Category: home improvement

How to Install an Exterior Door

Installing a new exterior door is not only a great way to add curb appeal, it’s also a great way to save energy. Doors and windows are the number one way heat escapes from your home. Installing a new door is a great way to ensure that doesn’t happen.  

On a scale of 1 to 5, this home improvement is a 3. It’s fairly easy to do and you probably already have most of the tools needed. So take a moment to watch this video and then grab your tools. 

How to inspect your roof

A bad roof equals leaks, and no one wants that. You can’t always tell from the ground if the roof has any issues though. While I recommend hiring a professional for roofing repairs, some of them can done yourself. Here is a video that shows you what to look for and how to maintain your roof so that you get the full 20 to 25 years from your roof that you are supposed to!

Have a few screws loose?

How many times have you been trying to install something and you drop your screw? You’re usually up on a ladder and it falls down a heating vent or behind something. It can be so frustrating. Magnetic screwdrivers can help but they don’t always work. Here is a brilliant hack that can make any job with a screwdriver easier! You’re welcome!

How To Install a Laminate Floor

Who doesn’t love the look of hardwood floors? They can be a lot of work to install though. Did you know that laminate floors have the same great look as hardwood floors and are easier to install and maintain? It’s true. And with this video from Lowe’s, it’s almost fool proof. You can do it, so why not give it a try today?


Mini-Mudroom Makeover

Is your entryway cluttered? These days most people take their shoes off at the door along with umbrellas, coats, hats, gloves and even dog leashes. Finding places to store all of this stuff can be an organizational nightmare.

Not every home is blessed with a mud room, but thanks to this great video from HGTV, you can turn any small space into a mini mud room! Now you too can have an attractive and functional entryway!


How to tile a floor

Everyone loves tile. It looks good, it’s easy to clean and it’s durable. Whether it’s a vanity, a back splash or a floor, you can do it yourself. Today we are going to start with the floor. There are some things you should know before you tackle this project though so here are some videos on preparing your sub floor, tips and tricks and actual tiling. It’s easier than you think and will give you a feeling of satisfaction knowing that you did it yourself! So grab your tool belt and let’s get to work!


Decorative Painting

Nothing can freshen up a room like a fresh coat of paint. It’s a cheap and easy way to get a whole new look. But sometimes you want just a little bit more, but wallpaper and boarders can look dated. Why not try the latest trend? Decorative painting! Stripes, blocks, zigzag…you name it.

Here is a short how to video with some step by step techniques to help you achieve that look. I’ve also included the link to 100+ interior painting ideas. If you can dream it, it can happen!


How To Change A Light Fixture

One of the fastest and cheapest ways to update a room is to change the light fixtures. Most people don’t do it though because it’s intimidating. I mean, don’t you have to be an electrician to do that? Nope! It’s easier than you think.* Just watch this step by step video and you’ll be an expert in no time.

Note: ALWAYS turn off the power from the CIRCUIT BREAKER before doing any electrical work!

*When in doubt, hire a professional.


Creating A Faux Fireplace

Winter is almost here and nothing make a home feel more cozy than a fireplace. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have one though. That’s why I decided to build one. There are so many materials, colors and designs to choose from, as well as many ways to “light” them up. You could use a TV or monitor playing a roaring fire loop or you could stack candles or string Christmas lights. The possibilities are endless. Here is a how to video for building your own “fire” place.  I’ve also included a link for some decorating ideas.

So grab your cocoa and curl up by the fire!

For fireplace designs and ideas, click HERE!