Painting over pressboard: Yeay or nay?

by Inky R

We have cupboards made of what I think is pressboard. They are very plain, look like wood, but actually aren't. I am interested in painting the cupboards as well as the wood boarder around the counters.

Does anyone have experience with this? Is there a good way and/or a bad way (to avoid)?

 

I am trying to avoid further tackiness, but the pressboard look is just killing me. I'd like them to look more modern without having to replace them (yet...

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Unless it's cracked or ugly: don't replace that old toilet, fix it!

by Alexrussell

Unless it's cracked or ugly: don't replace that old toilet, fix it!
Just because your toilet runs a little doesn’t mean you need a new one. Of course, if it’s cracked or ugly, have at it. But if your water bill’s high and you’re sure the culprit is your toilet, more than likely it just needs some new mechanical parts inside, all of which are easy to install. Why pay a plumber a minimum $100 for something you can fix on your own for $20?

That is, if you have a simple toilet with a separate tank and bowl. None of...

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A room without a wall (or door!)

by Zanarose

My dilemma is this:

 As of yesterday, I will be living with two of my friends in a lovely apartment in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco (if you've never been I highly advise you to...). Through the luck of drawing straws, I go stuck with the faux bedroom.

 My room was actually a living room, which is a large open room between the main hallway and the kitchen. There is no wall dividing it from the hallway, and no door, which is a huge...

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Here's Johnny; Or Saying Hello to a New Toilet

by DIY Maven

Yesterday’s post covered the removal of an old toilet. Today we’ll go over the highlights of installing a new toilet. And don’t worry; this procedure isn’t nearly as gross as the removal process.

Set the Head

Some instructions will tell you to first apply a bead of caulk or plumber’s putty around the base of the toilet. There is a good argument for using either product. Keep in mind, however, that plumber’s putty can discolor and even damage...

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Dear John; Or Saying Goodbye to an Old Toilet

by DIY Maven

Dear John; Or Saying Goodbye to an Old Toilet

Replacing an old toilet isn’t as hard as you may think. All toilets come with do-it-yourself instructions, but here is a primer to remove a typical two-piece toilet to let you know what you’re really in for. Warning: crude material forthcoming.

Tank Withdrawal

First you’ll need to turn off the water at the supply line and the flush the toilet. Because the water is turned off, the tank will not fill up and the bowl will drain. At least...

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