Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Summer 2016

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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Meredith Corporation
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4 min.
sitting pretty

CLIMB TIME STURDY CUSTOM TRELLISES INVITE FLOWERING VINES INTO THE BREEZY SPACE WHILE ADDING PRIVACY AND AN ARCHITECTURAL TOUCH. RAINDROP SW6485, SHERWIN-WILLIAMS; SHERWIN-WILLIAMS.COM HOLD IT KEEP REFRESHMENTS CLOSE WITH A HANDY CUP HOLDER ATTACHED TO THE ARM OF YOUR SWING. WE PURCHASED THIS ONE ONLINE, PAINTED IT TO MATCH, AND INSTALLED. PICTURE THIS DRY-FITTING A MOSAIC DESIGN BEFORE ADHERING HELPS ENSURE SUCCESS. ARRANGE SEA GLASS UNTIL HAPPY WITH THE DESIGN. BEFORE REMOVING, SNAP A PHOTO TO USE AS REFERENCE LATER. SUNNY- SIDE UP A TRIO OF HANGING POTS LENDS COLOR AND CURB APPEAL TO THIS BUNGALOW. SELECT PLANTS APPROPRIATE FOR THE LOCATION —THESE PETUNIAS NEED A LOT OF SUNLIGHT TO BLOOM FULLY. 3 DIY IDEAS TO STEAL Let these handy helpers start your porch projects off on the right foot. 1. KNOW THE ROPES Synthetic Pro Manila Rope looks like natural manila…

5 min.
color wave

ARTISTIC TOUCH SPRAY A COTTON PILLOW COVER UNTIL DAMP, THEN PAINT FLOWERS AND LEAVES WITH WATERCOLORS, LETTING THE PIGMENTS BLEED INTO THE FABRIC AND SOFTEN NATURALLY. LET DRY AND SPRAY WITH A COLOR FIXATIVE. THIS PHOTO This ombré wall finish requires just two paint colors. You achieve a graduated effect by adding water to the paint as you work your way up the wall. Start by pouring two colors of paint in separate foil baking pans, above. (We used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Aubusson Blue and Provence, but latex paint yields beautiful results, too.) Mix a small amount of water with the darker shade and start painting at the bottom of the wall in wide, arcing motions using a brush. Continue thinning the paint as you work your way up the…

1 min.
5 diy ideas to steal

1. ABSOLUTELY PRESIDENTIAL Invite a few historic figures to your walls with prints of official portraits. Starting at $40 each for 9×12-inch giclee prints; art.com 2. SOFT EDGES Jen’s collection of pillows and textiles hails from around the world. The Hunted’s Wool Multistripe Pom-Pom Pillows have a similarly global feel and are available in black, pink, yellow, blue, turquoise, green, gray, and orange. $85 (18×18-inch pillow); $95 (20×20-inch pillow); shopthehunted.com 3. FEATHERED FIND An African Juju hat makes a showstopping art piece in Jen’s dining room window. Artisanmade headgear is available online in a variety of colors and sizes. $235 for a 30-inch-diameter piece in off-white; oldworldshoppe.etsy.com 4. ART UNDERFOOT Canary Lane Designs is one of Jen’s go-to shops for rugs. Start your own collection with a one-of-a-kind Belleza kilim. Use promo code…

3 min.
a cut above

Use wood glue to layer the three wood pieces into a block; clamp together until the glue dries. Use sandpaper to smooth edges and slough off any dried glue. To tint the wood, apply food coloring with a clean rag. (For a food-safe version of walnut-tone stain, we used 4 drops of red, 10 of yellow, 1 of blue, and 4 drops of water.) Seal with a few coats of coconut oil, applied with a clean rag. To attach the plexiglass, drill holes the full width of the screws in the four corners of the plexiglass panel. Drill pilot holes into the wood. Slide a finishing washer between the plexiglass and the wood to allow space for the knife blades. Place another finishing washer under the screwhead for a decorative touch.…

8 min.
handy girl

DEAR HANDY GIRL, We invested in a new gas grill last year. What’s my yearly maintenance to-do? DEAR READER, For year-round ease of use—a little summer cooking even in the middle of winter—nothing beats a gas grill. Guard your investment in this pricey outdoor appliance by following these steps yearly. ONE Inspect the fuel line for holes, bends, and cracks; replace as needed. Then check it for invisible leaks: Brush a really soapy mix of water and dish soap onto the line. Turn on the gas, then brush more soapy mix onto the line and watch for bubbles, which are a sign of a gas leak. Replace as needed. TWO Look at the propane tank for damage and replace as needed. THREE Test the ignition. Disconnect or turn off the gas, then turn on…

1 min.
make it pretty!

STONE STYLE BOLD FABRIC, DECOUPAGE MEDIUM, AND SPRAY SEALANT MAKE THESE CONCRETE STONES STAND OUT WHILE ALSO WITHSTANDING THE ELEMENTS. VISIT BHG.COM/DIYOUTDOOR FOR STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS. LIGHT THE NIGHT Outdoor lights are a creative and thrifty way to decorate your yard, above. Get more inexpensive ideas for sprucing up your outdoor spaces. BHG.com/BudgetYard DIY DISTRESSING You don’t have to buy vintage to enjoy wood furniture with patina. With a little paint and some strategic sanding, you can age furniture in almost no time. BHG.com/DistressWood BUBBLY WALL ART Love the watercolor projects starting on page 78? Watch a video on making abstract art using bubbles. You’ll need tempera paint, dish soap, straws, and water. BHG.com/BubbleArt HEAD OUTDOORS Make your backyard an extension of your home. We have 17 DIY projects to help, including improving outdoor seating and adding personality to a…