DIY Money Savers

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October 2011 MONEY SAVERS

fall fix-ups

Twelve things you can do now that will help ward off major bills down the road

75 easy spruce-ups under $75

Give your house and yard a style step-up with these smart ideas

small-budget, big-impact upgrades

Use these reader projects as a blueprint for your next redo

idea file

October 2011 IDEA FILE

before + after: kitchen

Budget-savvy choices lead to a cook space with function, style—and a home office

before + after: bath

A DIY gut reno and classic touches revive a tired space

Photoshop redo

A new porch and a welcoming path perk up a ho-hum house

read this before you finish your attic

Expert advice for turning your top-floor dreams into a reality

reader remodel: "we had six months to make it livable"

A gritty young couple's gutsy revival plan restores a condemned 1887 Queen Anne's dignity

TOH tv

October 2011 TOH TV

the modern homesteader's kitchen

At the TOH project house, the recipe calls for blending modern amenities with old-school prep and storage areas


October 2011 UPGRADES


Our favorite period-style buys

get this look for less

Stylish salvage kitchen

price wise

Honeycomb shades

home solutions


how-to projects

October 2011 HOW-TO PROJECTS

paint ideas

Spattering will give boring furniture a personality makeover

fun family projects

Build a house for insect-eating bats to hang out in

home center project

Make a charming cabinet out of a bookcase and louvered shutters

weekend remodel

Pump up your curb appeal with a stepped-stone planter

ask this old house


Q + A

Avoid router burns on wood; discern quartersawn wood from flatsawn; stay safe when mixing concrete; get rid of an empty oil tank; and more

TOH tested

Leaf wranglers

Norm's tricks of the trade

Use a mounting block to attach light fixtures to lap siding

in every issue

October 2011 IN EVERY ISSUE

letter from This Old House

Bump in the night—and the day


Easy ways to improve your home right now

save this old house

A gracious Queen Anne in Pittsburgh that's move-in ready


Find more money-saving ways to boost your home's energy efficiency

Letter from This Old House
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Reader Mail
Avoid invasive plants by going with native species
Read more about Japanese barberry
How to remove wallpaper
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Home Solutions
Find other good ideas for leftovers
Find all the Halloween how-to and templates:
How to make a door knocker from fake bones
How to paint a skeleton-foot doormat
How to make a skull light

Before + After: Kitchen
Learn about new and improved laminate options

Before + After: Bath
Find more inspiring remodels, all done by TOH readers

Fun Family Projects: Bat House
Find instructions and templates for making the bat house
See a how-to video of making and hanging the bat house

TOH TV: The Modern Homesteader's Kitchen
See photos and read Joe and Becky's blog about the project
Watch live footage of the Bedford renovation

Home Center Project
Find a list of tools and materials, plus instructions for cuts

Fall Fix-ups
Watch Tom Silva install a storm window
Watch Tom Silva install a solar vent fan

Weekend Remodel: Stone Planter
See a step-by-step video of building this planter
Learn how to set and wire a lamppost

75 Easy Spruce-ups Under $75
Build a wall shelf nightstand
See all 75 spruce-ups
See 100 DIY upgrades under $100

Ask This Old House: TOH Tested
Read reviews of more leaf blowers
Submit your questions to our experts

Read This Before You Remodel a Kitchen
Panel with applied moldings
Recess a chest of drawers in a wall
A new attic master suite
An attic suite that cost only $2,620
The ultimate kids' attic space and bath
An attic suite and home office

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