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How to Build a Mudroom Shoe Cubby

A mudroom is truly a gift in any home. The mudroom gives you a place to towel off a wet dog before it shakes out its fur on your carpets. A mudroom gives you a place to contain filthy shoes, boots, raincoats and umbrellas before the wearers traipse through the house. Even though the mudroom is a pla

Toilet Tiles Installation

Tiling underneath the toilet in your bathroom is not as complicated as you might think, because the toilet base hides all the cuts you have to make to the tiles around the floor drain that's under the toilet. This means those cuts don't have to be exact. Tile nippers resemble pliers but have flat, s

How to Fertilize Barberry Bushes

Barberry bushes refer to a variety of species in the berberis genus of bushes native to Japan. They are known as excellent landscaping bushes that adapt well to nearly any soil type from clay to sand, requiring little maintenance except watering and occasional pruning to shape the bush. They are har

Cabinet Refacing Styles

Kitchen cabinets come in many different styles.Modern kitchen image by MAXFX from Fotolia.comWhen it comes to cabinet refacing, there is no shortage of options. The variety of styles, colors and finishes to choose from can at times be overwhelming and range from the simplest white to...

How to Lay Linoleum Around the Toilet

When laying a new linoleum floor in your bathroom, the linoleum tiles are cut it to fit around the tub, the walls, the vanity base and any other obstructions. The process is slightly different around the toilet because you must install the tile against the drain normally hidden by the toilet base. R

What Kind of Insulation Do I Use for an Attic Bedroom Floor?

Proper insulation for your home is very important. The right type of insulation will keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The wrong type of insulation may keep your home warm in the winter but cause your home to sweat and become damp in the summer. The attic is no different. The

Can You Stain Travertine Tiles?

Traditionally, natural stones cannot be stained due to the inherent durability of the stone and its inability to soak up moisture of any kind. Slate and granite, for example, are impossible to stain. Travertines and marbles, on the other hand, are softer stones that readily soak up liquids, which me

Tips on Installing Crown Molding on Popcorn Ceilings

If you want to install crown molding, popcorn ceilings make the task a bit more challenging. The texture of the ceilings makes it difficult for the top of the crown molding to sit flush against the ceiling. The best way to solve this problem is to remove popcorn texture where your crown molding will

Care for Masonite Siding on Homes

Masonite siding is engineered hardboard wood material that is put to many uses. One of these uses involves using masonite siding on homes in place of brick or on flooring. Masonite is particularly suited to weather conditions in places such as the southern United States. Though it's a strong materia

How to Calculate Lighting Savings

Saving energy on lighting is one of the easiest ways to reduce power costs in the home. It starts by simply replacing a lightbulb with a lower-wattage or a more efficient type of bulb. According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Star program, a compact fluorescent bulb can save you 75 percen

DIY- Brick Home Window Replacement

Replacing windows in a brick home results in a pleasing new window and a cut in heating costs if the older windows were inefficient. Since many older homes are brick, the windows may be fairly old as well and in need of an upgrade. However, the process does not appear to be straight forward. If your

How to Locate Fiberglass Fasteners

Fiberglass fasteners are made of corrosive-resistant materials that do not rust like fasteners made of metal. These fasteners are made of thin, long strands of glass and are used in a wide variety of mechanical applications. If you're looking for some fiberglass fasteners for your home or office, yo

Different Levels of Granite Counters

Consumers that opt to have granite countertops installed in their homes have different levels of granite to choose from. Higher level granite is more expensive than lower levels of granite.

Ways to Insulate a Porch Floor

If you have an enclosed porch and spend any amount of time on it, you may want to consider adding insulation. This will not only improve your energy costs but will allow you to be more comfortable all year long. Depending on the condition of your porch floor, you must decide if you need to install a

DIY Foam Attic Insulation

There are various types of insulation for the home, but foam insulation has the highest insulation rating. Typically, a professional will install foam insulation in your home, but you can rent the professional equipment and install foam in your attic on your own.

How to Level a Floor With Putty

Uneven flooring can pose a problem from time to time, whether your flooring is wooden, concrete, or made of another material. Often the need for leveling a floor arises when you're planning to lay new tiles. But it is also important for normal maintenance. In the case of wood flooring, regular maint

How to Find the Right Paint

Repainting a room in the home can help freshen up the space and improve the overall appearance of your home. Regardless of the particular design or theme you are interested in, choosing the right paint is one of the first and most important steps in repainting a room. By considering a few important

How to Cover Decorative Cinder Blocks

Cinder blocks are typically unattractive gray chunks of masonry, but decorating them helps improve their appearance. Cinder blocks can resemble brick, stone or marble if painted and treated correctly, but the finish is susceptible to damage from severe weather conditions like rain, ice or wind. As a

Bay Window Decorating

A bay window can add depth and architectural dimension to your home, and can provide a wonderful opportunity to stretch your decorating muscles. A bay window can be transformed into a cozy spot to sip your morning coffee, or it can provide a welcoming frame to a picturesque view. Below are some deco

How to Build Room Dividers or Partition Walls

You can make a room divider to suit any interior design environment. However, it is more important to make a divider that contributes to the decor and function of a space, rather than one that just fits. Use your divider by creating activity areas within your living space. For example, you can arra