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How To: Paint and distress furniture for a rustic look

In this video, Deana teaches us how to distress furniture. You will need the furniture you want to distress and then paint over it with green furniture paint in the parts you want to change. Apply the paint thinly and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, or until dry. Now apply your stain onto the green paint, then add distressing to any parts you want to change, then wipe off with a rag. Buff off all excess oil you have leftover and you're finished! You can use this technique to distress any of you...

How To: Stencil paint your walls with help from the Home Depot

This is a step by step tutorial on stencil painting your walls, brought to you by The Home Depot. Beginning with a brief description of the art of stenciling, you are then shown the materials you will need to proceed. Next, you are shown how to prepare your room and surfaces. The goal will be to use a single stencil in multiple positions. The stipple method of application is stressed to achieve a multi-dimensional application. Two colors are used to give the added dimension of shadow to the i...

How To: Make a simple jig to hang picture frames

Danny Lipford shows us how to create a simple jig to hang picture frames. He believes that all the complicated gadgets many people use-including lasers and special levels-are unnecessary for successfully hanging a picture frame. All you really need is a strip of wood and a single nail. He shows us a single lath with a roofing nail in it, which he prefers for its broad head. Simply slip the nail onto the wire on the picture's backside. Then set the picture wherever you would like it to be. Sim...

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: Remove bits and pieces of wallpaper

Here are instructions on removing wallpaper bits and pieces. You will need: a circular electric sander and a microfiber clothe. Simply place the microfiber clothe over the electric sander. Begin to move your way over and across the wall. Much as you would if you were painting; moving up and down and diagonally. Adjust the microfiber clothe as necessary - it may wiggle around as you glide across the wall. You will notice quite a dramatic difference after finishing. Doing this saves a lot of time.

How To: Wallpaper a switch plate

This video shows you how to wallpaper a switch plate. You should take a piece of paper and match it. You will need wallpaper, scissors, a razor knife and spray glue. Shake the glue and spray the backside of the paper and the front of the switch plate. Match the pattern to the wallpaper on the wall. Turn the switch plate over and trim off the excess on the corners. Fold the ends in. The switch plate is covered. Next you need to cut it out. Take the razor knife and run it along the edge of the ...

How To: Re-cover a lampshade

Updating an old lampshade is a great way to brighten up a corner, freshen up a room, and lighten up your life. Learn how to re-cover your lampshade with this tutorial. All you need is fabric, spray adhesive, fabric glue, ribbon or cording to easily cover your lampshade at home.

How To: Reupholster a drop-in chair seat

Are your chairs still covered in that faded and threadbare chintz your great-grandmama picked out in 1936? She'd be the first to tell you—it's time for an update, dearie. This tutorial teaches you how to re-upholster a chair. It is easier than you think to replace the upholstery on your chairs. Watch this how to video and you can quickly reupholster your chairs at home.

How To: Make Colorful Ice Candles

See how to make homemade "ice" candles out of taper candles (or wax flakes). Cut up the taper candles, heat them until melted, then pour into a container lined with ice (chipped ice, not cubes) with the wick dangling in from above. The ice will create an interesting design in the candle.

How To: Make Macrame STAR Ornament

This unique hand made star ornament can be used as a tree ornament. They look lovely hanging in a window, on a door or somewhere else.. This Macrame pattern is flexible and you can make it in different sizes.. If you want it can be used as a keychain or other purposes..

How To: This DIY Concrete Cheeseboard Will Make You Hungry

Concrete decor has been popular as of late, and the newest trend is dinnerware. At the London Design Festival last week, designer Vidó Nóri debuted a gorgeous new collection of geometric serving trays and bowls. There's no arguing that they look incredible, but this particular set will run you $20-80 per piece, which adds up quite a bit. If you don't want to spend that much cash, it's really simple to make your own elegant-looking concrete cheeseboard. Rebecca on A Daily Something made this b...

How To: Make Sleek & Super Simple Drink Coasters Using Concrete & Plastic Cups

There are tons of materials you can use to make your own coasters, from wine corks to old magazines, but something as basic as concrete can look surprisingly sleek. These DIY concrete coasters by Blair over on Man Made DIY look great and are super cheap and easy to make. All you need is a box of quick set concrete, some plastic cups, sandpaper, and felt if you want to line the bottoms. The process is simple—just mix up the concrete in the cups, let it set, remove it, and sand down any rough e...

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: Organize Your Bedroom Closet

Frustrated with a bedroom closet that doesn’t work for you? You’re not alone, and you don’t have to live with it the way it is! In this episode, a renter’s closet gets a makeover so she can have easy access to everything and have more hanging space. Taking the sliding doors off and getting rid of the shelf above the rod opens up all sorts of possibilities, including adding a double hanging rod. You’ll see how easy it is to organize your bedroom closet to maximize the space, all on a budget.

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: Make a Drum Shade

Do you like everything about your apartment, except for that unsightly ceiling light fixture? No need to replace it, just cover it up with a DIY drum shade – it will instantly give your room a more sophisticated and personalized look. See how easy it is to make a customized drum shade that will fit any décor, all with inexpensive and easily sourced materials. This is do it yourself lighting on a budget that’s perfect for renters and anyone looking for a quick upgrade to their lighting fixtures.

News: The 'Electri-City' Tables by Ben Yates

I have an interest in using recycled materials in sculptures, particularly circuit boards and other wasted electronic and mechanical components with which I put together sprawling cities lit with fairy lights. These cityscapes can conjure an image of a parallel society built from what we throw away. Utopian or dystopian, the ‘Electri-Cities’ remain a feast for the eyes and the mind. What makes them particularly intriguing is the population of tiny model railway people—they bring a host of nev...

How To: Choose the Right Color?

Welcome! Today I would like to share a few hints about picking the right color. So, if you do not know what color your today's outfit should be or your or which color you should choose for your room walls, please follow my suggestions.