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Couple Turns Boring Wall Into Show-Stopping Wall with Fireplace and Built-Ins

Nearly half a million people liked this project.  I’m not surprised. I love it. It’s very well done. Talk about an impressive transformation from a boring wall with one window into a show-stopping, highly functional wall with faux fireplace, mounted TV and built-in shelving. Watch the video to see exactly how they did this. @biblesxcoffee …

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10 Living Rooms with Concrete Walls that Actually Look Amazing

Bare concrete as a living room isn’t on most people’s minds when choosing wall materials. It really isn’t but as you’ll see here, bare concrete can look really good in an array of living room styles.   IMO, in order for concrete to work as a living room wall it really needs other warmer materials in …

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Does Bare Plywood Work for Interior Walls, Ever?

Is plywood the new shiplap? Maybe it should be. Can you install plywood in place of drywall for the interior walls? Yes, but there might be more cons than pros. Maybe that is the reason that I rarely witness contractors installing plywood in place of drywall during my site visits. While plywood gets a bad rap …

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I Was So Proud of Our Wall-Mounted TV Until I Saw These Next-Level TV Mounting Systems

When we moved into our new house in May 2022 we bought a TV wall mounting kit and got to work. I had a buddy help out. Within an hour we had our 65″ TV mounted, in what I thought to be a perfect place and method. Wow, was I ever wrong. I dropped the …

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How to Hang Pictures on Plaster Walls (2 Methods)

Hanging pictures and other heavy objects on a plaster wall can lead to nails and bolts being pulled out of the wall or whole chunks of the plaster being pulled off the wall. These are difficult and costly to repair. Heavy objects can be hung on a plaster wall with the right tools and methods. …

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Do Brick Wall Hooks Actually Work? If So, Which Ones Are the Best?

We recently moved into a house with a brick exterior. The brick looks great. We love it. The problem we encountered recently when putting up Halloween decorations was hanging stuff on the exterior brick wall.  We didn’t want to put screws into the brick.  Decorations aren’t worth that despite what our sons might think. What …

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What Height Should an Electric Fireplace Be Mounted or Interred in the Wall?

The height of a mounted fireplace depends on several factors. This includes the height of the ceiling, the size of the room, and the personal preferences of the homeowners. However, electric fireplaces should generally be mounted or recessed at a comfortable height for viewing and use. For example, if the ceiling is high, the fireplace …

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How to Remove Drywall (Detailed Instructions)

There comes a time in every drywall’s life when it needs to be replaced, either due to a room renovation, sustained damage, or a water leak. When faced with a drywall needing removal, there’s no need to panic, as it’s one of the easier DIY projects to do. To remove drywall, follow these steps: Remove …

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Can You Paint Drywall?

If your house was constructed in the last few decades, it probably contains a building material known as drywall. These panels are essentially a modern alternative to the old-fashioned manually applied wall plaster. If you’ve ever done a DIY home renovation project–or renovated a building for work or volunteering–you have probably seen these large, flat …

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How Many Screws Per Sheet of Drywall? What Type? How Long?

Drywall has been a standard building material for over 100 years. In its earliest days, it was not the most popular method for finishing interior walls, but with the housing boom after WWII, it became more widely used. Drywall, also known as sheetrock, whiteboard, or gypsum board, is inexpensive to produce and install. Unlike the …

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12 Different Types of Drywall Texture (Finishes)

Drywall can be finished in several ways to give it a distinctive texture. To apply these finishes, you need the right tools and techniques. Read on to see more about drywall finishes and how you can make them. Related to: How to Clean Drywall 1. Splatter Knockdown This is an interesting wall texture. It is …

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What Kind of Sandpaper do I Need for Drywall?

If you’ve ever walked through the sandpaper section of a hardware store like I have, you’ll have noticed that there are almost as many different kinds of sandpaper as there are colors of paint. I’m exaggerating, but the point that there’s an overwhelming selection of various grits of sandpaper out there still stands. Those who …

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Top 4 Types of Paint to Use on Drywall

With so many paint options on the market, you’re probably wondering what the best type of paint to use on your drywall is. There are a few different types of paint that you can use with confidence, but some work better than others to achieve different results. It is important to know your needs before …

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Can You Put Up Paneling Without Drywall?

