Home iprovement question: Granite counters

Ask it: Home improvement question–new counters

You have home improvement questions? We have home improvement answers that will help you get DIY done! Question: I have a pier and beam house. Would granite counters in the kitchen (including a free-standing island) be too much weight? –Judy Answer: This is a great home improvement question Judy. Adding granite counters should not have [...]

Wellborn Cabinets' Antigua door is a beach-y source for all kinds of kitchen design ideas.

Kitchen design ideas: Bring the beach inside

One look at Wellborn Cabinets’ new Antigua door and I was instantly transported to a far away beach hideaway and my mind washed over with warm-weather feelings and all kinds of kitchen design ideas. One of those ideas was not to run away to the beach at all. I love being ocean side, but bringing [...]

Modern home styles blend clean lines and classic good looks.

Swing time: A beautiful door brings home styles to light

Home styles are different from block to block, even house to house. But one thing they all have in common—and we all use every day—is a door. And whether it’s for looking through or for walking through, a dialed-in door is all about more. A great door is a thing of beauty, if you ask [...]

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Bedroom design ideas: Make it hot with a sunburst!

We love simple, fun bedroom design ideas that can transform the room’s look and feel and give it a pop of fresh in just a few hours. And as much as we love tools and building things, we also love projects that are simple to DIY. One cool way to style your bed is to [...]

DaVinci Roofscapes Bellaforte Shake

Buying a new roof: DaVinci Roofscapes rocks the ridge

When it comes to buying a new roof, I recommend considering two important things that are easy to overlook: How does the roof look on Day-1? And how will it look on Day-2101? So while I try to be frugal up front buying a new roof, I don’t want to “jump over a dollar to [...]

Formica 180fx Red Dragon

Formica 180fx: Design Delish

Astounding new colors in the Formica 180fx laminate line like River Gold and Red Dragon take our design mojo and crank it up waaaay more than a notch. If you’re exploring color shots for your designs you’ve got more than just new colors to cavort in, too. With a rainbow of choices in the Formica [...]

Home improvement question: Getting a hot tub into a gazebo

Ask it: Home improvement question–hot tub

You have home improvement questions? We have home improvement answers that will help you get DIY done! Question: We want to get a hot tub and I want to put it inside a gazebo in our yard. Do you know if the gazebo is built around the tub? How else would you get it in? [...]

Gear for guys: CLC briefcase

FixitUp Find: Gear for guys

Gear for guys should look cool. That’s baseline. But it also needs to work. And when it comes to gear for DIYers and home improvement pros it’s practically a necessity. So when I load up my office tools and hit the road, I look for tough-stuff gear that’s good looking too. Whether it’s a road [...]

For drywall repair, getting a smooth finish is the name of the game. But it can be frustrating. Here are three tips for plaster perfection. Don’t apply too much compound at once. You only need about 1-inch on the edge of the knife to spread nicely. To prevent compound from squeezing out the ends of the drywall knife as you apply it, wipe the corners of the knife on the pan to expose the blade a little. And, after applying each coat, flare the knife along the edges to ‘feather’ or ‘burnish’ it smooth. This will make the work easier and require much less sanding.

DIY Tips: Drywall repair

For drywall repair, getting a smooth finish is the name of the game. But it can be frustrating. Here are three tips for plaster perfection. 1. Don’t apply too much compound at once. You only need about 1-inch on the edge of the knife to spread nicely. 2. To prevent compound from squeezing out the [...]

DIY tips: Use a wheelbarrow to carry more than mulch

DIY tips: Wheelbarrows aren’t just for yard work

When it comes to moving materials for projects, I’ll take all the DIY tips I can get. Reason is, I like building stuff. Not carrying stuff. To make loading in—and out—of a project easier and more efficient wheels work wonders. One of the wheels I get a lot of home improvement mileage out of is [...]

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