Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Spring 2013

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
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1 min.
symbol style

how to stencil a towel stand What you’ll need: Wood box Paintbrush or roller Primer Acrylic paint in three colors (we used white, blue, and yellow) Circle and O templates Clear polyester film (we used Mylar) Crafts knife Repositionable stencil spray adhesive or painter’s tape Two stencil brushes step 1 Prime, then paint the exterior of the box with white paint. Let dry. step 2 Print circle and O templates in various sizes, and trace onto stencil film. Cut out shapes with a crafts knife to create stencils. step 3 Place stencil on box surface, secure with stencil spray adhesive or painter’s tape, and apply acrylic paint with a stencil brush (a). Apply until you reach the desired opacity. step 4 Once dry, carefully remove the stencil (b), clean stencil with window cleaner, reposition stencil and repeat.. the palette These perky takes on classic pastels will amp up the happy…

3 min.
the nester

Settling in quickly is Myquillyn Smith’s strong suit. She has moved 13 times since she and husband Chad married 17 years ago. (A cherished piece of artwork lists the street names of all their addresses.) From this transient life, she’s learned to prioritize her decorating efforts. “I’ve learned how to make a place my own without having to paint the cabinets,” she says. “I focus my time on things we can take with us when we move.” Now living in North Carolina with her husband and their three boys, Myquillyn often refreshes items rather than replacing them. Paint and fabric are her tools of choice to change her color scheme. To update the family room, she covered the mismatched furniture in fresh, white slipcovers. She painted the base of the coffee…

2 min.
stairs 5 ways

What we did ... If you’re short on time, these quick, mess-free decals have got your number. Mask treads using painter’s tape, and paint the risers your desired color. Remove the tape before the paint is completely dry. When the risers are dry, measure to find the center of each step horizontally and vertically. Mark lightly with a pencil. Adhere the decals according to supplier’s instructions. We scored our decals for just $24 on If desired, finish with a clear sealer to protect the decals from foot traffic. Chose one pattern or 10 for a flight of wallpapered risers. We let shades of green lead the way for our collage of Galbraith & Paul wallpapers. Prime steps as needed—we used a wallpaper primer on our painted risers. Cut paper slightly wider…

1 min.
projects, tools, and inspiration

Tune in to your tone Are you a Maple Gold or Frosty Blue? Take the color personality quiz to find out. Brush with greatness Download our free iPad app for ideas and how-to for more than 50 home paint projects. It’s a colorful world Use our color tool to find the perfect hues for any room in your home. ’Tis the season for clean Start your spring cleaning to-do list here. P.S. Get issues of DIY electronically! Go to to see the special offer for new subscribers.…

1 min.
for the birds

Learn everything you need to know about raising chickens and coop construction. 1. Something to cluck about If building a chicken coop this charming in just one weekend doesn’t sound unbelievable enough, did we mention that it cost only $50? TV show host Michele Beschen built this henhouse on a base of concrete posts using basic 2×4 framing. Reclaimed materials kept the costs low while enhancing the coop’s country charm. The lumber used for siding was salvaged from an old barn and run-down fences, and the sloped roof sports shingles left over from a roofing project. Before you build, check local zoning for livestock ordinances and permit requirements. 2. Off-the-wall flowers Lined with an old coffee-bean sack, a rusty wrought-iron rack becomes a precious planter for shade-loving blooms. 3. Birdie boarding Building nesting boxes is…

4 min.
water world

Awash in memories Give a fond memory a fun makeover with a basic set of watercolor paints, above. Convert a digital photo to black and white, then print it on lightweight watercolor paper or cardstock. Avoid ink-jet printers! Use a laser printer, or enlist your local copy shop for help. Tint your favorite details from the image with watercolor paints (light colors work best) using a soft watercolor brush (a). Leave the remainder of the photo black and white, and allow it to dry at least three hours. If the first wash of color isn’t bright enough, apply a second coat. Let dry completely before framing. Light waves Add a splash of personality to a boring lampshade, this photo. Moisten a large paintbrush with water, and sweep a wavelike pattern around the bottom…