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How to Give Metal A Faux Rusty Coating

Get a well-used look with all the metal damage

How to Antique a Brass Fixture

Give a shiny new fixture a weathered finish for a vintage look

13 Thrifty Ways to Give Your House Vintage Charm

With a few inexpensive materials and a lot of gumption, you can add character to every room without laying waste to your wallet

Home Bloggers' Crafty Ways to Save

This Old House's favorite home bloggers share clever DIY projects that deliver maximum style, comfort, and convenience on a minimal budget

Low-Cost Custom Details from Design Pros' Own Homes

These special touches may inspire some clever ideas for your own interior

How to Make Candlesticks from Stair Balusters

This elegant project only looks expensive. You can assemble a trio of candleholders for under $40 from leftover stair parts

How to Cut a Wine Bottle into a Candle Hurricane

Block garden candles from the breeze with recycled glass bottles

How to Stencil a Ceiling Medallion

Flatter your fixture with a lacy frame that suggests old-world plasterwork. With the help of a stencil and craft paint, you can do it in a flash

Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Colorful Houses

A fresh coat of paint can pep up any old abode's exterior. Not convinced? Read on for paint color inspiration that borrows from every curve of the rainbow

22 Ways to Turn Your Home Into a Staycation Resort

If you can't get out of town this season—or just want to extend those feel-good vacation vibes—we've compiled a list of the ways to give your home that relaxing resort feel

Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Colorful Living Rooms

Don't be shy about turning up the color volume in your home's common areas. Take inspiration from these well hued rooms

Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Colorful Kitchens

The cookspace is a great place to go crazy with color, adding life to the hub of the home. Here, our favorites from the pages of This Old House

Trade Secrets for Easy, Low-Cost Upgrades

18 big-impact upgrades, low-budget fixes, and time-saving shortcuts that the pros use—and now you can too

How to Gild a Picture Frame

Add luster to a dull picture frame using inexpensive metal leaf

27 Inspirational Homework Areas and Study Stations

Steal ideas from these amazing home office spaces and watch the good grades roll in this semester

How to Create a Modern Bath in a Vintage Style

If you want to add vintage charm to a new washroom or polish to a period one, look to Victorian, Craftsman, and Art Deco designs for inspiration

How to Create a Herringbone-Pattern Tabletop

Transform a tired surface with glaze, tape, and a toothy tool

Create a Craftsman-Style Dining Room

TOH readers Dan and Joann Sundstrom took design cues from Gustav Stickley to create this inviting dining room. Here's how to assemble a similar look in your home

Architectural Mirrors

A handsome group of looking glasses inspired by classic house parts

Everything You Need to Punch Tin

Create intricate designs on metal for a unique, handcrafted look

12 DIY Projects to Add Old-House Charm

Coffered ceilings, beautiful newel posts, wainscoting, and other beautiful details

10 Great White Kitchens

Inspirational white-hot rooms from the National Kitchen & Bath Association's Design Competition archives

How to Make a Window-Sash Picture Frame

Reader Leslie Geesaman's clever reuse of a salvaged window inspires an easy way to display art and photos

Deck Design Ideas

From built-in planters to shade-producing pergolas to railings and more, explore innovative decking ideas.

Bath Tile Design Ideas

The right tile can change the look and feel of a bathroom. When clients can't decide what they want, show them some of these great designs

9 Ways to Add Charm and Save Cash

A home-renovation pro shares her tricks of the trade

How to Make a New Mirror with Old Door Trim

Primp in front of an attractive, full-length mirror you've made yourself using salvaged door casings

How to Make a Folding Screen Using Old Hinges and Shutters

Link together old shutters for a practical folding screen

Design Your Own Art Tile

For truly one-of-a-kind tiles, many companies will create custom pieces on request

Integrating a Flat-Screen Television

Advice for keeping your flat-screen TV from being the dominant design feature

Interior Shutters

Most interior shutters sold today are variations on the louver style. But there are other designs, including ones with woven inserts or old-fashioned solid panels

Get Your Dream Deck

How to get the right backyard retreat for your house