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Learn how to keep brass shiny permanently

How to Keep Brass Shiny

A few simple steps to keep brass shiny permanently. This process works for copper, stainless steel, and other metals too. Never polish metal again. After res...
removing old kitchen cabinets that were nailed to the wall

Kitchen Demolition

Our kitchen demolition and some of the lessons we learned while demolishing our kitchen. I was so excited to demolish our old kitchen. The cabinets were fall...
How to frame a wall in place | Building a frame for a wall | home improvement by adding a partition wall | small wall DIY

Framing a Wall in Place

Framing a wall is an easy do-it-yourself home improvement project. Build a small interior wall by framing it in place, then add drywall, mudding, texture, and p...
A patriotic DIY centerpiece with blue and white vases and red carnations

Red, White, and Blue Centerpiece

Here's a simple patriotic centerpiece I made from some old glass bottles, a little spray paint, and a few carnations. I save glass bottles. It’s a little ...
How to make a personalized wood journal | Use thin plywood to make the cover for a custom notebook | handmade crafts

A Carved Wood Journal

Make a custom carved notebook or wood journal out of plywood. It makes the perfect personalized gift or treasured keepsake. Last year, I saw Serena from Thri...
3 easy steps to replace a light switch | Home improvement DIY | update your lighting | Electrical tutorial

How to Replace a Light Switch

You can easily replace a light switch in your home to match you decor and paint colors. It’s a simple DIY project. For my son’s Star Wars room, we wanted...

Turn a Box into a Nightstand

Take an old wood box and turn it into an elegant nightstand or side table by adding O’verlays and a little bling. Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest: Cut n Pas...
How to refinish a bookshelf or any wood furniture with latex paint | furniture makeover | refinishing | painting a bookcase

Refinishing a Wood Bookcase

Learn how to refinish any piece of wood furniture, like this bookshelf, with simple latex paint. Give new life to old wood in any color paint. My uncle ...
How to make your own DIY succulent planter | Ten succulent gift ideas | Succulents in containers as home decor

10 Succulent Planter Ideas

Here’s ten ways to showcase your favorite succulent plants. Each succulent planter would make a great gift or beautiful decor for your home. Succulents ha...
Learn the 5 simple steps to give your room a design makeover | interior design | french country decor

A Design Makeover

Five steps to the perfect interior design makeover. Learn how to give your home a charming and finished look, in the style that best fits you. For today'...
How to clean fireplace bricks | Getting all that soot, ash, and smoke residue off your bricks depends on using the right cleaner | Housekeeping

How to Clean Fireplace Bricks

Cleaning soot, ash, and smoke off fireplace bricks is possible and not too hard. You just need a cleaning product that is made specifically to clean soot and sm...
How to restore furniture, like this vintage mid-century table, to its original beauty

Restoring a Midcentury Table

How to restore a vintage wood table, a DIY tutorial explaining how to strip off an old finish, clean and repair the wood, then add a stain and protective finish...
How to cut and install dry wallHow to cut and install dry wall

Installing Dry Wall

We put up dry wall, mudded the seams, added texture, and painted our wall to make a beautiful new wall in our home. It’s work, but a great DIY project for any...
Update an old clock by refinishing the clock frame and creating a new clock face

Updating a Large Clock

Update a large clock by replacing the face and refinishing the wood frame. Make the style of the clock fit with the style of your home. I really like analog ...
Tutorial on how to turn an old, grey wood bench into colorful patio furniture. Easy DIY project.

Saving an Ugly Wood Bench

Refinish an old wood bench with Varathane stain, and turn an outdoor eyesore into beautiful patio furniture. When we moved into our mid-century home, the...
PVC pipe and fitting make great industrial closet hardware and at a much cheaper price than galvanized pipes

PVC Curtain Hardware

PVC pipes and fitting painted silver make beautiful curtain hardware for these closet curtains. I really like how the industrial pipe shelves in my son’s r...
An IKEA kitchen remodel

A Charming Ikea Kitchen Remodel

An Ikea kitchen renovation: from a falling apart space with poor work-flow to a clean, inviting, and very functional kitchen. In planning our upcoming kitche...
Kitchen cabinets before remodel

Planning a Kitchen Remodel

When planning to remodel a kitchen, it’s important to understand layout options, work triangle, cabinet types, door styles, finish choices, and countertop op...
Balloon curtains or relaxed roman shades

DIY Balloon Shades

I made some simple balloon shades for my daughters’ room. It’s just one piece of fabric, no lining, and some ring tape and cord. The hardware is pretty si...
A bathroom storage shelf for all those necessities

Bathroom Storage Shelf

Our master bathroom is tiny, just a sink and toilet. Since we have such a small bathroom, an extra storage shelf is a must. We tried putting the extra shelf abo...
Tween closet reorganization - wire shelves

Tween Closet Redesign

A tween is someone inbetween childhood joys and teenage excitement. A tween closet reflects that transition. See how we made this tween closet fit both beautifu...
How to build your own bathroom drawer organizer

DIY Bathroom Drawer Organizer

It's easy to DIY a custom drawer organizer to keep everything neat, organized, and in its place. My daughters’ bathroom was a disaster, to say the least....
an over-grown front yard

Home Improvement Resolutions

Home improvements are so much more fun than improving myself, so this year all of my New Year’s resolutions are goals for my home. These are the major proje...
Make your own leather furniture pads

DIY Leather Furniture Pads

A simple and effective way to make your own leather furniture pads and prevent scratches on wood floors. I love our beautiful hardwood floors. They were the...
Updated spice rack

DIY Spice Rack Update

With a little paint, I updated my mix-matched, thrift store spice rack and added color and interest to a wall in my kitchen. I little while ago, I read on Up...
Setting a Holiday Table

A Winter Holiday Tablescape

We had some good friends over this weekend for a grown-ups only dinner. With no kids, I went all out with festive decorations, including lit candles. I’m real...