Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Dated wood paneling in a bedroom with unsightly carpeting

How to Fill Grooves Before Painting Wood Paneling

Wood paneling was popular in the 1970s; the trend has returned, but some folks want flat, timeless walls. Here's how to prep walls before painting paneling.
Painting wood floor with a roller.

Painting Wood Floors

This summer, I committed what any self-respecting lover of natural building materials would call a cardinal sin. I walked into our old farmhouse with nearly 100-year-old pine floors, and when my husband asked what we should do with them, I replied, “Paint ’em!” Read on to see how to it turned out.
Danny Lipford testing the paint on a door with a rag soaked in denatured alcohol

How to Paint Over Oil-Based Paint with Latex

Oil-based paint won’t adhere well over latex, but you can apply latex over oil paint, if you prepare the surface properly. Watch this video to find out how.
Rolling paint on a ceramic tile wall.

How to Paint Ceramic Tile Walls

Watch this video to learn how to paint over ceramic tile walls in a bathroom.
Installing ceramic tile flooring over vinyl flooring

Can You Lay Tile Directly Over a Plywood Subfloor?

Chris asks, “Can you tile directly over a plywood subfloor without using cement backer board?”

To keep the grout or tile from cracking, you need to put down either cement backer board or an underlayment membrane before tiling over a plywood subfloor. Read on to find out more.
Over the range microwave went vent pipe concealed with cabinet-grade plywood.

How to Install a Microwave with External Venting

Does an over-the-range microwave need to be vented? Yes, if you want clean air after cooking! Here's how to install a microwave vent duct.
Applying modified thin-set mortar to a tile floor.

How to Lay Tile Over a Tile Floor

Tile can be laid directly on top of an existing tile floor as long as the old floor is in good condition. Watch this video to find out how to go about laying tile over tile.
Using selfadhesive fiberglass mesh tape to repair a ceiling crack.

How to Repair a Ceiling Crack

Cracks in ceilings are caused mostly by settling of the house and the expansion and contraction created during that settling. Watch this video to find out how to repair a crack in a ceiling.
Plastic, melamine-coated cabinets in a modern kitchen with a smooth cooktop.

How to Repair and Paint Melamine Cabinets

Melamine cabinets, which are made of plastic, are popular for their look and price — then they start to peel. Here's how to make them look new again!