This Old House Archives


August 2009


10 Crazy Aquariums

Give your finned friends somewhere to swim in style—and add a centerpiece to your living...

10 Uses for Gift Cards

The gifts that keep on giving long after you've cashed them in. One handy reader clued us in...

10 Uses for Shellac

This old-fashioned finish is made from a resin secreted by an insect—but don't let that bug you....

8 Palaces for Small Pets

No matter how small the animal, some people think very big when creating a home for their pets

Schoolhouse Lights

Having graduated from the classroom long ago, these milky white orbs remain a quick way to add...

The $645 Kitchen Remodel

Skillful surgery on the cabinets and some cosmetic changes renewed this 1920s bungalow kitchen...