Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Fall 2014

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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Meredith Corporation
USD 7.99
USD 15.99
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4 min.
shape shifters

All the right angles ABOVE: Felt comes in a range of thicknesses; thicker felt is more difficult to cut but is generally sturdier and smoother. This stylish catchall gets its structure from midweight 3-millimeterthick felt. Download and print the octagon pattern from Use packing tape on the underside to attach the pattern to the felt sheet (a). Cut out the felt shape using sharp scissors; notch each corner, stopping at the marked point on the pattern. Pinch the cut corners and sew using a straight stitch and matching thread (b). Over and under BELOW: Felt doesn’t fray. We took advantage of this property by weaving strips of felt for a clean-lined lattice table runner that’s simpler than it looks. Cut a 9-inch-wide piece of felt to your desired length and several 1½×10-inch…

6 min.
handy girl

DEAR HANDY GIRL, My toilet has been running nonstop, and I have a giant water bill to prove it. Do I have to get a plumber involved to fix it? DEAR READER, You’re smart to address this issue quickly. The American Water Works Association says a running toilet can leak 1 gallon of water per minute—up to 1,440 gallons per day! Most toilet leaks are caused by an old rubber flapper—the gatekeeper inside the tank that allows a certain amount of water into the bowl when you flush. It’s an easy DIY fix. Start by shutting off the water valve to the toilet and removing the tank lid. Flush, holding the lever down until all the water drains from the tank. Soak up the last of it with a towel. Remove the old flapper (most…

6 min.
instant architecture

OSB panels A modern take on traditional wainscoting, this treatment contrasts refined details with the rustic appeal of raw materials. To make the 36-inch-tall covering, this photo, we framed same-size panels cut from 1/4-inch-thick OSB (a type of engineered-wood particleboard; find it at lumberyards and home improvement stores) with crisp, painted 1*4 boards. To start, nail a 1*6 board along the base of the wall, then add a vertical 1*4, the same height as the panels, above the base at the corner. Use construction adhesive to add an OSB panel next to the 1*4, and secure it with pin nails. Nail a 1*4 next to the panel. Repeat the process along the length of the wall, finishing the top with long 1*4 trim. Fill nail holes and paint. The recessed…

4 min.
pipe dreams

Kitchen catchall OPPOSITE: This countertop kitchen utensil organizer is made from an assemblage of segments cut from 2-, 2½-, and 3½-inch-diameter PVC pipes. LEFT: Using a compound miter saw, we cut the pieces to 4, 6, and 8 inches long and cut one end of each piece at a 45-degree angle. To remove the lettering and degloss the pipe, we wiped the pipe sides with mineral spirits before spraying them with primer. (Skip the primer if you choose a spray paint that will adhere directly to plastic.) After spraying the pipe with metallic paint, we glued the flat ends of the cut pieces to a painted wood base using PVC cement. Cutting edge If you don’t have a miter saw, try a hacksaw with a miter box, which allows you to cut the…

3 min.
drill team

1 Ryobi 12V Compact Lithium-Ion Drill (HJP003K) $69 WEIGHT: 1.5 pounds MAX TORQUE: 110 inch-pound KEY FEATURES: LED work light, 3.8-inch keyless chuck, bit holder COMES WITH: Two lithium-ion batteries, charger, tool bag WHAT WE LOVE: The light weight, ergonomic grip, and budget-friendly price make this a great entry-level drill 2 Black & Decker 20V Max Lithium 3.8" Drill Driver with Autosense (BDCDE120C) $80 WEIGHT: 2.6 pounds MAX TORQUE: 149 inch-pound KEY FEATURES: 3.8-inch chuck, battery holds charge for up to 18 months, LED light, bit holder COMES WITH: One lithium-ion battery, charger WHAT WE LOVE: Autosense ensures the drill “knows” to stop driving screws when they’re flush with the work surface. 3 Skil 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill Driver (2898LI-02) $93 WEIGHT: 3 pounds MAX TORQUE: 400 inch-pound KEY FEATURES: On-tool bit storage, side-assist handle, ½-inch keyless chuck COMES WITH: Lithium-ion battery, charger, double-ended bit, carrying…

1 min.
natural selection

1. Pattern play More than 170 hand-folded origami pyramids made from woodprint paper adorn this lantern. $90; 2. All hung up Paint or decoupage this customizable banner for any occasion. $10 for 15 pennants; 3. A cut above Order a custom-engraved cutting board for a personalized housewarming gift. Starting at $25; 4. Paper pal Sort mail and supplies in style with an alder-wood organizer. $30; 5. Against the grain Bring new meaning to "family tree" with custom art that’s hand-cut from cardstock and mounted on stained wood veneer. $85; 6. Eco-chic greeting Say hello and save the planet when you choose a 1.8-inchthick laser-cut sustainable wood postcard. $10;…