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3 Ways to Finish Plywood Edges

There are times we all need to work with plywood, but the exposed rough edge is typically less than desirable. Watch as This Old House DIY Expert and House One Editor Jenn Largesse shares three easy ways to conceal plywood edges. 1. Apply Wood Filler The first and most obvious way to cover a plywood edge is with wood filler. The key is to create a solid surface that can be sanded to hide the roughness of a typical plywood edge. The upside to this method is that it’s inexpensive and easy. The downside is that it only works for…


3 Ways to Make Multiple Cuts with a Miter Saw

Repeating a cut on a miter saw seems easy enough, but measuring and marking rarely yields pieces that are evenly sized. To get better results, This Old House DIY Expert and House One editor Jenn Largesse shares three easy ways to cut multiples. How to Make Multiple Cuts with a Miter Saw Jenn Largesse 1. Use the First Cut as a Template The first and most obvious way is to use the first cut board to size the next cut. Do this by placing the cut board on top of the uncut board with the ends flush. Lower the blade…


Modern Love: A Contemporary House Updated with Antiques

Having written multiple stories on Colombe Design projects, I’m by now quite familiar with founder Marta Chrapka’s talent for creating new Old World homes that are elegant, luxurious, and traditional-with-a-twist. So I was surprised to learn that this lean, modern house (no graceful moldings or grand foyers in sight) in Podkowa Lesna, a suburb of Warsaw, is also her handiwork. Upon closer inspection, though, I spied her signature touches—dramatic doors, impactful deployment of color, sculptural lighting, artful antiques, and an emphasis on craftsmanship—throughout the project, albeit tailored this time for a more modern and clean-lined aesthetic. “Sure, it posed a…


Made in Massachusetts: The Merida Collection of Modern Natural Fiber Rugs Designed by Sylvie Johnson

Several of us at Remodelista grew up in Massachusetts and remember seeing the many-windowed abandoned factory buildings in the mill town of Fall River. So we were heartened to hear that the collection of natural fiber rugs we were admiring is produced in a revived Fall River textile mill. Merida, we learned, is a company with a conscience and a mandate to celebrate craft and ingenuity. Under CEO Catherine Connolly and art director Sylvie Johnson, Merida has been creating top-of-the-line, artisanal designs made only of rapidly replenishable materials, such as wool, linen, and jute. Each is woven to order on…


How to Winterize a Pool

After a fun summer in the pool, you’ll want to make sure you “winterize” it properly before closing it up for the season. Taking these steps is a part of proper pool maintenance and will help ensure that your pool is in tip-top condition when you open it back up again. When to Start Prepping Your Pool for Winter Start the winterizing process after the season is over, when the temperature consistently dips down to 65 degrees F or lower. If you start too early, you may encounter problems with algae, which thrives in warmer temps. Give yourself a week…


Summer Studio: Understated Wood Furniture by Architect-Turned-Woodworker Jack Sasaki

At an age when most folks are digging their heels into their chosen profession or pondering retirement, Jack Sasaki, a trained architect, opted to quit his job at the company he had worked for for three decades—and begin afresh in a new field. “At age 55, I was given an opportunity to start a company where I can spend every day practicing what I really love—design and product-making. My company name, Summer Studio, expresses my state of mind. I feel that I am in the summer of my life!” he tells us. Summer Studio is his wood furniture and lighting…

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