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MAY 2013 IDEA FILE

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before + after: kitchen

Moving doorways helps create a functional, guest-friendly space • BONUS: Find more tips on how to turn an open kitchen into a high-functioning gathering spot

before + after: bath

Blending old and new produces a longed-for "peaceful haven" • BONUS: Find the editors' top 16 blue baths

the lifted-up, added-on-to, rejiggered, streamlined, and upgraded modern farmhouse

For the owners, keeping the uniqueness of their old house intact was at the redo's core • BONUS: Tour another remodeled farmhouse

beauty on a budget

With shoestring savvy, a couple transforms a desolate yard into a lush, private oasis

11 ways to give your home a personal stamp

Upgrades designed to inspire special spruce-ups all your own • BONUS: Find nine low-cost touches borrowed from designers' homes

TOH tv

MAY 2013 TOH TV

elegant and accessible

At the latest project, a cottage becomes a cozy place where in-laws can grow old in comfort

upgrades

MAY 2013 UPGRADES

get this look for less

Nautical home office

shopping

Entryway benches

all about

Stone veneer • BONUS: Find installation tips on stone veneer

home solutions

MAY 2013 HOME SOLUTIONS

how-to projects

MAY 2013 HOW-TO PROJECTS

paint ideas

Revive tired wood flooring with colorful hand-painted stars • BONUS: Print out a template and find other tips for this project

landscaping

With varieties and hues aplenty, coleus may be just the thing to enliven your ho-hum garden spots • BONUS: See this article with additional coleus varieties

animal house

Use our tips to put in a pet door that's perfect for your pooch

home center project

Tom Silva shows you how to make a handy three-tiered side table • BONUS: Find the list of tools and materials needed to make this project

weekend remodel

Build a fold-down cedar bar that will add a dash of style to your alfresco gatherings • BONUS: Find the cut list and instructions for this project online

ask this old house

MAY 2013 ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

Q + A

TLC tips for your gardening tools; install a cellular-PVC beadboard backsplash; track down the cause of window-trim rot; and more

step-by-step

Chip-seal a driveway

Norm's tricks of the trade

Get plastic screw anchors out of drywall; remove old beadboard intact

in every issue

MAY 2013 IN EVERY ISSUE

reader mail
digital highlights
BONUS: Don't miss an episodeBONUS: Facade and entry detailsBONUS: The best foundation plantsBONUS: Fresh ideas from readers' exterior makeovers • • BONUS: Get TOH for your tablet

letter from This Old House

Here's to watching it grow

checklist

Easy ways to improve your home right now • BONUS: Find more grill tips

save this old house

A free Greek Revival cottage in Social Circle, Georgia

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