Holiday-Ready Home Ideas

idea file

NOV/DEC 2013 Idea File

Scroll down to find BONUS content for articles in this issue

before + after: kitchen

Thanks to a low-key recipe, a dark and downbeat cook space becomes a bright, cheerful family gathering spot • BONUS: Check out This Old House editors' favorite cottage kitchens

before + after: bath

A tweaked layout, warm finishes, and vintage accents bring a touch of serenity, and privacy, to a master bath

get this look for less

Colorful holiday hearth • BONUS: watch a video of how to make a garland

Photoshop redo

Craftsman-style details and a larger porch give a bland bungalow a pop of personality

cleaning up a classic Craftsman

A wife's old-house love affair inspires a couple's thoughtful (and green) renovation project

dining room drama

Use bold colors to create a visual feast where you dine

29 super-fast fixes, upkeep shortcuts, and easy upgrades

Ensure that your house will pass even the most demanding visitor's scrutiny • BONUS: See how to patch carpet
BONUS: Access bonus tips online

home solutions

NOV/DEC 2013 Home Solutions

home solutions

Serve guests from a festive beverage cart you can DIY in a day; 10 uses for wood dowels; burglar-proof your house; Christmas-tree buying guide; budget-friendly home-office redo; the 411 on electric knife sharpeners; and more • BONUS: More on how to insulate your attic


NOV/DEC 2013 Upgrades

the TOH top 100

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

how-to projects

NOV/DEC How-to Projects

paint ideas

Give bookshelves and display pieces a character boost with these shades

build it or buy it

Upholstered headboard • BONUS: Find a list of tools and materials needed for this project with the online instructions

weekend remodel

Build a low-profile coffered ceiling • BONUS: Watch a video of this project

ask this old house

NOV/DEC Ask This Old House

Q + A

Get the air out of a water heating system; deter foliage-feasting deer; remove cracked and peeling wood veneer; when to use nails and when to use screws; and more


Install cabinet doors with concealed hinges • BONUS: See how to fine-tune the hinge and get perfect door alignment

in every issue

NOV/DEC 2013 In Every Issue

letter from This Old House

Genie? Genius is more like it

reader mail

BONUS: See editor Scott Omelianuk's colorful remodel

save this old house

A historic 1848 farmhouse in Maplewood, Missouri

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