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Discover the skillful master inside you with our column Do it yourself. Following the illustrated instructions you will be able to make something useful and beautiful for your home or office with your own hands.

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For families everywhere, as the school year gets firmly underway, the space in the house seems to steadily shrink. This is particularly true in winter, when scarves, boots,...
The floorLet's talk about the floor first, even though it should be the last project of a mini-makeover. One of the first steps manufacturers of "peel 'n stick" floor tiles give...
Not only do leaky faucets waste water, the sound of drip, drip, drip can certainly keep you awake at night. Fixing this yourself can save you money. Although this is not a...

Five Secrets of Long-Lasting Carpet
Keeping a carpet clean is essential to prolonging its life and maintaining its appearance. 1. Depending on how much traffic a carpet bears, vacuum it as often as several times a...
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Five Easy-to-Make Tables
Just because some furniture pieces serve a utilitarian purpose, it doesnt mean they have to be dull. The next time you're about to purchase a table, use your creativity instead...
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Correct Care for Kitchen Appliances
Coffeemaker: Mineral buildup slows a coffeepot's drip and produces bitter tasting coffee. One way to solve this problem is to mix a solution of half water and half white vinegar....
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Fabric Seats for Chairs
Bold, bright fabric and paint to match can spruce up a dowdy old chair and turn it into an eye-catching piece. New fabric can work wonders for an old drop-in chair seat, and a...
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5 Expert Tips on Caring for Antiques
Here are our top five tips: 1. A white ring on a tabletop is in the finish, a black ring is in the wood. It is easier to remove a damaged finish than a wood stain. To remove white...
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Colorful Kids Spaces
Gray winter days that are short on natural light and long on chilly temperatures offer a wonderful opportunity to introduce a cheerful color palette to a childs space. The...
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If you're reading this article, it's a safe bet that the words "crown moulding" or "Louis XVI chair" make your eyes light up, and therefore it's a safe bet you'd like to pass this...
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Happy Bath Time
While grown-ups often love luxuriating in a nice long shower or a soothing hot bath, getting the kids to soap up can sometimes be enough to work you into a lather. To make bath...
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Organizing Your Busy Kids
Some kids, we know, are fabulously organized. But if they are notMaybe there's something more you can do to help your kid get organized than to join in the weekly battle cry....
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It's the Little Things
Generally, when we think about saving energy, lighting comes first to mind. Many of us have simply become accustomed to using bulbs that superfluously use energy because they are...
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Make Your Own Christmas Wreath
Do you find yourself with a lot of leftover boughs once you've trimmed your Christmas tree? Instead of just throwing them away, why not be creative and use them to make your own...
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The Glass, Crystal and Mirror FAQ
WindowsNever wash windows while the sun is shining on them because they dry too quickly and leave streaks When polishing windows use up and down strokes on one side of the window...
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Cover a Cornice with Fabric
A separate project described how building a window cornice can raise standard window treatments to a new decorating level by adding texture, color, and depth to walls and solving...
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Basic Paint Techiques
Stirring:Stir from the bottom up; this assures mixing of the thinner, clearer layer at the top with the heavier, pigment-laden material that tends to settle at the bottom. To...
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Fix a Leaky Toilet
The toilet seal is called a "wax ring" and can be replaced fairly easily. The hardest part is moving the toilet. You will have to lift the toilet to remove and replace the ring....
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Build a Fireplace Mantel
A fireplace is usually just a black hole in the wall until it is framed by decorative elements called a surround and mantel. The mantel makes the fireplace a focal point and sets...
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A Quiet Space
It often happens that a home has a small room thats off to the side of the main spaces of the home, and which often gets overlooked by the decorator. All too often, a room such...
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