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...

Rhode Island Beach House

Every year, TOH joins with a few of your favorite home-improvement brands to build a breathtaking...

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...