JAN/FEB 2011 Idea File
Solve It With Spray Paint
These amazing finishes can spiff up everything from worn metal to cheap plastic
Mimic the look of a wood-grain finish
Give a doorway a touch of old-world charm with a stenciled border
Spiced-up Color Combos
Heat up your kitchen's personality with surprising paint pairings
Before + After: Kitchen
A gut redo changes a merely useful space into a high-functioning cookery--with its 1920s character intact
Before + After: Bath
More room, a tile-rimmed alcove, and Deco touches create a stylish bath
A dark and dingy finished attic becomes a sun-filled master suite
Plaster master Ken Wildes turns ceilings into unique works of art
Fully Loaded Laundry Rooms
Seven setups chock-full of ideas to make your wash-and-dry center a model of efficiency
JAN/FEB 2011 Upgrades
Get This Look
JAN/FEB 2011 Home Solutions
Make over your fireplace surround with tin backsplash tiles; put a closet to work as a home office; purify indoor air with plants; deal with damage from a fallen tree; furnace-filter guide; and more
JAN/FEB 2011 How-to projects
Home Center Project
Light up a room with a timeless-look floor lamp made of stock lumber and a curtain rod
Build It or Buy It
Big-Impact DIY for Every Budget
Four money-saving projects to enhance your home
JAN/FEB 2011 Ask This Old House
Q + A
Let the gas company turn the shutoff valve back on after a reno; repair a notched floor joist; create a low-maintenance "green" driveway; seal granite countertops; and more
Match original moldings
What Product When
6-inch random-orbit sanders
JAN/FEB 2011 In every issue
Letter From This Old House
Some bright ideas just get better
Easy ways to improve your home right now
Save This Old House
A Queen Anne and big barn for a bargain in Greene, N.Y.
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Seal drafty doors and windows:
Quick and easy weathersealing
Make your doors draft-free
Airtight windows in 9 steps
Switch to a programmable thermostat:
How to install a programmable thermostat
See a video of how to install a programmable thermostat
Beef up bedroom insulation:
Adding attic insulation
Insulating the attic
See a video of how to insulate an attic
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Letter from This Old House Submit your remodel to the Reader Remodel Contest
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Email your ideas for a project you'd like to build with Tom Silva to the Editor
Home SolutionsMore ways to use leftovers:
10 uses for drywall screws
10 uses for chalk
We want solutions!
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Before + After: Kitchen Find loads of period-style kitchen inspiration
Before + After: BathSend us your projects
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Budget RedoCalling all penny-pinching DIYers!
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Paint IdeasWhat's your paint idea?
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Home Center Project: Lamp Find a full cut list and and instructions for this lamp
Find instructions for how to wire a lamp socket
DIY with Tom's help
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Build It or Buy It Find instructions as well as a full list of tools and materials to build this mantel
TOH TVSee photos of different door styles:
A new generation of garage doors
Learn how to install garage doors:
Adding carriage-style garage doors
Got curb appeal?
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Weekend Remodel: Stencil a Door Find step-by-step instructions and download the stencil pattern we used
Watch a video for making stencils and painting this border
What have you made lately?
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Spiced-up Color CombosHave you played with color?
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Fully Loaded Laundry RoomsDid you redo a room?
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Big-Impact DIY for Every Budget Learn how to fit new doors in a masonry firebox
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All About: Laminate See TOH general contractor Tom Silva glue up and fix countertops
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Ask This Old House See reviews of six more 6-inch sanders and learn how they were tested
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