are cut out to be terrifying this Halloween!
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Closet Organizers
Many new homes boast spacious walk-in closets, but apartment renters and old-house dwellers must often contend with c...
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5 Things to Do with... Baby Cribs
If your child has outgrown her baby crib, you may have found it's a tough piece of furniture to dispose of. Even thri...
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Spruce Up Old Baseboard Heaters with Stylish DIY Replacement Covers
Baseboard heaters have been an extremely popular choice for many homes since the mid-1950s—and unfortunately, many of...
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DIY Tales: Fixing Wood Stain Splotches
So there were splotchy marks on the face frames that I fixed pretty well But then there were other areas that I just st...
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Back to Basics: How to Replace a Light Fixture
When Brian and I bought our house (our first house!) almost three years ago, neither of us had ever painted a wall, ne...
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DIY Tales: Dining Room Chairs Gone Colorfully Eclectic
I finally painted my dining room chairs. It just took a weekend of boredom to get me pumped. Ha! I'm in love with them b...
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26 Easy Painted Pumpkins to Perk Up Your Halloween
Feeling festive but don't want to deal with the mess of carving pumpkins? Then these painted pumpkins, from striped to marbled, will help you get in the Halloween...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Cool DIY Stools
Too many places to sit? Never! Almost any room can benefit from one more seat, so long as it's sized in proportion to...
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DIY Tales: Halloween Skeleton Skull Chair
Presumably it was found sitting outside. Like forever. I was convinced I could do something with it. But then, every ...
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5 Things to Do with... Gourds
For as long as people have been cultivating these relatives of pumpkins, squash, and cucumbers, they have been adapti...
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DIY Tales: Painting an Appliance
My refrigerator and stove hood had started yellowing recently. I didn't understand why since the dishwasher and stove we...
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DIY Tales: Repairing a Textured Ceiling
Some days the projects go smoothly. They follow the chicken scratch I call a plan and just sorta work out. Poof. Kittens...
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Easy DIY: Chalkboard Door
My boys were a little envious of the large chalkboard wall in their sisters' room so I began thinking of how I could giv...
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Easy DIY: Who Are Those Masked Pumpkins?
I had grand plans for elaborate Halloween decor this year, but in the end I chose one more simple project to tackle &...
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Just Floored! 15 Totally Unexpected DIY Flooring Alternatives
Bottle caps, leather belts, and pennies are just a few of the unusual flooring materials that creative do-it-yourselfers have decided to use to add beauty and int...
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Easy DIY: A Batty Pumpkin
While driving in the car to get supplies to try and salvage my pumpkin Pin-Fail, I was listening to the morning show ...
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10 DIYs for a Frightfully Fun Halloween
These ghoulishly inventive DIY Halloween decorations prove that you don't have to break the bank to scare the pants off of treat-seeking visitors.
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make Your Own Shoe Rack
It's October. The time has come to put away the sandals and break out the boots! If only it were easier to organize a...
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20 Insanely Easy 60-Minute Home Improvements
You don’t need to spend a lot of time to spruce up your home. Try these quick projects that deliver big results.
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DIY Tales: Twine Wall Clock
I couldn't find a clock I liked for my kitchen so I decided to make one. Here is how the final product came out! Sup...
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5 Things to Do with... Leather Belts
At first, leather belts don't seem like they would be much use to do-it-yourselfers. Then again, creative minds with ...
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10 Unexpected Uses for Spray Paint
From shoes to fans to vinyl upholstery, there are so many surprising items to color—and revive—with a can of spray paint.
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DIY Tales: Custom Built Projector Screen
Hey Guys! I have a cool DIY for you this week. It's like none other I have posted. In fact I owe most of the credit to m...
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DIY Tales: $30 Shed from Reclaimed Wood
Last October, I decided to build my own garbage can enclosure instead of buying a $299.00 plus tax plastic one from a bu...
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DIY Tales: War and Beadboard
As part of the large lumber order for the Barton’s, I’ve been busy prepping a little over 100 square feet of...
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Easy DIY: Rustic Shutters for $10
I love shutters. If I could get my hands on more shutters, my house would be full of them. Instead, I've taken to buildi...
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Instacraft: 6 Easy DIY Projects—No Tools Required
Bring a little personal charm to your life with these clever crafts that won't make you reach for the toolbox.
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Easy DIY: The Simplest Fall Wreath
I don’t do a ton of holiday decorations. I can’t justify spending time and money on something{s} that wil...
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DIY Tales: Install Your Own Window and Save Big!
It's done! I ripped through an exterior wall, framed and installed a new window over my laundry tub. YAHOO!! Light and ...
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Weekend Projects: 5 "Strong" Ideas for Home Gyms
Now that we're nearing the end of summer, you may be looking for ways to bring your exercise routine indoors. Have yo...
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5 Things to Do with... Plastic Bottles
Plastic bottles make it easy to hydrate on the go, but they're tough on the environment. They too often end up in lan...
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Easy DIY: Quick Gold Wall Decor
I love any good and cheap decor idea. Then add gold to the mix, and I am sold! ALSO, I love that if you are renting th...
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DIY Tales: Beautiful Bench Made from Plumber's Pipe
I wanted a bench for my kitchen that was a little industrial. I had seen a table a while back that had pipes for the l...
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DIY Tales: Prepping Antique Ceiling Tin
In addition to working on our master bedroom, and our big lumber sale, we carved out some time recently to prep our anti...
