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How to Remove Mold From Wood

Our guide details how to safely get rid of mold in your house and can help you determine when the problem is too severe for you to tackle by yourself.
S22 E18: Kevin O'Connor builds a side table with Rocky Canyon Rustic’s Sarah Nadarajah

Build It | Rocky Canyon Rustic Side Table

Host Kevin O’Connor visits the workshop of Rocky Canyon Rustic’s Sarah Nadarajah to build a custom table with Sarah’s favorite techniques.
Pouf and rattan chair on wooden patio with settee in the garden during summer.

How to Remove Pollen Stains from Outdoor Furniture

This guide will explain how to remove pollen from outdoor surfaces to keep chairs, tables, and outdoor cushions clean throughout the pollen-heavy months.
How to Repair Aluminum Patio Chairs

How to Repair Aluminum Patio Chairs

Extend the life of your sling patio chairs with these tips.

10 DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas

Here are 10 ideas for deck and patio furniture you can make yourself—for both beginner and experienced woodworkers.
Wood Patio Furniture, Outdoor

How to Care for Wood Patio Furniture

Even though outdoor furniture is typically made of resilient hardwoods or naturally rot-resistant softwoods, it’s not immune to the elements. Here’s how to keep your deck or patio set in top form

How to Build a DIY Nightstand

This Old House DIY expert and House One editor Jenn Largesse shares how to put together a sturdy bedside table using a simplified joinery technique.

How to Build a DIY Deck Lounger

House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse shows how to build a weatherproof lounge chair from composite deck boards.

How to Build a Corner Bench

Do you have an awkward space near your staircase or entryway that could use some storage? Watch as House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse builds a simple corner bench with storage near her stairs.

How to Paint Upholstery

Are you looking to paint fabric furniture? Transform a faded, stained, or simply outdated piece of padded furniture with the right products and the easy technique detailed here.

How to Build a Console Cabinet

Using pocket-hole joinery and plywood from the home center, This Old House DIY expert Jenn Largesse shares the steps she used to turn a complex build into an easy assembly.

Build It | Modern Platform Bench

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor use strips of hardwood decking to create a slatted bench inspired by an iconic mid-century furniture design. Get the full plans and instructions to build your own George Nelson-inspired modern slatted bench.

How to Clean Upholstery

Read this guide on how to clean upholstery in your home in the most effective way.

How to Build an Old Pine Coffee Table

Norm Abram and Jeff Sweenor build a coffee table for Westerly homewners Scott and Shayla using old pine from a nearby family sawmill.

How to Upholster a Round Tufted Storage Ottoman (Part 2)

In part two of this project, House One’s Jenn Largesse demonstrates how to upholster a round tufted storage ottoman, without the need to sew.

How to Make a No-Sew Round Tufted Storage Ottoman (Part 1)

House One’s Jenn Largesse demonstrates how to build a round tufted ottoman without having to sew. In part one of this project, Jenn builds the frame of the ottoman, secures the foam, and wraps all of the pieces in batting.

How to Spray Paint Wood Furniture

Do you have some worn wood furniture in need of a makeover? You can easily update pieces of furniture inexpensively with spray paint. Read this guide to learn how to spray paint wood the expert way.
House One's Jenn Largesse builds a shoe dresser

How to Build a Shoe Dresser

Learn how to build a shoe dresser with This Old House DIY Expert & House One Editor, Jenn Largesse.
House One's Jenn Largesse builds a Mid-Century-style desk

How to Build a DIY Mid-Century-Style Desk

Build a Midcentury-style desk with This Old House DIY Expert & House One Editor, Jenn Largesse.

How to Build a Three-Tiered Bath Stand

This freestanding bathroom cabinet features open shelving, allowing you to keep an eye on supplies and fulfill as needed, or display washroom decor. Read on to get the free plans, cut list and instructions for this project.

How to Makeover a Rattan Chair

Want to refurbish an old rattan char? Follow these instructions to learn how to update a rattan chair with spray paint.

How to Clean a Microfiber Sofa or Chair

Microfiber is becoming an increasingly more popular furniture option these days. The synthetic but soft fabric is made from thin fibers that can make a couch or chair look like suede or leather, but costs far less than those materials. How do you keep it looking new? Read on for our microfiber cleaning tips.

Refinishing a Dining Table

What’s the best finish to use to refinish a dining room table?

How to Repair Your Favorite Leather Chair

If the cost of replacing your leather furniture is more than you can bear, these steps will show you how to make the repairs yourself.

How to Build a Custom Bunk Bed

Follow these steps to plan and build a safe, wall-attached bunk bed for your growing kids.

How to Build a Murphy Bed

Here is what you need to know when building (or buying) a Murphy bed.

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.

DIY Headboard, Rustic Edition

Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor turn a sheet of plywood and some rough-sawn boards into a unique headboard for the bedroom.

How to Make a Built-In Bookcase with IKEA Shelves

Mysha Bolen, whose blog Remington Avenue covers topics for the home ranging from DIY projects to recipes used three Billy bookcases from IKEA to form a dramatic built-in bookcase

Before and After: DIY Map-Drawer Dresser

Home-improvement fanatic Jenni Radosevich has been blogging about everything DIY on her website, I Spy DIY, for nearly a decade. Here's one of our favorite dresser upgrades on the Web

How to Build a Simple Mudroom Bench

In just a few hours, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor turn a single sheet of MDF into a piece of furniture that provides both storage and seating.

How to Paint MDF Furniture

Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique demonstrates the best way to paint furniture built out of MDF.

Build It | Entryway Wall Shelf

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a wall shelf for an entryway using stock poplar from a home center