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How To: Clean Baseboards
You can spend hours washing the floor, dusting the furniture, and vacuuming the nooks and crannies in any given room,...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Wood Paneling
Wood paneling certainly has a place in the home. It can make a space feel traditional and warm, but it can also look ...
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Quick Tip: Trim Protection Tape
Protecting woodwork before you paint (or do other work) around it will save you time and money later. Trim protection...
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How To: Make a Wood Window Valance
A decorative wood valance adds charm to your house. You can make one yourself. Here's how. Copy a pattern, or create ...
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Get Trim! 9 Ways to Dress Up a Room with Molding
Just as the right tie can really make a suit, or a well-chosen accessory can add some pop to an outfit, molding can turn a plain square room into a true showpiece...
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Quick Tip: Ornamental Plaster Reproductions
The lost art of Victorian plaster detailing is making a comeback in a new form. Modern manufacturers are finding ways...
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How To: Paint Wood Paneling
In a room with wood-paneled walls—particularly if that wood is a veneer—your instinct may be to start fresh, either b...
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Add Visual Interest with Board and Batten
A striking dimensional finishing treatment, board and batten, is enjoying renewed popularity, with homeowners install...
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Quick Tip: Installing Beadboard Wainscoting
To achieve a Victorian look on an interior wall, try a beadboard wainscot.  You can buy beadboard at your local lumbe...
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Quick Tip: Custom Moldings
Dress up the rooms in your house with a variety of custom moldings.  These moldings are available in many historic pr...
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Quick Tip: Installing Crown Molding
You can dress up a room by installing crown molding along the ceiling. Here are some tips to keep in mind. Always pla...
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What Would Bob Do? Installing Beadboard
We are thinking about installing beadboard in our bathroom. How do I install it so that it looks at home in the room?...
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A Beadboard Installation Project for the Ages
We completed our beadboard project! We were hired to install reclaimed beadboard to the ceiling and bookshelves in Kat...
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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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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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What a Difference a Good Paint Job Can Make!
The next step of painting in the hallway is getting all the trim done. That means 6 doorways and the baseboard. And the ...
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Moldings 101
By definition, a molding is simply a strip of wood (or, occasionally, of plaster or other material) that is used for ...
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Custom Paneling Systems
Custom paneling has always been a luxury item. It is labor and cost intensive, since creating a profile means multipl...
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Adding Custom Moldings
Molding profiles tend to represent eras in building design. As architectural details, they often serve to pinpoint a ...
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Know Your Moldings: 10 Popular Trim Styles to Spiff Up Any Space
Cove or crown, batten or baseboard? Differentiate between the molding types most commonly used in homes today.
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How To: Add Trim to Cabinets
Last week, we wrapped up our sitting room built-in. I also promised a quick post on how to add trim to cabinets to make ...
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How To: Install Baseboard
It should be easy, right? Just measure the boards, cut the miters, and nail the trim in place. Well, not exactly. If ...
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Top Tips for Installing Tongue-and-Groove Paneling
Install wood paneling in any room to inject architectural detail, warmth, and character into your home. Traditionally...
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Hang Time: Making a Case for Picture Rails
Picture rails are strips of molding that adhere to walls and run horizontally around the room, typically aligning wit...
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Bob Vila Radio: Historic Trim
If you're looking for ways to dress up your dining room for the holidays, nothing works better than some good, old-fa...
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Bob Vila Radio: Crown Molding
If your home doesn't have the style and panache you wish it had, adding crown molding can help. Listen to BOB VILA ON...
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Bob Vila Radio: Beadboard
When industrial sawmills started cranking it out in the late 19th century, beadboard came on the scene as a quick and...
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How To: Paint Trim
Looking to learn how to paint trim? It's not so different from painting other surfaces in a home. Your method will va...
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Character Building: A Case for Moldings
I live in an old house that was virtually stripped of its moldings in the 1970s. It was an act of modernization, ever...
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Quick Tip: Installing Crown Molding
The Merits of Crown Molding If your home doesn’t have the style you wish it had, adding crown molding can help. It ca...