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DIY Tales: When DIY Fails
I had high hopes for today’s post. I thought I had learned from my mistakes enough to get this one right. You were...
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Easy DIY: Acorn Mason Jar Votives
Have you heard of Pinterest? Wait. Stop. I take that question back. To amend it … to ask if you’ve eve...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Fresh Laundry Room Storage Options
Whether you have a small closet or a large room devoted to doing the laundry, chances are that you want more storage ...
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Easy DIY: Painted Gold Leaves
Are you looking for a super easy, inexpensive art project for your fall decor? Look no more! This project took me less t...
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7 DIY Bathroom Storage Solutions
You don't have to renovate! First, try out some of these smart, do-it-yourself storage solutions to make better use of the bath you have.
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5 Things to Do with... Broken Blinds
Nothing lasts forever, and that includes window treatments. Besides the inevitable wear and tear they endure with nor...
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8 Upcycle Ideas Using Pallets
There is always a surplus of pallets. A "pallet" by definition is a straw or hard bed, but we also know pallets as those...
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Cooking Outdoors: DIY Camp Fire Grate
Forget the outdoor gas grill… make dinner on your camp fire! I am not a huge fan of camping, but I do love camp...
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Easy DIY: Dryer Vent Pumpkins
This post is a repeat … Okay, not the post. Just the project. Last year I made pumpkins from dryer vents. ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Upcycling Cribs
In 2011, federal safety standards for baby cribs changed significantly, making it illegal to sell older models that n...
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DIY Tales: Repurposed Metal Headboard Bench
I have wanted to build a repurposed antique metal headboard bench for more years than I can remember. In fact, I have...
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5 Things to Do with... Garden Hoses
How many times have you dragged your hose into position only to discover that it's sprung a leak? Fear not! Even with...
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How To: Paint Your Front Door
It was a dreary day when we first pulled up to (what would be) our future home. The first things I noticed were the hide...
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9 Creative Uses for Old Paint Cans
Wondering what to do with all those empty paint cans? See how others have cleaned and repurposed them into everything from smart storage to fun works of art.
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5 Things to Do with... Duct Tape
Handymen love duct tape for its power to delay the inevitable—specifically, the trouble and expense that a proper rep...
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Trash to Treasure: 14 Creative Ways to Make Good Use of Old Stuff
These innovative projects will inspire you to dig through your discards and repurpose them into useful furnishings and interesting accents for your home.
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DIY Tales: Building a Backyard Stone Firepit
Every summer, we tackle a handful of outdoor projects. I thought this one was definitely worth sharing! The hubs and...
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DIY Tales: Indoor Herb Garden
Do you grow herbs? – We do with an Indoor Herb Garden This year in St Louis it was such a hot summer our herbs did...
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Before and After: DIY Wood Ceiling
Do you remember the big pile of groove board that we had stored in our dogtrot? You know, the 4′ stack of lumbe...
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DIY Tales: Dressing Up a Filing Cabinet
I am not the most organized person in the world. There are certain things that I can be quite particular about, like h...
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DIY Dinosaur Succulent Planter
I love dinosaurs. Always have. And when I saw these two large plastic dinosaurs for $0.99 at Savers, I knew a splash of ...
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11 Eye-Popping Chandeliers Made from the Everyday
From soda bottles and bicycle chains to cutlery and toothpicks, these dazzling chandeliers illuminate the value—and fun—of putting unremarkable old stuff to brill...
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5 Things to Do with... Milk Crates
Everyone has at least one or two plastic milk crates hanging around the basement or garage. Although expressly design...
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Easy Home Fixes with Petroleum Jelly
In our home, there’s always something that needs fixing. If it’s a big enough problem, I usually get right o...
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Easy DIY: Sprucing Up an Old Laundry Basket
Spray Paint Strikes Again I’ve had this laundry basket for well over 15 years. I bought it before this style bec...
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DIY Hinged Drawer
Remember the dresser I found on craigslist a while back? It’s been chillin’ in a corner of our bedroom wh...
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Happy Corner: Houseplant Haven
Around my house this summer, a lot of furniture was moved and removed and swapped around rooms. One of the biggest cha...
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Curtains for Closets: DIY "Doors" the Easy Way
It's been a while since I bought the fabric for our curtain "doors" for the hallway closet and our bedroom closet. The h...
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How To: Make a Wood Tray
Hello everyone how was your holiday weekend? Can you believe Labor Day has come and gone already? Summer has flown bu...
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What Would Bob Do? Raw Wood, Pet Odors, and Grout Haze
1. PAINTING UNFINISHED WOODI'm painting a bunk bed from IKEA that's solid pine and unfinished. Do I still need to san...
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14 DIY Doormats That Step Up the Style
Incorporating a variety of materials, these truly one-of-a-kind doormats are not something you would simply walk on—or by—without noticing.
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Arrow Art
I am still having fun with the arrows. Inspired by a recent J.Crew window display I decided to make a 3D art piece...
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Kids' Room Storage Solutions
LEGOs underfoot, G. I. Joes behind your seat cushions, and Beanie Babies up on the rafters? This weekend, return a se...
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Build Your Own Greenhouse: 11 Easy-to-Assemble Kits
A die-hard gardener’s ultimate dream is having a greenhouse in the backyard. If this is your dream, it’s not as far away as you might think. You don’t necessarily...
