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The metal used for the panels is heavy—if you hang them directly off of drywall or plaster the nails will pull out. So first you'll need to cover the ceiling with plywood to create a secure nailing surface. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Hang a Tin Ceiling

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The basics of a pendant; sconce and flush-mount fixtures have similar housing and inner workings, and a mounting plate.

All About Front Entry Lighting

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Here's what you'll need in order to lay down a floating floor | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Install a Linoleum Tile Floor

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Delivery-Day Reminder: Measure the dimensions of not only the area where the machines will be installed but also doorways and stairwells that they will have to pass through to get to the laundry room. Most machines need about a 30-inch-wide opening. | Illustration: Ian Worpole

Read This Before You Redo Your Laundry Room

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Mastering the perfect glassy finish is all in the prep work. Before starting, you must properly clean, sand, and prime every inch of the surface, or the finish color won't stick well. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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Rot-resistant planks and a salvaged window create a protective box that extends the growing season | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Build a Cold Frame

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Resilient yet durable, stylish yet earthy, a natural cork floor can turn any cool room into a cozy haven. Cork is also a lot easier to install than traditional wood flooring. | illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Lay a Cork Floor

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The parts you need to create a window cornice. Download and print a cut list | Photo: Gregory Nemec

How to Build a Window Cornice

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Put together a charming tree bench over one weekend. Friday: Make the bench's template and size the sections. Saturday: Cut and lay out the seat boards, and make the leg assemblies. Sunday: Attach the seat boards to the leg assemblies, install the bench around the tree, and add the backrest and apron.

How to Build a Tree Bench

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Easy DIY gravel patio: A treated timber frame is pinned to the ground with 2-foot lengths of steel rebar. Then, in goes a base of crushed stone and stone dust, landscape fabric, and a top layer of pea gravel.

Building Blocks for a Perfect Patio

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Replacing an existing light fixture with a fan is a simple, one-day task since the wiring is already in place. Here are the parts you need to know

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

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Anatomy of a simple brick BBQ: the essential parts

All About Built-in Barbecue Pits

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Save this diagram to identify common wood window parts

All About Wood Windows

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Anatomy of grass Each 1,000 square feet of healthy lawn contains about a million plants. | Photo: Gusto Images/Science Photo Library

All About Lawns

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A lush canopy can provide shade and shelter from the rain. Here, a custom metal pergola entwined with wisteria creates a green roof. | Photo: Tria Giovan For a similar look at a wallet-friendly price, try the Hampton Bay pergola, about $500; homedepot.com.

Outdoor Rooms as the Perfect Staycation Destinations

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An arched opening invites the eye toward a handsome butler's pantry with cool-green beveled-mirror cabinet fronts. | Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn | thisoldhouse.com

The Hidden Beauty in a 1920s Mediterranean Revival

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All the parts you need to assemble a lily pond in a weekend.

How to Make a Lily Pond

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A behind-the-scenes building material turns into a kitchen star. Here's a look at how a concrete counter is made. | Photo: Kristine Larsen

Concrete's Changing Colors

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From Apartment Therapy, a super cheap and efficient way to keep all your tech cords organized with bread tags! thisoldhouse.com

Label Cords At Both Ends for Maximum Organization

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The label on a bag of seed speaks volumes about the quality of what you're putting in your lawn. Here's how to crack the code. Photo: Don Penny/Time Inc. Digital Studio

How to Read a Seed-Bag Label

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Retro diner-style barstools in multi hues are a fun, family-friendly choice that wipes clean easily. About $78 from barstoolsandchair... | Photo: Mark Lohman

27 Creative Kitchen Upgrades

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Understanding your grass's anatomy is key to having the greenest lawn in the neighborhood. Here's what you need to know. | Photo: Gusto Images/Science Photo Library | thisoldhouse.com

All About Lawns

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To keep the tree—and yourselves—safe, find a sturdy branch, use stainless steel eye bolts and double the nuts. | thisoldhouse.com

Hanging a Tree Swing

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"Tile" a new shower without breaking a sweat or dealing with grout. A set of Subway Tile Walls, in mold-resistant polymer, includes three 36-by-72-inch glue-in-place panels. From $1,037; swanstone.com for stores. | thisoldhouse.com

Kitchen and Bath Problem-Solvers and Cool Finds

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