Home Improvement


How to Clean Your Drains Naturally With Bokashi Tea

Bokashi tea is a wonderful, eco-friendly alternative to harsh chemical drain cleaners. Learn how to use this bokashi composting byproduct to safely and effectively get rid of annoying clogs in your plumbing.


Tips on Using Drywall Joint Compound as a Grain Filler for Oak Cabinets

Drywall joint compound can also serve as an effective grain filler for oak cabinets. Drywall mud fills oak grain and sands easier than some official wood fillers I've experimented with. Check out my tips on using joint compound for your cabinet painting project.


How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets Before Painting

Cleaning cabinets before painting is an essential part of the preparation process. Check out my tips on how to clean cabinets before you paint them.


How I Painted My Brick Fireplace Black in 3 Easy Steps

With one day, a little elbow grease, primer, and black paint, I was able to update our 1980s red brick fireplace. In only three easy steps, the centerpiece of our living room was completely transformed into a fresh, up to date, yet classic look.


What's the Best Degreaser for Kitchen Cabinets Before Painting? My Top Picks

In this article, I go over my top picks for the best degreaser to use for kitchen cabinet painting. All four are products I use for my cabinet painting projects.


How to Spray Paint Cabinet Doors With an Airless Sprayer

Using an airless sprayer to paint your cabinets is actually easy once you understand how to do it. This article shows you exactly how to prep and paint your cabinets with an airless sprayer.


Should I Get Gutter Guards Installed?

Gutter guards are supposed to make your gutters worry free, and there is lots of advertising pushing the product. But is it really worth spending the money on this home improvement?


How to Remove and Cover Heavy Wall Texture

Older homes often come with heavy wall texture that is not only unattractive, but can make your home look dated. With some time and effort, you can cover it up in a weekend.


How to Clear a Clog in Your Home's Gutter Downspout

Clogs in your home's downspouts can be a serious problem. Water accumulating around your house will cause damage and attract pests. If your gutters are overflowing, clear the clog yourself and avoid a costly bill.


How to Install Your Own Toilet

Eventually, your commode will crap out. Or perhaps you want a new look for your bathroom. In either case, having a plumber install a new toilet can cost a bundle. Save that cash for something you really need because installing your own toilet is a simple DIY project.


How to Check If You Have a Leaky Roof

So you suspect you might have a leaking roof . . . but are you sure? How do you tell?


Dimplex DLGM29 Opti-Myst Open Hearth Fireplace Insert Review

I will share my personal review of the Dimplex DLGM29 Opti-Myst electric fireplace insert, as well as simple assembly instructions.


Recycling Salvaged Decking and Offcuts

Salvaging and recycling decking, and decking offcuts, into a range of DIY projects around the garden, including making a folding garden BBQ table, wooden seating, compost and recycle bins and a decking step.


Do You Need to Update Your Electrical Panel?

Replacing your electrical panel can be costly. Do you really need to replace it?


What's the Best Way to Paint Kitchen Cabinets?: Pro Tips

The best way to paint cabinets is to use a system that saves time and provides a professional finish. Cabinet painting is not a weekend project in most cases. Check out my tips and considerations to make your project easier.


Tips for Painting a Porch Floor

Painting a porch floor is easy, but don't do it the wrong way. Check out my tips on prepping and painting a wooden porch floor.


Resizing Built-in Bathroom Cupboards

Modifications made to our built-in airing cupboard and wardrobe in our bathroom by repositioning the dividing panel between the two cupboards, specifically to make the wardrobe wider by narrowing the width of the airing cupboard.


How to Attach a Cover to a Recessed Light Switch or Electrical Outlet

Finished a home improvement project only to find out that the light switch or electrical outlet covers don't mate up because the switch or outlet is too far recessed into the wall? There is a simple and easy with to ensure that your switch or outlet extends exactly how you need it, every time.


How to Control Overspray When Spray Painting Outdoors

Paint overspray is something you always want to take into consideration when spray painting outdoors. Follow my tips to ensure your exterior spray painting project goes smoothly without property damage.


Tips for Painting a Bathroom Like a Pro

Although most bathrooms are small in size, they're usually more challenging to paint than a wide open room. Check out my tips on painting a bathroom, including steps on surface prep and the best paint options.


5 Expert Tips to Make a DIY Interior Paint Job Look Professional

If you're getting ready to take on a DIY interior paint project, you want it to look great, as if a professional painted your rooms. These 5 expert tips help you achieve that professional look, even if you are doing the painting.


How to Easily Renew Window Screen Frames and Sills

Cleaning your window frame and sill requires nothing more than some steel wool, acetone, and a little elbow grease!


How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling

If you want to know how to remove a popcorn ceiling, check out my tips on removing the texture and skim coating the ceiling after.