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Sweet Dreams: 15 Inventive Beds You Can Make Yourself
You spend nearly one-third of your life sleeping, so ideally your bed should feel comfortable and special. Here are fifteen “dreamy” and easy DIY designs.
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5 Things to Do with... Light Bulbs
You flipped the switch only to see the light bulb flash with that familiar blue flare? My friend, you've got another ...
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How To: Paint Over Stripes
Today you’re gonna learn how to paint over stripes the right way! YAY! If you simply get out your roller and paint...
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10 Top DIY Pipe Fitting Projects
Plumbing may be best left in the hands of a pro, but getting creative with pipe fittings is a DIY project that can yield surprising results. Here are ten designs ...
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18 Brilliant Ways to Decorate with Rope
‘Knot’ just for sailing fanatics or decorating summer beach houses anymore, rope has found its way into homes of every style.
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Weekend Projects: DIY Dorm Room Decor
Reading, writing, and arithmetic: These are the cornerstones of education, and they're important. You know what else ...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Drawers
Dusty suburban basements and chockablock urban thrift stores have no shortage of neglected old furniture with marred ...
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7 Easy and Affordable Home Improvement Ideas
When it comes to improving your home, not everything has to be costly demolitions and additions. There are plenty of ...
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Before and After: Wainscoting Is Installed!
Remember back when I began the DIY Diva Duel? No? It was a long time ago – before the hurt ankle, ripping plywood ...
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Sealing Our Granite Countertops
We have two different countertop materials in our kitchen. The island is topped with walnut and the perimeter countertop...
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What Would Bob Do? Rusty Bolts, Non-Slip Tubs, and House Wrap
1. RUSTY BOLT REMOVAL I have an old bench outside with rotting old seat boards. The nuts and bolts holding the wood t...
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9 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds
With numerous kid-, pet- and earth-friendly ways to rid your garden of pesky weeds, here are nine stand-outs to put to the test.
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How To: Install Trim on a Double Window
f My dining room makeover was done a couple of months ago. It began with a pair of painted chairs and ended up with a ...
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10 Honor Roll-Worthy Dorm Room Storage Solutions
Before heading off to school, consider some of these smart—and DIY-doable—storage solutions to help make college living a little more efficient and manageable.
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Weekend Projects: 5 Tricks for Enhancing Hallways and Stairs
As conduits between the different levels and rooms of your home, staircases and hallways are self-effacing and strang...
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5 Things to Do with... Corrugated Metal
If your impression of corrugated metal is that it belongs on a barn roof, take another look. Lightweight and inexpens...
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Castles in the Sand: 11 Inspirations for Beachside Builders
These monumental works of art demonstrate that beautiful architecture can be created in even the most ephemeral mediums.
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Weekend Projects: DIY Furniture for Kids' Rooms
When it comes to designing spaces for kids, some parents are bona fide naturals. Mom has a magic touch with the paint...
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5 Things to Do with... Egg Cartons
After you’ve fried up a few Western omelettes, topped them with Tabasco, and nourished your body with nature’s best s...
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Best of Bob's Bloggers: 10 Awesome DIY Projects from the Community
We've gathered together our favorite projects, tips, and tricks from our very own community of bloggers, proving that sometimes you can find just what you need ri...
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What Would Bob Do? Ceiling Options, Window Cleaning, and Sewer Odor Control
1. LIVING ROOM CEILING OPTIONSI recently purchased a 'fixer upper' in the DC area and am starting to decorate. In my ...
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10 Things to Do with Mason Jars
Today, I’m excited to share a bunch of mason jar craft ideas. I have seriously been using Mason Jars for everyt...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" August Projects
Sweltering August can sometimes feel like the cruelest month of all. Turn "cruel" to "cool" by creating a tech-smart ...
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Weekend Projects: DIY Your Own Desk
With autumn somewhere over the horizon, it's only a matter of time before chilly weather relegates us to working indo...
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5 Things to Do with... PVC Pipe
For years now, PVC pipe has been popular for many applications in and around the house. It’s lightweight, durable, ba...
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Dressing Up the Dresser: 11 Creative DIY Transformations
Paint, decoupage, mirrors... there are many ways to revive a drab dresser. Here are 11 examples guaranteed to inspire you to action.
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DIY Art on the Cheap: Wallpaper and Walgreens
Time constraints can be a gift. It’s amazing what you can drum up when in a jam. I sometimes do my best thinkin...
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DIY Stroller Storage
Lately, we’ve been posting quite a bit on web design and development. If it’s not something you’re rea...
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16 Amazing Homemade Sheds to Inspire Yours
Everyone needs a place for their stuff, and sometimes the garage just won’t accommodate it all. A backyard shed can help alleviate the space crunch. Pre-made shed...
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Weekend Projects: Kitchen Countertops the DIY Way
No matter where you live, a Chicago apartment or a rural Montana ranch, kitchen counters see a great deal of wear and...
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16 Style-Setting Coffee Tables You Can Make Yourself
If you're looking for a coffee table with high style, but not the high price tag that comes with it, consider one of these smart DIY creations.
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5 Things to Do with... Old Dishes
We can all agree that vintage dishes are pretty, but in today's home, they’re not very practical: most can't be used ...
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You've Got Mail: 11 Inventive DIY Mailboxes
Make your letter carrier do a double take with these 11 salvaged-material mailboxes that demonstrate real outside-the-box creativity.
