Luxury Vinyl Flooring Planks And Tile

The most popular and fastest growing flooring type on the market today is Luxury Vinyl Plank or Tile. LVP (wood look) and LVT (tile look) for short. But why has this type of flooring gained so much of the market and does it deserve it? In this article, we will examine what makes luxury vinyl… Read more »

Is This Good Carpet For My Stairs?

Today Camille writes: Hello, I am purchasing a remnant of Shaw carpeting from a local carpet store (to be installed by them) for the stairs from my main to second floor. I have never purchased carpet and I am a bit confused regarding proper type. The carpet is synthetic – polyester and a Texture with a slight… Read more »

How to Repair Lifting Edges On Vinyl Tile

How to Repair Lifting Edges On Vinyl Tile

Vinyl peel and stick tiles are an easy do-it-yourself friendly type of project, but what do you do if the edges start lifting up? Simple re-glue them. If you aren’t sure how to do this then read on for step by step instructions on how to repair lifting edges on vinyl tile.

How To Calculate Paint Quantity For Any Project

How To Calculate Paint Quantity For Any Project

Quick and Easy Tip: How to calculate paint for any project! When it comes to painting projects, how do you figure out how much paint you’ll need? Most of us probably ask the clerk at the paint desk how much we should get. And normally this is fine, but what if the clerk is new… Read more »

Help With Choosing Granite or Quartz Countertops

Today Mitch writes: I’m picking out new countertops, but I am not sure which one is the best choice.Granite or Quartz? Please help! Mitch, if I had a dollar for every time I got asked that question. . . I wouldn’t be a millionaire, but I would definitely be a couple hundred dollars richer! When it… Read more »

Edge Painting Tips

Wall Edge Painting Tips

Today Eddie writes: Help! I always mess up on the edges when I’m painting. Do you have any painting tips that could help me out? Any advice is appreciated. Eddie, as you well know, painting is not as easy as it appears on home improvement shows. But that’s probably just because we don’t have a highly… Read more »

Red Paint

How Many Coats Of Red Paint Are Needed?

Today April writes: Dear Diva, I bought this beautiful color of red paint for my dining room and after painting two coats on the wall it looks nothing like the sample! It’s an ugly pinkish hue!  What happened? I’m not a newbie but this is my first dark color. Did I buy bad paint or… Read more »

Vanity Cabinet

Refinishing Or Replacing Your Bathroom Vanity Cabinet

Today Carissa writes: Dear Diva, I’ve lived in my house for 4 years now and I can’t take my master bathroom any longer! It’s fixtures are old and I’m ready for a re-do! Problem is, my budget isn’t very big. I have given it a lot of thought, and I think if I change the bathroom… Read more »

Wire Vs Wood

Help Choosing Between ClosetMaid Closet Organizers

Today  Carmen writes: Dear Diva, My New Year’s resolution is to get more organized! Thus far I’ve organized my kitchen and pantry, but now I need to move onto the closet in my master bedroom. There is tons of space, but I’m a little hesitate to begin. I’m looking at going with a ClosetMaid do-it-yourself… Read more »

In Floor Heating Mats: Are They Worth It?

Are In-Floor Heating Mats Worth It?

Today Margaret writes: Dear Diva, I live in a very cold climate and I am tired of my feet getting cold! Do you think those in floor heating mats are a good idea? Because they sure sound nice!  What brand would you recommend and do you have any install suggestions? Thanks Margaret, you are definitely not… Read more »

  • Buying a New Couch For Your Living Space

    Getting ready to buy a new couch for your living space?  There are a few things you should do before you hit the showroom to look for new living room furniture. First take measurements!  You know the old adage “measure twice, cut once.”  It applies to this situation. There is no reason to go looking… Read more »

  • Easy To Install Kitchen Backsplash With SimpleMat

    When I first saw SimpleMat, I didn’t think it would work all that well. But after seeing SimpleMat in action, I was shocked at how simple to install it really is. SimpleMat from Custom Building Products is the easiest way to tile a backsplash, wall or counter top I’ve ever seen. It comes in 9″… Read more »

  • Pet Friendly Flooring Help

    Today a reader asks: We have 3 small dogs and also foster an additional dog each month.  We have carpet throughout the house even in the kitchen.  It is quality carpet and seems to clean well when I use the Bissell and better when I call the carpet pros once a year.  However I am… Read more »

  • Budget Friendly Tile Tips

    Budget Friendly Tile Tips

    Today a reader asks: Dear Diva, I have been wanting to do a new tile backsplash for my kitchen. After giving some thought to using vinyl tile as a backsplash per your recent post, I am curious if have any tips for keep the costs down since I am trying to do this on a… Read more »

  • Keeping Children And Pets Safe With Blind Cords

    Small children and pets are both hazardous to our window treatments. But at the same time, window treatments are also hazardous to our kids and pets!  So it’s important to know which types of window treatments are best when keeping children safe with blind cords. The best styles of blinds that minimize the risk to our kids… Read more »

  • smelly carpet problems

    Smelly Carpet Problems

    Today Diana writes: Hi Diva, I just got a new old house and I have a very smelly and gross carpet problem. When I looked at the house in April there was no odor because it was still cold, but now, with the warmth and humidity, the smell in one of the rooms is overwhelming… Read more »

  • How Do I Prepare Plywood For Vinyl Tiles?

    Recently I received a question on a public forum about how to prepare plywood for vinyl tile: Concerned reader asks: So I’ve moved into a home that has wall to wall carpeting in every single room. That includes the kitchen and the bathroom. I was rather amazed and a little appalled that someone would do… Read more »

  • Three Popular Area Rugs For Any Budget

    Three Popular Area Rugs For Any Budget

    As we all know, times are tough and money is tight. That’s why it’s important to make wise decisions with your money. One way to do a living room makeover without knocking down walls and doing that dream renovation is to purchase a new area rug. Not to worry, it’ll be a popular area rug… Read more »