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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. Garage Cabinet Storage

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    Assemble this large and versatile garage storage system in a weekend. It features many sizes of cabinets and various widths of shelves, yet leaves plenty of open wall spaces for hanging tools and other items.

  5. Dream Garage: Double-Decker Car Storage

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    Innovative two-tier car parking, special ventilation, super organization and diamond-plate décor make this garage a palace for the auto-loving homeowner and friends.

  6. How to Install a Sheet Vinyl Floor

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    Learn the foolproof “pattern” method for installing a vinyl floor in your bathroom, with expert tips for avoiding common installation pitfalls.

  7. How to Use a Block Plane

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    Nothing beats a handy little block plane for simplicity and convenience. It's versatile enough to perform all kinds of cutting and shaping tasks, yet small enough to fit in a tool pouch. And it's perfectly shaped to use with one hand. In this article, you'll learn how to use a block plane and find tips for sharpening and buying them.

  8. How to Fix Sweating Pipes

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    Cover cold water pipes with inexpensive foam pipe insulation to prevent condensation and dripping in humid weather.

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Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Compact Appliances: Tiny Appliances That Will Save You Space - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    While an eight-burner range and 48-inch fridge are the stuff home entertaining dreams are made of, smaller living spaces may require some appliance compromises. But even if the square footage of your kitchen doesn't do justice to your love of cooking, or you don't have the space for a washer to ...

  2. Garage Storage Ideas - Make Room for Your Car! - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    The garage is more than a place to park the car. It is a storage space for lawn tools, sports equipment, and off-season supplies, and it often houses the home workshop. More often than not, the garage becomes a catchall catastrophe, inundated with clutter. If your messy garage needs organizational ...

  3. Easy Halloween Decor - 9 DIYs for Your Haunted House - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Is there any better holiday than Halloween to indulge your wildest imagination? Your home decor gets free license to be outrageously creepy and campy all at the same time. To deliver the most haunted and hair-raising experience at your house this Halloween, take a gander at these divinely fun DIY ...

  4. Underbed Storage: 8 Helpers to Buy or DIY - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Nine times out of ten, the search for extra storage space in the bedroom can leave a homeowner stumped. If your closet is stuffed past capacity and your drawers are spilling over, take a peek under your bed. This space has potential for some serious square footage (especially if you’re sleeping on ...

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Glue Biscuit Joints

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    The Family Handyman editor, Ken Collier, shows you how to glue and clamp biscuit joints for a strong and nearly invisible joint.

  2. Circular Saw Safety Tips

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    The Family Handyman editor, Jeff Gorton, will share tips that will keep you and your fingers safe when using a circular saw.

  3. How to Install a Toilet

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    Installing a toilet is a lot faster and cheaper than hiring a plumber. The Family Handyman editor, Les Zell, shows you how to install a toilet yourself and share tips to avoid mistakes and expensive service calls.

  4. 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.

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Blog Posts

  1. Kids Art Center

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    FromAna-White.com

    DIY Kid's art center plans from ana-white.com Attach shelves next, with the top and bottom shelves on top/bottom of boards from step 1.  Recommend attaching first with pocket holes, than glue and nailing into the 1x2s/1x3s. Project Type:  Kids Tables and Chairs Room:  Kids and Toys main_category:  Handmade Holidays Skill Level:  Intermediate Style:  Children's Estimated Cost:  $50 - $100 Dimensions:  Suitable for 3 children, table height is 21" Cut List:  BOOKSHELF 2 - 1x12 @ 32" (Sides) 2 - 1x3 @ 24" (Top) 2 - 1x2 @ 24" (Bottoms) 3 - 1x12 @ 24" (Shelves) 2 - 1x2 @ 11-1/4" (Cleats)   TABLE 2 - 2x2 @ 20-1/4" (Legs) 2 - 1x2 @ 46-1/2" (Side Aprons) 1 - 1x2 @ 21" (Front Apron) 1 - 3/4" plywood or other tabletop @ 24" x 48" (tabletop) Cutting Instructions:  Author Notes:  Hi everyone!  Happy Friday!! And happy Handmade Holidays!!! Christmas is just 8 weeks out!  But Jaime from That's My Letter and I are already thinking of awesome things that you we can help you make for your kids this year, without breaking the bank.  Not to mention giving a gift that is unique, locally made, and made with love. You can check out all of our previous Handmade Holiday posts right here.   Whether your kids love legos or coloring or crafts, Jaime and I wanted to add a play table that included storage for easy access to toys and craft supplies, and also easy clean-up for Mom's sanity.  Not that sorting legos with a baby trying to eat them would drive you crazy, would it?   Every home and every family is different, but Jaime and I both loved the idea of having a bookshelf next to the play table for easy storage.  So we created a tabletop that is integrated into the bookshelf.   We designed the project around a single quarter panel (24x48 inches) as the tabletop (available at most hardware stores off the shelf) to make cutting easier.  This fits three kiddos nicely. We'll also be sharing plans for those cut DIY chairs later this week, so check back for those!!!   Well, you better get building, my elf friends!  So here's what to do:  - Go visit Jaime from That's My Letter here for lot more photos including construction photos and tips/tricks - Check out the plans below and cut list/shopping list - Build and enjoy and please share when you are done!   XO Ana + Family   Attach bottom and top boards to the two side 1x12s.  3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue are preferred but you could also attach with 2" countersunk screws from outsides of 1x12s with glue. Attach cleats to inside of bookshelf with 1-1/4" screws or nails and glue.   This completes the bookshelf. Attach tabletop - you can do this with glue and nails from top or through pocket holes drilled in previous step.  Make sure aprons are inset 3/4" all the way down. Now, the table.  Drill 3/4" pocket holes on ends of end apron, and one end of side aprons. Attach to legs, flush to inside, with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.   TIP: Also drill 3/4" pocket holes facing upward in aprons for attaching tabletop in next step. Table then can just rest on the cleats.  You can also secure table aprons to cleats with screws. 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. Finish Used:  Photo Credits:  Shopping List:  12 feet of 1x12 boards 4 feet of 1x3 boards 2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long 1 - 2x2 @ 4 feet long 1 - 3/4" plywood or project panel 48" x 24" (available off the shelf)       Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck! 1 1/4 inch screws 1 1/4 inch finish nails 1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws wood glue wood filler Tools:  measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection Kreg Jig™ drill compound miter saw nailer sander Step 21:  Step 22:  Step 23:  Step 24:  Step 25:  Step 26:  Step27: 

