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How To: Cope, or cut, molding to fit your room

When installing baseboards, crown molding ("moulding") and chair rails, it's tempting to cut 45-degree miters at the corners and hope for a sure fit. The problem is that most walls aren't square. Joining two 45-cut molding pieces may give you a square joint, but a square joint may not work for your crazy corner. In fact, it seems like every wall is just a “hair” out of square. This problem could be due to a framing error or a buildup of drywall compound in the corner. But even a perfect miter...

How To: Use different lampshades to create different looks

In this video from FusionGuy09 we learn how to use different lampshades to create different looks in your home. This video is from the store Naomi's Lampshades and Lamps. When buying a shade you want to bring your lamp to the store. Bea Searles shows us a bunch of different lampshades on different lamps and how they look and the different type of looks they will give to a room. Also in many cases you can just change the shape of the harp in the lamp to fit other kinds of lampshades. She shows...

How To: Install stone veneer on an interior wall with Lowe's

In this tutorial, we learn how to install stone veneer on an interior wall with Lowe's. This can add a dramatic look to any home by bringing the outside look indoors. First, you need to measure out your entire wall space where you want to add the brick .After this, you need to prepare all of your tools that you will need. Now, prepare your wall by cleaning it and taking off the circuits and covers. After this, use a moisture barrier to stick onto the wall by nailing it in place. After this, y...

How To: Lay a stone slap floor

Nuts and Bolts present how to lay a west Australian natural stone. When beginning the laying of any tile or stone, it is very important to make sure the first stone is perfectly straight. So, the first step is to measure from two walls and get the dead center of the room. They use a straight edge to make sure the tile is laid straight. Then, they cover the floor with a light adhesive to ensure the placement of the tile. He uses a saw with a guide to make sure all his cuts are straight. He lay...

How To: Remove old wallpaper for dummies

Learn how to remove old wallpaper with this video! Put down a pre taped plastic drop cloth. Tape it to the top of the baseboard. Then score the wallpaper with a wallpaper perforator. Roll it over the wall and it will make little holes in the wallpaper. You can use a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water or a 25/75 mixture of downy and water as a solvent to loosen the glue. Apply the wallpaper solvent with a paint roller. You can put the solvent in a paint pan so you can get it on the roller. Rol...

How To: Install faux wood cathedral ceiling beams in your home

Just because you have a cathedral ceiling in your home, doesn't mean you can't enjoy the beautiful decorative texture of wood beams. Faux wood ceiling beams are a great way to add character and warmth to a plain room. Compared to real wood, they're cheaper, lightweight and easier to install. See how to install them in a cathedral ceiling. This video gives you step-by-step instructions for installing fake wood beams, including materials and tools list.

How To: Prep your walls for wallpaper

In this tutorial, we are shown how to prep your walls for wallpaper, which is very easy! Preparing your walls only takes a few minutes and makes applying the wallpaper easier and look a lot better. You will need: rags, soapy water, wallpaper stripping knife, and sandpaper to do this. First, you need to apply the soapy water to the current wallpaper and then take it off with the stripping knife. Once it's all removed, you need to repair any holes in the wall. Next, sand down the surface of the...

How To: Remove wallpaper with vinegar

Do you dread tackling those wallpaper remodeling tasks on your home maintenance list? Many homeowners choose to let professionals deal with the removal of their old wallpaper, but this can be an expensive choice. Learn how you can remove even the most stubborn wallpaper and wallpaper accent trim with a little white vinegar, a spray bottle and a paint scraper in just 7 minutes. Find out, too, how you can make this project a fun, family challenge by involving the little ones.

How To: Install exterior shutters

Tim Carter shares some pointers about exterior shutters and which type of window shutters you should buy. Wood shutters are nice, but they don’t always hold up over time if not properly maintained. Vinyl window shutters are a great alternative. They are maintenance free and come in a variety of styles and colors for any style of house. Vinyl shutters come with a special fastener for quick and easy installation. Drill a 1/4" hole into the shutter and in the house, then drive the fastener into ...

How To: Install a new shower curtain rod & shower curtain

A new shower curtain rod and curtain is one of the best ways to freshen up the look in a bathroom! This video shows you how to mount a new shower curtain rod and hang a fresh shower curtain on your new shower rod! For this project, you will need: a shower curtain rod, shower curtain rod mounting brackets with screws, a tape measure, a number 2 pencil, a Philips head screwdriver, shower curtain hanging rings and a new shower curtain.

How To: Design a dozen roses for a vase

This video is a tutorial on how to arrange a dozen yellow roses for a vase. The speed of the video is increased four times faster than the normal rate of speed. The man arranging the flowers does not explain the step-by-step process of his arrangement. The viewer sees the man first arranging green leaves in the vase. Second, he dips the yellow roses into a liquid solution in a separate container before putting them into the vase. The tallest yellow rose is the center rose in the arrangement, ...

How To: Strengthen your career path with feng shui at home

Elizabeth Chamberlain with Space Lift demonstrates how to strengthen your career path with feng shui at home. First, find your focus room with your energy map by laying the energy map on top of your home floor plan. The career area is in the front center section of your home, along the line of your front door. In feng shui, all the energy enters through your front door. Encourage the energy up to your front door with your front yard. Feng shui means "wind water" which is the best way that ene...

How To: Install a kitchen garden window

Ron Hazelton shows a great way to bring the outdoors indoors with a garden window. First remove the existing window. Pry off the exterior trim and remove the old window framing. Build a new frame for the new window with 2x4's and shims. Trim away any exterior siding if necessary. Use waterproof flashing paper and caulk to make the new window watertight. Install the new window into the frame with rust-resistant screws. Add another run of caulk, then trim off the excess flashing paper. Use anot...

How To: Paint Around Glass

It's always difficult to paint neatly but it is especially difficult to keep the paint off of glass. Removing paint from glass windows and cabinetry can be a real pain. With this tutorial you will learn how to paint around glass. Keep your paint job nice and neat with this how to video.

How To: Sponge paint

Sponge painting is an easy faux finish that produces stunning results. Meghan Carter demonstrates sponge painting techniques and shares sponge painting tips to help you achieve professional results in your home.

How To: Hang heavy objects using toggle bolts

Ron Hazelton shows the most secure way to hang heavy mirrors or art on plaster walls using toggle bolts. Attach a sturdy hanging wire to the piece if necessary. Draw a level line on the wall where the top of the piece will go. Stretch the hanging wire taut and measure the distance between the wire and the top of the frame. A two-bolt system will keep the piece level. Drill two holes this distance below the wall line. Using masking tape prevents the plaster from chipping. Fold the toggle wings...