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How To: Steam remove paint

John Leeke demonstrates using steam to remove heavy paint build up from wood surfaces in this five minute video. Steam paint removal softens the paint film so it can be more easily scraped away. It works well with the heavy paint buildup commonly found on the exterior of older buildings during house restoration and historic preservation projects.

How To: Install towel hooks when remodeling your bathroom

Towel Hooks add function and a casual elegance to any style bathroom. AsktheDecorator.com host Meghan Carter demonstrates how to position all towel hooks and complete a towel hooks installation job. Why settle for messy towel bars when towel hooks keep a bathroom neat and tidy, while being stylish? Watch this how to video and learn how to install towel hooks when remodeling your bathroom.

How To: Make a ribbon wreath

She's doing it again; turning the ordinary into the extraordinary! Carolyn Braden is taking sea shells collected from a recent vacation and incorporating them into a decorative wreath. Using a hot glue gun and thick satin ribbon wrapped on a Styrofoam ring, a simple inexpensive wreath can be created with anything you can find attached. Don't be afraid to be creative. Using thick ribbon will help create a lovely pattern behind whatever you choose to glue on the wreath. The other idea Carolyn h...

How To: Turn your TV into art

YOUTUBE A gentleman describes how to convert your flat screen TV into a piece of art. Using his Sanyo flat screen hanging on the wall, he demonstrates how entering a DVD into the built-in DVD player using a Detour brand DVD can improve the overall look of the room. The DVD plays the program "Wall Flowers", a high quality image without sound, that constantly changes in patterns and images. He then closes by showing how the TV images can add to the decor of a room. After watching this video, yo...

How To: Install laminate flooring with the glueless method

This video shows you how to install laminate flooring using a glue-less method. You will need a tape measure, hand saw, and circular saw. You will also need spacers, a rubber mallet, tapping block and a pry bar. Make sure the sub-floor has been prepared. Remove all debris. A moisture barrier should go down first. Next use an under laminate or padding. Measure the room to determine which sizes you will need. For complete instructions you should visit findanyfloors.com.

How To: Create an Entryway Using Ikea Billy Bookcases

Small studio apartment decorating can be challenging, especially when it comes to creating separate zones and keeping clutter at bay. In this video, you'll see how to create an entryway using Ikea Billy bookcases and natural jute grasscloth. This bookcase room divider serves many functions, including separating the bedroom from the rest of the space, and providing extra storage, crucial to organizing small spaces. And best of all, you can take your bookcase wall with you when you move out!

How To: Replace & Hang a Chandelier

Installing a chandelier can bring a whole new style to your home’s design. Even though it might seem like a job only a professional can do, it really is quite simple. This DIY video illustrates just how easy it can be to install the chandelier yourself.

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: Fix curling wallpaper seams

Some people hate wallpaper, but some people love it inside their homes. Those that do will eventually have to deal with wallpaper that will lose it's attachment. It will eventually bubble and curl. Curling wallpaper seams ruin the decorative effect of wallpaper. Eliminate the ugly signs of aging wallpaper with these steps.

How To: Paint trim with a trim guard

This video demonstrates how to paint trim with a trim guard. From the people who brought you the Dummies instructional book series, brings you the same non-intimidating guides in video form. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to paint trim with a trim guard, For Dummies.

How To: Install laminate flooring in your home

In this tutorial, we learn how to install laminate flooring in your home. First, you want to inspect all your flooring. Clean your floor and then remove baseboards around the room. Lay down your underlayment before you begin, then lay down your flooring where you would like it. As you snap the pieces into place, you can use a hammer and positioning tool to ensure they are tight together. After you do this, you may have to saw some pieces to make sure they all fit together. When finished, you ...

How To: Hide screw holes with wood plugs

There are a number of ways to deal with screw holes that are visible. You can buy some wood buttons and put them in the holes. You put a little wood glue in the hole and then tap the wood buttons into the holes using a hammer. This is a decorative solution to cover up screw holes. If you want to completely cover up the holes completely put a plug cutter on your drill and cut a plug out of a piece of wood that matches the wood that the hole is in. Take the plug put a little glue on it and tap ...

