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As the title promises, 52 Weekend Makeovers: Easy Projects to Transform Your Home Inside and Out is a DIYer's delight. Projects range from painting trim to de-cluttering the laundry room to building a barbecue-ready patio. The introductory section provides a list of must-have implements for indoor and outdoor work, plumbing-kit recommendations, and more. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by large, close-up photos that should instill confidence, even in tile-grouting or shelf-installation novices. 52 Weekend Makeovers has sidebars galore, including the preemptive What Can Go Wrong and Safety First, and the acquisitiveness-inspiring Cool Tools. Readers who like comparing the shortest vs. the quickest route on MapQuest.com will appreciate the Do It Right vs. Do It Fast options. This book doesn't focus solely on building how-tos, though; it addresses color, design and style as well. In the wainscot chapter, several photos illustrate what beadboard might look like in a cool-hued bathroom or a sunroom with a built-in bench. However, no matter how clear the photos are, or how simple the instructions seem, take this to heart: Preparation is key to the success of any job. . . . And don't forget to call for help when you need it.