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December 2010 Idea File

 
idea file

December 2010 Idea File

Before + After: Kitchen

A roomier layout and period-style touches change a cramped space into a family's just-right cooking place

Shopping

Wall-mount mailboxes

Get This Look

Craftsman-style holiday entry

Price Wise

Bow-back Windsor side chairs

Front and Center

At the TOH job site, more space, a double window, and bright paint lighten up a once-foreboding entryway. Learn the why and how behind three other entry makeovers too

Making a Vintage Cottage Her Own

An Arkansas doctor gives her third remodeling patient a Craftsman-style makeover

Before + After: Kitchen

A roomier layout and period-style touches change a cramped space into a family's just-right cooking place

Shopping

Wall-mount mailboxes

Get This Look

Craftsman-style holiday entry

Price Wise

Bow-back Windsor side chairs

Front and Center

At the TOH job site, more space, a double window, and bright paint lighten up a once-foreboding entryway. Learn the why and how behind three other entry makeovers too

Making a Vintage Cottage Her Own

An Arkansas doctor gives her third remodeling patient a Craftsman-style makeover

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December 2010 Money-Savers

 
money savers

December 2010 Money-Savers

Budget Redo

A copper sink and other bargain-buy fixtures bring a dated powder room up to date

30 Down-and-Dirty Tricks for Big DIY Savings

At the fall 2010 project house, the revised version of the owners' dream kitchen turns out to be what they really wanted

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December 2010 Upgrades

 
upgrades

December 2010 Upgrades

Best New Home Products 2010

We saw a ton of stuff this year. Check out our first annual insider's list of standout goods

All About

Crown molding

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December 2010 Home Solutions

 
home solutions

December 2010 Home Solutions

Home Solutions

Build a Christmas tree box; 10 uses for candle stubs; cheer up old chairs by painting their legs; stop four holiday mishaps from happening; nine low-priced stocking stuffers; and more

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December 2010 How-tos

 
how-to projects

December 2010 How-tos

Paint Ideas

Use paper templates to hand paint a Moroccan-star design on your walls

Salvage Style

Turn a vintage iron window guard into a storage-expanding wall-mount pot rack

Home Center Project

Fashion corbels and staircase parts into a trestle table fit for a holiday feast. TOH general contractor Tom Silva shows you how

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December 2010 Ask This Old House

 
ask this old house

December 2010 Ask This Old House

Q + A

Track down new knobs for old door hardware; fix a leak caused by a tilted tub; use shrubs to help hide blue-spruce brownout; replace a cracked Corian kitchen sink; and more

Step-by-Step

Install a wood floor medallion

Norm's Tricks of the Trade

Find out what's causing your loose miter joints

TOH Tool Test

12-volt lithium-ion drill/drivers

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December 2010 In Every Issue

 
in every issue

December 2010 In Every Issue

Letter From This Old House

A cautionary tale of one too many Santa Clauses

Checklist

Easy ways to improve your home right now

Save This Old House

A castle-like brick Gothic Revival in Selma, Ala.

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Shortcuts

 

Shortcuts

Best New Home Products 2010
Find links to all the manufacturers


thisoldhouse.com
• Gingerbread House Contest: Your chance to win a $500 gift card thisoldhouse.com/gingerbread


Readermail
• Email This Old House


Letter from This Old House
Watch a video of editor Scott Omelianuk's letter
• Email the Editor


Checklist
See tips for preventing break-ins


Home Solutions
More ways to use leftovers:
10 uses for copper pipe
10 uses for garden hose
10 uses for soap

EXCLUSIVE TOH DISCOUNT!
• AREAWARE Save 20 percent off the Torch flashlight (any size) and Bottle Opener through 12/31. Shop areaware.com, and enter the code TOH20 at checkout. Offer good from November 15, 2010, through December 31, 2010.

Find more photos showing how to make this tree stand


Before & After: Kitchen
See how other homeowners have added period style to their kitchens


Shopping: Wall-mount Mailboxes
Got a post-mount box? No worries, find 19 charming options

EXCLUSIVE TOH DISCOUNT!
• HOUSE OF ANTIQUE HARDWARE Save 20 percent off the Vertical Style Handmade Hammered Copper Mail Box and all hardware and lighting through 12/31. Orders over $100 Ship Free! Shop houseofantiquehardware.com, and simply enter the code TOH20 at checkout. Offer good for any one-time purchase made during the period of November 15, 2010, until December 31, 2010.
• HOUSEART Save 15 percent off the Stenciled Monet Mailbox. Visit houseart.net, and call 248-651-8124 for ordering details. Offer good from November 15, 2010, until December 31, 2010.


Paint Ideas
Download the two star templates


Salvage
See many more salvage ideas


Home Center Project
Find a full cut list and diagram of parts for this table


All About: Crown Molding
See TOH general contractor Tom Silva demonstrate the basics of hanging crown
Learn how to cut copes
See how Canamould is installed


Ask This Old House
See reviews of six more drills and learn how we tested them
Submit your questions


Save This Old House
• Know about a gem worth saving? Tell us about it


Tell us Your Story!
Here is your chance to featured in the pages of this old House Magazine -- and earn $250

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Find TV Listing for This Old House and Ask This Old House in your area.