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Fall 2021, Easy DIY, console cabinet, finished

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.

17 Beautiful Painted Furniture Ideas

From subtle to bold to instant "vintage," for pieces big and small, there’s a paint project here to perk things up all over the house.

Summer 2021, Build It, Adirondack chair, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor

Build It | Adirondack Chair

Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor build a classic Adirondack chair. Tom demonstrates how to build an Adirondack chair by using a template and a project plan.

How to Cut a Glass Mirror

Are you having a difficult time finding the perfect size or shape mirror for a particular space in your home? Read this guide to learn how to cut a mirror to the size or shape you desire.

Spring 2021, Build it, Modern Platform Bench

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.


Build It | Reclaimed Heart Pine Bench

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor create a wooden bench out of reclaimed heart pine.

How to Build a Small Bookcase with Moldings

Assemble a custom storage piece with plywood and moldings, or select a ready-made option.

How to Create a Color Wash Patina on Furniture

Natural wood shows through the subtle color of this painting technique.

How to Fix Furniture Finish

Got scratches, dings, or nicks to fix? Here’s how to repair your wood furniture.

How to Build a Bookcase

Make a DIY bookcase to that is strong, fits your space, and makes for a beautiful display in your home.

Black wooden DIY poker table.

How to Build a Poker Table

Build a DIY poker table friends for food and fun that turns into a dining table too with the flip of a lid.

What is Varnish?

If you’re working on a project that involves wooden furniture or paneling, you’ll likely find yourself facing an important decision at the end: varnish or polyurethane for the finish? There’s a lot of confusion over the difference between these two popular wood sealants, and it’s important to know what sets them apart so you can choose the right topcoat for your project.

How to Build a Picnic Table with Attached Benches

Squeeze the whole family in at the summer barbecue by creating a classic American picnic table with integrated benches or picking up a ready-made one.

Building a Table: 17 DIY Ideas

We rounded up unique ideas so you can make your own table that suits your home, style, and budget.


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 Make an Upholstered Headboard

Up the coziness factor of your bed with this custom-made, fabric-covered accessory.

The 5 Best Computer Desks (2021)

Computer desks are a practical way of staying focused while working from home. In this review, the This Old House Reviews team highlights the best computer desks for working, paying bills, gaming, and everything in between. The products included in this article are available at various furniture stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

How to Make an Ocean Epoxy Table

Want to bring the beach indoors? Here’s how to make an ocean table with concrete and epoxy resin step by step.


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.

Cedar picnic table and grill.

How to Build a Picnic Table and Benches

We asked TOH fans about picnic tables, and they asked us for an update to the park-variety A-frame. Here's our answer.

How To Clean Leather

Read this comprehensive guide on how to properly clean and care for your leather furniture to have it looking great for years to come.

5 Creative Murphy Bed Ideas

Today, Murphy beds are so much more than a mattress and frame that you push into a wall cutout. Read this roundup of creative Murphy bed designs that make the most of your space without sacrificing your style.

Round tufted storage ottoman

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 Paint MDF Furniture

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

Person holding up new drawers before slides are installed.

How to Install Drawer Slides

In this video, we show you how to easily install soft close drawers step by step.

How to Strip Paint From Wood

Our start to finish guide will help you decide how to remove paint from wood.


How to Build a Shoe Dresser

Learn how to build a shoe dresser 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

How to update a rattan chair with spray paint.

7 Surprising Built-In Bookcase Designs

Get ideas to help you design and build built-in bookshelves to add more beautiful and functional storage to your room.

Refinishing a Dining Table

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

Best Wood to Use For DIY Bookshelves

Before you grab a saw and begin a DIY bookshelf project, there are a variety of factors to consider. From wood selection to tools and materials, read our tips for building your own bookshelves.