  2. Subway Tile Bookcase

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    FromAna-White.com

    Free plans to make a subway tile bookshelf from Ana-White.com #plans #diy #furniture #modern Once the basic shape of the bookshelf is built, it's time to add the dividers.  The top divider is larger than the others.  These can be glued and nailed in place - they are not sturctural. Room:  Bedroom Craftroom dining room entry way living room storage and organization Skill Level:  Intermediate Project Type:  Bookshelves Cubbies Estimated Cost:  $50 - $100 Style:  Modern Dimensions:  64" tall x 36" wide x 13-1/4" deep Cut List:  2 – 1/4" plywood @ 17 1/2″ x 12 1/2" (Back of the Cubbies) 6 – 1×12 @ 11 1/2″ (Vertical Dividers for all but top shelf) 6 – 1×12 @ 34 1/2″ (Shelves) 1 – 1×12 @ 12 1/4″ (Top Vertical Divider) 2 – 1×12 @ 63 1/2″ (Sides) 4 – 1×2 @ 63 1/2″ (Side Trim) 4 – 1×2 @ 33″ (Top and Bottom Trim) Author Notes:  Hey there!!!  Happy Throwback Thursday! Almost five years ago, I shared with you plans for this bookshelf -  I still love the design, but the instructions definitely needed updating.  Especially the part where you need a telescope to see the diagrams. So this Throwback Thursday, I thought we'd revisit this plan and update it.  Make sure you check out all the awesome brag posts from this plan (built by people that are not only super talented, but must have impressive vision) as well!!! Have an awesome one! XO Ana       Build a basic bookshelf by attaching shelves to the sides.  I recommend pocket holes because the back isn't fully covered (to help prevent racking) but you could build with 2" countersunk screws and glue as well.   Face frames on the front and back will help beef up this bookshelf.  If you have a pocket hole jig, build your frames first, and then attach with glue and 1-1/4" nails.  Otherwise, attach the longer frame pieces first, and then add the shorter ones. Nail and glue the face frames to all shelves and top divider too. Finally, add the back pieces to the middle cubbies with glue and nails (3/4" nails are ideal here). I also love how this bookshelf was fully backed in plwyood.  Keeps the stuff from falling out the back. Preparation Instructions:  Fill nail holes with putty and sand and finish as desired. Shopping List:  1/4" plywood (1/4 sheet or scraps) 4 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long 6 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long Photo Credits:  kristyzed Cut all your boards. Always use glue and 2″ or longer nails unless otherwise directed. 2 inch screws 1 1/4 inch finish nails 2 inch finish nails wood glue wood filler 120 grit sandpaper primer wood conditioner paint paint brush Tools:  measuring tape square safety glasses hearing protection Kreg Jig™ drill circular saw nailer sander

  3. Chickens & Colors

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    FromDIY Diva

    Fall is by far my favorite season, but it also means a lot of my favorite things are ending for the year–no more fresh veggies...

  4. In Progress Problems: Bathroom Edition

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    FromDIY Diva

    How many times have you guys heard me say this? When it comes to DIY things always, always get worse before they get better. The...

  5. Square Mirrors for a Few Bucks

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    FromAna-White.com

    Make a mirror for about $3!  Free plans from ana-white.com #DIY #PLANS Then cut two more 1x2s and attach on outsides with glue and nails or screws or pocket holes to all of the exisiting 1x2 boards. Estimated Cost:  Under $20 Room:  Bathroom Bedroom dining room entry way living room Nursery and ...

  6. KEEN Utility Braddock Work Boot Review

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

     

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