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  1. Garage Storage Ideas: Find Unused Space

    Create a huge, accessible storage platform on the upper walls of your garage without taking up any floor space. With these 2-ft. wide shelves you can make 150 square feet of storage space in a weekend.

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  1. How to Spray Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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    Instead of replacing your old kitchen cabinets, make them new by repainting them. With an inexpensive paint sprayer and a few gallons of paint you can transform your kitchen in a weekend.

  2. The Best Carpentry Tips and Advice

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    We asked professional carpenters to pass along some of the tricks and tips they've learned after years of pounding thousands of nails into just about anything made of wood. Read the following tips to benefit from their hardworking carpentry experiences.

  3. Folding Workbench

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    Build this solid, roll-around, folding workbench in a day with simple hardware and only two sheets of plywood.

  4. How to Install a Chair Rail

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    Chair rail wood molding can transform the appearance of your living room, dining room or hallway, and installation goes quickly when you prefinish the wood.

  5. Closet Organization: A Simple Shelf and Rod System

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    This simple shelf-and-rod system will bring order to your cluttered closet and double the storage space. We'll show you everything you need to build this organizer. No more excuses! In just two days, you'll have an organized closet.

  6. Bathroom Ideas: Replace Tub and Shower Faucet Trim

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    Change out tub/shower control handles and spouts to achieve a brand new look, without redoing the valve plumbing. Use a simple replacement kit.

  7. 9 Tips for Painting Doors

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    Painting doors? Proper preparation, the right tools and materials and good technique make a huge difference. Use these pro tips to make an old door look new again.

  8. Allergies: Filtering Out Pollen

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    For allergy sufferers, open windows bring fresh air but also pollen and dust. A window filter lets you keep the fresh air while blocking the misery-causing pollen.

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Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Engineered Wood Floors - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Engineered wood flooring has made great strides in the last two decades, providing homeowners with options in affordable, stylish, and easy-install wood flooring that simply couldn't be found in years past. Manufactured with a wood veneer atop a laminate core, engineered wood floors shrink, swell, ...

  2. Too Cool for Summer Give-Away Official Rules - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Bob Vila’s “Too Cool for Summer Give-Away” (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by BobVila. com, LLC, Post Office Box 835...

  3. How to Fill Nail Holes - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Before you set out to fill nail holes in a hardwood floor, make sure you're using the right product.

  4. How to Patch Drywall - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    If you're setting out to patch drywall, whether the problem at hand is a few nail holes or a large gash, these simple tips can help you restore a smooth surface ready for paint.

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Cut a Large Hole in Tile

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    Cutting large holes in tile, like for a shower valve, can be challenging. The Family Handyman editor, Jeff Gorton, shows you how to layout the hole and how to cut it with an angle grinder for a perfect fit. This technique will work with any type of tile or stone.

  2. How to Clean the Bathroom Like a Man

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    Men's Housekeeping Expert Tom McNulty demonstrates how to clean your bathroom in a snap.

  3. How to Measure Tire Tread

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    The Family Handyman automotive expert, Rick Muscoplat, will show you how to measure tire tread on your vehicle so you'll know when you need to replace your tires.

  4. Proper Way to Use Wire Nuts

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    There are two schools of thought on connecting wires with wire nuts. The Family Handyman editor, Rick Muscoplat, will show you the way that the wire nut manufacturers recommend. Let the wire nuts to the twisting for you.

