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Transform Furniture with a Painted Patina

Give ho-hum wood furniture a colorful weathered finish with five simple distressing techniques. A pair of paint-makeover pros show you how.

10 Fun Furniture Makeovers

All it takes is a little imagination and a few products and tools anyone can master to transform flea-market finds and unfinished wood pieces into personal treasures

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 Build a Spindle Headboard

It only looks tough to build. This easy-to-customize piece will give your bed an instant lift

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

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

All About Window Seats

Turn unused space around the house into extra seating and storage with a minimum of carpentry—and get a snug, homey haven for daydreaming, reading, even napping

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 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 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.

A Warm, Welcoming Dining Space for $1,474

A blank box becomes an inviting gathering spot with new paint, molding, trim, and furniture

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 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.

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 Home Bar

From our new Hammer It Out series: Create a stately and sophisticated gathering place for mixing and serving drinks

Use a Potting Bench as All-In-One Party Station

Rather polish your tools than your silverware? Then check out this fir potting bench-turned-entertaining center

Sitting Pretty With Window Seats

11 inspiring window seat designs and ideas provide a place to perch or relax (even snooze) and add style to any room in the house, often with the bonus of built-in storage

How to Build a Sideboard from Stock Cabinets

This elegant storage piece comes together with off-the-shelf base kitchen cabinets and simple molding

How to Build a Headboard and Footboard from Bifold Doors

Turn paneled closet closers into handsome bookends for a bed

How to Build a Custom Entertainment Center

Get your media center organized with a custom-built storage unit

How Heirloom Furniture is Built

For the folks at Thos. Moser, it starts with select cherry trees, old-fashioned craftsmanship, and a passionate respect for the wood


How to Build a Small Bookcase

How to build a small bookcase with more than 10 square feet of shelf space

Drilling Guide for Drawer Pulls

How to get the handles in the same place every time

Bars Straight Up

These built-ins are popping up in more and more homeowners' remodels, whether as a fully equipped kitchen in miniature or just a niche carved out for bottles and glassware.

An American Craftsman

Everything Sam Maloof touches — every chair, every table, every cabinet, every rafter, every molding, every window, every door, every latch — reveals his genius

How to Choose an Oriental Rug

Rug expert Steve Boodakian walks you through the world of Oriental carpets