Wall How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our wall step-by-step tips & ideas.
How to Cut a Pass-Through in a Load Bearing Wall
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a couple frame an opening between their kitchen and living room in a load-bearing wall.
Paint a Room Like a Pro
Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique teaches a homeowner the basics of painting a room perfectly.
How to Paint a Room in 13 Steps
What does it take and how much does it cost to paint a room? Watch our video and read our easy instructions on how to prep and paint like a pro.
How to Rebuild a Concrete Block Retaining Wall
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough rebuilds a retaining wall that was stacked with the wrong material.
How to Build a Chalkboard Message Center
Taking a cue from classic window trim, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor dress up a chalkboard with molding from the home center
If you’ve got a space that needs a quick makeover, there’s a growing array of innovative stick-on wall decor and window treatments that offer major visual impact in minimal time—no commitment needed
How to Hang Something Heavy
Support a large wall hanging with a French cleat. Here's how to make one
How to Install Easy DIY Wainscoting
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps homeowners dress up their dining room walls using stock molding from the home center
How to Paint Gingham Pattern Checks on a Wall
Plain walls take on the fresh look of a gingham print with three shades of blue on a field of white
How to Create Simulated Panels with Molding
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva creates a simulated stile and rail wainscoting on a dining room wall by using base cap molding.
How to Treat Stains on Plaster and Drywall
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the best way to get rid of water stains on ceilings and walls.
Future House | How to Install a Robotic Wall
Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey helps install a robotic wall to maximize space for a small, urban apartment in Future House.
How to Patch Small Holes in Walls
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches a homeowner to patch small holes in her wall.
No-Fail Color Combos to Make Any Space a Work of Art
Perplexed by palettes? Fan decks got you flummoxed? Choosing color schemes to refresh your rooms needn’t be daunting. Consider the no-fail, four-color combos we’ve gathered here—from muted pastels to bold brights, they’re sure to turn any space into a work of art
How to Hang a Flat-Panel TV with Concealed Wiring
Electrician Scott Caron hangs a flat-screen TV on the wall and conceals all the wiring
Insulation Tips for Every Corner of Your Home
Keep your home cozy and save money with this round-up of our top insulation tips for your home.
Don't Be Afraid to Wallpaper Your Powder Room
Give this small room big personality with a standout print
Plan a Gallery Wall With This New App
Visualize your gallery-wall masterpiece with a digital mock-up
Decorate Large Spaces With Budget Wall Art
Fill empty walls by using these art tips that won't break the bank
How to Build a Pass-Through Wall
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva opens up a load-bearing wall between a kitchen and a family room
Best Makeovers for Ugliest Wallpaper 2014
These finalists in our annual Search for America's Best Remodel Contest share some impressively appalling paper from their projects
How to Mud and Tape Drywall Corners
Creating perfectly smooth wall corners with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva
How to Remove Wallpaper Easily
Painter Jim Clark shares tips for cleanly removing the most stubborn wallpaper.
How to Frame Walls for a Basement Room
Partitioning off a below-grade space with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva
How to Cut in Paint Edges with a Brush
Trying to paint edges neatly? Here’s how to cut in paint like a pro.
How to Hang a Heavy Mirror
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares tips and techniques for safely hanging framed objects on walls
How to Install Fiberglass Insulation
This Old House host Kevin O'Connor shows how to fill gaps and make a space cozier and energy efficient.
How to Cover a Concrete Wall with Stone Veneer
Dressing up a block wall with stone-veneer panels, with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook
How to Mark for Electrical Boxes When Hanging Drywall
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares some tricks-of-the-trade for accurately marking drywall cutouts
Finding and Restoring Hidden Plaster Details
In an act of upside-down residential archaeology, the This Old House TV crew reveals—and rebuilds—historical plaster details entombed above a false ceiling
Stencil On a Wallpaper Look
Get an allover pattern for less than the cost of a single roll of wall covering. It's easier than you'd think