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April 2011 IDEA FILE

Hardworking Rooms

Mudroom, pantry, laundry, and potting room ideas to streamline daily living

Before + After: Kitchen

Opening up a closed-off kitchen adds light, energy, and charm

Photoshop Redo

An entry porch and new dormers allow a cottage to put its best face forward

The Old and the Beautiful

Six old-house neighborhoods where the dwelling of your dreams may be waiting

Reader Remodel

A couple turns an overgrown, rundown 1820 farmhouse into the ultimate family nest

25 DIY Fundamentals

Pro secrets to sharpen your DIY skills

TOH tv

April 2001 TOH TV

Remaking Vintage Details

At the current TOH project house, attention to detail in an addition reflects the couple's respect for their Spanish Colonial Revival's heritage


April 2011 UPGRADES

Get This Look

Simple country kitchen


Faux stone containers

Price Wise

Adirondack chair

All About

Vinyl flooring

home solutions


Home Solutions

Brighten boring cubbies with colorful wallpaper; 10 uses for sponges; pro tips for keeping burglars at bay; learn how to take down termites; and more

how-to projects


Paint Ideas

Add depth and texture to a wall by rag-rolling with a plastic bag


Lower your energy costs and reduce rainwater runoff with a green roof

Weekend Remodel

Add an elegant touch to your backyard with an arbor-topped garden bench

ask this old house


Q + A

Attach rails to deck posts; make white streaks in a lacquer finish disappear; get tree-killing bag worms under control; remove latex-paint splatters from brick siding; and more


Repair a stone walkway

Norm's Tricks of the Trade

Join two pieces of rope with a sheet-bend knot

in every issue


Letter From This Old House

Oh, brother!


Easy ways to improve your home right now

Save This Old House

A Civil War–era Georgian Revival in Jeffersonville, Indiana


• 2011 Reader Remodel Contest: Enter for a chance to win!
Make a picnic table
Build a backyard deck
Assemble a stone fire pit


Letter from This Old House

• Email the Editor


Reader Mail

• Email This Old House
Build a bar cart
Learn more about plants that are toxic to pets
Paint faux wood grain



Learn how to install a window box
• Email your checklist ideas


Home Solutions

Suggest a topic for 10 uses
Post your tips at


Before + After: Kitchen

Show us your remodel
Send your kitchen redo to and it might appear in our upcoming reader-created issue


Get This Look

• Visit for discount details and links

What's your look?
Suggest a look and we might show it in our upcoming reader-created issue


Shopping: Faux stone containers

• Visit for discount details and links

What are you shopping for?
Tell us, and we'll dig up the goods in our upcoming reader-created issue


Photoshop Redo

Want a chance at a Photoshop Redo?
Email snapshots


Best Old-House Neighborhoods 2011

Find your next home
See all the winners, one from each state and the best of Canada


TOH TV: Los Angeles

What's your best feature?
Show us details you love about your house and we might feature them in our upcoming reader-created issue


Weekend Remodel: Pergola bench

Find instructions with a cut list for this project

Show us your weekend project
Post photos of your handiwork and it might appear in our upcoming reader-created issue


Hardworking Rooms

Find 14 smart storage accessories


Reader Remodel: 'Everyone thought we were nuts'

Reader remodel contest!
Post photos to for a chance to win a grand prize of $5,000 and a brand-new GMC Sierra
• Or Email images and information


25 DIY Fundamentals

Share your DIY tips and we'll feature the best in our upcoming reader-created issue


All About: Vinyl Flooring

What should we tell you all about?
Post your ideas and we'll feature the most popular subject in our upcoming reader-created issue
Learn how the pros put in glue-down tile floors


Ask This Old House

Got a DIY tip?
Post your handy tip for DIYers and we may feature it in our upcoming reader-created issue
Submit your questions to our experts


Save This Old House

• Got a house to save? Tell us about it and we might include it in our upcoming reader-created issue

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TV Listings

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