Hot Interior Design How-Tos

How To: Build a suspended ceiling

Want to install a suspended ceiling yourself (perhaps enlisting the help of a construction-savvy buddy)? If you have the time and necessary tools (and provided your existing ceiling is structurally sound), the process is quite simple. This free DIY guide will walk you through the process from start to finish. Build your own suspended ceiling with this how-to.

How To: Make a mosaic stained glass window

In this video, you will learn how to make a mosaic stained glass window as well as techniques for using mosaic to decorate other items in your house. Host Laura says she's decorated her house so much that her neighbors say if you stay too long, they will become mosaic by Laura. The materials you will need for this project are a window, stained glass of which Laura says you can buy cut up, silicon, and grout. Laura takes you with her to her local hobby store and shows some different stained gl...

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: Prepare a concrete subfloor for flooring with Lowe's

Lowe's home improvement expert, Mike Kraft, demonstrates how to prepare your concrete sub-floor for the installation of hardwood or laminate flooring. Brought to you by Lowe's, a leader in the home do-it-yourself retail industry, Mike details the steps, tools, and techniques you will need to complete this step of your project so that you may enjoy your new floor for a long time to come. After you have properly prepared your sub-floor to receive your new flooring, the video provides you with i...

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...

How To: Fit vertical blinds

Need to change a little décor in your home or apartment? Blinds are the perfect solution for bringing a room to life... or maybe just for blocking out the sun. This video tutorial will show you how to fit vertical blinds. Vertical blinds can be kind of tricky, but if you have a little help, it's a cinch. Now, go fit a vertical blind!

How To: Fold bathroom towels into fancy and elegant shapes

You may frequent hotels that treat your towels like your toilet paper, but some upscale hotels actually take pride in their towel presentation, therefore borrow some skills from master origami artists and apply them to folding towels and washcloths for memorable and decorative affect. But towel origami is not just for fancy hotel rooms—it's for your own bathroom—right at home! You just have to learn the art, and this video will show you how to fold ordinary bathroom towels into fancy and eleg...

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: Install a pebble tile wall with Lowe's

In this video, we learn how to install a pebble tile wall with Lowe's. First, you will need to measure out your walls to figure out how much of the tile you need. Now, lay down a drop cloth on the floor so you don't get the floor messy. Next, turn the power off and remove the outlet cover and outlet from the wall. After this, wash the walls so they are clean, then apply your waterproof sealant from top to the bottom. Apply two full coats and make sure they dry completely before you move on. N...

How To: Prepare surfaces before painting with Lowe's

In this video, we learn how to prepare surfaces before painting with Lowe's. First, you will need to place a drop cloth on the floor and apply painter's tape to all the outlets and spots you don't want paint to touch. After this, clean off the walls and remove all the dust and debris, including nails. Next, grab the paint you need along with brushes and paint rollers. Remove any wallpaper that is on your wall, then start to paint. Pour the paint into the tray, then use the roller dipped in pa...

How To: Create a cute DIY purse wall hanger on a budget

If you have an endless supply of purses and a limitless supply of wall empty wall space, it's about time you made some DIY purse racks. In this video, you'll see a very easy (and cheap) way to hang all of your purses (and please your boyfriend). For this DIY purse rack, you'll need some coat and hat hangers (hooks), feather boas, screwdriver and a tape measure.

How To: Design an elegant iris arrangement for your home

This video shows step-by-step instructions on making an Iris flower arrangement in about four minutes. The flower arranger uses a simple, tall vase and places the flowers in individually. He also includes bamboo, which he cuts to different sizes, and long pieces of grass to add an oriental flare to the arrangement. He also shows you how to tie the pieces of grass together to make them look more clean and put together. The video is edited to run at four times its normal speed, so that you can ...

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: Clean and remove wallpaper glue and paste

Wallpaper On Walls shows you how to easily remove wallpaper glue and paste with a sponge. You should use a dulcet sponge because it easily removes wallpaper glue. The scrubby side is used to soften wallpaper glue and the cellulose side is used to clean the residue. Next mix wetting agent with water and wet sponge. Using the scrubby side move in a circular motion to loosen the paste. Flip the sponge over and wipe the paste from the wall. Always rinse the sponge and change the water frequently.

How To: Add molding to a door for character and detail

Looking for an inexpensive way to dress up those boring old doors in your home? Well, look no further as Ron Hazelton from Ron Hazelton's House Calls, and [ronhazelton.com], has got the cure for your ailing closet doors. In under two minutes Ron shows us the tools we will need, the materials, and techniques to use to take those doors from boring to beautiful in this amazing how to video that is sure to pique your interest and keep you coming back for more.

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: Make a curved cut in ceramic tile

If you lay tile it is rare to do a job and not have to cut a curved piece of tile. If you do have to cut a curved piece there are two ways to do it. First, you have to draw outline of the cut that you need to make on the tile itself and mark the part you are going to remove with an X. The low tech method involves using a pair of tile nippers. You nip away pieces of the tile until you have nipped away the whole area until you have a circular cut out. For a more polished cut you can use a spira...

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 wainscotting (wod paneling)

Ron Hazelton brings you this video on wainscoting. Wainscoting is paneling that runs about a third of the way up a wall. Ron shows you how to use a chair to figure exactly where to place the chair rail. When installing around electrical outlets be sure to turn off the electricity. Next cut all the panel sections to length. When you attach them to the wall be sure to attach at top and bottom. Next attach the paneling, you can use a scarf joint to hide the seams. When installing the chair rail,...

How To: Use crown molding

If you're looking to dress up an ordinary room, think about installing crown molding (also spelled moulding). Very few additions make a visual impact like crown molding, which gives a subtle yet elegant design element to any space. And with the proper tools and set up, installation can be easy. While wood is a common choice for crown molding, urethane is also a popular material. For a recent project we installed Fypon urethane crown molding, which is lightweight, flexible and looks like solid...

How To: Make thermal curtains

This video is an instructional tutorial on how to make thermal curtains. Thermal curtains are a low cost method of reducing your heating bill by increasing the R value of your windows with an aesthetic, insulative curtain. Watch and learn how easy it is to keep the cold out and the warmth in with homemade thermal curtains.