DIY Projects

You've got this! Basic DIY takes you step-by-step through projects you can do on your own in almost no time at all. No engineering degree required.


Add tile to your kitchen backsplash to make a big impact without spending a lot of time (or money!).

Understanding the required care of various countertop materials is an important part of deciding which one to purchase.

What words come to mind when you think of metal-studded furniture? Antique? Expensive? Not necessarily. Thanks to a new DIY trend, adding some sophisticated-looking studs to your decor is easier (and cheaper!) than you'd think.

Drywall screws pop out due to shrinking and warping of the wood behind them. Learn why drywall screws pop out from this article.

Reupholstering a couch involves removing the old fabric, cutting and attaching new fabric, and making cushion covers. Learn how to reupholster a couch in this article.

When repainting your home, you may decide to texture your ceiling. Learn about how to texture you ceiling from this article.

Thin spread adhesive is available from a number of manufacturers. Learn more about thin spread adhesives for self-stick vinyl floor tiles from this article.

You can install drywall using nails, screws or adhesive tape. Learn more about how far apart you should place drywall screws from this article.

You need around one screw for every square foot of drywall, so the total number of screws depends on how much area you want to cover and how closely the wood studs are spaced. Find out how to estimate the number of screws in drywall in this article.

Upholstery tacks can be used in place of staples to reupholster a dining room chair. Learn about how to use upholstery tacks from this article.

You want to make a hanging lamp, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to make a hanging lamp in this article.

Although black drywall screws are rust-resistant, they do sometimes rust or otherwise disappoint users. Learn about whether black drywall screws rust in this article.

No one ever said that all your meals have to be eaten at the dining room table. As the weather warms up and the days get longer, outdoor dining is definitely the way to go. So, make it convenient and cook out there, too.

Do people call you Mrs. Brady when they walk into your kitchen? It might have more to do with your outdated cabinets and appliances than with your superb mothering skills. It's time to move your kitchen into this century.

If a French country kitchen is the look you're after, think light walls, floral fabrics and bright pops of color. Oh, and don't forget your rooster and grape accents, either.

If sleek and modern aren't your style, and airy coastal doesn't suit your tastes, then take a look at rustic designs for your kitchen. They blend natural materials like pine and stone with the deep colors of fall.

If your love of food rivals that of Italians, then you need to surround yourself in Tuscany-inspired decor. Turn your kitchen into a showpiece that would make Italian cooks everywhere envious.

Is your kitchen old and outdated? Are floor tiles cracked and appliances on their last legs? If so, then it's time to start thinking about designing a new kitchen. But don't just stop at a new fridge or custom countertops. Dream big!

Plumbing is serious business. It's not something you want to mess around with yourself unless you know what you're doing, but it can be very expensive to have a plumber come in. But before he does, there are a few things you should know.

You love your house, but you are B-O-R-E-D. Living with the same decor season in and season out can leave even the most well-dressed room looking tired. Changing it can reinvigorate you and your space, without killing your wallet.

Have you been bitten by the DIY bug? A lot of us have, and it's a great time to get started on your basement. Whether you're finishing it or renovating it, there are some tools you'll want to have handy.

Whether or not you're already handy with around-the-house jobs like hanging shelves or loosening old screws, our list will provide you with some helpful pointers to make your work easier, safer and more convenient.

When you lay your head down on your pillow at night or when you leave on vacation, it's comforting to know your home is secure. Here are our favorite innovations for keeping you and your possessions safe.

Are you looking to energize the light in your home? Check out this article and learn more about how to energize the light in your home.

Are you looking to rejuvenate your wood? Check out this article and learn more about how to rejuvenate your wood.