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How to Fix Large Cracks in Drywall

Fixing cracks in drywall (even if the crack is big) is an inexpensive repair that can make a damaged wall look fresh and new again. Cracks in drywall (also called wallboard, gypsum board, and Sheetrock [more…]

How to Fix Small Drywall Cracks

Fixing cracks in drywall (also referred to as wallboard, gypsum board, or Sheetrock) is essential because drywall damages easily. Repairing small cracks in drywall is also easy. The best way to fix a small [more…]

Tools for Taking Off Wallpaper

The necessary tools for removing wallpaper will vary depending on the removal process you choose. You'll need only a few supplies and to remove wallpaper. [more…]

How to Fix Wallpaper Bubbles

Fixing wallpaper bubbles or bumps is a simple, five-minute process. Knowing how to fix wallpaper bubbles and bumps prevents further damage like tears or rips. Wallpaper bubbles occur when a weak bond between [more…]

A Five-Step Plan for Taking Off Wallpaper

The thought of taking off wallpaper can be scary, but planning for wallpaper removal can ease anxiety. Having a good plan for taking off wallpaper will simplify the task and ensure great results. Wallpaper [more…]

Calculating How Much Wallpaper to Use

If you’ve decided on wallpaper for your home improvement project, you want to make sure to buy the right amount for your needs. These formulas help you determine how much wall paper to purchase: [more…]

DIY Wallpaper Calculator

When you’re doing some DIY wallpapering, determine how much wallpaper to purchase by calculating the area you plan to paper and dividing that number by the usable yield per roll of paper. [more…]

How to Paint Stripes on Walls

Painting stripes on walls can add interest to a space. If you know how to paint stripes on walls you can create the impression of randomness or order, depending on the patterns you choose. [more…]

How to Fix Nail Pops in Walls and Ceilings

Fixing nail pops is a common home repair. Nail pops are bumps or crescent-shaped cracks in walls and ceilings. Knowing how to fix nail pops properly helps keep new ones from forming in the same place. [more…]

How to Fix Small Cracks in Plaster

Repairing small cracks in plaster is easy compared to plastering a whole room. To repair small cracks in plaster, you’ll need patching compound, medium- and fine-grit sandpaper, a sanding block, a putty [more…]

How to Fix Large Holes in Drywall with a Patch

The challenge of fixing holes in drywall is in covering the gap. To fix a large hole in drywall, make a clean cutout around the hole and insert a replacement piece of wallboard into the hole. [more…]

How to Repair Sagging Plaster on Walls and Ceilings

If you live in an older home with sagging plaster on your walls and ceilings, you can fix it. Many older houses have plaster walls and ceilings with wood lath for a base. The wood lath was installed with [more…]

How to Build a Simple Wall Shelf

You don't need to be a handyman to build a simple wall shelf. Building a shelf to add form and function to a room is a novice do-it-your-selfer's dream project. You can use your shelf to display a treasured [more…]

How to Install a Shelving System

If you need more storage space or just want to display artwork or a collection of clocks on your wall, you can build shelves. A shelving system is made up of three basic components: shelves, standards [more…]

Making Minor Drywall Repairs before Painting

Before you start painting an interior, check the walls carefully. You probably have a few minor dings or nail holes to repair. Buy a small container of spackling compound and apply it with a putty knife [more…]

How to Cut Beadboard Wainscoting to Fit around a Window

Beadboard is sold in 4-foot-wide panels that come in an 8-foot length to cover walls and ceilings and also as 32-inch-high precut panels specifically for use as wainscoting. It comes in unfinished pine [more…]

How to Hang a Laminated Plank Ceiling

To create a classic country or cottage look in your home, consider adding a laminated plank ceiling that's designed for a do-it-yourselfer to install. On any ceiling, planks are a definite attention getter [more…]

Tips for Choosing Wallpaper

Yes, the choice of wallpapers can be daunting, but allow yourself time to peruse as many wallpaper books as you can find. Many types of wallcoverings are available. Each requires slightly different preparation [more…]

How to Flatten Buckled or Warped Paneling

If a portion of wall paneling has lifted or buckled, you can fix it. Hammer a few nails into the groove where it’s buckled. If the extra nails hold it flat, countersink them and fill the surface with a [more…]

How to Blow Insulation into Your Walls

Adding insulation to a wall is a bit more difficult than adding it to an attic because, in a wall, the insulation is hidden between the interior and exterior wallcoverings. Removing the wallcovering to [more…]

Use Wall Treatments to Update Tired Rooms

If you don’t have the funds to redo an entire room, consider revamping just the walls. In the best of all decorating worlds, a terrific wall treatment almost magically makes problem areas vanish. Consider [more…]

How to Measure Fabric for Wall Coverings

Fabric is a favorite wall covering for almost any room in the house. Certain historic houses have velvet-covered walls, while others have linen. Fabric, such as polished cotton, works well for [more…]

Solutions for Redecorating Problem Ceilings

Ceilings are often overlooked when people are thinking about interior decorating. But all sorts of techniques — from raising and lowering your ceiling to adding beams or creating [more…]

Wall Treatment Options for Your Home

Choosing the materials to use on your walls involves practical, aesthetic, and budget considerations. Make a clear distinction between what you want and what you need, especially if you don’t necessarily [more…]

Interior Design Tips for Grouping Pictures on a Wall

Have you ever noticed how decorations on a wall can look so organized and attractive in some cases and just be a distracting mess in other homes? If you follow these steps, you can create a perfect grouping [more…]

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