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Easy DIY: Dinosaur-Topped Mason Jars
Chicago’s ban on selling spray paint has reached epic proportions. In fact, it’s become downright dangero...
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How To: Make an Inexpensive Desk for Your Kids
It was a challenge to find a desk for my five-year-old daughter. I needed something size-appropriate that would provi...
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What Would Bob Do? Wallpaper, Vinyl Siding, and Asbestos
1. HANGING WALLPAPER IN THE BATHROOMPainting is easy and the result is resilient, but I can't help thinking that pain...
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Easy DIY: Making Your Own Trellis
While shopping for trellises, I noticed that even simple ones costed $25 or more... so I decided to make one myself usin...
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10 Fun Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a Water Park
These clever water games and activities will have everybody cooled down and perked up faster than you can say "cannonball!"
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Ways to Organize Your Bedroom
At the end of another long day, doesn't everyone want—or even need—the bedroom to be a place of peace, a relaxing ref...
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Easy DIY: Updating a Glass Cider Jug
Last October we hosted a pumpkin carving party at our house and served a boat load of apple cider. It came in these g...
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5 Things to Do with... Broken Pots
Clay pots come with one major upside: Because they are porous, air reaches plant roots and excess moisture is able to...
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Fine-Tuning: 9 Inventive Ways to Repurpose a Piano
Sometimes an old piano is just beyond repair. Before paying someone to cart yours off to the landfill, check out these nine harmonious reinterpretations.
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Weekend Projects: Build a Better Bookshelf
My family members are bookworms, their tastes covering the spectrum from science fiction novels to Italian fashion ma...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Barrels
What makes an old wine barrel so irresistibly charming? Is it the unique shape, the warm tones of the wood, the weath...
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DIY Backyard Playhouse
Our little playhouse is finally finished. It's been a real labor of love and a challenge to keep the budget low and us...
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Cement Your Place in DIY History with These 9 Easy Concrete Projects
Satisfy your craving for modern industrial design with some cool—and affordable—concrete creations, complete with instructions.
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How To: Work with Mosaic Tile
Here are a few ideas on how anyone can create a real tile mosaic on almost any surface top. The technique is much eas...
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Furniture Makeovers: Adding Beadboard to Bookshelves
In between salvaging the old place in Jacksonville and feeling under the weather for a few days, I finally got all of th...
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DIY Tile Mosaic
Anyone can create a real tile mosaic on almost any surface top. The technique is much easier than it sounds. First yo...
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60-Minute DIY Projects
On television, home improvement projects go from start to finish in 60 minutes or less. You’ve probably thought while...
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What Would Bob Do? Faucet Replacement, Plug Conversion, and Tile
1. FAULTY FAUCET REPLACEMENTWhen I turn on the water in the bathtub and pull the plunger so that water redirects to t...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Easy Style Makeovers for Your Bathroom
If the average person spends 30 minutes a day in the bathroom, and they live to age 75, they will spend 1. 5 years in...
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10 DIY Step Stones to Brighten Any Garden Walk
Give your garden path or walkway some flair with these easy-to-make, one-of-a-kind stepping-stones.
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5 Things to Do with... Picture Frames
It's a fact of life: Everyone has at least one old or unused picture frame. Some folks have dozens laying around. Whe...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" July Projects
1. GARDEN SMARTERThis summer, no matter what you're planting, whether vegetables to eat or flowers to look at, consid...
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Patriotic Display: 10 DIY Decor Ideas for Independence Day
You can wave it, plant it, paint it, or illuminate it—just be sure to show off your patriotism this Fourth of July by decorating your home with some red, white, a...
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIYs to Improve Your Outdoor Space
With June officially having kicked off the summer, we look forward to a season under the sun. But if your deck, porch...
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5 Things to Do with... Lattice
Diamond-slatted lattice—it's as iconic as, and perhaps more often seen than, white picket fences. While primarily mea...
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Keep Your Cool with 10 DIY Ice Chests
At your next outdoor bash, don't keep going back into the house for drinks! Instead, grab yourself a cold one from one of these clever—and stylish—"ice chests."
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What Would Bob Do? Groundwater, Exterior Painting, and Porch Spiders
1. GROUNDWATER LEAKING INTO BASEMENTI have a water supply pipe to the house that enters through the basement wall. Th...
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From the Community: Repurposing the Fire Pit
Well, after 3 years of collecting mosquito larva on the back patio, I thought it was about time to make some use out of ...
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Furniture Makeovers: Updating a Thrift Store End Table
Hello! I have been enjoying the abundance of yard sales lately and came upon some serious goodies this week. I have been ...
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9 Lampshades You Can Make Before Lights Out
If you have a tired table lamp, a lackluster lantern, or a pooped-out pendant, take inspiration (and instruction) from these fresh and easy DIY ideas—and let ther...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Luggage
I'm always swooning over the charming old luggage I see at flea markets and thrift stores around New York City. Clear...
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Making Over an Old Dresser with a Few Maps and a Lot of Mod Podge
So many of you can tell by the furniture that I transform I don’t do a lot of “fluffy” projects, but I&...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pallet Recycling
Everything from grocery store shipments to construction deliveries involves using a forklift to pick up and move a he...
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5 Easy Steps to a DIY Garden Gate
I am not sure when or where I learned to make gates but … they are so very easy! This gate literally took me a ha...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Prep for a Backyard Bash
Among the true joys of summer is the opportunity to spend more time outside relaxing, entertaining, and playing. But ...
