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The Best Paint Colors for Bathrooms

Bright white is popular, but color can be comforting.

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7 Ways to Use the Hottest Bathroom Trend

Bright colors and bold patterns are in vogue.

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Trending in 2021 - Modern Farmhouse Kitchens

These light, open spaces are invitingly clean and natural.

A home gym.
DIY Home Gym Hacks

Installing a home gym is easier (and cheaper) than you may think!

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How to Organize an Indoor Drop Station for Winter Gear

Winter means the outside muck gets dragged inside. Avoid that with a little planning and organization!

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How To Install Kitchen Lighting Fixtures

Learning how to install kitchen lighting fixtures is an easy do-it-yourself project.

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How to Fix Creaking Stairs

If your home has more than one floor, then you have stairs.

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Outdoor Entrance Mats vs Indoor Entrance Mats

There are substantial differences between indoor and outdoor entrance mats.

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Installing Bunk Beds in Your RV Part 1

Bunk beds are an excellent idea to save space in your RV.

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How to Fix Broken Stairs

Fixing broken stairs is important and easier than it sounds.

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How to Stain Stairs

Don't settle for dull, unfinished wood if it's not what you want. Explore staining as an option.

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5 Fun Ideas for Finishing Your Attic or Basement

Finding yourself stuck for ideas for your attic or basement?

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Common Kitchen and Bathroom Design Mistakes to Avoid

Remodeling a bathroom or kitchen? Read this first.

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4 Reasons to Install Heat in an Enclosed Porch

An enclosed porch allows you to enjoy more sunlight and increases the space in your home. However, you may only be able to comfortably use your porch on warm, sunny days, unless you decide to install heat in your porch. 1. Use the Porch at Night After the sun sets is one of the most popular times to

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3 Reasons to Remove Laundry Room Cabinets

Laundry room cabinets seem to serve to organize a laundry room, but there may be a number of reasons you should consider removing these cabinets. If any of the following apply, remove your cabinets in the laundry room. 1. The Cabinets Are Too Low Many laundry room cabinets were designed for a standard

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3 Reasons to Consider Installing Dimmer Switches in the Great Room

The great room in a home is typically characterized by a number of large windows. Installing a dimmer switch in this area is a simple project that will provide a number of benefits. 1. Less Light Needed During a Clear Day Because large windows are often the focal point of a great room, you'll be letting

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3 Reasons to Install Soundproofing Insuation in the Laundry Room

Soundproofing insulation can stop or at least dampen noises coming from the room around which it is installed. Installing insulation to soundproof your laundry room can have the following benefits: 1. Do the Laundry without Disturbing Anyone Washers and dryers are among the noisiest appliances in your

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Installing a Hammock in Your RV: Is it Safe?

Installing a hammock in your RV may seem like a good idea if you're looking to increase the number of places to rest or you like the idea of hanging above the ground in order to relax. However, there are a number of points to consider. Make Sure the Hooks are Secure Because space is limited in an RV,

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How to Stain a Wooden Bench

Staining a wooden bench is an easy way to protect the wood and let the natural wood grain of the bench show through. To ensure a smooth, even finish that lasts, you need to take several steps before applying the stain. Tools and Materials Needed Bench Stain and stir stick Paint roller and paint tray

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How to Make Your Trash Cans Dog Proof

Making your trash cans dog proof will keep messy spills to a minimum and lower the risk of the dogs-be it your dogs or neighborhood animals-injuring themselves by ingesting something that could harm them. Doing so takes minimal effort. Tools and Materials Needed: Tightly-lidded, heavy trash cans Electric

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How to Build a Cat Tree

Having a cat tree in your house can be great fun for you and your cat. A cat tree will stop your cat from clawing at your furniture and drapery. Buying a cat tree from a pet store can be very expensive. Here are some easy instructions for building your own. Tools and Materials Needed: Drill Paint roller

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How to Build an Indoor Cat Play House

An indoor cat play house is a great way to keep your pets entertained. This can be easy or hard to do, depending on how much you know about cat behavior. The actual work is an easy project for any DIY enthusiast. Problems may arise when your cats become adults and you need to plan ahead. When building

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How to Create Nursery Bedding Patterns

Nursery bedding plays a very important role in the room of a newborn. Along with the furniture and the furnishing, the nursery bedding patterns are an integral part for the overall looks and feel of the new space. Here is a simple guide on how to create nursery bedding set for your child or for gifting

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Attics vs. Basements

Consider all the possibilities and restrictions.

A front door open to a white entryway.
7 Time-saving Items for Your Foyer

Who couldn't use some more time on their side when rushing out the door in the morning?

A woman studying at a desk.
DIY a Fully Loaded Study Area

A couch doesn't count as a desk.

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10 Things You Need in Your Man Cave

Whether you're a sports fanatic, a gamer, or both, a man cave is your space to unwind. But does yours have these 10 things?

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Creative Cottage Style Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Open shelving and natural materials are two hallmarks.

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How to Set Up a Home Workout Space

Why pay a subscription fee when you could stay fit at home?

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Finding Your Man Cave Style

Does it need a big screen TV or a place to work out?

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How to Build a Cat Hammock

Your cat needs a place to lounge too.

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Using Pattern to Connect the Foyer with the House

The foyer can be wonderfully warm and welcoming.

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How to Create a Meditation Space

A few mindful minutes each day confer major health benefits.

A compact laundry room
Small Laundry Room Designs

Maximize the use of tight space with a compact laundry room.

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Brighten Up a Windowless Bathroom

Liven up a dim, cramped space with a few simple fixes.

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What's the Best Way to Prevent Stair Handrail Scratches?

Gloss enamel, ideally oil based, is the strongest defense.

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5 Creative Ideas for Footlockers in your Decor

Footlockers can be quite handy to have around the home. They have a rugged and rustic look that is appealing

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How to Personalize a Rubber Entrance Mat

Personalize your porch with a uniquely designed welcome mat

An updated kitchen.
Kitchen Decorating: Budget Ways to Update an Outdated Kitchen

Don't give away the age of your kitchen.

A messy, cluttered mudroom, filled with shoes, bags, and jackets.
How to Organize a Mudroom

Don't let messy clutter be your reality. Learn how you can reorganize and make the most of your space.

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Make the Most of Your Studio Apartment

It's not difficult for a studio apartment to feel cramped, uncomfortable, and unpleasant. However, there are a few ways that you can make your studio apartment feel spacious and homey.

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Create a Welcoming Foyer (Without Actually Having One)

Use one (or all!) of these ideas to create a welcoming first impression without having a fancy foyer built into your home.