Kitchen Redo Ideas

idea file

SEPTEMBER 2011 Idea file

before + after: kitchen

A foursquare's dated eatery gains the space, function, and flow that suit its owners' style

28 thrifty ways to customize your cook space

Budget-friendly upgrades designed to give your kitchen the just-right personal touch

read this before you remodel your kitchen

Create the cook space you covet with TOH's expert tips

all about

Kitchen faucets

before + after: bath

A Queen Anne's storage room is transformed into a cozy, vintage-look master bath

budget redo

Faux paneling adds character to a blah master bedroom

Photoshop redo

Fresh trim details and Craftsman-style garage doors raise a split-level's curb appeal

ageless update

A determined DIYer's use of salvaged materials helps her family's eclectic 1911 rowhouse get a new lease on life

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sleuthing out a house's age

TOH general contractor Tom Silva's keen eye spurs a search into the latest project house's true age


SEPTEMBER 2011 Upgrades


Pharmacy lamps

get this look for less

Victorian-style bath

price wise

Bamboo flooring

home solutions

SEPTEMBER 2011 Home Solutions

home solutions

Hit the wall to organize your desk debris; ; keep mold at bay; make a window into a patio table; three grout-scrubber picks; yard-cleanup helpers; DIY safety tips; and more

how-to projects

SEPTEMBER 2011 How-to projects

paint ideas

Use a pickling solution to give plain wood a driftwood patina

home center project

Stash your stuff in a turned-leg desk and storage hutch you can make from stock materials


A rain-garden project gives a neighborhood more than just a pretty face—it helps keep pollutants out of local waterways

weekend remodel

Give your yard a beauty boost with a durable lattice-style cedar fence

ask this old house

SEPTEMBER 2011 Ask This Old House

Q + A

Choose the right portable compressor; reset a sagging gate; get your yard back in shape after a stump removal; avoid unwanted water-heater releases; and more

TOH tested

Cordless circular saws

Norm's tricks of the trade

Learn how to cut uniform balusters for deck railing

in every issue

SEPTEMBER 2011 In every issue

home news

Another TOH 2011 Best Old-House Neighborhood: Greencastle, Indiana


Easy ways to improve your home right now

save this old house

An 1830s brick Federal in Wheeling, W. Va.


Smart study setup
Supplies organization
Homework stations
Home-office spaces for Mom and Dad


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Reader Mail

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Revisit the Reader Remodel Contest winning living room
See Shopping column featuring architectural birdhouses



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Home News

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Home Solutions

Find smart ideas for other common materials:
10 uses for aluminum foil
10 uses for unused lump charcoal


Before + After: Bath

Find 13 ways to get a low-cost vintage look for your bath


Before + After: Kitchen

Learn how to paint cabinets and give your kitchen a new look



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Find money-saving tips for extending the life of your bulbs, as well as other fixes for common lighting issues


Get This Look: Victorian bath

Learn how to sponge-paint to give walls a faux plaster effect


Home Center Project

See a list of tools and a full cut list for this project



Read more about the remodel and see a slideshow of memorable artifacts dug up at the job site


Landscaping: Rain gardens

Get the expanded step-by-step for building a rain garden
Find plant lists for six rain garden designs


Weekend Remodel: Wood fence

Find a cut list and instructions
See a step-by-step video of building this fence

See other videos and articles for outdoor projects:
VIDEO: Build a small deck
VIDEO: Build deck stairs
VIDEO: Build a weather-resistant planter
VIDEO: Build a planter bench
VIDEO: Build an arbor bench
VIDEO: Build a tree bench
VIDEO: Learn how to use a posthole digger
Read all about wood fences
Learn how to install a picket fence


28 Thrifty Ways to Customize Your Cook Space

Learn how to laminate a countertop


Read This Before You Remodel a Kitchen

See before and after pictures of kitchen remodels by fellow readers


Ask This Old House: TOH Tested

Learn more about taking full advantage of your circular saw's capabilities:
Learn about circular saw types and techniques
No-splinter sawing
How to make perfectly square cross-cuts
How to create half-lap joints with a circular saw
Submit your questions to our experts


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