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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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Anatomy of a Lincrusta wainscot installation. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec | thisoldhouse.com

How to Install a Lincrusta Wainscot

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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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kitchen with orange painted kitchen island, pantone celosia orange april 2014 color of the month

Color of the Month, April 2014: Celosia Orange

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Why you need to prune new wood hydrangea bloomers in late winter. | Illustration: Jillian Ditner | thisoldhouse.com

All About Hydrangeas

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DIYers are searching for window-treatment ideas, but the TOH take on dressing up your windows is crown and casing! Trim bonus? Covering gaps and draft-proofing while defining a style. Learn the anatomy of a perfect border and you'll be one step closer to doing it yourself...with confidence! | Illustration: Harry Campbell | thisoldhouse.com

Trim Terminology | Window Trim | This Old House

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Before you plan your next bath remodel, consider these key measurements. | Illustration: Arthur Mount | thisoldhouse.com

64 Important Numbers Every Homeowner Should Know

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A garden trellis you can build in a weekend to add garden interest and a sturdy host for flowering climbers. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec | thisoldhouse.com

How to Build a Trellis

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Anatomy of a classic classic fireplace surround and mantel and how to create one from stock lumber and moldings. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec | thisoldhouse.com

How to Build a Wood Mantel

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Anatomy of a coffered ceiling and how to create one in your own home. | Illustration: Joe McKendry | thisoldhouse.com

12 DIY Projects to Add Old-House Charm

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Anatomy of a stair runner and how to use stock products to add a splash of color and cushiony comfort to bare wood stairs. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec | thisoldhouse.com

How to Install a Stair Runner

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