Outdoor Upgrades

idea file

MAY 2011 Idea File


Produce fruits and vegetables aplenty in any outdoor area with these four smart strategies

Building Blocks for a Perfect Patio

Materials, designs, and installation tips for creating your ideal open-air living space

Living Large in a Small Space

Seven strategies for turning a not-so-big yard into a series of beautiful, useful outdoor rooms

All About

Landscape lighting

Before + After: Kitchen

More room and a detailed decor are part of the recipe for a warm, high-functioning cooking space

Budget Redo

Low-cost touches and plenty of elbow grease refresh a kitchen's character

Photoshop Redo

An open porch and new paint perk up a farmhouse facade

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The Art of the Seamless Addition

The goal at the latest project house: Make something that wasn't there look like it always was


MAY 2011 Upgrades


Ceramic penny-round tile

Get This Look

Rustic French dining room

Price Wise

Outdoor rugs

Build It or Buy It

Potting bench

home solutions

MAY 2011 Home Solutions

Home Solutions

Give your bath a vintage touch with a repurposed dresser mirror; 10 uses for a painter's 5-in-1tool; guide to power-washer nozzles; gear to help you lift heavy loads; and more

how-to projects

MAY 2011 How-to Projects

Paint Ideas

Get a textured look by "pouncing" on tinted glaze with a stippling brush

Salvage Style

Turn a paneled wood door into a headboard complete with reading-lamp sconces

Weekend Remodel

Transform a room with a three-piece crown molding that's easy on your wallet

ask this old house

MAY 2011 Ask This Old House

Q + A

Silence a whistling showerhead; figure out the best way to deal with a cracked patio; repair splits in a wood porch column; build steps for a wraparound deck; and more


Rejuvenate a dead lawn

Reader Tool Test

Mini recip saws

Norm's Tricks of the Trade

Keep shelves from sagging

in every issue

MAY 2011 In Every Issue

Letter From This Old House

DIY's real rewards


Easy ways to improve your home right now

Save This Old House

An 1850s farmhouse outside of Indianapolis



• Share your best time-saving tips, money-saving tricks, and homemade built-in projects, and you might see yourself in our July 2011 issue. thisoldhouse.com/yourTOH


Letter from This Old House

Got a tip? It's not too late to contribute to our reader-created issue.
• Email the Editor


Reader Mail

• Email This Old House
Read further on how a homeowner repainted her bathroom fixtures, floor, and walls
Learn how to revive items with specialty paint



Damage-control tips:
Give your roof a spring checkup
Fix damaged roof shingles
More how-to, videos, and articles on roof care
• Email your checklist ideas


Home Solutions

New ways to use leftovers
10 uses for tennis balls
10 uses for vinegar
10 uses for expired gift cards


Before + After: Kitchen

Learn all about crown molding, from its history to its application


Build It or Buy It

Find a full cut list and tools needed to craft this bench


Photoshop Redo

Want a chance at a Photoshop Redo?
Email snapshots


Salvage Style: Headboard

Hang your headboard using a French cleat
See how a reader used a door to make a hanging daybed


Landscaping: Grow Fruits and Veggies Anywhere

Build a raised planting bed
Build a raised vegetable garden
Watch a video of Roger Cook building a raised vegetable garden


Shopping: Ceramic Penny-Round Tile

• Visit thisoldhouse.com/deals for discount details and links


Weekend Remodel: Three-Piece Crown Molding

See a step-by-step video of this project
Get tips on sizing crown molding to suit your space
How to cut filler blocks for the nailing surface
See a typical sketch for laying out crown molding in a room
View an illustration of common crown molding cuts and joints
Read instructions on how to make a guide fence
Read instructions on how to cut molding for an inside corner
Read instructions on how to cut molding for an outside corner
Read instructions on how to make a cope cut
Watch a video of Tom Silva using different kinds of saws to make miter cuts
Watch a video of Tom Silva making cope cuts


Building Blocks for a Perfect Patio

Get tips on installing and caring for concrete pavers
How to lay a stone patio
How to lay a bluestone patio


Living Large in a Small Space

See a complete list of the plants used in this garden plan


Ask This Old House

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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