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How to Build Stones to Surround a Tree

How to Build Stones to Surround a Tree

A graceful old shade tree can be the focal point of your landscaping when it is surrounded by a low stacked-stone wall. A stone surround allows you to plant a fern or moss garden around the tree trunk, create low seating in a garden or train creeping vines or ivy over it to evoke the look of a fores......[Read More]
How to Smooth Out Plaster Walls

How to Smooth Out Plaster Walls

When a house settles, or shifts in its foundation, there are many signs. One sign is cracking in the plaster walls of the house. Smoothing out the plaster walls requires filling the crack and making the patch blend with the rest of the wall surface. Aesthetically, this can make a big difference in h......[Read More]
Do it Yourself: Whitewash Kitchen Cabinets

Do it Yourself: Whitewash Kitchen Cabinets

Whitewash is a thin kalsomine paint made from slaked lime and chalk. It gives a dull white look to wood. You can make your own whitewash paint with a mix of mason's hydrate lime, which is available from most building supply retailers, and distilled water, according to Annie B. Bond of Care2.com. Mix......[Read More]
How to Install Vinyl Floor Covering

How to Install Vinyl Floor Covering

Vinyl tiles have been around in one form or another for generations, and with good reason. While they may not look as rich and solid as ceramic or marble, vinyl tiles are affordable, easy to work with, available in a wide range of colors and styles, and are very durable once they're installed. Today......[Read More]
DIY Futon Plans

DIY Futon Plans

Part sofa, part bed...futons are the furniture equivalent of an indecisive person. These handy convertible couches are natural for dorm rooms and small apartments. Even in a larger home, setting up a futon means you have an extra bed when overnight visitors come to stay. What's more, a futon is an i......[Read More]
Kinds of Floor Coverings

Kinds of Floor Coverings

Berber is a popular carpeting choice.woolen carpet texture image by Tolbxela from Fotolia.comBuilding or remodeling a home can be a daunting project, with a million details that require decisions before the work can proceed. One of the most confusing details can be the choice of flooring.........[Read More]
How to Refinish Cabinets With a Glaze

How to Refinish Cabinets With a Glaze

Glaze is a type of wood finish used in conjunction with an existing painted or stained surface to give the illusion of age and antiquity. It's a gel-like, opaque liquid you brush on and then partly wipe off, leaving an uneven film over the surface of the wood. There's an artistic element to glazing,......[Read More]
How to Care for Ceramic Tile Kitchen Countertops

How to Care for Ceramic Tile Kitchen Countertops

You invest a great deal of time and money in creating beautiful ceramic tile kitchen countertops. To protect that investment, it is a good idea to spend an equal amount of time learning how to properly care for ceramic tile kitchen countertops. Doing this from the very beginning will not only extend......[Read More]
Commercial Roofing Types

Commercial Roofing Types

OverviewPhotos.com/Photos.com/Getty ImagesSince commercial buildings are designed and built differently than a residential building there are different types of roofs and roofing materials used in commercial construction. The roof serves the same purpose on a commercial building as it.........[Read More]
How to Add Insulation to an Existing House

How to Add Insulation to an Existing House

If you've got an old house with hollow walls, you don't have to choose between ripping them open to insulate or living without it. An alternative is to blow in loose insulation. This is achieved with an insulation blower, designed specifically to fill closed walls with insulation through holes cut i......[Read More]
Traditional Thai Style Furniture

Traditional Thai Style Furniture

Traditionally, furniture styles from Thailand are very simple, soothing and elegant. Thai philosophy is "jai yen," a phrase that literally means "cool heart," or more colloquially, "relax." This philosophy is reflected in much of Thailand culture, including the furniture pieces.......[Read More]
How to Install Bruce Engineered Hardwood

How to Install Bruce Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood flooring is made of particle board and topped with finished hardwood, as opposed to being solid hardwood. The big advantage to engineered flooring is that it's straighter, less apt to warp, and much thinner and easier to work with than natural hardwood. The boards connect to each......[Read More]
Home Wine Bar Design Ideas

Home Wine Bar Design Ideas

No longer reserved just for fancy restaurant dinners, wine has enjoyed increased popularity across all demographics. Wine offers easy accessibility, a wide array of prices and a plethora of flavors and types. The increased popularity has brought wine into the home and people are.........[Read More]
How to Calculate Cubics

How to Calculate Cubics

Cubics are three-dimensional units of volume. You probably use them everyday, even if you don't realize it. Car enthusiasts will recognize a classic car engine's cubic inch measurement or a motorcycle's cubic centimeters, or cc, measurement. When shipping packages, you might be asked to provide the ......[Read More]
How to Straighten Bowed Studs

How to Straighten Bowed Studs

A beautiful wall starts with level studs. It is not uncommon to find an occasional bowed stud when hanging drywall. It is ideal to start a drywall project with level walls to provide a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. While it is better to replace, rather than repair, a bowed stud, there are ......[Read More]
Types of Trim Work

Types of Trim Work

Trim work adds value to your room for a small investment.Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty ImagesTrim work is an easy-to-install home improvement that enhances a home instantly. Many types and styles are available to choose from. Trim work is made from a variety of building materials, all.........[Read More]
How to Remove a Built-In Countertop Butcher Block

How to Remove a Built-In Countertop Butcher Block

Wood butcher blocks add a natural look to kitchen workspaces and provide a convenient surface for cuting meat, chopping vegetables or slicing fruits. Years of use, however, can take a toll and frequently used butcher blocks often end up stained and covered with knife hashes. Whether your butcher blo......[Read More]
Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets With a Rotary Sander

Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets With a Rotary Sander

Kitchen cabinets go through a lot with everyday use. After a few years or decades of normal wear and tear, they tend to look worn, faded and unsightly. The first thought a homeowner may have is to replace the entire cabinetry within the kitchen. This option is expensive and not suitable for someone ......[Read More]
How to Buy Cheap Aluminum Replacement Windows

How to Buy Cheap Aluminum Replacement Windows

Making sure all the aspects of your home are fully functioning and up-to-date is a priority for some owners. When it comes to replacing old or worn out windows, different home owners have different priorities. Some home owners might be focused on energy efficiency. Energy efficient windows can help ......[Read More]
Do It Yourself Garment Drycleaning

Do It Yourself Garment Drycleaning

Dry cleaning is the process of cleaning fabric with a chemical solvent rather than water. The process is far more gentle on your clothing, which is why delicate fabrics are often labeled "dry clean only." As an alternative to costly trips to the dry cleaners, a number of companies have created home ......[Read More]