Upgrade a Basic Bookcase

Put a personal spin on an off-the-shelf bookcase with these easy DIY makeover ideas.

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Stairway Railing Ideas

Stairway railings serve more than a functional purpose -- they give stairs a visual presence and make a staircase a work of art. Find ideas for the perfect railing for your stairway.

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Beach Chic Porch Renovation

A family put a new roof over their heads by turning their back deck into a coastal-inspired covered porch. Learn how they made the big change from their existing porch to their new, cozy family hangout area.

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Give a Plain Mirror a Makeover

Take a plain mirror to the next level with these easy DIY embellishments.

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DIY Outdoor and Garden Projects

Sprucing up your outdoor space doesn't need to be a massive undertaking. Use these inspirational small projects -- including painting rocks to hanging new house numbers -- to instantly improve the look of a garden, patio, deck, or backyard.

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Add Storage Around Stairs

Step up your home's storage capacity by making the most of underused areas below and beside your stairs. Here's a look at 18 homes that beautifully optimized stairwell and staircase spaces.

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Tile Calculator

Use this calculator to estimate the amount of tile you'll need for a particular job. Simply enter the square footage for your project and the dimensions of each individual tile.

Area to be covered with tile, in square feet
Length of one tile,
in inches
Width of one tile,
in inches
Number of tiles needed:

Please note: For your convenience, this calculation has been rounded up slightly.

Important reminder: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this calculation. But before purchasing materials for any project, please check amounts with your suppliers or contractors.

Helpful Information

When tiling a wall, it's important that all of the exposed edges are finished. So in addition to field (regular) tiles, purchase cap pieces (which have one finished edge) for the exposed edges, and corner pieces (which have two finished edges) for outside corners. When tiling a floor, you need to buy field tiles only; exposed edges are covered by base moldings or threshholds.

A few tips: Purchase adhesive at the same time you buy the tile. The tile dealer will probably recommend an organic mastic for wall tiles and a latex-reinforced thinset mortar for floor tiles. Also purchase spacers, if needed, as well as grout.

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