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How To Paint A Checkerboard Floor

This clever paint job creates a classic bistro look underfoot, no renovation required. Materials: Semigloss or latex paint, triangle and straight-edge rulers, chalk or painter’s tape and a small sponge roller. Step 1: Select two complementary shades of paint. We used medium grey and white for an update on classic black and white…

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How Much Paint Do I Need?

You’ve mulled over the paint chips, chosen the color, and now you’re ready to purchase the paint — but how many cans will you need for your project? As a rule of thumb, 1 gallon of paint will cover 350-square-feet, but this formula is only a loose estimate. For a more reliable…

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EXCLUSIVE: Peek Inside The Property Brothers’ First Book

Find 30 clever tips from the famous siblings!

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Drapery Header Styles

1. Pinch Pleat: Top Pinch This casual, traditional drapery style has an almost couture-like detailing, with the pinch pleat at the very top of the curtain. They are strung from small metal rings that are sewn at the top of each pleat and hung on a narrow rod. 2.

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Which Quartz Best Resembles Carrara Marble?

Joel Bray shares practical alternatives to Carrara marble that don’t require as much upkeep.  Caesarstone has the best quartz alternatives to Carrara marble. Here are two great options. London Grey (5000) The subtle veining and tone-on-tone feel make London Grey look like aged marble.

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How Should I Hang My Pictures?

Framed artwork and pictures add a splash of color and character to a space. It may seem simple to just add one to any given wall, but there are rules to be followed.

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How Do I Make My Old Radiators Look Better?

Existing rads don’t need to hinder your interior’s style. Here, we recommend three relatively simple, inexpensive ways you can incorporate radiators into your decorating scheme. As our illustrations show, by painting, topping or covering them, you can tum radiators into attractive and/or functional design elements. Paint It If…

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How Do I Decorate With White?

There are three types of whites: warm whites have yellow undertones; cool whites have blue undertones; pure whites have no undertone. Here are three ways to use white in a living room. All White A white-on-white scheme has a soft, pretty look, which can also be used in a modern…

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How Do I Enhance My Exterior With Paint?

When it’s time to paint the exterior 
of your home, choose two or three colors plus a door color — one that contrasts and isn’t used on any other element. More elements provide more opportunity for different paint colors. A classic trim color is white or creamy white. To highlight…

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Where Should I Hang My Drapery Rod?

If there are 12 inches or more between the top of your window molding and the ceiling or crown molding, hang the drapery rod at the halfway point. If there are less than 12 inches between the window molding and ceiling or crown molding, hang the drapery rod directly below…

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What Do I Need To Know About Choosing Tile?

Here are general tips that you can use when shopping for tiles, plus ideas for different looks for floors and walls. Size And Style The most common size of wall tile is 4″ x 4″. It’s often laid square, but can be varied as a focal point or…

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What Size Should My Area Rug Be?

Rugs add comfort and visual interest to a space, and help unify its furnishings. But before you buy, beware: this is one area of decorating where size and placement really matter. Follow these guidelines to ensure that your rugs make the most impact. Note: If your rug doesn’t reach under…

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How High Should I Hang My Dining Room Light Fixture?

Place your fixture where it “grounds” the dining table. It shouldn’t look like it’s “floating” alone in the room. Hang it 30 to 34 inches above the tabletop or five to 5-1/2 feet from the floor. Don’t automatically install a junction box (the electrical box the chandelier hangs from)…

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What Are My Options For Outdoor Storage?

Whether your outdoor space consists of a balcony, a patio or a large backyard, effective storage for tools, pots and other garden miscellany is a must. The dream? Storage units, large or small, that keep contents close at hand for easy access and out of the way when not in…

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How Do I Prevent My Furniture From Moving?

To make your furniture stay in place, use rubber “feet” that slip over the bottoms of the legs to help stop it from sliding so easily. Think of the rubber grip on the bottom of a cane, and you’ll get the picture. To find them, try hardware stores and medical supply stores.