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Installing Fiber-Cement Siding and Cellular PVC Trim
While the house is being dried out, fiber-cement siding is put in place, as well as a cellular PVC trim that has the look of wood boards without any of the hassles.
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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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Touring the Isaac Bell Historic House
Bob takes a tour of the Isaac Bell historic house in Newport, RI, exploring one of the finest examples of the Shingle Style to be found anywhere.
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Creating a Cornice Molding for the Dining Room
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley create an elaborate five-piece cornice molding in the dining room.
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Installing Wall Paneling in the Entranceway and Visiting the Completed Tiled Shower
Inspired by designs found in the Isaac Bell historic house, paneling is installed on Bob’s entrance door to the living room. Bob looks at the completed tiled show...
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Installing a Chair Rail and Restoring a Corner Cupboard
In the dining room, carpenter Bob Ryley installs a chair rail and works with carpenter Danny Ruffini on the glass doors that will be added to the corner cupboard—...
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Installing Paneling in the Master Bedroom Closet
Bob joins carpenter David Ives, who is installing the paneling in the master bedroom closet, and then checks in on artist Kim’s faux finishing work on the walls.
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Reviewing the Front Porch, and Installing Interior Columns and a Vanity
Bob reviews the Victorian design elements of his front-corner porch and the interior columns that echo the exterior ones, and then watches the turn-of-the-century...
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Placing Windows on a Home's Facade
A double window is installed in the kitchen, which will let in a lot of sunlight and give a view of the back yard.
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Building a Privacy Fence and Touring the Completed Kitchen
Bob reviews the progress of his western red cedar custom fence, designed to provide privacy and block the carport from the neighbors’ view.
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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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Building a Kitchen Staircase
Furniture maker Todd Allen builds a staircase from scratch, which will run from the basement to the kitchen, using a technique that is a couple of centuries old.
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Replacing and Installing Windows and Costs of Finishing a Basement
An old basement window is replaced, and experts explain the costs of the Owens Corning finishing system.
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Replicating Old Window Moldings and Replacing House Trim and Boards
Experts review the replication of old house moldings and the use of Western Red Cedar for house trim and boards.
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Storm-Ready Vinyl Roof Soffits
Leslie Chapman-Henderson from the Federal Alliance for Safe Housing (FLASH) discusses storm-resistant soffit details with Bob. Todd Davison from FEMA is with Bob ...
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Installing a Mahogany Windowsill
Bob puts in a Mahogany windowsill that's been precut with a cleat and bevel to make the installation easier. He also helps install Poplar floor molding and observ...
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Installing Windows and Engineered Siding
Pella windows are being set into the modular home, one section of which is being sided with a board-and-batten product from Georgia-Pacific.
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Reviewing the Modular Home's Exterior
Bob surveys the modular home project in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, paying special attention to the products used on the exterior of the house.
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Installing Interior Window Casings and Sill
Bob Ryley tackles window trim in the master bedroom of the new Colonial.
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Designing and Crafting Historical Reproduction Crown Molding
Brent Hull, of Hull Historical Millwork, is on location to help with the installation of the dining room's crown molding.
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Kitchen Cabinet Design
Darcie Miller from Wellborn Cabinets is on the site of the modern Colonial project house to talk about the kitchen's design.
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Kitchen Cabinet Installation
John Wellborn (from Wellborn Cabinets) and carpenter Paul Anderson join Bob for the kitchen cabinet installation.
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Installing Molding on the Kitchen Cabinets
Paul Anderson attaches pre-finished crown molding around the kitchen cabinets in the modern Colonial project house.
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Tour the Tappahannock Room at Winterthur
Bob returns to Winterthur, the historic du Pont estate, to tour the Tappahannock Room.
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Touring the Blackwell Parlor at Winterthur
Bob tours one of Winterthur's most ornate rooms, the Blackwell Parlor.
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Tour of the McLellan House in Portland, ME
Bob visits the McLellan House in Portland, ME, part of the Portland Museum of Art.
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Picture Framing
Interior designer Leslie Curtis shows off another of her decorating ideas in the dining room.
