When dismantling a glass TV stand of any size or shape, the risk of the glass breaking must be considered and safety should be ensured by using gloves and, if possible, enlisting another person to assist.

Once everything has been removed from the stand and all wiring is out of the way, the stand should be moved into an area clear and large enough to work in.

Making sure the glass – pieces are secured by someone – either by your or a helper – holding them, begin removing the screws and place them immediately into a suitable container to prevent them getting lost.

The glass should then be stored safely in a sturdy box, preferably surrounded by layers of protective packaging such as tissue or bubble wrap. All other fittings, as well as the container holding the screw should also be packed away safely (wrapping metal parts prevents scratches).

Bookcases provide useful and convenient storage areas. Although it is possible to buy them ready made, making your own from scratch is a possible alternative.

Plywood, a more cost effective alternative to sawed lumber, can be tidied up by covering the edges with a trim. The boards should be cut to the right size using a circular saw, or the hardware store may be able to cut them to size, allowing you to simply tidy up the edges with the circular saw. The edges then need to be sanded, as they will not fit right if left rough. Mark the position of the grooves and attach the shelf cleaves to the sides and vertical cleaves to the back of the bookcase using glue or nails. Attach the sides to the shelves and add the back. Secure them with nails or screws. Plane all edges to match using a block plane.

Mending a tear in that favorite leather jacket can be done easily without requiring the help of a professional, using nothing but leather glue, a little canvas or scrap leather and a utility knife. Leather dye or tinted shoe polish may also be used, but are optional.

To start, examine the tear and if it is clean cut, pull the edges together and, using leather glue applied on the back, attach a piece of canvas slightly larger than the tear. Apply more glue to the top of the canvas and let it dry.

For a frayed tear, remove the frayed edges, apply glue to the front edges of a piece of scrap leather (the texture should be similar to that of the item requiring repair) larger than the resulting hole and stick it over the back of the hole. Once dried, dye the patch to match the color, if necessary.

If showing off your favorite decorations and accessories is becoming a problem, it’s time to rethink the way they are displayed.

Starting from scratch and clearing the space completely will enable you to consider what kind of look you want to achieve, as well as giving you an opportunity to maybe have a clear out. Anything that has you wondering why you kept it should be disposed of – charities will appreciate them.

Consider space – large open spaces are best filled with larger objects, as smaller ones will simply disappear or look like piles of clutter. Paintings also need to be scaled to fit the wall – too small and they look lost, to large and they become overbearing. Arrange your objects in groups, for instance a collection of glass should be placed together. Allow your personality to shine through by choosing accessories that reflect your own personal style well.

Baskets mounted on a wall are an attractive alternative to bookshelves. Several baskets of the same size and shape can be placed in a straight line or alternatively, an interesting (but still practical!) pattern can be arranged on the wall with baskets of varying shapes, colors or sizes.

As the weight of books could collapse the baskets on their own, additional support in shape of a board or boards, attached to the wall with L – shaped brackets is required. This can be done using one long board (wide enough to support the full diameter of the baskets) for a straight line or individual boards for each basket if arranged in a pattern. If the baskets vary in size, this may require boards of different widths, as there should be neither an overhang of basket on larger ones, nor a large amount of board sticking out from underneath smaller ones.

Wall racks, used for hanging various objects from coats to guns, need to be secured well to support the weight placed upon them.

Using a stud finder, locate studs on the wall where you wish to hang your rack. Mark their positions and check if alignment with the rack’s brackets or rings is possible on both sides. If not, the heavier side of the rack needs to be the side attached to a stud.

Make the first hole in the wall at the required height and secure one side of the rack to the wall (leaving it just loose enough to enable a pivoting motion), then use a spirit level placed on the rack to determine the position for the second hole by pivoting the rack up or down until it is perfectly straight. Mark the position for the second hole, drill the hole and finish by securing both sides.

Pre – pack, or readymade, bookshelves can easily be customized for your personal use. Brackets can be exchanged either for more practical ones doubling up as bookends, or for more ornate brackets giving a much classier look. Replacement brackets should be the right size to fit the shelf without any overhang and should be secured to the shelf using 3/4″ screws to avoid splitting the wood.

They can then be painted to match the color and design of the room.

Shelf edges can also be laminated. Strips of laminate – available in many colors and wood finishes – should be cut slightly longer than the shelf. After the glue has been applied and allowed to dry to touch, the strip is aligned to the shelf, pressed on with a laminate roller and cut flush to the sides of the shelf with a laminate trimmer, resulting in a professional looking finish.

Wall mounted wooden gun racks rarely come with locking facility for the guns. A rack lock can be produced using a pencil, a drill and a cable lock.

On the side supporting the butts, mark the positions of the drill holes with the pencil. Holes should be placed centred at the bottom of both top and bottom holders for a single cable lock, or on each holder for shorter individual locks. Make the holes using a drill bit large enough to accomodate the chosen cable. Removing the drill just before it has gone right through the wood and finishing the holes from the other side will avoid splintering.

Position the guns, feed your cable lock through the hole at the top, the guns’ triggers and the bottom hole, then back to the lock. Alternatively, use shorter cable locks to lock guns individually. Misuse by children or theft are thus prevented.

Longaberger baskets, although functional and sturdy, are highly attractive and can be used to decorate a home in many ways.

Made to fit decorative accessories – such as seasonal liners and matching holders, or tie on metal shapes and words – also available from the company can for instance transform your basket into the perfect receptacle for Halloween candy or pumpkins.

Made from lightweight but durable maple wood, they are ideal for holding plants. For a potted plant, the bottom of the basket can be protected with a plant liner and silk plants look equally attractive. Ivy is best for baskets with handles which may interfere with plant growth, as it will trail around them creating a perfect look.

Ribbons tied to the handles and left trailing, wrapped around the handles to cover them completely or tied in a large, seasonal bow and attached to the side are all eye – catching ideas.

Many contemporary homes have oddly shaped, deep shortened walls, display ledges, shelves and niches; usually without lighting and difficult to reach or dust. However, there are ways to decorate them which will help to overcome these problems.

Collect any available objects and experiment; the aim is to add depth and rich colors to the display. Larger items should be placed at the back with smaller ones at the front and all objects should be easily recognized from a distance. Avoid photographs and very small items as they will be impossible to see properly. Small rugs or pieces of rugs spilling over edges will add layering and color. Textured items, such as baskets or unusual wire shapes (like a Moroccan lantern or a Victorian birdcage), are ideal as they provide volume and won’t easily show dust. Arrange your objects in an interesting, but not too curious vignette suitable for the space.

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