This Old House Archives


May 2017


A Mandala on Your Deck

Embellish a deck platform with chalky matte paint, semitransparent stain, and a freehand mandala

All About Picket Fences

These barriers went from basic wood slats to an iconic element of the American curbside. Here's...

DIY Pathways and Patios

Update your patio, build a new walkway, or install a fire pit for yard that’s perfect for summer...

How to Get Rid of Ants

These perps may be building a home inside yours. Presenting three frequent intruders, and what to...

Indoor-Outdoor Rugs

On your deck or in your dining room, patterned carpets that clean up with a sponge (or even a...

Make a Cedar Planter

Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor work together to build a beautiful, freestanding piece of furniture...

New Charm with Old Paints

Long before coatings came in cans, DIYers painted their walls with lustrous matte finishes that...

The Brookline House 1

The star of this season's The All New This Old House is revealed: an energy-efficient solar...

Tomato Time

From meaty beefsteaks to teeny cherries, this summer staple comes in a rainbow array of sizes and...