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Blog Posts

  1. Spice Drawer Insert

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    FromAna-White.com

    Make your own spice drawer inserts on the cheap! Tutorial from Ana-White.com Follow Ana on Pinterest! About Project Author Notes:  Hey DIY Friends!! Jen here with a new beginner project! Wood spice drawer inserts!  You know the tiered kind you find in fancy kitchens that you just know costs way too much? Well, you can make your own for a few bucks! And this project is ridiculously easy!  If you have a drawer to spare, this will help you get your spices organized. It could also work in the bathroom for make-up or vitamins, or whatever you want. The goal is to clean it up and get it off the counter!  You won't believe just how easy these spice drawer inserts are to make!!! First, measure your drawer, both width and length. CUTTING Take the length measurement and divide by 4 (or however many inserts you want).  Whatever that number is (ours was about 5"), rip some 1/4" plywood down to that width. Then cut the 1/4" plywood strips down to the width of your drawer. For this drawer, that means I cut four pieces of plywood 5" wide x 7-7/8" long. I then cut 4 - 1x2 boards 7-7/8" long. BUILDING Okay, so now it gets really easy. Just glue and nail the 1/4" plywood pieces to the 1x2. Do this to all of the inserts.  I used 3/4" long finish nails. TIP: Use a 1x2 scrap to hold the other end of the plywood piece up as you nail. Each insert will look like this. Now just set the inserts in the drawer.   Start at the back and let the inserts closer to the drawer front overlap the insert behind it. If you wish to attach them so it's one piece that would be an option too, just nail or staple them where they meet on the underside.   TIP: With all the inserts in place, just trace the overlap with a pencil, remove, staple from back side, and replace.  Nice Huh!?!  Ridiculously simple right? Best part - using up scraps from various projects, this custom wood insert was FREE!!!  And even if you bought new materials, we are talking like under $5 to make this!  Love it?  Please share it!! Thanks, Jen Finishing Instructions

  2. How to Cut An Opening In A Non-Bearing Wall

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  3. Brooklyn Limestone Farmer's Market Stand

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    FromAna-White.com

    plans to DIY Farmer's Market stand! Follow Ana on Pinterest! About Project Author Notes:  Hi everyone!   Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend. Today, I'm so happy to debut a brand new plan! My friend Stefanie from Brooklyn Limestone built this beautiful Farmer's Market Stand.   Living in the city where space - especially outdoor space - is limited, she uses it to hold her garden.  But of course, it would be so cute for so many uses! Stefanie had so many requests for plans that she reached out to me to draw plans.  Of course, I said yes! Stefanie details here construction steps and finish in her post here, so please go check that out!  Thanks Stefanie . Plans follow - Enjoy! Ana + Family PS - Check out this whale chalkboard DIY Project Stefanie made too! Materials and Tools Shopping List:  5 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long 3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long 7 - 48" long x 1-1/2" wide wood lath pieces 2" self tapping wood screws (#8) or 1-1/4" pocket hole screws (for building frames) 3/4" finish nails or staples or small screws (for attaching bottoms to trays) 2 - basic butt hinges (for attaching frame pieces together) Also recommend 1-1/4" screws for attaching frames to the trays Tools:  measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection drill circular saw nailer Cut List Cut List:  for the front face of the A frame (2) 1x2 @ 53-1/2" (1) 1x2 @ 23" (4) 1x2 @ 21-1/2" for the back face of the A frame (2) 1x2 @ 43-1/4" (1) 1x2 @ 23" (3) 1x2 @ 21-1/2" for the trays (6) 1x3 @ 21-1/2" long (6) 1x3 @ 14" long (21) 1-1/2" wide wood lath @ 15-1/2 inches long Step 1 Start by building the front frame. Stefanie used wood screws, but if you have a Kreg Jig, you can also use that, set on the 3/4" setting with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. Step 2 Build the back frame just like the front frame. Step 3 Next, build three of the crates. Use the wood screws or your Kreg Jig set for 3/4" stock. The wood lath can just be nailed and glued (or stapled) to the bottom with 3/4" fasteners, as the weight will be distributed to the front and back frames. Step 4 Attach the two frames together with the hinges. Then set the bottom tray on the bottom rungs, and work upward. For more stability, attach the frames to the crates. Step 5 For more information on the steps Stefanie used to finish this project, please check her post out here. Finishing Instructions Preparation Instructions:  Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

  4. Putting Up a Fight

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    FromDIY Diva

    When I bought this old house I was prepared for a lot of things. I was prepared for the plumbing and electrical to be shit....

  5. So Much Wood

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    FromDIY Diva

    Yesterday, I thought my property contained a lot of wood. There’s the barn wood stored in the pole barn. The wood my dude just salvaged...

  6. Outdoor Sofa from 2x4s for RYOBI Nation

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    FromAna-White.com

    build an outdoor sofa out of 2x4s! modern style meets diy chic from ana-white.com Follow Ana on Pinterest! About Project Author Notes:  Happy Friday!!! It's not too late to entertain outdoors with a wood sofa!!! Especially one this easy to build! Those are just 2x4s, and it IS this simple to build: ...

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