How To: Install ceiling tiles

Installing ceiling tiles is a do-it-yourself job, but before you put in ceiling tile yourself you need to know some basics about how ceiling tiles can be used and where they can be put in your home. To get all those answers and more host Meghan Carter visits Armstrong.

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: Stain wood furniture

A good stain and varnish can add shine and luster to any piece of wood furniture. Check out these simple steps for staining wood. You will need a painter drop cloth, 2 or 3 1 inch foam brushes, fine grit sandpaper, tack cloth, couple of towels or rags, oil base wood stain and oil base satin varnish.

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: Install a replacement window in your home

Renovating your home can bring new life into an old space. There are many areas to focus on when you're renovating your home. One of the best areas involves the windows. Many windows from the past, aren't as energy efficient and don't hold as much cold or warm air as the new ones today. So in this video tutorial series, you'll find out how to install replacement windows in your home today. It's a diffitul task that requires time and patience, but will result in a beautiful window in the end. ...

How To: Create a suede finish on your walls with Home Depot

This is a video which shows how to create a suede finish on walls using paint. To do this the right tools are necessary. Use a special suede finish paint and a nine inch specialty roller. Arrow wood merant is used for the color. Tape the ceiling and base boards. Paint the corners with a two inch brush. Work top to bottom on the unfinished areas with the roller. It will appear uneven. But that is fine. It should be allowed to dry. Use a 3 inch latex brush and excess paint, start at the top and...

How To: Hang pictures properly

Hanging pictures on your walls adds style and elegance to your rooms. Meghan Carter shows you the right way to hang pictures so you don't damage your pictures or your walls. With her simple tips, you'll be hanging pictures in no time, and you'll avoid common mistakes that can not only look bad, but also damage your home and pictures.

How To: Decorate a Small Balcony

In this episode, see how to decorate a small balcony to add livable square footage to your apartment by installing a reed fence, and making a bench out of a few plastic storage containers and plywood. There’s even room to include a balcony garden with a raised planter. These balcony decorating ideas can also be used for small patios and decks and will inspire you to create your very own outdoor oasis.

How To: Design a winter themed flower centerpiece for home

In this tutorial, we learn how to design a winter themed flower centerpiece for home. First, you will use florist foam to place some winter branches from pine trees on the bottom. After this, stick some bare branches standing up on the inside. Then, you will grab some large pinecones and lay these around the side of the arrangement. From here, grab some short stem red roses and then apply these around the branches until everything is covered. This will finish up your arrangement and you can p...

How To: Make a piece of graphic wall art with Threadbanger

In this video, Meg shows us how to make a piece of graphic wall art with Threadbanger. First, gather stencils in the letters that you want. Then, place them on contact paper and trace them with a permanent marker. After this, cut the letters out and put them on the wall where you want them. Next, mark your wall with a ruler to make sure it's a straight bottom. From here, place your letters onto your canvas. Now, paint over your canvas and allow to dry. Once dried, very carefully remove each l...

How To: Paint with basic latex painting techniques with Lowe's

In this tutorial, we learn how to paint with basic latex painting techniques with Lowe's. First, you will need to determine how much paint you need by figuring out the room size. Next, you will need to paint the ceiling and apply blue painter's tape to all the areas you don't want paint to touch. Make sure to stir the paint before you use it and open up windows and fans to circulate the air. Cut the edges by painting around 2" inside first. Once finished with the ceiling, start cutting the ed...

How To: Install ceramic tile in your home

Installing ceramic tiles to your house is an easy way to add character. Many tiles come in a beautiful earthy pattern that looks great in kitchens and bathrooms. In this tutorial, you'll find out how you can add this great flooring to your home today. So check it out and good luck!

How To: Remove popcorn and respray knockdown texture

In this Home & Garden video tutorial you will learn how to remove popcorn and re-spray knockdown texture. First of all you will need to cover the floor and any hangings from the ceiling like chandeliers with plastic covering. Then you need to scrape off the areas on the ceiling and the walls and remove the popcorn completely. After it is fully removed, paint with spray paint. You will need to paint the whole room as the shade of the new paint will not match with that of the old paint. After t...