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Trimming Out Double-Hung Windows
Bob Ryley and carpenter Pat Cloutier trim out two banks of four double-hung windows in the sunny dining area of the Vermont farmhouse.
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Exterior Painting With an Airless Sprayer
Latex paint is being applied on the exterior of the Vermont farmhouse by workers using airless sprayers.
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Trimming Out Bathroom Windows
Bob checks in with Ryley, who is trimming out the two windows over the vanity in the first floor master bath.
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Building the Foyer Staircase
Bob visits with carpenter Mark Fortunati, who is building a traditional-looking staircase in the foyer.
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Custom Moldings, Window Casings, and Coves
The front room of the Manhattan Brownstone is getting its finishing touches as prefabricated oversize cove molding is installed at the ceiling.
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Facade Details and Windows and the Interior's Finished Cornice Molding, Flooring, and Fireplace
Bob is outside the Manhattan Brownstone to show off the refurbished facade of the building and then goes inside to show us the completed living room of the floor-...
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Engineered Wood Exterior Trim and Porch Ceiling
Bob meets with Dave Probst (from Louisiana Pacific) to learn about LP's Smart System Products and Lisa Francis (from the Engineered Wood Association) joins to wat...
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Installing Trim on the Back Porch
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley install trim on the back porch of the Habitat for Humanity house in Yonkers, NY.
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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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Installing Cedar Trim and Clapboard Siding
Work has begun on the exterior finish. Contractors are installing the cedar trim, casing, and grounds, and continue on to begin installing the clapboard siding.
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Work on the Window Casing
Carpenter Bob Ryley confers with finish carpenter Dennis DeVore about casing a window at the Mt. Pleasant house in South Carolina, near Charleston.
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Interior Trim Tips
Carpenter Bob Ryley and the finish carpenter install interior trim in the dining room.
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Discussing Painting Techniques
Bob talks with painting contractor Matt Green, who advises on painting shortcuts as he coats the window trim.
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Applying the Wood Moldings
Having reviewed the progress made in the basement, Bob checks out some of the finish carpentry techniques used in applying wood moldings.
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Baseboard Replicas
In the Virginia governor's mansion, Bob and Bob Ryley look at baseboard replicas and inspect how the space behind the baseboard is used.
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Baseboard Molding Installation
Bob Ryley installs replica baseboard molding inside a room of the Virginia governor's mansion, which is under restoration.
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Restoring the Mantel
Carpenter Bob Ryley and Greg Cowan (from Tidewater Restoration) discuss the process of restoring the antique mantelpiece.
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Installing the Restored Mantelpiece
Bob returns to the Virginia governor's mansion to see the restored mantelpiece reinstalled in the ballroom.
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Installing Custom Window Sills
Bob pays a visit to the site of another unit's construction in the Roxbury development. Here, a carpenter is adding custom sills to windows.
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Bathroom Remodel
Pat and Roger Simons, the owners of the second house in the Elmwood project, review the goals of their bathroom remodel.
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Weaving Cedar Shingles and Prepping Damaged Wood Trim for Painting
Front porch restoration continues with the roof being replaced and new red cedar shingles being applied on the porch wall. Bob demonstrates the shingle weaving pr...
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Installing a China Cabinet
The newly built china cabinet is installed. The unit was constructed in several peices, so it would fit through the front door. Several final cuts and adjustments...
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Shingle Siding
Bob joins carpenter Bob Ryley, who is putting sidewall shingles onto the exterior of the new addition.
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Installing Baseboards and Making Moldings
Bob meets with carpenter Bob Ryley to install baseboard, then visits Paul Morse's workshop to see how specialty moldings are milled.
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Installing Baseboards and Window Casings
Bob meets with carpenter Bob Ryley to install baseboard and window casings. Time-saving techniques are discussed, as are the tricky cuts one can make to ensure a ...
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Trimming French Patio Doors
Bob joins finish carpenter Mark McCullough, who, as he works, explains the process of applying trim to French patio doors and adjacent windows.
