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How to Build a Picnic Table

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows a simple way to construct a strong and sturdy picnic table

Furniture Face-Lifts With Overlays

Whether painted to blend in or contrast with the base color, these details are definite standouts

How to Build a Zinc Tabletop

Evoking pre-World War II metal bar tops that could take a beating, tables finished in zinc develop a charming patina as they age

How to Build a Jelly Cupboard

Construct a cupboard from edge-glued pine panels, or select one to buy and get a jump on making preserves

How to Upholster a Headboard

Build a headboard from fabric and plywood or buy one ready-made and turn in early

How to Build a Medicine Cabinet

Build yourself a wall-mount storage unit, or opt for a premade option

Entryway Benches

Whether you have a full-on mudroom or want to dedicate a section of wall to act as one, a seat with storage is a by-the-door essential

How to Paint Brick, MDF, Metal, and Plastic

Learn the essentials for painting tricky household materials to last

How to Build a Three-Tiered Side Table

It holds much more than a reading lamp—and takes less time to make than shopping for a look-alike

27 Ways to Build Your Own Bedroom Furniture

Outfit your bedroom with do-it-yourself furnishings that add appeal—and save you money

How to Build a Ladder Bookshelf

Assemble a custom tiered storage unit. Modify the height and width to vary your shelf space

How to Faux-Age Painted Wood Furniture

If you can paint and sand, you can create this timeworn look on any new or old piece

How to Build a Storage Ottoman

Use plywood, foam, and fabric to create a handsome custom piece

How to Build a Coffee Table from a Salvaged Cabinet Door

Facebook fans of This Old House came up with the idea to turn this found cabinet door into living room centerpiece


How to Build a Storage Bed

This reader-inspired bed contains 23 cubic feet of storage but no room for dust bunnies


How to Build a Classic Westport Chair

Take some stock cedar, make a few tricky cuts, and puzzle it all together to create an instant heirloom.

How to Trim Out a Plain Table

This bedside perch now boasts one-of-a-kind style, thanks to strips of decorative molding

How to Build a Table from Salvaged Beams

The massive size of reclaimed beams makes them ideal for a communal dining table

How to Build a Mirror-Topped Accent Table

A newel-post pedestal, plus a ceiling medallion on the base, add decorative flair to this practical piece

How to Build a Hairpin-Leg Coffee Table

Blending rustic wood with industrial metal, this coffee table has a high-end look—but costs less than $70 to make.

How to Create Paint-Spattered Furniture

Wake up tired desks and dressers and have some fun with the fine art of spattering

How to Build a Cabinet from a Bookshelf and Shutters

Get a custom look for less by dressing up stock pieces with trim, knobs, and furniture feet

How to Make a Desk With Storage Cubbies

How to use stock materials and a cabinet to build a nifty workstation.

How to Create a Herringbone-Pattern Tabletop

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

How to Build a Bench With Hidden Storage

Corral your garden hoses with a handsome piece of outdoor furniture that cleverly conceals them under a lift-open seat.


How to Make a Hypertufa Table

This rugged stuff can weather spilled drinks, sticky hands, and even harsh winters. Use it to make a versatile outdoor table that will last for years

From Trash to Furniture Treasures

TOH reader Cheryl Demartini shares how she turns salvaged doors, barn boards, and hardware into one-of-a-kind furnishings

How to Paint a Crackle Finish on Furniture

Bypass the flea market and go straight to a faux-aged finish

How to Turn an Interior Door into a Headboard

Repurpose a paneled beauty for a bit of classic master bedroom adornment


How to Build a Cocktail Hutch

Turn a plain pine cabinet into a sophisticated vertical bar by adding crown molding and custom rack assemblies

How to Build a Classic Storage Chest

From our Hammer It Out series: Relegate those plastic bins to their rightful place and replace them with classic wood storage


How to Build a Storage Cocktail Hutch

From our new Hammer It Out series: A tall and slender cabinet for provides a handy and attractive place to store barware and display spirits