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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Framework for a Garden Retreat

It's easy to create a personalized, fun garden retreat.

Learn how to make the framework for a garden retreat such as this, which was featured in the August 2012 issue of Better Homes and Gardens® magazine.

The one shown here uses a variety of old windows and doors that add charm and character. Decorate yours with materials that suit your personality, your yard, and your climate. Save on costs by using salvaged materials!

Learn more about using architectural salvage in your landscape.

Download a free PDF layout of the framework for this project.

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