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Plaster Cornice Reconstruction
Bob surveys the plaster cornice in the project home. Water damage has ruined a large section and much of the remaining plaster needs repair. Bob and restoration c...
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Federal-Style Home Restoration Update
Bob meets with restoration contractor Richard Marks, who explains the distinction between restoration and reconstruction. He and Bob also discuss the relocation o...
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Adding Detail to the Plaster Cornice
Bob observers the expert plasterer add detail to the cornice, which is under reconstruction due to water damage.
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Tour of the Withers Industries Factory
Bob meets with restoration contractor Richard Marks to review the reproduction shutters that will be placed on the project house. They also visit the Withers Indu...
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Mantelpiece Work
Bob joins restoration contractor Richard Marks in the library of the Federal-Style home to review the restoration of the mantel.
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Vinyl Window Installation
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a vinyl-clad Pella window awning with pre-assembled exterior trim.
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Bob Visits Oak Bluffs in Martha's Vineyard
Bob takes the ferry to the island of Martha's Vineyard, MA, where he tours Oak Bluffs and soaks in the town's Victorian history.
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The Search Ends for a Home on Martha's Vineyard
The search for Bob's next project house ends, when he finds a small 19th-century home on a large plot of land in East Chop, a laid-back, picturesque part of the i...
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Touring the Interior of Chateau-sur-Mer
Bob tours the lavish interior of Chateau-sur-Mer in Newport, RI. The entrance walls are painted canvas and the ceiling is adorned by a fresco. Hand-carved walnut ...
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Building a Victorian-Style Breezeway
Contractor Bob Ryley is creating a Victorian-style breezeway using modern materials, which will bridge the old and new wings of the home.
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Reviewing the Frame and Attaching the Verge Board
As contractor Bob Ryley attaches the gingerbread-style verge board on one gable end of the Martha's Vineyard Victorian project, Bob remarks on the notable feature...
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Adding a Door to a Wood-Paneled Wall
Bob reviews progress in the kitchen, which includes the installation of a pantry, and contractor Bob Ryley demonstrates how to build a door into a wood-paneled wa...
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Window Trim and Scalloped Shingles
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley confer about adding trim to the curvilinear top edge of an arched window. After sheet lead is installed as flashing, Ryley attaches s...
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Shirley-Eustis Colonial Governor's Mansion Tour
Bob meets with Lynn from the Shirley-Eustis Colonial Governor's Mansion Association. Together they tour the Federal-style home, noting an Irish crystal chandelier...
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Applying Exterior Trim to the Dormer Window
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley apply exterior trim to the gable end dormer window. Ryley demonstrates how to avoid seams, how to transfer an angle from the roof to...
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Custom Crown Molding
Bob tours the factory where the project house's custom crown molding is cut to custom specifications, while, back at the site, carpenter Bob Ryley struggles to in...
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Installation of Paneling in the Basement
Refinishing the basement continues with the installation of wood paneling.
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Reviewing the Home Exterior
Bob and carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley review the exterior of the home, pointing out the new trellis and the new entryway. Next, they move inside to have a look ...
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Building a Free-Floating Deck
Due to flood plain regulations, the deck cannot be attached to the house-- it has to be free-floating. Bob helps the contractors set up the posts and joists, and ...
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Cutting the Valance Pattern
Bob helps contractor Al Stiles build a jig valance over the kitchen window to match the decorative style of the kitchen hutch.
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Putting Up Exterior Trim
Carpentry contractor Bob Ryley puts up exterior trim around the windows.
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Pine Interior Paneling
Carpentry contractor Bob Ryley demonstrates how to put up the pine interior paneling in the living room.
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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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Custom Trim, Windows, and Pocket Door
General contractor Tim Berky trims out the windows with custom millwork created from a profile of the home's original trim. Bob looks at the four-panel cherry poc...
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Completing the Trim on the Oriel Window
General contractor Tim Berky is completing trim on the oriel window that faces onto the deck. He begins by covering the underboard with MDO (medium density overla...
All bookworms need a good bookmark that inspires them to keep reading. To make this colorful bookmark, cut a rectangular p... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... 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... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
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