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3 Easy Home Improvements You Can Do in a WeekendJudging by the speed with which our weekends pass us by, they don’t often seem like a good time to tackle a home improvement project. Luckily, there are plentyof quick projects that can be completed with just one weekend—projects that willmake any room feel very different. So set your alarm this Saturday—you’ve got to use all the time you’ve got!1. Tiling a Kitchen BacksplashBesides just being a great way to draw attention to your kitchen, a tile backsplash can be a matter of safety. Tile is much less flammable than something like painted drywall that could serve as an alternative. This can be done in a weekendfor small to medium backsplashes.First, pick a tile that compliments your cabinetry and appliances and measure the space to determine how much tile you will need. If you plan to make a design,be sure to measure the exact space you will want to center it in with a level and measuring tape. Collect all of the tools necessary for tiling before you begin—you want to be able to move through the process smoothly. You won’t need a backerboard if you are beginning with drywall, but instead of the typical thinset mortar you’ll use a mastic to hold tile to a vertical surface. Lightly sand the wall with sandpaper without removing the paint and wipe off the dust with a damp rag.Be sure to get a notched trowel with notches the right size for your mastic—askyour tile dealer about this. Use the trowel and smooth on enough mastic for eight tiles at the bottom of your backsplash. Start setting the tiles parallel to the edge of the counter, leaving just enough room for a line of caulk. Continue from the edges out, setting and pressing the tile into the mastic, until it is time to add a decorative tile.When you need to cut a tile, place a whole one in the space and mark it where itwill need to be cut. You can use a score-and-snap tile cutter to score and thensnap the tile into a piece that will fit.Set your decorative tiles only when you are sure that they are all cut to fit perfectly. Match them to a plumb line that you established when you planned the decorative center. Set aside the tiles that will fit around cabinet corners and electrical sockets, cutting them with a wet saw and using tile nippers to remove pieces of tile left in the notch. Finish tiling the backsplash, leaving room forcaulk and matching up the tiles with the edges of the adjoining walls. If thereare no cabinets to meet the tile at the top, finish with bullnose tile to roundthe edges.After allowing the mastic to dry overnight, mix some unsanded grout (unless thewidth between your tiles is more than 1/8 inch) in a clean bucket and use a rubber grout float to smooth it on to the tile diagonally. Work the grout into the creases between the tile, making sure not to get it where you will put caulk. Wipe down the tile with a wet sponge, wiping diagonally to the grout lines so as not to pull any out. Allow the grout to dry for 30 to 45 minutes and then buff thetile until they shine.Use tub-and-tile caulk in the same color as the grout into the joint at the bottom of the backsplash. Smooth with a wet finger.2. Hanging Exterior ShuttersUp the ante on your home’s privacy by adding functional exterior shutters in a striking color that will compliment your home’s color. In addition to cooling the

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