DIY 253 Ideabooks

Helpful Hangers: French Cleats Support Projects Big and Small
Cleats are one of the most basic methods of hanging something on walls, but they're often overlooked. Attaching them requires slightly more time and effort than attaching cabinet hangers, keyhole hangers or picture hooks, but their capacity to support...
Neat Little Project: Make a Mini Wooden Wall Console
A wall-mounted console can be handy in many ways, from simply being another place to set down stuff to being a charging station for phones and tablets. It even fits nicely on a wall next to a bed. Consider this project something that creates a little...
Neat Little Project: A Wooden Planter to Hang Anywhere
You'll recognize this project as a simple window box, but you shouldn't limit it to just a window. This planter can go in any spot where you can drive a few screws in, be it a wooden fence (as shown here), a blank wall or near that window. If...
Are You a Maker? There's a Fair for You
Today everyone knows someone who tinkers, snips, hammers, shapes or fuses something together in a small workshop. If you're a maker yourself, maybe you're making jewelry or personalized stationery for a wedding; maybe you're building furniture from reclaimed...
How to Read a Nail
Nails have been around forever, but it's only over the past century or so that the mass-produced nail has become an inexpensive and common way to join materials. It's a simple concept: wedge a sharp piece of metal into wood. The nail holds tight as the...
9 Decorating Projects for Lazy Summer Days
Take advantage of extra free time during your summer staycation or long weekend to whip up one of these colorful, crafty projects for the home. From DIY wallpaper and spray paint art to giant washi tape for your walls, these nine projects spied around...
Tape, the Multipurpose Decorating Wonder
Stop thinking of tape as something to peel off when the paint is dry. Masking, painter's and duct tapes now come in all sorts of killer colors and peppy patterns (seriously, there's even blue lace patterned masking tape!) This very inexpensive hardware...
17 Ways to Decorate With Everyday Things
Netflix has changed the way we binge watch TV — instead of being way behind because you are only on season three of Breaking Bad, you're behind if you haven't watched an entire brand new series two days after it premieres. In an effort to stay...
How to Fix a Mirror-Above-the-Mantel Dilemma
When you buy a home, you also buy a big to-do list. My living room, for example, featured a large wall-mounted mirror above the traditional fireplace. It measured about 3 feet by 4 feet and was held in place by heavy metal clips. It looked rather...
Finishing Touches: Pro Tricks for Installing Fixtures in Your Tile
A shower's tile layout can depend on how your fixtures and lights meet the tile. Ideally, fixtures are installed centered on a tile instead of on a grout joint. However, this involves cutting the tile, which can be a detailed and fussy process. Sometimes...
Pro-Quality Manufacturing at Home? There's an App for That
Real things have been made by computer-controlled tools since the 1950s. But these tools have long been too complex and expensive for home use. The buzzword for this realm where virtual reality meets actual reality is "digital fabrication." As...
Neat Little Project: Make a Sturdy Stand for Tablets and Books
Tablet computers, no matter the size or brand, are becoming ubiquitous and indispensable tools for entertainment, research and project how-tos. The kitchen is a prime example of a spot where it can be vital to see how to do something exactly as it should...
Neat Little Project: Build a Mail and Message Center
Even with fewer and fewer pieces coming in the mail nowadays, there are still enough to warrant a special place to hold the bills and magazines that arrive. Add the need for a centralized location for family notes, the occasional coupon and a paint swatch...
Make a Cute and Low-Cost Rolling Table
When my indoor or outdoor space needs a quick facelift, I like to create inexpensive, easy and resourceful furnishings. An empty (and free) electrical spool is one of my favorite base pieces to start with. I've been making upholstered ottomans using the...
Beadboard Panels Offer a Shortcut to a Classic Style
Beadboard wainscoting has a classic look that never goes out of style. Traditional tongue and groove beadboard can be a serious chore to install, but you can get a similar look with beaded hardboard planks, and the process is relatively easy. Beaded...
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