For an almost instant decorative touch to a room that you won’t live with forever, an adhesive wall art kit is an easy way to kickstart your DIY skills. The peel-and-stick artwork stickers are simple to apply and easy to remove with no danger of damaging the walls. Think dorm room, nursery, anywhere a permanent wallpaper won’t work.
As barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and beauty parlors shuttered due to the pandemic, our grooming behaviors didn't simply relax — they became more ingenious. Taking a leaf out of our grandparents' natural remedy books — or, more likely, YouTube beauty tutorials — we started experimenting with facial mask recipes, at-home waxes, DIY hairstyles and braids.
One of the first do-it-yourself projects we attempted was installing ceiling tiles over a less-than-lovely drywall ceiling pockmarked with small cracks. We were amazed at how that improvement added warmth and style to an otherwise ordinary room. It’s no surprise that the ceiling is often considered the fifth wall of a room by designers because today there are so many patterns that can create eye-popping appeal.
Online multiplayer games and competitions can create a fun, engaging experience for your team, even if they’re not gamers, Keswin says. Her firm organizes virtual escape room experiences and trivia games. Multiplayer platforms such as Jackbox offer a variety of games your team can play together. Keswin also says you can set up a DIY activity, scavenger hunts using ordinary items people have in their homes. Have prizes for the winners or have a White Elephant option.
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Do you have a dark hallway with doors or an entrance door that could be more attractive if it allowed for daylight to brighten the view? While a glass door is a solution that allows you to see what’s happening outside, it also let’s anyone see inside, eliminating your privacy. You can cover a glass window door with a curtain, blind or shade but that may involve a cord or loose fabric; instead consider an enclosed door glass blind as an alternative door treatment for a back door entrance or the sidelights of an entrance door.
PennyGem’s Elizabeth Keatinge tells us about some at-home DIY projects that can save you money.
You can make your own air filter to help filter particles that may carry the coronavirus. Here's what to know, including step-by-step instructions.
You don’t appreciate the importance of house numbers until you’re driving around an unfamiliar neighborhood looking for an address. Large, clear readable numbers are the only clue to locate your destination. While the numerals add a design element to an entry their real value is to identify a house. While a delivery service uses a GPS to locate an address, house numbers confirm it.
A texture finish can call attention to a not-so-remarkable wall or ceiling, but if that rustic surface isn’t your style you can remove it. However, the job is a time-consuming and often messy project. The fact that it’s tedious is another issue. The project is ideal for a newbie DIYer, because it’s work that requires no skills and saves money. It’s a no-brainer: Why hire a skilled contractor to do a grunt job a homeowner can do?
We’ve all seen how the proliferation of surveillance cameras help detectives identify suspects on TV police shows; today’s similar scaled down technology can help homeowners protect their home and family from the bad guys. With the ADT Blue Wireless Outdoor Camera, you can protect your home by mounting the device at an entry door and monitor the wireless operation on a cellphone.
If you can’t open a door to enjoy a nice natural breeze because of unwanted bugs and insects from invading your home, install a screen door to allow a flow of air while protecting against unwanted pests. That free airflow will help lower your air conditioning bill, even if you open the house in the morning and late in the day. A screen door is a good investment in making life at home more comfortable.
Make the entrance to your front door more than a serviceable path by creating a handsome walkway with brick pavers to enhance your property. Bricks are an enduring and attractive material and an investment you’ll enjoy for years to come, because brick is a natural choice for a dramatic garden path and a popular upgrade connecting walkways around outbuildings like a garage or shed.
A ductless heat pump, also called a DHP and a mini-split heat pump, has two main components: an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit that controls the temperature. The unit is similar to a standard air-source heat pump that can add air conditioning to a house with electric baseboard or wall-mounted heaters. The system is ductless and often used for zoning or heating and cooling only certain spaces.
All it takes is one lightning strike and the damage it causes to realize the value of whole house surge protection. When a surge occurs, the device responds within nanoseconds, diverting the destructive energy to ground; and when it is wired into your circuit breaker system, it absorbs excess voltage and allows only normal voltage to pass through to your equipment.
When you’re spending more time in your own home, you’ve probably considered a few ways you can spruce up your space without major renovations. Adding a removable wallpaper is a quick and simple way to add a pop of color to your space, whether you want to brighten up your stair risers, create a welcoming entryway, or add an accent wall. The best part is that it’s completely temporary so you can pick another pattern or color each time you need a refresh. Here are 4 picks that will brighten up your space this summer.
Keep your mail and deliveries safe and dry by replacing an old, weather-worn mailbox with a new, double-wall resin box designed to withstand the rigors of weather and an altercation with a car or truck mirror. A new mailbox defining your property at the end of a driveway makes a positive impression about your home, and you’ll find an array of choices when it comes to these mailboxes in home centers, specialty catalogs and online.
To reduce the damage from the sun and make a positive first impression of your house, consider installing an aluminum awning over a door or windows. Curb appeal is one thing, but blocking the glare from the sun and lowering summer energy costs is another. Why aluminum? It’s a well-tested material known for its durability.
The thought of breaking apart an ugly old cement patio can be daunting, time-consuming and costly, but an alternative that’s easier is to cover it with composite prefinished deck tiles. The deck tiles are only a viable solution if the cement is a level surface; it’s OK if it is weathered with stains, cracks and scars, but it must be flat and level so the deck tiles have a sound surface beneath them.
If you’re considering planting a tree, the best resource we’ve seen is www.arborday.org, the website of the Arbor Day Foundation. You’ll learn everything you want to know about planting trees and can use their online guide to identify trees to plant on your property.
With no indoor plumbing in early rural kitchens, water was hauled inside in a bucket and poured into a farmhouse sink, with a large apron front, designed to hold a lot of water. It’s a good choice for today’s more casual homes designed with informal open kitchens that extend into a family room. Because it is large it’s often used to bathe a baby or small dog as well as wash large pots and pans.