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How To: Refinish a Dresser
Hold on a second! Don't get rid of that old wooden dresser just yet. Give it a second look, and this time try to see ...
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What Would Bob Do? Polishing a Concrete Floor
I am living in Spain and redoing an old house in the country. I'd like some of the floors to be polished concrete.  C...
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Whitewashing
In contrast to a regular paint job, whitewashing refreshes the look of wood surfaces while allowing their natural gra...
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How To: Splatter-Paint Your Floor
Here's an inexpensive and creative way to decorate a floor. Roll on a coat of deck enamel (the color of your choice) ...
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How To: Paint Over Stain
You can paint over existing interior wood finishes, if you take the proper steps first. Here's how. To paint over a s...
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How To: Stain Concrete
Homeowners used to think of concrete as being strictly utilitarian stuff, resorted to only when a better-looking mate...
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How To: Make Your Own Milk Paint
Everyone knows that milk does a body good. But were you aware that milk also works wonders for walls and furniture? Y...
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How To: Texture Walls
When you texture the walls of your house, you accomplish two things. First, you transform boring-to-look-at surfaces ...
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Believe It or Not: 9 Incredible Faux Finishes You Can Do Yourself
If you're overcome by ennui at the sight of your space, a simple faux finish on a surface or accent piece might be just the touch to perk you right up! Here are 9...
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How To: Sponge Paint
A decorative paint finish is a good way to customize an interior in only a short time. Use a latex glaze mixed to the...
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How To: Stain Wood Shingle Siding
Here is a helpful tip if you are thinking of staining some cedar shingles.  To protect new shingles, apply a penetrat...
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How To: Rag Paint
Here's a way you can get a designer look for your painted walls. With a roller, apply an oil paint glaze over an alre...
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How To: Stencil a Wall
You can hand-paint your own stenciled border. Use painter's tape to mark off straight edges; you'll find the tape pre...
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Quick Tip: Woodgraining
Woodgraining is an artist's technique for creating the look of fine woods like mahogany. After two coats of a base co...
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Varnishing Made Easy
A durable finish for woodworking pieces, furniture, and flooring, varnish beautifies wood and protects it from scratc...
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How To: Protect and Beautify a Wood Deck
There are lots of ways to refinish a deck. If you want to showcase a fine wood species, such as mahogany, cedar, or r...
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8 Ways to Age, Distress, Gild, and Add Shine to Your Next Project
Unleash your full paint potential by using one of these decorative finishing techniques to add gloss and glitz to your next makeover.
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How To: Stain Wood Furniture
The process of staining furniture is intimidating to many do-it-yourselfers, because special tools and chemicals are ...
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How To: Stencil a Floor
Add some color and pattern to a wood or concrete floor this summer by purchasing a couple cans of paint and a stencil...
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Paints and Finishes
The reasons for applying finishes to wood surfaces are several. One is to seal the wood, in order to prevent moisture...
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DIY Wall Stenciling
Artisans Polly and Ken Forcier of MB Historic Decor joined Bob Vila on the Season 13 "Modern Colonial" project house ...
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Top Tips for Refinishing a Bathtub
Want to replace your vintage cast iron bathtub? You may be surprised that a comparable antique tub, or even a period-...
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Cabinet Refacing: Should I or Shouldn't I?
Thinking about giving your dated kitchen a new appearance? Fortunately, there is a cost-effective alternative to repl...
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How To: Paint Furniture with Lacquer
How do you paint furniture using lacquer? Until recently I didn’t have the answer to that question, but then a cl...
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How To: Remove Varnish and Other Wood Finishes
Varnish, lacquer, shellac and other clear coats are applied to protect wood furniture and flooring from scratches, sc...
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How To: Restore Cabinet Finishes
Your kitchen gets a lot of use. So it doesn't take long to begin seeing signs of wear and tear on wood cabinets. Soon...
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Weekend Projects: DIY Furniture Updates
It's finally here—Friday! The weekend is a great time to relax, but it's also the perfect opportunity to bring simple...
