Inside the Innovation House

We pulled out all the stops to bring the latest home tech features to our Innovation Home. See the 16 coolest things from the home and be amazed by how smart one home can be.

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Bathroom Countertop Ideas

Good-looking countertops -- whether made of marble, limestone, or concrete -- create high-functioning bathrooms that spill over with style. These popular countertop materials are sure to inspire a bathroom remodel.

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Find Your Dream Backyard

Whether you dream of sunning by a state-of-the-art pool or strolling through a simple cottage garden, there's an outdoor oasis with your name written all over it. Take this quiz to find out where you really belong.

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DIY Patio Ideas

Want to boost the beauty and usefulness of your outdoor spaces? Put one of these inspiring DIY patio ideas to work in your landscape.

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Easy Fireplace Upgrades

Does your fireplace need a facelift? Check out these 20 ideas for updating your fireplace with easy-to-apply embellishments and simple-to-make constructions.

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8 Cutting-Edge Exterior Features

The wow-factor of the Innovation Home starts with great curb appeal. See the eight things that make the home's exterior stand out.

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Budget Curb Appeal

Be the best home on the block for less. These budget curb appeal updates will show you how.

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How To: Paint an Exterior Door

Follow these steps for painting an exterior door to increase curb appeal and update your home inexpensively.

Sometimes, all you need to do is complete a small, inexpensive update to fall in love with your home all over again. By painting a front door a vibrant color, you get the most bang for your buck and it's easily changed for future updates or owners.

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How to Paint an Exterior Door

Painter's Tape
Fine-grit sandpaper
High-density foam mini rollers and brushes
1 quart adhesion primer
1 quart satin or semigloss exterior paint (Valspar's Sassy Green is pictured)

1. Remove the door and place on sawhorses outside or in a well-ventilated area. Tip: Allowing your door to properly dry between coats may mean letting it dry overnight. Screw a piece of cut-to-size plywood into existing hardware holes to cover the door opening if necessary.)

2. Remove the hardware and hinges. Cover any glass accents or windows with painter's tape (right).

3. Clean the door by scrubbing the surface with a wet sponge (right), then lightly sand the surface.

4a. Apply adhesion primer to the door using a foam roller (right).

4b. Use a foam brush to paint any raised or depressed panels (right). Let dry.

5. Using the same technique, apply paint, starting at the center and ending with the sides (right). Let dry. Apply a second coat for a flawless finish.

6. Hang the door and reattach hardware.


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