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Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Winter 2020

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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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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
Frequency:
Quarterly
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4 Issues

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1 min.
from the editor

For me, small and thoughtful trumps grand and flashy every time. My preference grows more pronounced as the days get cooler. Give me a one-of-kind ornament or a pot of paperwhites as a host gift—and get ready for a monogrammed tea towel or a bottle of handmade salad dressing from my favorite restaurant in return. Inspired by life’s simpler joys, we packed this issue with little projects that you can do quickly or in multiples to update your style, celebrate the season, and make every person on your gift-giving list smile. Start by adding sparkle or coziness (or a bit of both) to your rooms. We show you how to apply dramatic finishes to everyday glass items (“Try It: Embellish Glass,” page 6) and how to layer on lush fabrics the…

1 min.
let’s paint

CHOOSE COLORS Master the art of choosing colors via swatches with these four easy steps. BHG.com/Swatches PAINT CABINETRY Get a remodeled look in your kitchen at a fraction of the cost with a few coats of paint. BHG.com/PaintCabinets PREP SURFACES Set yourself up for success with these pre-painting tips. BHG.com/PaintPrep CLEAN BRUSHES The painting is done—now it’s time to clean up. Follow our best tips for cleaning and drying paintbrushes to keep them in good shape for future projects. BHG.com/CleanBrush…

3 min.
embellish glass

GET INKED Acid-free, highly pigmented, and fast-drying, alcohol inks are a great match for nonporous surfaces like glass. To get this look on a glass candleholder, this photo, start by placing cardboard under the project (the ink will run). Drip colored and metallic inks onto the glass, then drip alcohol blending solution over them and watch the inks spread and run together. To further blend the colors, spray a light mist of rubbing alcohol. Let dry. TAKE A STAND Jazz up an everyday glass cake dome in minutes with whimsical etched and painted doodles, this photo. To create this design, dip a foam pouncer into etching cream and stamp circles around the glass dome. Let sit 15 minutes and rinse. Apply a second coat of etching cream to give circles more…

3 min.
cruda soaps

THE MAKER: LAURA GALVIS The Cruda Soaps owner helps others limit their plastic footprint and works to share some natural goodness with the world. Q: How did you come up with the name? A: In Spanish, cruda is the feminine word for raw. All the ingredients I use are raw materials, so that’s where the name comes from. Q: How does using natural ingredients make a difference in the product? A: They give it quality. If you use natural, rich, raw ingredients, you see the difference in your skin. Even if I don’t put on any moisturizer or oil, my skin is already moisturized, nourished, and glowing because I use soap made with 100 percent natural oils. Products made with chemicals are super harsh and dehydrating. Q: What prompted you to take a more sustainable approach…

6 min.
trim & ribbon

1 WHY KNOT To make these knotted hanging planters, first measure the height of the pot you’ll be wrapping and decide the length of the hanging portion plus desired tassel. Cut eight lengths of this measurement from rope. Group rope ends and make a gathering knot by folding the end of one rope down, then wrapping a second piece of rope (we used an 18-inch piece) around the gathered ropes and looping through the folded end to secure (A and B). Trim any excess rope. Decide where you’ll want the knots to begin on the pot, then begin the knotting process: Gather two ropes and tie them in a knot (C), then separate the ropes and tie each one in a knot with the opposite neighbor rope. Continue alternating ropes…

3 min.
cross the finish line

1. PAINTBRUSH COVER Keep your brush or roller ready to use without washing up between coats of paint. The cover snaps shut and locks in moisture with foam seals. $6–$8; thepaintbrushcover.com 2. TILE STENCILS For a low-cost upgrade to floor or wall tiles, or even walls, try a paint stencil. Designed and laser-cut in the UK and made from Mylar film, these stencils take light paint applications and make clear patterns. $9–$63; dizzyduckdesignsuk.etsy.com 3. E-ROLLER Rolling paint is sometimes, literally, a pain. A new ergonomic paint roller supports the forearm for a relaxed grip on the handle. Roller comes with a 9-inch frame and can be attached to any extension pole. $20; eroller.com 4. COLORREADER Scan a favorite fabric swatch, dish, or dress, and find the closest match in color across all major…