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How To: Restore an Antique Door
As anyone who’s ever owned or loved an antique home knows, their beauty and uniqueness are only exceeded by one ...
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10 Creative Uses for Chalkboard Paint
To the surprise of no one, chalkboard paint is exactly as it sounds: when you use it to paint a wall, that wall becom...
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Old Wood Flooring: Replace or Refinish?
Recently my wife and I moved into a co-op. It’s kind of like a condo but with a few additional restrictions about wha...
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Bob Vila Radio: Finishing Fiberglass Doors
Fiberglass doors have been popular for years now as a durable, energy-efficient alternative to wood doors that can be...
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Bob Vila Radio: Paint Primer
If you’re taking on any last-minute holiday painting projects, here’s a primer on… primer. Listen to BOB VILA ON PAIN...
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Bob Vila Radio: Faux Woodgraining
Here's a thrifty way to dress up your home for holiday entertaining that's been around for hundreds of years. Since t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Stenciled Floors
If you don’t want to spend another holiday season with your worn-out kitchen floor, but the timing’s not right for a ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removing Banisters
If you're putting off giving your front hall a facelift because re-finishing or re-painting the banister and baluster...
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How To: Refinish Cabinets
Having expensive cabinets hanging on your kitchen walls doesn’t mean much if you don’t like the color. That’s why man...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: Paint Stripping Tips
It’s not uncommon to find beautiful woodwork with coat after coat of paint obscuring its detail, especially in older ...
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Quick Tip: Try Faux Finishing
Faux Finishing: What Is It? If you’re looking for ways to personalize your space and you're ready to go a step furthe...
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How To: Dye Concrete Floors
Dyeing floors is different from staining them. With dye, there is no chemical reaction with the concrete—it simply dy...
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Expect the Unexpected (Part 2): Wood Floors
Surprises abound when you take on a home remodeling project. You never quite know what you will find; and once you’ve...
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Bob Vila Radio: Faux Painting
If you’re ready to go a step further than a simple coat of paint to personalize your home, try faux finishing. LISTEN...
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How To: Refinish Hardwood Floors
Floor sanding and refinishing is unforgiving work. Make a mistake and it will show. However, a refinished floor can b...
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Quick Tip: Stripping Paint
Below the Surface It’s not uncommon to find beautiful woodwork with coat after coat of paint obscuring its detai...
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Constructing the Porch and Reviewing the Mechanical Systems
A big farmer's porch will run the whole width of the house. Bob discusses the boiler, which will heat the domestic hot water, radiant floor heating, and hydro-air...
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Installing the New Garage Doors
Bob talks with Robert Rainey of PJ Overhead Door as the new and improved garage door panels and tracks are installed on the Norwell home.
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Second-Floor Plans, Door Demolition, and Staircase Disassembly
Bob goes over plans for the second floor with architect Gregory Rochlin and then joins carpenter Bob Ryley for meticulous demolition and disassembly work.
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Applying a Veneer Coat of Plaster over Blueboard
Bob interviews Carlos Londono, a plastering contractor, who demonstrates how to apply a veneer coat of plaster over blue board.
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Applying Decorative Painting Techniques
Bob meets with faux-painting expert Kim Sweet, who is applying a gold parchment effect on the master bedroom walls. Bob tries his hand at applying some color.
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Touring the Completed Home Interior, Entryway, and Dining Room
Bob tours the front vestibule, highlighting the beautiful stencil work done by artist Kim Sweet. He explains how small touches can bring back the feel of an 1890s...
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Color Staining a Concrete Floor
Tom Moorad joins Bob to satin a concrete floor.
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Cherry Cabinet Installation
Gam Danziger from Craftline Cabinets reviews the assembly of the contemporary Cherry kitchen cabinets being installed in the penthouse apartment.
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Tour of the Julia Wood House in Falmouth, MA
Bob visits the Julia Wood House, home of the Falmouth, Massachusetts Historical Society, and takes a tour with Carolyn Power, the society's executive director.
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Wall Stenciling
Decorator Leslie Curtis joins Bob in the modern Colonial project house parlor to discuss the room's wall treatments.
