Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Spring 2019

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Packed with step-by-step projects, Do It Yourself is the go-to guide to personalizing your home. Find inspiration and instructions for simple room renovations, home decor projects, budget-savvy style, flea market makeovers, outdoor living ideas, and more. From power tool reviews to pillow projects, we cover the DIY spectrum and empower the reader to tackle new techniques and ideas.

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United States
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English
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Meredith Corporation
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2 min.
from the editor

I think of DIY projects during this time of year as spring cleaning for your home’s style. Now is the moment to let go of the old and welcome the new. You know that lighter, brighter feeling you experience after washing the windows? You can enjoy a similar effect year-round by undertaking one of the targeted makeovers featured in this issue. Start by doing something with that old dresser or cabinet gathering dust in your garage or basement. “Drab to Fab,” page 78, shows how to complete four no-fail furniture flips. Just combine the finish changes, carpentry details, and storage upgrades that suit your piece and get going! I’ve long believed in the power of paint, but I was awed by the way it transformed a cavelike bedroom (“Room Revival,” page 46)…

4 min.
handmade paper

MAKE IT PAPER MATERIALS • 2 same-size wood frames with flat sides• Vinyl window screening• Staple gun• Junk mail• Paper shredder• Blender• Extra-large rubber bands• Plastic tub big enough for screen• Small plastic tub• Sponge• Felt sheets Step 1 Cut screen approximately 1 inch larger than frame. Lay screen over the flat side of one frame. Wrap screen around frame edges and staple. Cut an additional screen piece approximately the frame size; save this piece for Step 4. Step 2 Place a handful of shredded junk mail into blender; cover with water and let soak for 15 minutes (A). Blend until the paper mixture is a smoothie consistency (B). This is the pulp. If using add-ins, below, mix them in now. Step 3 Stack the frames, placing deckle (the screenless frame) on top with the screen…

4 min.
handy girl, the can-do edition

CAN I PAINT MY DECK? Stain is not the only option to update a deck. You can absolutely paint yours—and boost your DIY expertise in the process. But do not pick a color or open a paint can until you do every last prep step. 1 KNOW THE PROS AND CONS. Painting any outdoor surface can lead to heart-break—or happiness. Why? Because even if it’s screened or shaded, the surface is outside where there’s dirt and dust and spiders and sun. You’ll have to be vigilant about taking care of the finish and touching up paint as needed. 2 PREP THE SURFACE. This might mean a super-good power wash. It might mean scraping and sanding what’s there. Your deck should be as clean as it’ll ever be. 3 SELECT YOUR PAINT. Choose a type…

4 min.
emily eisenhart

DAUGHTER OF AN ARTIST AND AN ANTHROPOLOGIST, EMILY EISENHART GREW UP POKING AROUND ANCIENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES ACROSS THE SOUTHWESTERN STATES AND CENTRAL AMERICA. AFTER STUDYING CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY IN COLLEGE, SHE BEGAN A CAREER AS A DESIGNER WHILE MOONLIGHTING AS A PAINTER AND MURALIST. FEELING BURNT OUT WITH HER NINE-TO-FIVE, SHE LEFT HER JOB IN 2017 TO HIT THE RESET BUTTON. MORE TIME TO MAKE ART QUICKLY TURNED THIS SIDE HUSTLE INTO A FULL-TIME GIG. THE MAKER: EMILY EISENHART The Texas muralist is experimenting, exploring, and discovering her own style one brushstroke at a time. O: Why did you decide to pursue art as a career? A: I think at my core, I was born an artist and that’s always what I wanted to be. I ignored that for a really long time. As a…

4 min.
hang loose

ORCHIDS ON DISPLAY Create a quick hanging basket to show off your orchids, previous page. Place Spanish moss in the bottom of a sphere planter. Press to the sides, leaving a depression in the middle (A). Soak sphagnum moss in water for 30 seconds. Wring out slightly and place atop the Spanish moss. Snugly fit your orchid, still in its nursery pot, within the sphagnum moss (B). Secure the orchid with additional sphagnum if needed. Add potting soil around the orchid (1 inch deep) (C). Tuck sedums in the potting soil (D). Hang from a long plant hook. FIT TO FRAME Give air plants a home base with an old frame and chicken wire, left. Spray-paint an empty frame. Cut chicken wire 1 to 2 inches larger than the opening. Staple the wire…

3 min.
squeaky clean

1. NATURAL LATEX CLEANING GLOVES A good glove makes cleaning easy-breezy, especially when it’s a cheery lime green color, soft to the touch inside, and slip-resistant on the outside. You’ll want a pair at the sink, where the cuff will keep your digits dry, and in each cleaning caddy in the house. $13; fullcirclehome.com 2. LINT-FREE CLEANING CLOTHS Spot-clean stains from upholstery and smudges from glass with these lint-free cloths that leave no fibers behind—unlike sponges, washcloths, or paper towels. $20; thelaundress.com 3. ANGRY MAMA MICROWAVE CLEANER Let this little lady pop her top, because it helps get your crusty microwave clean. Fill with water and vinegar, microwave, and wipe. Try adding a squirt of lemon juice for a fresh scent. $10; containerstore.com 4. 18-INCH LAMBSWOOL DUSTER Lanolin in lamb’s wool naturally attracts dust particles away from…