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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Weekend DIY Ideas: 6 Easy Ways To Fix Up Your Home In 2 Days (PHOTOS)

Ah, another weekend is finally here. Which also means we have another great opportunity to work on improving our homes. If you've been putting off some important repairs, such as fixing a cracked floor tile in your kitchen, now's the time to learn how to do it right. Or, maybe you just want to make some useful additions, such as a lazy susan for your table. In the slideshow below, you'll find these and four more great weekend DIY ideas that will keep you busy and really spruce up your home.

Repair Broken Floor Tiles.

To fix a broken floor tile, you will need a replacement tile, tile adhesive and latex-fortified grout. If you do not have an extra tile, try to find one that matches as closely as you can. And, make sure to choose matching grout. Get the grout out from around the cracked tile and remove the broken pieces, using a chisel and hammer. Then, scrape underneath to remove old adhesive and vacuum. Apply adhesive and press the new tile into place. Finally, apply grout around

Fix A Leaky Washing Machine 

If your washing machine is leaking, it's probably because of a crack in the hose. If this is the case, it's time to buy a new hose. Before you start, shut off the water supply. Then, it's as simple as unscrewing the old hose and screwing on the new one.

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Build A Lazy Susan

A lazy Susan is a great addition to any table, especially when you're entertaining a ton of people. To make one, you'll need to glue together five wooden boards. After sanding it down, use a compass to trace a circle onto the boards. Cut out the circle with a jigsaw. Then, flip over and attach the swivel base and turntable. Finish it off by sanding the entire piece and applying a wood sealer.

Install A Curtain Rod 

Positioning a curtain properly above your window will ensure you have the best lighting throughout the room. Use a tape measure to draw a guide line on the wall where you'd like the rod to be. Position the brackets and screw them into place. Cut the rod to the correct length, making sure that there's some extra on each end. Place the rod through one bracket, attach the curtain rings then thread through the second bracket. Finally, attach the ends on the rod and secure

Create A Mirrored Wall 

Arranging mirrors on one wall is an easy way to open up a room. Start by mapping out where you will place the mirrors and molding. Choose mirrors that will allow you to create a window effect. Paint and install the moldings, creating a grid pattern along the wall, spaced out enough so that a mirror can fit in each section. Attach molding to the mirrors by following these steps. Then, hang the mirrors on the wall.

How to Plant Bulbs in Winter

Just because it's wintertime, it doesn't mean you can't get some work done in the garden. As long as the soil is still penetrable, you can plant bulbs. Place the bottom (where the old root is coming from) into the ground, as deep as twice the length of the bulb. Then, simply dig holes and arrange bulbs in the ground. Cover the bulbs with dirt. If the soil is dry, water them.

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