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5 Things to Do with... Burlap
In the DIY decorating and design worlds, burlap is trending in a big way—and why shouldn't it be? Burlap's neutral co...
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From the Community: Painting Everything Black, and Loving It
Hello! As you approach our front door, you're greeted with adirondack chairs. I brought these from our old house - they w...
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Divide and Conquer: 14 Room Dividers to Bring Order to Your Space
A room divider can create privacy in a small space, or define new areas in a large, open space. The beauty of the room divider, as opposed to a wall, is its imperm...
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Top 10 Clutter Hot Spots—and Quick Tips for Tackling Them
With just 15 minutes a day, a smart plan, and some pro tips, you can start to control the clutter that, up until now, has been controlling you.
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12 "Off the Wall" Places to Put Wallpaper
Before you discard leftover wallpaper, consider using it to decorate bookcases, lampshades, chairs, and more.
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DIY Herringbone Stenciled Table
I’m super excited to share with you one of my favorite roadside finds/makeovers! I am a sucker for gold. Pair it w...
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What Would Bob Do? Counters, Flooding, and Decks
1. STAINED MARBLE COUNTERTOPSI have a beautiful marble countertop on my cooking island. It was never sealed properly ...
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DIY Tales: Wallpaper Remover in 2 Ways
Hi everyone! Thanks for all the great comments about my kitchen revival. I will be posting tutorials soon, but in the ...
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10 DIY-Doable Projects for Apartment Renters
If you are a renter—especially in a crowded, noisy city—make your life and abode more enjoyable by completing a few of these affordable do-it-yourself projects.
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Weekend Projects: 5 Classic Family-Friendly DIY Projects for Summer
There's so much fun to be had in the summer. Yet for many of us, these months present a familiar challenge: The kids ...
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5 Things to Do with... Used Books
Does your apartment look more like the stock room at Barnes and Noble? Well, you're not alone: At one point or anothe...
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Make Your Own DIY Vintage Suitcase Shelves
What a cool idea! Imagine how much extra storage you get by using suitcases for shelves. You can grab used suitcases fro...
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How To: Paint Your Laminate Furniture
Painting furniture is obviously one of my favorite things to do! I love the thrill of the hunt for a great piece, ago...
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4 Creative Ways to Do a Lampshade Makeover
If there is a room in your house suffering from the presence of an ugly old lampshade, take heart: You can transform ...
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How To: Make a Straw Bale Planter
Straw bale gardening is an old idea that, over the last several years, has witnessed a great deal of renewed attentio...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" June Projects
In June, we officially welcome summer. In keeping with the season, this month's must-do projects include lawn care, d...
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Wicker Gone Wild: 10 Easy Ways to Transform Old into New
If your wicker furniture has seen better days, transform it into whimsical but useful accents for your home or garden.
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5 Things to Do with... Gutters
Spring is a great time of year to clean the accumulated debris from your gutters—and perhaps even replace gutters tha...
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Light It Up: DIY Landscape Lighting
There is a corner of our yard that is dark and shadowy; the shadows by the bushes freak out the dogs when they go out at...
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Make Your Own Wine Cork Magnet Planters
My less-than-stellar track record with plants has been well documented here. On the blog. I’ve even resorted to m...
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10 Reasons to Go Crazy for Chalkboard Paint
Personalize your mugs, label your storage, and throw creativity up on a wall with these clever uses for the DIYer's favorite and most customizable weapon: chalkbo...
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5 Unexpected Ways to Use a Vintage Coat Rack
For the most part, free-standing coat racks are a thing of the past. They belong to a time when closets were only dee...
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5 Things to Do with... Tin Cans
Tin cans are like air—they're all around us. Most families go through several cans each week, and some even use that ...
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Edison Bulb Light Fixture Makeover
The sun porch has one light fixture at the moment. I was considering replacing the light altogether since it is obviou...
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Make Your Own iPad Stand: 10 Cheap and Clever Ideas
Getting the most out of your iPad sometimes means going hands-free, but you don't need to spend another dime!
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DIY Herringbone Desk Makeover (Plus the Perfect Color Choice!)
I found this desk and I wanted to cry! Like seriously, I was sooo beyond excited about it! I knew I wanted to do somethi...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Tires
Walking through my Brooklyn neighborhood this past weekend, I spied an interesting structure on the sidewalk. Someone...
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9 "Dreamy" Headboards You Can Make
Wake up your sleepy bedroom decor with a DIY headboard that reflects your personal taste and lifestyle.
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5 Things to Do with... Chopsticks
Every single drawer in your apartment is overflowing with chopsticks. Sure, you could toss a few pair in the trash. B...
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10 New Uses for Old Doors
With imagination and elbow grease, you can transform that old door into a one-of-a-kind piece that's both useful and beautiful.
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5 Things to Do with... Tin Ceiling Tiles
Many of us know tin ceiling tiles as the reasonably priced domestic cousin of European plasterwork. Ubiquitous in Vic...
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10 Inspired DIY Planters to Dress Up Your Garden
Why put your plants in a boring pot, when you can make your own unique planter with materials you may already have on hand?
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How To: Rewire a Lamp
You bought a beautiful antique lamp but upon closer inspection, you notice there is damage to the sheathing, the plas...