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Wall Stenciling, Continued
Artisan Ken Forcier are applying the second "layer" of the stencil he's using to decorate in the parlor of the modern Colonial.
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Shaker-Style Mural Painting
Bob checks in with artist Polly Forcier (from MB Historic Decor) for an update on the decorative painting in the modern Colonial project home.
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Decorative Painting Techniques With B. Smith
Decorator B. Smith paint a lavender stripe pattern on a bedroom wall.
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Applying Veneer Plaster to the Stairway Walls
John Galvin is applying veneer plaster to the walls along the stairway.
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Faux-Finishing the Doors
Bob looks at the old doors, then meets with local artist Elaine Havaland, who demonstrates a faux-finishing technique.
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Plumbing Installation and Creating a Tile Mural
In the second Elmwood project house, a Colonial Revival, a new Kohler tub is installed, while homeowner Pat Simons, a ceramic artists, creates a tile mural.
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Final Tour of the Completed Second Home in the Project
The second home in the Elmwood project, a Colonial Revival, is complete, after the second-floor bathroom gets a new vanity, new doors for the laundry closet, and ...
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Porch Restoration: Custom Reproduction Moldings and Chatsworth's Columns
Porch restoration continues on the fifth Elmwood project house, with Forester Moulding and Lumber re-milling many porch elements.
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Discussing Cedar Shingle Siding
Homer Earl (from the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau) explains what makes a quality shingle. The group takes a look at Sikkens Cetol shingle stain products, and Bo...
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Installing High-Gloss Laminate Cabinets and Surell Countertops
Cabinetry and countertops are brought in for this attic conversion project, and fiber-optic lighting is installed.
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Original Art and Contemporary Furnishings in the Finished Space
Bob takes a final tour of this unique third floor remodel and talks to the owners about their eclectic taste.
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Wood Floor Repair
Bob and homeowner Gavin repair and refinish a 75-year-old oak floor. Because the new patch floor panels have a different thickness from the original, a belt sande...
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Faux-Finishing an Antique Door
Bob meets with Rick and Martha Snyder to see how they faux-finish an antique door in such a way that reproduces the original look.
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Touring the Cabin's Interior Decor
Bob tours the cabin with the interior designer, Robyn Peterson. Under Robyn's direction, the mantle has been painted with a faux birch bark look, and the furnitur...
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Staining the Interior
Bob helps painting contractor Milo Moran roll solid stain over the yellow pine plywood walls on the boat storage side of the garage. Though not often applied insi...
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Wall Stenciling and Decorative Striping
Bob confers with artist Margo Datz about decorative striping and stenciling in the master bedroom. She demonstrates for Bob how to add a stencil pattern to painte...
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Painting the Bedroom Walls with Rag Rolling
Painter Gary Halzel is putting the finishing touches on the master bedroom walls using a rag-rolling technique.
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Building and Painting a Plate Rack
A plate rack for the dining room is built from scratch and is finished with a faux-antique paint job.
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Dressing Up the Floor with Paint
Artisan Terry Maiche demonstrates two inexpensive ways to dress up a floor with paint: spattering and stenciling.
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Exterior Paints and Stains
Bob talks about exterior paints and stains with painter Paul Stoliker.
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Repairing the Dining Room Floor
Contractor Tom Forest repairs a hump in the dining room floor, then revives the floor’s maple finish.
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A Sail-Wire Stair Rail and Rag-Painting the Basement
General contractor Ron Gan assembles an unusual “sail-wire” stair railing and decorator Christine Smyth rag-paints a basement wall.
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Faux-Finish Painting in the Master Bedroom
Bob meets with the painters giving a unique faux finish to the feature wall.
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Interior Tour
Bob walks through the remainder of the renovation, admiring the details and faux-finish painting that continues through the kitchen, living room and dining room.
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Installing a Solid-Core Cherry-Veneer Door
Bob helps general contractor Tim Berky put a solid-core cherry-veneer door on its bronze butt hinges, and install matching door hardware.
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