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DIY on a Dime

Home-improvement bloggers are
ingenious problem-solvers, making up in fearlessness what they may lack in funds. Here, six of our favorite money-saving DIY projects, cleverly created to add style and function in every room of the house.

How to Sell Your Rochester Home Fast: Upstage the Competition in Upstate New York

Good news for sellers: in upstate New York, just off of Lake Ontario, Rochester housing inventory is flying off the shelves.

Do It Right DIY: Handsome Coffee Table

Build this furniture piece in just a few hours with basic cuts and pocket-screwed joints.

Office makeover for $619

An unused bedroom becomes a stylish, storage-packed work zone with a DIY desk and custom-built shelving.

Classic and calming

Traditional finishes, an oversize shower, and lots of marble add up to one very luxurious guest bath.

Character Boost

Shiplap walls, distressed-wood cabinets, and mixed metal finishes set a new tone for a master bath in desperate need of a warmer, less generic look.

Chef’s Choice

A culinary pro turns her dated cook space into a dream kitchen well equipped for recipe testing and family meals.

Candy Crush

A secondary staircase becomes a visual treat when painted with a handful of unexpected hues.

Going Deep

Lightening up overhead–and underfoot–allows a windowless bath to be wrapped in a warm dark shade.

Big Bath Reno? Read This

A gut renovation is an ideal time to add a splurge-worthy feature to your bath.

Save This Old House: Prospect, KY

Long before the city of Prospect was incorporated, its industry thrived thanks to the area’s fertile land, wooded acreage, and nearby Harrod’s Creek.

Just Moved In? 11 Things to Do Right Away

You just moved into a new home—congratulations! Now that the moving truck is unloaded, you probably have a million things to do before getting settled. Prioritize your list by focusing on these timely tasks first.

All About: Interior Wall Cladding

From shiplap to salvaged barn board, simple wood wall treatments are making a comeback, giving rooms a style and texture boost, plus a dose of rugged charm. Here’s how to choose and use them.

Where We Live: Idyllic equestrian estate off Route 17

When David Peebles purchased his historic property located just off Route 17, Gloucester didn’t yet have the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge to connect it to the Peninsula – nor did the town have much else, for that matter.

Shopping: Train-Style towel racks

Keep bath essentials organized and at the ready with one of these railway-inspired shelves.

monthly maintenance checklist

Easy ways to improve your home right now.

wintertime workshop woes

If you work or store materials in an unheated shed or garage, a cold snap can cause a project to fail. Take the right steps to avoid these common problems.

presidential treatment for old furniture

Putting the luster back in an heirloom piece that has seen better days is no small task. Nobody knows that better than furniture restoration expert Christophe Pourny.

bold powder room makeover for $394

Architectural details and a monochromatic paint scheme add a dose of drama to a formerly drab space.

shopping: fauna for your door

Long before electricity propelled doorbells to the forefront for announcing visitors, knockers had been doing the job, even as far back as Ancient Greece.

wreaths of colonial williamsburg

In Colonial Williamsburg, costumed actors reenact scenes from history in the streets, and the buildings stand as true to their original designs as preservationists can deduce.

Before and After: Kitchen

Taking advantage of high ceilings and lots of natural light, a couple update their kitschy ’80s kitchen with a timeless new design

Where We Live: A 60-acre plantation on Ware River

The current house at Glen Roy Plantation certainly wasn’t the first homestead to occupy the sprawling property, which was patented in a land grant from King Charles I in 1642.