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The 7 Best Products for Patching Wood
Sometimes it’s nail holes and sometimes it’s rotten wood, but your projects will often require you to patch ...
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How To: Hang and Level Odd-Shaped Decor
It’s nice to be back in the swing of things. Lisa and I are adjusting nicely to life with two kids. So far so good...
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Wing It: 16 Approaches to a DIY Birdbath
Welcome feathered friends to your backyard with a birdbath that you've made on your own.
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DIY No-Sew Roman Shade
In the new year, one of my 2013 home goals is to complete projects that were started but unfinished {can we procrastina...
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How To: Upholster a Chair
I’ve been searching local antique shops in my area for a chair for my daughter’s bedroom. I had a chair the...
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DIY Metal Bench Makeover
This deep purple bench is made of metal. It is a garden bench that is usedoutdoors, so it took a little different prep ...
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DIY Room Update with Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper
Some of you noticed the black and white horizontal wall stripes in the boys’ bedroom. Good eye! Would you believe...
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DIY Sunburst Mirror
My latest Pinterest-inspired project was this lovely mirror by Kristen from K Sarah Designs: It has honestly been a...
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DIY Mobile for the Nursery
I've been lagging on actually making Cashew's mobile ever since I made all the cute little objects that will hang from i...
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Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for April
Spring is officially underway, and while our focus has swung toward outdoor projects, it's not all daffodils and sunn...
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5 Things to Do with... Maps
Whether you've been bitten by the travel bug or merely want to give the impression of being well-traveled, maps lend ...
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DIY Chalk Paint Recipe and a Dresser Makeover
It's April! I love April. Mainly because I get to celebrate Easter (even though it landed in March this year), April foo...
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Why Do You Work on Your Home?
I often get asked why I do so much work to a house I will eventually sell – a home I live in for a while instead o...
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Removing a Wall Could Be Easier Than You Think
Anyone want to see some walls taken down? OK good, because that’s what we have for you today: A 14 foot opening w...
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How To: Make a Planter from a Wooden Bowl
A few years ago, I took a trip to IKEA and bought a lot of neutral, basic serving pieces that I could pull out when we ...
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One Coffee Table, Three Ways
I bought a new coffee table. Technically, it’s a bench but the proportions were right. Our previous coffee table w...
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DIY Mason Jar Storage
In the fantasy world in my head, I’m an organizational queen. Everything in my home has a place and everything sta...
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DIY Tales: I Hate This Window
I can't honestly say that I don't have the teeniest, tiniest smudge of reservation about selling this house, because I d...
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DIY Newspaper Wall Covering
Hello, hello! If you happen to follow along on Instagram, you saw a little sneak peek of a creative wall covering idea ...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Silverware
Silverware is so much more than simply the source of your next bite.  After all, if you tap a knife on a glass of cha...
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DIY Painting Poster Frames
Once our frames were all built, it was time to get them painted and installed. Before painting, we worked on patching t...
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DIY Baseboard Installation
To get move the TV room even closer to being done, Chris and I figured we might as well get to installing that five-foot...
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DIY Closet Organization: Adding a Pegboard
As part of my Quest for Organization this year, I put a pegboard in my master closet, an addition that brings me one ste...
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How To: Add Legs to Furniture (The Easy Way!)
Today I'm going to show you how to add legs to virtually any piece of furniture. It's super simple and pretty fool-proo...
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7 DIY Bathroom Storage Projects
If your vanity and medicine cabinets are anything like mine, they're (1) too small, (2) too cluttered, and (3) work j...
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5 Things to Do with... Hardware Cloth
Hardware cloth is a small, sturdy mesh product sold in rolls at your local hardware store or home center. Made from m...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Creative Ways to Build Shelves
From old textbooks to the latest printing of Harry Potter, and from VHS to DVD and now Blu-Ray, we can't stop collect...
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Five on Friday: Shining the Spotlight on You!
From upcycling "junk" to laying down floor tile, Bob Vila Nation community bloggers are taking home improvement to th...
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Adding a Closet Where There Is None
It's not difficult to add a closet, but doing so will probably be more costly than reorganizing an existing one. So e...
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Top 5 Posts of the Week: Getting Ready for Winter!
After packing up your holiday decorations and ringing in the New Year, it might be tempting to look at the long stret...
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5 Things to Do with... String Lights
String lights are always associated with the holidays, but what if you use 'em in April or September? Well, they look...
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Top 5 Posts of the Week: 2013 Edition!
It's 2013, ladies and gentlemen! And though we might be having a hard time with our New Year's resolutions already, i...
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5 Thrifty DIY Organization Ideas
When crummy weather hits, I get the itch to organize. There’s nothing worse than being cooped up in the house, let al...
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DIY Painted Family Silhouettes
Welcome 2013! I hope you all had a very safe and exciting New Years! I took down my Christmas decor yesterday and it was...
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5 DIY Spice Racks and Kitchen Organizing Solutions
They didn't offer shop class in my high school, so I came to my love of power tools and sawdust well after I graduate...
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10 Things to Do with... Cross-Cut Trees
Cross-sections of a tree branch are all that keep you away from a house full of one-of-a-kind rustic, woodsy decor.
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Top 5 Posts of the Week: Mayan Apocalypse Edition!
A thousand years ago, the Mayans supposedly predicted the world would end today, 12/21/12. And so we've tried to make...
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Top 5 Posts of the Week: Gearing up for the Holidays!
