My sister recently bought a house and she wanted some help giving her bathroom some personality. In just a few hours on a Saturday, we were able to transform her bathroom nook and take it from boring and bland to inviting! Not only that, but in the process, my sister got more confidence with power tools (which I call a HUGE win!).
Did you know that fixing a crack in some drywall on a wall or ceiling can be quick and easy? We have had a long crack in the ceiling of our living room for quite some time and I thought I might as well go ahead and try to patch it up. With a couple of standard items from the hardware store you can eliminate a crack and have it patched up in a jiff!
Back when we started our dining room makeover we only had in mind to repaint. Like a lot of projects it turned into a bear.
One lovely morning we had the thought to remove the popcorn ceiling before painting. If you get thoughts like this, ignore them.
It all started with a great big hole in the ceiling caused by a drain line back up in the central air conditioning system. Luckily, the damage was covered by the AC warranty. So I didn't have to roll up my sleeves for that one.
I did hate the existing popcorn ceiling. So it seemed kind of silly to cover the repaired drywall with more popcorn. The repair guy was only going to charge me about $100 over what the warranty was paying for the repair to remove the popcorn, so I figured why not have him do it. Then I could learn from the professional what the best way is to remove the popcorn ceiling before I take on any of the other rooms.
I'm really glad I did that. Removing the popcorn surprisingly brightens up the room. All those little popcorn nodules create little shadows on the ceiling, making the ceiling and the room look darker than it really is. Now the room has a much cleaner, brighter look to it.
Big holes in drywall (6”+ across) are a little tricky to tackle. They’re too big for a patch, so you’ll actually need to buy a panel of drywall and patch it with that. We’ll show you how!
The idea of a cement board siding product was new to me until we moved down here to hurricane country. With a few tips from a contractor and the right tools, installing Hardie Board siding turned out to be a very straight forward project that any DIYer can do. Getting started and determining the amount of reveal you want for each board might prove to be the toughest challenge. After that it's just a matter of keeping everything level around multiple sides of the house and the windows and doors. Find out all of the installation details with some tips and tricks at the blog post link below!
Before you begin your project, its important to ensure you have the proper equipment. A lightweight electric drill will not be strong enough to handle the stress of drilling into your masonry. Instead, invest in a more heavy-duty drill with a hammer feature. This allows the drill bit to break up the masonry.
You will also need to purchase a masonry drill bit. These bits have harder cutting tips made of tougher materials than their standard counterparts. The tips of masonry bits are also shaped differently, more like an arrow, than other drill bits. You can also tell that you are using a masonry bit because the tip will be slightly larger than the rest of the bit. You will also need a screwdriver bit, plastic anchors and safety glasses.
It is also important to consider where in your wall you will drill. There are two options when drilling into a brick wall: either directly into the brick itself or into the mortar between bricks. We recommend drilling into the mortar instead of the brick for a few reasons. Drilling directly into brick is more difficult than drilling into mortar and runs the risk of damaging the brick. It is also easier to repair mortar if you drill into the wrong location or decide to remove your decorative item....
If you have a molding to remove, see if you can slip a single playing card in the space before using a putty knife or flat bar. Playing cards are thinner than these tools and relatively stiff. Then slip a second card in and slide your knife or pry bar between the two playing cards. The Cards work like a shoehorn and help to protect the molding and wall or other surface from damage.
I love our nice big closet in our bedroom but I don’t love the uninsulated access door to our crawl space which is in the closet. It gets a little frigid in there winter mornings.
Knowing how to patch drywall could be one of the smartest skills you learn.
You might feel uneasy by the site of damaged ceilings or walls, but the price to have them repaired by a pro somehow outweighs this inconvenience.
Years ago I paid about $600 for a 5 by 5 foot section of ceiling to be replaced. While I was grateful to my contractor it definitely hurt the wallet....
As much as I love the look of molding, I literally start to sweat when I know I’m about to take on a project that requires angled cuts. Precise measurements make me nervous. (That’s why I rarely bake.) Fortunately, my dad and I created a video that shows how to cut molding the right way. Plus I share some recent mistakes I've made.
I was called to a home where these folks were getting new tile flooring and they did the do it yourself (diy) baseboard removal themselves before the flooring was going to be put in.
Unfortunately they forgot to or didn't know to take a razor knife and score the top of the baseboard caulk where the baseboard meets the wall. If you don't do that you're going to tear the paper on the drywall.
We've all been there.
You want to repaint a room in your house. You remove the trim, but maybe you (or your demo hubby) don't score the trim and sure enough... the paint pulls the paper on your drywall right off.
A kitchen soffit (aka bulkhead) is something that majority of us have in our kitchens. They are often created to hide wires, pipes or other mechanicals in our kitchen. Sometimes they are even there to just fill the space above your cabinets. Either way, I personally find most soffits can make a home feel dated and extremely closed-in.
As promised, I'm back with more of our Entry Hall Makeover. Today I'm going to attempt to tell/show you how to get your very own perfect baseboards with the perfectly finished off ends.
Want to read a beginner's tips on installing wall tile? If so, you've come to the right place. Tiling is one of those projects that any beginner can do as long as you have patience and can pay attention to detail!
How many times have we found ourselves with a hole in the wall for some reason or another? I mean the door opens and ‘Bam!’, the doorknob slams right into the wall creating this big hole. We've all been there. Here’s a recap of Wednesday night’s LIVE DIY where I show you how to repair small dents and holes to larger holes in the wall. You can totally do this! I believe in you!
One of the most important rooms on our 2016 'fix-it' list is our basement family room/rec room.
It's an awesome room, full of potential - but it has always felt really claustrophobic and dark. That dark peacock blue wall wasn't helping!
I'm at my sister's house again to remove her pony wall that separates her kitchen and dining room. When she moved in, it had spindles that ran from the ceiling to the wall but we removed those soon after she moved in. Now she would like the entire wall removed.