Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Summer 2015

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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more to love !

Fast and fabulous Too busy to DIY? No problem! These inspiring projects will give your home decor a lift without a lot of time or legwork. Furniture fix-ups Ready for some makeover magic? Check out how we made these blah “before” pieces into awesome “afters.” Pegboard projects If you love how pegboard spruces up the garage on page 16, you’ll go head over heels for these clever uses for this material. Curb appeal Give your home’s exterior a little elbow grease. Our budgetfriendly ideas will make your house the best on the block.…

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Last spring, I finally planted a garden in our backyard. Until then, my husband and I had concentrated on renovating the interior of our 1913 home, but with floors redone, windows replaced, major systems upgraded, and fresh paint on the walls, it was time to get outdoors. My entire family pitched in: My husband cut the wood and dumped the soil for two raised beds, my 4-year-old son dropped the seeds into the holes (accounting for some of the unexpected plants that sprouted in interesting places), and my 6-month-old daughter yanked out clumps of grass from the sidelines. We created a side garden populated with blueberries and raspberries in containers and bee-friendly plants to attract pollinators. A few months later, a dear friend gifted us five apple trees and gave me…

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clean green

clear the air Simmering a pot of ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen is a simple way to make the whole house smell divine. Vary the citrus and herbs to create new scents, such as orange basil, lemon rosemary, or lime lavender. How do you remove stubborn stains, such as wine or grease? What’s the fastest cleaning routine? What cleaning habits should you stop now? Find out (and more!) at Air Freshener 2–3 oranges, lemons, and/or limes, sliced Handful fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary, or lavender 2–4 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon whole cloves Place ingredients in a medium saucepan. Fill about threefourths of the pan with water; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer to infuse the house with a naturally fresh aroma. (Do not leave unattended.) To store the mixture once overnight,…

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park it

My garage is second only to the basement as my favorite dumping ground for stuff I don’t often need but can’t bring myself to part with. This summer I’m tackling the mess! A cabinet, shelving unit, and wall organizer will make a big difference without a huge investment. The garage is often front and center when you come and go from home, so keeping the space organized will put a smile on your face. Kitchen cabinets, opposite, work nicely to conceal various items. And pegboard ( keeps an array of objects sorted yet right at hand. 1. Bench warmer The 24 Basics Workbench and Shelving Storage System includes four legs and six Shelf Links. You supply the lumber and extras, such as pegboard, to make a custom-size workbench to fit your needs.…

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bold blossoms

projects CHRISTY BROKENS photographs JAY WILDE What we did ... Inspired by a fab throw pillow, we used interior latex paint to apply color to the walls for our leaves and flowers. Once dry, we painted black lines with a flat brush in a fluid motion to add the details. To achieve an organic look through mixed widths, load the brush with black paint and apply strokes with varying levels of pressure. Don’t worry about staying within the lines—this look works best with a little imperfection. COLOR SMART A punchy palette infused with a hint of black makes for a modern mural. LEFT TO RIGHT: Fresh Up Lime 70YY 55/613, Antique Fuchsia 10RR 21/325 , Red Geranium 19YR 14/629, Hawaiian Teal 16BG 24/357, Glidden BRUSH IT ON A thin and flat artist’s brush, found at crafts…

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cut the cord

Share it You may be able to swap batteries among tools from the same manufacturer. Always check the specifications first to make sure they’re compatible. HEDGE TRIMMER KOBALT 40V MAX HEDGE TRIMMER; $149 WHAT IT IS This hedge trimmer is equipped with 24-inch dual blades to cut branches up to 3⁄4-inch thick. WHY WE LIKE IT The included battery charges in less than 60 minutes, powering up to 2,800 strokes per minute. ALSO NOTEWORTHY Worx 56V Max Lithium 24-inch Hedge Trimmer $199.99 The ergonomic design includes a full-wrap front handle and transparent hand guard. Echo 58V Hedge Trimmer $269 After a 30-minute charge, this powerful tool delivers up to 3,500 strokes per minute for its 90-minute run time. BLOWER GREENWORKS 80V CORDLESS DIGIPRO JET BLOWER $279 (with battery and charger); $149 (tool only) WHAT IT IS Choose from three speed settings, maxing out at…