Ask TOH | Bookshelf, Plants

On this episode of Ask TOH

Tom and Kevin use store-bought stair treads to create a bookshelf in Build It. And landscape designer Jenn Nawada transforms the look of a home’s foundation by using existing plants.


Motion Activated Light

Scott shows Kevin a new LED light with a built-in motion detector designed for use in a closet. Where to find it? Scott demonstrated the Motion Sensing LED Closet Luminare, manufactured by Engineered Products Co.


How to Transform Your Landscape Using Existing Plants

Landscape designer Jenn Nawada uses existing plants and a few new plants to transform the look of a home’s foundation. Where to find it? Jenn was able to salvage existing hosta perennials by dividing them and replanting them more strategically.  She also saved a tree hydrangea by doing some pruning, removing any dead wood and rubbing branches. For this project, Jenn selected the following new plants:

  • Buxus (Boxwood)
  • Hydrangea quercifolia 'Munchkin' (Oakleaf Hydrangea)
  • Cornus alba 'Bailhalo' (Ivory Halo Dogwood)

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Nawada Landscape Design and Frank Walsh Landscape Company, Inc


Build It | Simple Bookshelf From Stair Treads

Tom and Kevin Build a bookshelf using stair treads.

Where to find it?

This simple bookcase was designed to be built using a circular saw, a cordless drill/driver, a block plane, and a chisel.  Because the shelf is made out of veneered stair treads, it’s designed to be paint grade, not stain grade. All of the materials for this project, including pine stair treads, 1x4 pine, 1/4” plywood, 3 1/8” trim head screws, and 5d box nails can be purchased at home centers.

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