Dining Room How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our dining room step-by-step tips & ideas.


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How to Repair a Built-In with Hand Tools

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva repairs an old dining room built-in cabinet with hand tools and a bar of soap.

A Quick Way to Clean Tarnished Silver

Breaking out the fine flatware for the holidays? Make sure sterling silver looks its best by reversing the chemical reaction that created silver sulfide, a.k.a. tarnish, in the first place

How to Turn a Wood Slab Into a Table

Rustic wood meets modern metal to create this striking—and timeless—piece of furniture. Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor show how to make a live-edge console table of your own

How to Install Easy DIY Wainscoting

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps homeowners dress up their dining room walls using stock molding from the home center

How to Add an Overhead Light

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner install a chandelier in a dimly lit dining room

How to Make a Trestle Table

Corbels and staircase parts helped us craft a handsome table with plenty of room for a family crowd

How to Reupholster a Dining Chair

Furniture expert Matthew Haly shows how to bring new life to a worn chair seat