Cozy, Colorful Makeovers

idea file

Nov/Dec 2012 IDEA FILE

before + after: kitchen

A new layout and period touches bring efficiency and style to a once clunky cook space
Find 22 of our editors' favorite kitchens

get this look for less

Festive farmhouse dining room

budget redo

Custom cosmetic touches make a plain bath special

Photoshop redo

A front porch and old-house touches boost a Neocolonial's curb appeal

fit for a family

An innovative redo transforms a dark 1830s farmhouse into a modern family's perfect place

built-ins that make entertaining easier

Twelve home-enhancing ideas designed to work hard so that you don't have to

read this before you insulate your attic

Get the know-how you need to stay comfy and save dough
On fixing air leaks using the old smoke trick
Fix leaks and save on cooling costs
Pinpoint the R-value zone you live in
Do you need a vapor barrier? And which way should it face? Check the map

TOH tv

Nov/Dec 2012 TOH TV

TOH tv: upgrades that slash energy costs

Cash savings and comfort are the goals in the latest project house's efficiency makeover


Nov/Dec 2012 UPGRADES

the TOH top 100

All the coolest new products to make your home smarter and more stylish

home solutions


home solutions

Make a Christmas tree from salvaged molding; 10 uses for wine bottles; give a plain table a style boost with nailheads; protect outdoor decorations; keep surfaces safe from holiday spills; and more
Find more smart uses for leftovers
Learn to make tea lights from wine bottles

how-to projects


paint ideas

Six ways a colorful ceiling can transform your rooms

salvage style

Dress up your entry with a coat rack you can make from a reclaimed wood column
Watch a video of this DIY coat-tree project

weekend remodel

A pro shows how to turn prefinished planks into a classic herringbone parquet floor
Watch a video of this project

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Q + A

Get the right recip-saw blade for the job; to prevent rafters from cracking, don't keep layering new roofing over old; make sure fireplace smoke goes up the chimney, not into your house; and more


Patch plaster

Norm's tricks of the trade

By joining two cabinets, you can hang them safely as one

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Easy upgrades for a handsome holiday home
Spruce up your fireplace
Paint before guests arrive
Pick the perfect Christmas tree
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