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.

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Is your retro fridge on the fritz again? Maybe your months-old dishwasher is giving you trouble? When a home appliance breaks, it can throw you for a loop. But before you run out and spend thousands on a replacement, diagnose the problem first.

By Sara Elliott

One of the best ways to protect yourself from injuries during a DIY project is to reduce the unexpected element. One simple solution: Have a dedicated workspace and maintain it well.

By Sara Elliott

Whether you're painting, putting in a sunroom or just puttering around the garage, make safety your top priority. No project is worth risking serious injury.

By Sara Elliott

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We often think of our homes as our safe havens, but that's not always the case. While there's no need to wear a helmet around the house all day, there are some practical things you can do to prevent accidents in your home.

By Emilie Sennebogen

There's something about wallpaper removal that frustrates even the most enthusiastic home improvement hobbyists. Luckily, you can buy some wallpaper remover or make your own at home.

By Echo Surina

Furniture restorers all have one thing in common -- the desire to pluck a piece of furniture off the side of the road and restore it to its former glory. But you don't have to be a pro to get the job done.

By Emilie Sennebogen & Jill Jaracz

When building a home or remodeling, people usually think about the granite countertops, the extensive square footage or the number of windows in the new space. But what about the walls?

By Jessica Brown

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During the housing boom of the early 2000s, drywall manufacturers couldn't keep up, so builders turned to China. And while there was plenty of cheap drywall, it also could be toxic.

By Emilie Sennebogen

The kitchen is arguably the most popular room in the house. It could also yield the most amount of money of any home improvement project. But what could have your profits headed down the drain?

By Sara Elliott

This decoupage lampshade lighting project adds a unique element to your home's decor. Learn to make a decoupage lampshade at HowStuffWorks.

This disco light lighting project adds a unique element to your home's decor. Learn to make a disco light at HowStuffWorks.

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This fortuny lamp lighting project adds a unique element to your home's decor. Learn to make a fortuny lamp at HowStuffWorks.

This light with modern art lighting project adds a unique element to your home's decor. Learn to make a light with modern art at HowStuffWorks.

This mesh lampshades lighting project adds a unique element to your home's decor. Learn to make mesh lampshades at HowStuffWorks.

This parasol light cover lighting project adds a unique element to your home's decor. Learn to make a parasol light cover at HowStuffWorks.

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This botanical candles lighting project adds a unique element to your home's decor. Learn to make botanical candles at HowStuffWorks.

This fabric and beaded lampshades lighting project adds a unique element to your home's decor. Learn to make a fabric and beaded lampshades at HowStuffWorks.

This saxophone lamp lighting project adds a unique element to your home's decor. Learn to make a saxophone lamp at HowStuffWorks.

This shadowbox with light lighting project adds a unique element to your home's decor. Learn to make a shadowbox with light at HowStuffWorks.

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This shrub light lighting project adds a unique element to your home's decor. Learn to make a shrub light at HowStuffWorks.

These top 10 lighting tips will help you decide what lighting is best for your home. Learn the top 10 lighting tips at HowStuffWorks.

This valence with lights lighting project adds a unique element to your home's decor. Learn to make a valence with lights at HowStuffWorks.

This veneer lamps lighting project adds a unique element to your home's decor. Learn to make veneer lamps at HowStuffWorks.

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You don't need to hire professionals to take care of messy walls. Instead, you can just cover them up with our creative wall treatments. Learn to cover walls with stucco, fabric, paneling, brick, and tiles.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

Build your own furniture to enhance the organization of your home and update the look of any room. These easy-to-follow instructions help you create a wooden bookcase, desk, telephone stand and plant stand.

By Editors of Consumer Guide