I’ve always wanted to install paneling in my home and I never thought that I could do it without spending thousands of dollars on drywall and siding contractors, but after doing some research I discovered that it’s actually quite easy and very affordable! The hardest part was just figuring out how to actually go about …

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Can Mice Chew Through Drywall? How to Prevent It?

Mice chew through drywall, insulation, wood, and other building materials. This creates an entry point for other mice to visit and leave behind their droppings. Mice are drawn to home for three reasons: houses are safe, warm, and stocked with food. When mice infest your home, they generally hide in the darkest passages like crawl …

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Can You Tile Over Drywall? Over Painted Drywall?

Yes, you can tile over plain and painted drywall. Wall tile is a popular choice in many homes, and the ceramic wall tile industry is booming — it has an estimated market size of $68.6 billion in 2018 and growing. Many homeowners don’t realize that drywall is already there underneath their existing tile. Read on …

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Why Does Drywall Crack? How to Prevent Cracking?

Drywall is a porous material that is susceptible to cracking. Cracks in drywall can be caused by a number of factors, including humidity, temperature changes, and improper installation. While cracks in drywall are often cosmetic, they can also be indicative of a more serious problem. Let’s take a deeper look at why does drywall crack. …

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How to properly wash your walls so they get clean but not damaged

Wall cleaning is a chore often neglected. Our walls take up a massive amount of space in our homes and can be a daunting task to try and complete. Also, you can even damage your walls if you don’t know what proper cleaning steps to take for your type of paint. But worry not! Keep …

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Is it Okay to Put Chalk Wall in the Living Room or Dining Room or Does that Look Bad?

I love having a chalk wall in the living room or dining room since it offers a unique way to get creative interior décor. You can use the surface to write or draw interesting messages or adjust a portable chalk wall to your desired design. I support its incorporation into a living room or dining …

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Should Kitchen Cabinets be Darker or Lighter than Walls?

While you may think this question just comes down to personal taste, there are some significant factors you’ll want to consider. We’ve got the expert advice, so read on to find out the answer to this age-old question. I’ve always had white cabinets in my kitchen, and while it does provide a bright and clean …

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What kind of nails should you use for hanging pictures?

Art on the wall is the finishing touch every home needs, and its important to use the right nails to put them up, so they stay up! There are so many different kinds of frames used to hold art, and as well as many types of walls. From a metal frame with glass interior, to …

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26 Different Types of Soundproofing Wall Materials

Whether you simply want to block out noise in your bedroom from the outside while you sleep or you want to create a recording studio, there are many soundproofing materials in the market today. As a self-published author, I made the decision to record my own audiobooks at home versus paying thousands of dollars to …

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Floating Frames (What You Need to Know)

When decorating your home, pictures and hanging art can feel like the last thing on your mind. However, these final accessories are really what bring a space to life. Wall decor can make your home feel finished and like your own. There are many options to choose from when it comes to decor. From gallery …

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What is Veneer Plaster? Is it Better than Drywall? Pros and Cons

One of the hardest parts of DIY renovations these days is all the choice in materials we have for every job. I get that advancements are meant to improve our lives and usually it does, but it sure can make the process more difficult. Indecision is a tough nut to swaller. I hate indecision. But …

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Batt vs Blown-In Insulation in Walls: What Should You Use?

No matter the climate in which your home is located, insulation makes it a better living space. A properly insulated home stays cooler in the summer and warmer during the winter. A home with properly insulated exterior walls, ceiling, and the roof has fewer drafts, holds its temperature better, and costs less to keep comfortable. …

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Painting vs. Wallpapering: Costs, Aesthetics, and Trying Your Patience

Podcast Version With a new year on the horizon, one of your New Year’s resolutions might be finally getting around to that home improvement project that you’ve been procrastinating forever. And what’s more boring than white walls? White walls can be delightfully minimalist depending on the lighting and the rest of the decor, but constantly …

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Black is the New Black: How to Make Noir Walls and Accents Totally Slay

From the first few generations of goths all grown up who are now decorating their forever homes to minimalists trying to avoid bright colors for fear of clashing (or plummeting resale value), black home goods are seeing a major upswing lately. Black food was all the rage on Instagram and ThreadBanger gave us black bath …

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Are Accent Walls Grossly Overrated?

The wall complemented the tones in the map and framed it adequately. The arrangement allowed just enough space underneath the map to place a wide bookshelf containing part of our library. It wasn’t our first choice, but it worked: an accent wall we didn’t choose, rather sloppily painted around the edges, in an eclectic room …

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