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June 13, 2017

How To Install Door Molding

One of the most often-overlooked details in a home is the molding. Most new homes today come with builder grade moldings. They are plain, ordinary and nothing special. Having moldings installed by a professional can be costly and time-intensive. Why not do it yourself? Here’s an easy update to your moldings that you can finish in a weekend.

How to install door molding. Assess your current moldings

We built this project on a door with a plain molding surround of 1″ x 6″ boards. Most doors have a casing of 2½” to 3″ wide. You can modify this project to fit a standard door casing, or you can remove the existing top of the current door casing and [...]

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May 30, 2017

Inexpensive Updates to the Bathroom

When selling or listing a home, it’s important to recognize that bathrooms and kitchens are at the top of most potential buyers’ lists. To maximize your home’s value, you always want to put your bathroom’s best foot forward. Have a bathroom that’s a little outdated or needs a refresh and the budget is tight? Here are a few easy tips and ideas to inexpensively update a bathroom.

1. Paint the walls

A gallon of paint typically runs between $30 and $50. You’ll want to select the highest quality paint the budget will allow. Choose a satin sheen for easy clean-up and durability. When selecting a color, whites and lighter neutral colors, such as [...]

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May 11, 2017

How to Repair Drywall

Have you ever had a wall that looked like this? Yikes. You moved pictures from one place to another and left a hole in the wall that looks like this. You roll your eyes and shrug your shoulders and wonder if it can ever be fixed? Or how to fix it yourself? Good news. It’s a relatively simple fix to repair holes like this in your wall.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to repair drywall 1. Sand

Begin the repair by sanding the area and the holes that need repair. Start sanding with a coarse sandpaper (approximately 80 grit) and sand off edges of the holes until they are flat with the surface of the wall. Finish sanding the area with a finer sandpaper like [...]

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April 25, 2017

Creative Options for Subway Tile

With so many new and varied tile choices on the market, subway tile is often overlooked for more glamorous options. It’s easy to get distracted by the bright and shiny new tiles on the block, but don’t put subway tile on the shelf just yet. It’s time for a little creativity. With an average price of under $10 per square foot, you might want to give this utilitarian tile a second look.

Here are some creative options for subway tile for your home.

1. Patterns

Traditionally, subway tile comes in 3″ x 6″ white rectangles. This size makes it easy to lay the tile in different patterns to fit any design style. Here are a few of the most basic [...]

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April 13, 2017

How to Create a Welcoming Entry

The front entry is where it all starts. It is the first thing your guests see. It’s the first impression you create when welcoming friends and family into your home. Don’t overlook the potential right inside your front door. Here are some easy tips and ideas to create a welcoming entry.

Help your house put its best foot forward.

Begin with your front door

Many times, we enter the house through the back door or garage and forget about the impression the front door makes. Don’t. Take a few minutes to ensure your front door is ready for unexpected guests. Make sure to dust off the front door and surrounding moldings on a regular basis. Nothing says [...]

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March 24, 2017

How to Transform Thrift Store Finds with Paint

It is said that there is a treasure in every aisle of the thrift store. You never know what you’ll discover tucked away on a shelf behind the cookie jars and straw hats. And once you find it what do you do with it? One of the easiest ways to transform trash into treasure is with a coat of paint and a little imagination.

Here are a few tips how to transform thrift store finds with paint.


Creating your own one-of-a-kind sign is a fun project to make from a thrift store find. Look for reclaimed wood pieces or frames with old art work or stacks of fence boards. Next, clean and sand the wood thoroughly. Decide what you want your sign to say and trace the [...]

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March 20, 2017

Simple Ideas to Decorate Your Porch for Spring

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when spring arrives and the grass turns green and the flowers bloom and fluffy clouds dot the horizon and your porch calls your name. Time to clear off the leaves, sweep the floors, wash off the winter gloom and add a little sunshine to your outdoor spaces. Looking for porch decorating ideas?

Here are a few tips and a little inspiration to get you started.

Add indoor/outdoor fabrics

Indoor/outdoor fabrics come in a variety of patterns, colors, and textures. Adding textiles to a space creates the warmth of an indoor room in an outdoor setting. A bold graphic pattern like the one shown on these pillows layers in a pop [...]

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February 23, 2017

How to Install Peel and Stick Tile

Do you have a room or space that needs new flooring? Are you overwhelmed by the cost and different options available for flooring products? Why not think outside the box with a simple solution that’s cost effective and can be designed to fit your space perfectly?

Peel and stick tile. I know peel and stick tile might have had a questionable reputation before. But it’s been redesigned and reworked for easier application. In addition, it’s extremely affordable. Most peel and stick tile averages only $1.00 per square foot. Here’s a few tips and ideas on how to install it. Here’s the before in a space that needs a little help. I know, right? [...]

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