The offices of BobVila. com are getting in the holiday spirit, putting together our favorite tips on decking the hall...
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5 Creative Ways to Display Your Holiday Cards
With a profusion of photo card deals and services that address and do the mailing for you (YES!!!), sending holiday c...
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6 Unorthodox DIY Christmas Trees
Nothing beats a fresh-cut, pine-smelling Christmas tree that's been decorated with care. . . . Unless you're an aller...
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Top 5 Posts of the Week: Welcome to December!
From spotlighting our favorite bloggers to compiling an almost never-ending list of DIY ornaments, from hacking new k...
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58 Outstanding DIY Ornaments
Move over, pumpkin spice latte—it's peppermint mocha time. December is here, and even if you spent the last few month...
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7 DIY Pantry Hacks and Kitchen Storage Ideas
Don't miss Recipe for Success: 10 Easy DIY Kitchen Storage HacksNo matter the size of your kitchen, you probably wish...
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Top 5 Posts of the Week: Saying Goodbye to November
December is knocking on our door, promising a month with chestnuts roasting on an open fire and sleigh bells ring-a-l...
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5 Things to Do with... Pine Cones
This time of year, if you take a walk through an area with pine trees, you’ll find pine cones nearly blanketing the g...
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Top 5 Posts of the Week: Thanksgiving Edition
Over the past several days we've gotten our fireplaces going again, watched a little football, and scrambled to find ...
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5 DIY Farm Table Projects That Will Last a Lifetime
Farm tables are those warm, rustic surfaces that draw inspiration from the original harvest tables found in American ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Picture Frames
If you've got a piece of art or a special photo you'd like to display, but the cost of professional framing is hangin...
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Top 5 Posts of the Week: Doormats, Bike Racks, and More!
From doormats to bike racks, we certainly kept busy this week. We looked at the forecast of next year's remodeling tr...
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Winterizing Your Home to Reduce Energy Costs
Making sure your house is ready to take on the coming winter can save you loads of money on your energy bill by elimin...
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Easy DIY: How to Cut Glass Wine Bottles
The other day my roommate came home from IKEA with a pack of 100 tea lights. One hundred. To be fair, my roommate als...
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Top 5 Posts of the Week: Election Edition
From desktop globes and metal roofs to the Presidential race, we’ve covered tons of ground this week. If the election...
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9 DIY Headboard Projects to Suit Any Bedroom
I tend to think of headboards as the sort of thing that only real grown-ups own. When you're a 20-something who moves...
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5 Things to Do with... Globes
It's hard to hate a globe. Whether you're going for an around-the-world vibe or an homage to your second-grade classr...
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Top 5 Posts of the Week: Sandy Edition
This has been an extraordinary week marked by one of the most devastating storms ever to hit the Northeast. If you’re...
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16 Ways to Use Salvaged Wood in Your Home
These days, everyone tries hard to subscribe to the 3R’s— Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Home design is all over that trend, and has its own 3R’s— Recycle, Repurpose, Re...
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Renovation Road Trip: Framing a Switch Box in Oregon
For our final stop on the Renovation Road Trip, we made the long trek from Racine, WI to Portland, OR, where we met H...
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5 Things to Do with... Empty Wine Bottles
Wine bottles, though made of glass, are actually quite strong. For durability and as a safety precaution, manufacture...
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Top 5 Posts of the Week: Halloween Edition
We hitched along with the Renovation Road Trip, watched pumpkins catapult into the sky, and fawned over an innovative...
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Renovation Road Trip: Installing Shelves with Russet St. Reno
On the penultimate stop of our Renovation Road Trip we met up with Sara and Shaun, the fun and funny couple behind Ru...
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Renovation Road Trip: Soldering Copper Pipe Fittings with DIYdiva
The third stop in our Renovation Road Trip brought us to Michigan, where we met the wonderful Kit from DIYdiva. Since...
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Renovation Road Trip: A New Backsplash at Turtle House
In our second stop on the Renovation Road Trip we met up with Katy and Brandon from Turtle House in Ypsilanti, MI. Th...
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Top 5 Posts of the Week
From an awesome, low-stress kitchen makeover to a DIY duo's cross-country renovation road trip, we've gathered five f...
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5 Things to Do with... Straw Bales
Straw bales aren’t just for horses and hayrides anymore! This perennial sign of fall has become decorating and garden...
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Renovation Road Trip: First Stop, 86'n It
For the first stop on our renovation road trip, we were asked to help install wood paneling on the wall of a closed-i...
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6 DIY Standing Desk Projects to Keep You Healthy While You Work
It turns out that sitting is bad for you. Like really, really awful. It's no surprise that a sedentary lifestyle isn'...
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Renovation Road Trip: Here We Go!
Over the three and a half years that we’ve been working on our house—and blogging about it at Picardy Project—we’ve b...
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6 Simple & Easy DIY Closet Door Transformations
There's the big stuff—renovations, major appliances, new suites of furniture—any of which can make an obvious impact ...
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5 Things to Do with... Bottle Caps
“I wish I had more leftover bottle caps!” is not something you’re likely to hear anybody say. Given the abundance of ...
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5 "Make in a Weekend" Bookshelf Projects (No Fancy Woodworking Required)
Groucho Marx's famous quote, "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read...
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5 Favorite Picture Hanging Tricks
Hanging a picture is about as DIY as many homeowners get. But although it may seem easy, hanging a picture properly i...
