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JULY 5, 2012 | THURSDAY
21 "Expert Picks" for Fail-Safe Colors

Here are twenty-one of the best neutral paint colors that experts and designers rank as their top "fail-safe" picks. Whether you're looking for warm neutral paint colors for the bedroom o...

MAY 29, 2012 | TUESDAY
Kitchen Cabinets 101

New kitchen cabinets will likely be your biggest expenditure and will also determine the tone and functionality of your renovated space. A professional can help you sort through the many ...

MAY 11, 2012 | FRIDAY
Fresh Ideas for Kitchen Flooring

While design, color, and surface appeal are important considerations, you’ll also want kitchen flooring that can live up to your lifestyle and provide the comfort and durability you need....

MAY 11, 2012 | FRIDAY
Kitchen Flooring: 8 Popular Choices

Design, color, and surface are important considerations, but don't overlook comfort, durability and easy care—particularly in kitchen flooring.

MAY 11, 2012 | FRIDAY
Kitchen Countertops: 10 Popular Options Today

The choices are many, but which kitchen countertop is the best for you? Find out here.

JANUARY 26, 2012 | THURSDAY
Bob Vila's Top 12 Painting Tips

1. One trick to determine whether you have the right primer is to put a coat on and let it dry, then take a razor blade and very lightly mark an X in the paint. Put duct tape over the X a...

JANUARY 26, 2012 | THURSDAY
Bob Vila's 8 Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights

Embellishing your yard with holiday lights is a cheery idea if you follow a few simple guidelines and precautions:Create a master plan. Look at your house from the street or take a photog...

NOVEMBER 3, 2011 | THURSDAY
Great Places to Buy Architectural Salvage

Here are just a few listings of the antique fairs, flea markets, reclaimed lumber businesses, nonprofits, and architectural salvage stores where you can scout for treasure:NATIONAL Habita...