My Review of Sherwin Williams Super Paint (Interior and Exterior)

Is Sherwin Williams Super Paint really super? In this full review, I cover both the interior and exterior versions of this popular paint.


What's the Best Primer to Cover Dark Paint? My Top Picks

The best primer for covering dark paint colors is one that's thicker to help block the color underneath. Check out my top picks for primer I use when painting light colors over dark walls.


My Review of Behr Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel (Urethane)

I used Behr alkyd semi-gloss enamel to paint doors and trim on a recent project. Read my full review to find out if Behr semi-gloss enamel is worth using for your painting project.


My Review of Benjamin Moore Regal Select Interior Paint

Is Benjamin Moore Regal Select good paint? I used this popular paint for a recent interior painting project. Check out my full review to find out if Regal Select is worth using in your home.


12 Essential Tools That Every Homeowner Should Have

Being a homeowner usually means doing some basic maintenance and dealing with some minor emergencies, this article lists 12 tools that I consider to be vital for any homeowner to have.


How to Use a Tape Measure

Here are several ways to use your tape measure for more efficiency, including what the black diamonds are, not guessing in a corner, and more tips to help you be more accurate.


Five Tips for Using Spray Foam Sealant

A can of spray foam sealant can keep your home air tight and energy efficient. It can also be a a hassle to use. Here are some tips to make your foam sealant project go smoothly.


How to Replace the Solenoid on Your Whole House Humidifier

No water flowing to your whole house humidifier? Good chance it is the water supply solenoid. If yours isn't working, it is a simple DIY project that even a novice can tackle.


Tips for Painting Cherry Cabinets White

Painting cherry cabinets white is a great way to completely transform your kitchen overspending on brand new cabinets. With the right prep and materials, cherry is easy to paint. Learn how to do it the right way with my tips.


Graco Airless Paint Sprayer Troubleshooting: How to Fix Common Problems

If your Graco airless paint sprayer spits or dribbles paint, if it won't prime or pressurize, or if it leaks, you will find a solution here.


Tips for Painting a High 2-Story Foyer Without Scaffolding

Painting a foyer with high walls might look difficult, but it's actually easy when done right, and you don't need scaffolding to do it. Learn how to paint your foyer easily without having to rent scaffolding.


Tips for Skim Coating Walls Before Painting

Skim coating walls is the best way to restore damaged drywall or remove a textured finish. Skim coating is easy and makes damaged walls look brand new again when done right.


A Simple Guide for Your Domestic Drainage

A consideration of drainage and its purpose and effects can be likened to the purpose of a building: to prevent the harsh effects of weather and keep the inside ambient and dry. This article will take a look at possible problem areas for drainage in and around your home.


How to Paint Cedar Siding: Tips for Painting and Staining

Painting cedar siding helps preserve the wood to prevent problems. Check out my tips on how to paint cedar siding and if you should consider using stain instead.


Tips for Repainting Kitchen Cabinets

If you're unhappy with the color and condition of your painted cabinets, this article provides tips on how to repaint them successfully.


What's the Best Paint Sprayer for Cabinets?

In this article, I go over what to look for when choosing a sprayer and the one I use for all of my cabinet painting projects.


How to Install an Expansion Tank in Your Plumbing

Pressure in your home's water lines can lead to catastrophic damage. It can cause water line fittings to leak and leave you with a huge repair bill. Help your home's plumbing deal with the added pressure by installing an expansion tank.


What's the Best Way to Paint a Room?: Pro Painter Tips

In this article, I share tips and my painting process for the best way to paint a room in less time.


How to Fix a Sagging Bathroom Vent Cover

Is the cover on your bathroom vent fan sagging? There is an easy and free fix to make it snug and flush with the ceiling again.


What's the Best Paint for Interior Walls? My Top Picks

In this article, I go over my top paint picks for interior walls. These are some of the best interior paints I use for my painting projects.


Tips for Painting Kitchen Cabinets Black

Learn how to paint your kitchen cabinets black. This article features pictures of oak cabinets I spray-painted black.


Tips for Priming Wood With Oil-Based Primer

Learn how to properly apply oil-based primer on wood for a smooth and professional finish.


Tips for Painting Wooden Shutters

Check out my tips on painting wooden shutters after removing them.


My Review of Sherwin Williams Repose Gray (SW-7015)

I use Sherwin Williams Repose Gray a lot for my painting projects. Learn more about how the color looks on walls and where to use it in your home.


Common Types of Drill Bits for Home Use

A quick guide, with photos, to help a homeowner choose the correct drill bit to complete a variety of projects around the house.


Airless Paint Sprayer vs. HVLP: Which One's Better?

Learn the differences between an airless paint sprayer and an HVLP sprayer, so you can decide which one's better for your painting project.


Tips for Applying Red Interior Paint Successfully

Learn how to apply red paint on walls like a professional.