Real World Re-dos


Animal House

Our guide to making the most of a three-part agility course for your dog

Salvage Style

Create a pedestal shelf from a stone fireplace fragment

Weekend Remodel

Build a mudroom bench

Q + A

Replace leaky windows first, then the old furnace; evict ground-nesting yellow jackets; tighten porcelain drawer and door knobs; and more


Swap out stock garage doors for carriage-style models

Norm's Tricks of the Trade

Cut trim with a miter saw; nail vertical paneling to strapping

Reader Tool Test

Folding pruning saws


Easy ways to improve your home right now

Home News

One city's home-loan offer; safety improvements for baby-boomer abodes; the Great Bathtub Race; and more


Before + After: Bath

Colorful stripes, vintage fixtures, and big mirrors brighten a windowless attic bath


Use our troubleshooting guide to get a big show of bulb blooms next spring


Reader Remodel

Two dogged DIYers transform a musty, half-finished 1919 bungalow into a home any mother could love

Modern Function, Vintage Flair

With inspiration from TOH and unique touches of their own, a Colorado couple creates a kitchen that's something special money savers

Cheapskate Hall of Fame

Eight clever readers share their tightwad ways

Fix Now, Save (a Lot) Later

How to repair nine little household problems before they turn into wallet wallopers upgrades

Kitchen and Bath Special

Fourteen affordable luxuries and handy helpers from this year's industry show

Get This Look

Craftsman-style kitchen


Distinctive doormats

Price Wise

Half-moon edgers

Build It or Buy It

Butcher-block island

All About


Home Solutions

Use a wood screen door to bring an outdoor feeling inside; 10 uses for natural lump charcoal; four places to take a DIY class; bottom-up roller shades; and more how-to projects

Paint Ideas

A hand-painted twig design puts the finishing touch on a formal room

Shortcuts (p. 10)

Fall Upkeep

Learn how to fertilize your lawn and tune up your furnace—and find 30 more quick DIY projects that will save you money this fall more

Pet-Friendly Home

Top projects and gear to make your house a haven for you and your animal pals more

8 palaces for small pets more

11 crazy aquariums more

7 outrageous doghouses more

Reader Mail (p. 12)

We Like Hearing From You

Dollar-smart plan for an outdoor kitchen more

Make swings safe more

33 clever, time-saving, money-saving reader tips more

Checklist (p. 15)

Get the Chimney Swept Early

Good wood fires more

Repaint Thresholds Under Exterior Doors

Find more ideas for upkeep projects to tackle now more

Home Solutions (p. 19)

Screened-In Pantry

Build a screen door from a kit in a few hours more

10 Uses

Find ways to use other leftovers more

Bath Before and After (p. 27)

Light and Bright, Even Without Windows

Learn how the pros refinish a worn cast-iron tub more

Kitchen & Bath Special (p. 31)

Our Favorite New Product Picks

9 ways to save big this summer more

Paint Ideas (p. 35)

Enliven Walls With Tiny Twigs

Download a free template for another design more

Landscaping (p. 39)

Plant Now for Carefree Spring Color

Find Roger Cook's recipe for a long-blooming bulb combination more

Shopping (p. 45)

Distinctive Doormats

Find 12 styles of sconces to light up a front door more

Animal House (p. 49)

Put Your Pup Through the Paces

Learn how to construct a backyard agility course that's suited for your dog. TOH senior technical editor Mark Powers shows you how more

Think Your Pooch Is Pretty Good?

Learn about competitions near you more

Money Savers (p. 55)

Cheapskate Hall of Fame

Got money-saving tips to share? Post them online more

Salvage Style (p. 59)

Stone Fireplace Fragments

See a step-by-step video for this marble shelf more

Build It Or Buy It (p. 64)

Butcher-Block Island

Get more steps more

How to install a butcher-block countertop more

Weekend Remodel (p. 67)

Build a Mudroom Bench

See an array of products to accessorize your bench more

The perfect mudroom more

Reader Remodel (p. 72)

My Mom Thought I Had Lost My Mind

Watch a video of TOH general contractor Tom Silva refinishing a hardwood floor more

Find step-by-step instructions on refinishing wood doors and trim more

Fix Now, Save (a Lot) Later (p. 78)

Address Little Trouble Spots

Watch a step-by-step video on giving a new shrub a healthy start more

Learn how to screen a floor more

Learn how to do your own deck check more

Learn how to remove a broken clapboard and install a new one without damaging the surrounding siding more

See Roger Cook's fall yard-work checklist more

See a how-to guide for tightening a newel more

Find foolproof caulk and grout tips more

Find more foolproof caulk and grout tips more

All About (p. 86)


Learn how to install beadboard wainscoting more

Learn how to install frame-and-panel wainscoting more

Ask This Old House (p. 91)


Send your questions to Ask This Old House more

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