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5 Things to Do with... Cinder Blocks
Cinder blocks: They are inexpensive, reliable, and strong but are light enough to be easily used in DIY projects. The...
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DIY Faux Finish Wall Covering
While it's not uncommon for a hallway to be the 'problem child' of a home decor scheme, most people never encounter o...
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5 Easy DIY Wine Racks You Can Make in an Afternoon
Real oenophiles are true collectors, dedicating entire rooms to storing and aging prized bottles of wine. You can sea...
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16 Ingenious IKEA Hacks
Custom furniture is expensive. And let’s face it, while many of us have custom tastes, we don’t have custom budgets. Enter, IKEA— the Swedish furniture company th...
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5 DIY Wood Wall Treatment Ideas
Wood. It makes up so much of our homes, from the framing to the flooring we walk on. And it appears in all kinds of f...
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5 Things to Do with... Beadboard
Beadboard is a classic wall paneling commonly associated with New England and Cape Cod-style houses and country decor...
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5 Things to Do with... Apple Crates
Wooden crates used to be the way to get everything to market, from fruit and produce to soda bottles. These days, tho...
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Get Organized: 25 Clever Ideas for Repurposed Storage
Looking for creative storage solutions? Here are 25 organizers and clutter containers that you can make yourself from recycled items.
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5 Things to Do with... Old Bicycles
The old adage goes, "It's like riding a bike. " Meaning of course that cycling becomes so integrated into your muscle...
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5 Kid-Friendly DIY Home Projects
Having young children fills our house with a lot of noise, and a lot of laughter. They keep us so busy, it also makes...
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Stenciled Floors: The Best of Today's Designs
Stenciled floors date back to Colonial times, but these examples represent some of today's best painted floor fashions.
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5 Things to Do... with Vintage Ladders
Chances are that, languishing in your basement or garage, you have an old wooden ladder splattered with coats of pain...
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5 Upcycled Pot Racks & Cookware Storage Ideas
[bobsays_inset]I have a tiny urban townhome kitchen. You can't open the refrigerator door more than 60% without bangi...
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10 Ways to Use Your Cordless Drill/Driver
Some may love their wet saws for cutting tiles, while others couldn't bear to part with their trim router or thicknes...
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5 Things to Do with... Mason Jars
Might I tell you my very favorite thing about the ever-versatile mason jar? The design has remained essentially uncha...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Windows
Vintage windows are much easier to come by than you might think. Before the salvage craze became mainstream, windows ...
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5 Things to Do with... Shipping Pallets
You’ve likely seen wood shipping pallets piled up next to dumpsters outside local stores. Once the pallet has done it...
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5 Things to Do with... Wood Shutters
If you are a fan of salvage, like I am, you will understand what delight I felt upon discovering these weathered, blu...
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How To: Build Vertical Supports for Your Garden
I've gotten a late start on getting some of my veggies into the garden. I've already planted potatoes, lettuce, sugar sna...
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Planted Windowbox
We made it to the greenhouse this past weekend and finally chose the flowers for the front windowbox. I always seem to fo...
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10 DIY Pipe Fitting Projects (No Plumbing Required)
Many contractors and home improvement experts will say, "Homeowners and DIYers should try anything, except for electr...
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A Starbucks Christmas Carol
Every time I look in my wastebasket at work, there is a Starbucks coffee cup, sip lid, and thermal cup sleeve (or if ...
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An Army Wife’s Home Improvement Valentine
“Operation Chaos”: Outlining the Plan of Attack“If you ever need anything done, ask an army wife,” says T. J. Felix f...
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DIY Tales: Front Door Refinishing
I was going to wait until I finished stripping the exterior paint to do the front door. But I changed my mind. While ...
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Installing Sound Attenuation Insulation
The house is insulated for sound control to provide a quiet environment for baby. The installation of the insulation is demonstrated along with the necessary safe...
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Installing Insulated Windows in the Baby's Nursery
The new windows in the baby’s nursery are highly insulated for cold and sound and have health and safety features for young children. They can be installed by do-...
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Mounting Overhead Cabinets
Bob and Brad Brewster of Princeton Custom Cabinetry oversee the installation of the hanging cabinets in the new condo kitchen. Brewster lists the various features...
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Discussing the Budget
Bob and carpenter Paul Morse go over the details of the budget and discuss whether or not they'll be able to finish the project under the estimated cost.
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The "Punch List"
Bob goes over the "punch list" and remarks on all the little jobs that become necessary to complete toward the end of a project.
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Do-It-Yourself Modular Home Construction System
Bob tours a home that was designed to affordable, flexible, and easy to build with a do-it-yourself, low-cost construction system.
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DIY Light Fixture
General contractor Ron Gan builds an inexpensive do-it-yourself lighting fixture in the bathroom.
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Facing the Retaining Walls with Cultured Stone
Retaining walls, foundation work, and curving stairways are faced with Cultured Stone from Owens Corning. These cast cement, pumice, and iron oxide products are m...
Greet your guests, indoors or out, with a ghostly garland. A strand of white lantern lights, some white cotton fabric, str... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... A kitchen in a greenhouse—who wouldn't enjoy spending time in this light-filled space? Details that enhance the conservato... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... The Infinite Artisan Fire Bowl from Eldorado Outdoor is made from glass-fiber reinforced concrete, and offered in Oak Barr... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
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