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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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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...
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...
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...

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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Building a Separate Wetland
You can create a wetland in any level area and make it suitable for most wetland plants by digging out a depression, lining it with plastic, refilling it with soil, and adding...
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Clean Gutters
This information can clarify and help answer some questions.Clean Gutters Anyone who's cleaned out a gutter knows it's a messy job with an even messier time cleaning up the debris...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gutter cleaner
An old plastic spatula makes a great tool for cleaning debris from gutters! It doesn't scratch up the gutter, and you can cut it to fit gutter contours with snips. Grime wipes...
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Gutter Clutter
Before fall storms come your way, you might want to spend an afternoon in the gutter... on your roof. First, clean out all the debris from the gutter. (If you own a leaf blower,...
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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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Homework Furniture
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,...
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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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Kente Strip Clock
Materials: Kente clothunfinished wood clockfusible webSteps: 1. Paint clock as desired and allow to dry. 2. Cut cloth to fit inside clock front. Press piece, and then attach...
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