Low-Cost Upgrades for Kitchen and Bath


Whaddaya Call It?

Get to know your single-lever kitchen faucet so that you can fix it

Home Center Project

Turn copper tubing into a wall-mounted pot rack

Weekend Remodel

Build a sitting wall

Q + A

Keep gas fresh; banish creeping Charlie; use the right glue; seal an asphalt driveway; and more

Norm's Tricks of the Trade

Line up crown molding end joints; cut through a plaster-and-lath wall; illuminate drywall surface flaws


Easy ways to improve your home right now

Home News

Rebates for low-flow commodes; pool safety tips; see-through propane BBQ tank; and more


28 Ways to Customize Your Kitchen for Less

Lots of little things you can do to personalize your cook space

19 Ways to Dress Up Your Bath on a Budget

Bring out your grooming room's inner spa with affordable tile, storage, and surface treatments


Before + After: Kitchen

A new recipe turns an old guest suite into a stylish and efficient food-prep zone with breakfast room seating

Paint Ideas

Choose neighboring hues on the color wheel to create a harmonious scheme


Tips and tools for shaping shrubs into green architecture

Photoshop Redo

Earth tones and cottage details spiff up a plain home

Like Old Times, Only Better

With an original wing that was once a 300-year-old outbuilding, a summer cottage finally gets the remodel it deserved

Get This Look

Outdoor living room


Schoolhouse lights

Build It or Buy It

Picnic tables

Stone countertops


Reader Mail (p. 10)

We Like Hearing From You

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Your Favorite Show Goes Online

Watch full seasons of This Old House TV more

Checklist (p. 14)

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home Right Now

Water-saving yard and garden gear more

5 doghouses crafted in classic American architecture more

Where break-ins happen—and how to stop them more

Home Solutions (p. 19)

Deck Circle Pathway

Building a path this summer? Get ideas and inspiration more

Everything You Need to Paint With Stencils

Decorative painting techniques: damask more

Stop Those Leaks

Fixing a leaky toilet more

Fixing a leaky faucet more

How to trouble-shoot a leaky shower more

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Kitchen Before and After (p. 25)

Simple Design, Timeless Style

See how other homeowners solved their kitchen design problems more

Paint Ideas (p. 29)

How to Add Bursts of Color

Learn everything you need to know about painting a room more

Use a color wheel more

Shopping (p. 39)

Schoolhouse Lights

Watch a how-to video on installing a pendant light more

Build It or Buy It (p. 44)

Seating for Six

Protecting outdoor wood more

Wood for an outdoor bench more

The language of lumber more

Great Neighborhoods (p. 48)

The Best Places to Buy an Old House

See all our winners, including one from each state more

Find the best places for first-time buyers more

Find the best places for country living more

Find the best places for porches more

Find the best places for puppies more

Whaddaya Call It? (p. 55)

Get a Handle on the Kitchen Faucet

Watch Richard Trethewey swap out a cartridge valve on a kitchen faucet more

Home Center Project (p. 56)

Make a Pot Rack From Copper Pipe

Follow a detailed step-by-step of this project more

Weekend Remodel (p. 59)

Build a Sitting Wall

See a video of this project more

Like Old Times, Only Better (p. 64)

More Remodels

See over 1,000 reader before-and-afters more

Kitchen for Less (p. 72)

28 Ways to Customize

See how to install butcher block more

See how to swap in a vintage light fixture more

See how to add a lattice grille to a new cabinet more

See how to hang wallpaper more

See how to paint your floors more

See how to install a value-conscious laminate counter more

10 tips for tile backsplashes more

Kitchen-counter upgrade more

Install a solid-surface backsplash more

Simple kitchen makeovers more

Bath on a Budget (p. 78)

19 Ways to Dress Up Your Bath

How to install beadboard wainscoting more

Learn how to refinish a cast iron tub more

See how to set decorative tile more

All About (p. 82)

Stone Countertops

See how to make your own soapstone counter more

Learn how to make a poultice to combat blemishes more

Ask This Old House (p. 91)


Send your questions to Ask This Old House more

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