Easy Paint Makeovers

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JAN/FEB 2011 Idea File

Solve It With Spray Paint

These amazing finishes can spiff up everything from worn metal to cheap plastic

Paint Ideas

Mimic the look of a wood-grain finish

Weekend Remodel

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

Budget Redo

A dark and dingy finished attic becomes a sun-filled master suite

American Craftsman

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


Architectural mirrors

Get This Look

Vintage-style bathroom

Price Wise

Oriental rugs

All About


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JAN/FEB 2011 Home Solutions

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

how-to projects

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

Wood mantel

Big-Impact DIY for Every Budget

Four money-saving projects to enhance your home

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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

Spray-foam insulation

Tool Test

6-inch random-orbit sanders

in every issue

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.



• 2011 Reader Remodel Contest: Enter for a chance to win! thisoldhouse.com/yourTOH
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


Reader Mail

• Email This Old House


Letter from This Old House

Submit your remodel to the Reader Remodel Contest
Submit your favorite tips for our reader-created issue
Sign up for our free e-mail newsletters at thisoldhouse.com/newsletters
• Email your ideas for a project you'd like to build with Tom Silva to the Editor




Home Solutions

More ways to use leftovers:
10 uses for drywall screws
10 uses for chalk

We want solutions!
Post your clever uses for everyday products


Before + After: Kitchen

Find loads of period-style kitchen inspiration


Before + After: Bath

Send us your projects
Post your bath, kitchen, or other remodel to thisoldhouse.com/yourTOHand it might appear in our upcoming reader-created issue


Shopping: Architectural Mirrors

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What are you shopping for?
Post your shopping ideas


Budget Redo

Calling all penny-pinching DIYers!
Post your budget redo to thisoldhouse.com/yourTOH and it might appear in our upcoming reader-created issue


Paint Ideas

What's your paint idea?
Post your clever paint project to thisoldhouse.com/yourTOH and it might appear in our upcoming reader-created issue


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
Post your suggestions for a Home Center Project


Build It or Buy It

Find instructions as well as a full list of tools and materials to build this mantel



See photos of different door styles:
Garage-door glam
A new generation of garage doors
Learn how to install garage doors:
Adding carriage-style garage doors

Got curb appeal?
Post your exterior remodel to thisoldhouse.com/yourTOH and it might appear in our upcoming reader-created issue


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?
Post photos of your handsome handiwork and it might appear in our upcoming reader-created issue


Spiced-up Color Combos

Have you played with color?
Post your best and brightest paint project to thisoldhouse.com/yourTOH and it might appear in our upcoming reader-created issue


Fully Loaded Laundry Rooms

Did you redo a room?
Post photos to thisoldhouse.com/yourTOH for a chance to win cash and see your space in our upcoming reader-created issue


Big-Impact DIY for Every Budget

Learn how to fit new doors in a masonry firebox
What have you built?
Post your latest DIY creation to thisoldhouse.com/yourTOH and it might appear in our upcoming reader-created issue


All About: Laminate

See TOH general contractor Tom Silva glue up and fix countertops
What do you want to know all about?
Post your ideas and we'll feature the most popular subject in our upcoming reader-created issue


Ask This Old House

See reviews of six more 6-inch sanders and learn how they were tested

Want to test tools?
Post ideas for what your workshop needs and you might become a tool tester for our upcoming reader-created issue
Submit your questions


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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