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Sustainable Living

4 Inspired Cleaners to Make at Home for Pennies

Save money and avoid harmful chemicals by making your own cleaners at home. Instead of paying full price for surface wipes, hand sanitizer, laundry soap, and even toilet bowl cleaner, look to the tried-and-true know-how in The Country Read More

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Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Home Repair Tips Every Renter Should Know: Countertops

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been a renter. And now keep your hand in the air if your countertops were laminate. No, it’s not a cool survey question, but if your hand’s up, you are in good company: laminate countertops are one of the most Read More

Deck & Patio Furnishings: Seating, Dining, Wind & Sun Screens, Storage, Entertaining & More
Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Make a Rolling Planter Container Garden

Follow along step-by-step as author Michael R. Johnson explains how to build an elegant, rolling planter in Deck & Patio Furnishings. Fill it with veggies, container plants, or even your favorite cold beverage! A raised planter Read More

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Home Repair + Improvement

Deck Design Inspiration

If you’re looking for deck inspiration, you’ve found it. Whether your design tendencies are purist or avant-garde, whether you lean toward classic redwood or an ecologically-minded cellular PVC, and whether you’re seeking a cozy outdoor Read More

Deck & Patio Furnishings: Seating, Dining, Wind & Sun Screens, Storage, Entertaining & More
Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

How to Make a Panel Planter

Put your plants on a pedestal with an eye-catching DIY panel planter from Michael R. Johnson’s how-to guide Deck & Patio Furnishings. There are countless ways to build a planter. It is, after all, just a pretty box into which we Read More

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Sustainable Living

How to Build a Granite-Slab Kitchen Island

Working with reclaimed materials is a great way to save money and help the environment. Building with Secondhand Stuff shows you how to upcycle and work with found materials to create unique pieces for your home and garden. This Read More

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Home Repair + Improvement

The Anatomy of She Sheds

The men have their man caves, and now you can have your very own she shed! In the last few years, she sheds have been popping up in backyards around the world. They are functional spaces for women to getaway and have some time to Read More

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Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Make a Portable Wine Rack from a 5-Gallon Bucket

Whether you’re going over the river and through the woods for the holidays, or you’re just visiting next door for a potluck dinner, wine is a welcome win-win refreshment to bring along. Thanks to Chris Peterson’s 5-Gallon Bucket Book, Read More

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Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

The Basics of Interior Painting

Painting a wall or two is the do-it-yourself task that almost everyone has attempted. And there's really no reason not to do your own interior painting—unless you have one of those twenty-five foot foyers—it's all close at hand and requires Read More

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Home Repair + Improvement

How to Change a Chop Saw Blade

A chop saw is a tool used for many different things. One purpose is to cut metal when welding. It is important to keep a nice, sharp blade on the chop. It is also important to be careful and safe when changing the blade. Here is step by Read More

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Sustainable Living

Finding the Solar Electric System That Works for You

Most homeowners know the pain of a high electric bill during the summer and early fall months. Between running an air conditioner, a dehumidifier, and your usual lights and appliances, a summer heat wave can quickly turn into an Read More

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Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Creative and Inspiring She Sheds

We've all heard of the man cave, but it's time for the ladies to have a space of their very own! Check out the video below for some awesome and inspiring photos from She Sheds to help get your started in creating a cozy getaway right in Read More