In This Issue

  • May 2011 Issue No. 148

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    • Tell Us Your Story
      Here's your chance to be featured in the pages of THis Old House magazine — and earn $250
    • Editor Spotlight
      Scott Omelianuk
      Scott Omelianuk, Editor of This Old House magazine, began his long relationship with home improvement at age 15, when he started working after school as a carpenter's gopher. After years of jobsite toil and practical jokes—including being s

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  • Outdoor Upgrades

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    Landscaping
    Produce fruits and vegetables aplenty in any outdoor area with these four smart strategies
    Building Blocks for a Perfect Patio
    Materials, designs, and installation tips for creating your ideal open-air living space
    Living Large in a Small Space
    Seven strategies for turning a not-so-big yard into a series of beautiful, useful outdoor rooms
    All About
    Landscape lighting
    Before + After: Kitchen
    More room and a detailed decor are part of the recipe for a warm, high-functioning cooking space
    Budget Redo
    Low-cost touches and plenty of elbow grease refresh a kitchen's character
    Photoshop Redo
    An open porch and new paint perk up a farmhouse facade
    TOH tv
    The Art of the Seamless Addition
    The goal at the latest project house: Make something that wasn't there look like it always was
    upgrades
    Shopping
    Ceramic penny-round tile
    Get This Look
    Rustic French dining room
    Price Wise
    Outdoor rugs
    Build It or Buy It
    Potting bench
    home solutions
    Home Solutions
    Give your bath a vintage touch with a repurposed dresser mirror; 10 uses for a painter's 5-in-1tool; guide to power-washer nozzles; gear to help you lift heavy loads; and more
    how-to projects
    Paint Ideas
    Get a textured look by "pouncing" on tinted glaze with a stippling brush
    Salvage Style
    Turn a paneled wood door into a headboard complete with reading-lamp sconces
    Weekend Remodel
    Transform a room with a three-piece crown molding that's easy on your wallet
    ask this old house
    Q + A
    Silence a whistling showerhead; figure out the best way to deal with a cracked patio; repair splits in a wood porch column; build steps for a wraparound deck; and more
    Step-by-Step
    Rejuvenate a dead lawn
    Reader Tool Test
    Mini recip saws
    Norm's Tricks of the Trade
    Keep shelves from sagging
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    Letter From This Old House
    DIY's real rewards
    Checklist
    Easy ways to improve your home right now
    Save This Old House
    An 1850s farmhouse outside of Indianapolis