I’ve got a few tips to make shopping for a chandelier easier.

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Shopping for a chandelier can be overwhelming until you can unlock some of the mystery. Whether your style is coastal casual or art deco or industrial funk, there is a chandelier for you. With finishes ranging from wood and wrought iron to upcycled bottles and fishing lures to crystal and … see more

Outsmart your Spring cleaning blues with these simple tips and tools

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Got the I-don’t-want-to-do-this Spring cleaning blues? Check out these tips and tools to make life easier when you just can’t live with the built-up gunk any more. Half the effort of Spring cleaning for me is just hopping the psychological hurdles of doing something I’d rather not do. Another big … see more

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, we: – Use too much joint compound. Joint compound (sometimes called ‘spackle’ or ‘mud’ in the trades) is the paste applied to the wall and it’s easy to use too much of it. – Try to get it too perfect … 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

Old house fix: How to move and replace a frost-free hose bib and shut-off

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Replacing a hose bib should be—should be—easy. Often it is. Hurl in the old house wild card, however, and there can be more than just soldering copper pipe and patting yourself on the back. If you’re up to the DIY challenge, check it out. Maybe save yourself a little pain … see more

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