Tips for finishing drywall: Use the drywall knife for more than compound.

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Lots of people make the same mistakes–me included–finishing drywall. Typically, they: – Use too much mud. – Try to get it too perfect too soon. Less is more. The first two coats are supposed to be rough. – Go over and over the same spot too many times. There’s a … see more

Hers & His pallet ideas: We upcycled these old chairs into his/hers benches

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Theresa’s pallet ideas are always more awesome than I think they’re going to be. For this project, she re-imagined two extra-boring chairs into exciting hers and his benches. There are lots of design options for how to finish the edges. Theresa wanted a clean look so I matched the existing … see more

Home improvement & design: How to install wood wainscoting & vertical trim

2016 MyFixitUpLife Wood Naturally wainscoting installation - Mark

Wood wainscoting is one of my favorite interior finishes. It’s fun, clean, and all carpentry. And it looks sensational. In this video I run through a few steps for getting a job that’ll last—and that you’ll love. Things I focus on primarily for wood wainscoting—especially vertical installations—are getting the first … see more

Fave DIY: Deck building and home improvement tips, Extreme How-To Magazine

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One of my very favorite home improvement projects is building a deck. I’ve built many—along with fences, playgrounds and other sweet outdoor stuff. I love building decks with wood too. Part structure, part trim, part art, part process, it speaks to me. And, in the pages of the October issue … see more

VIDEO: Home improvement storage & DIY for about 20-bucks | Make a shelf

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When I need some quick, attractive, and inexpensive organization or storage for my home improvement gear and supplies and flotsam AND jetsam, I make a shelf. Then to share it with you I make a VIDEO about how to make shelf. You could do this project with a circular saw … see more

Painting brick or stone fireplace surrounds are easyish DIY projects

Painting brick or stone can seem challenging, but it’s an easy-ish DIY project if you have the right paint and tools.

If you think of painting interior brick or stone fireplace surrounds as exterior DIY projects, then you’ve cracked the code. There are times when a brick or stone fireplace is screaming in sadness for a coat of paint. And when I spotted this fireplace at a client’s new-to-them-but-stuck-in-1980s home, I knew that … see more

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