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JAN/FEB 2011 Idea File

Solve It With Spray Paint

These amazing finishes can spiff up everything from worn metal to cheap plastic

Paint Ideas

Mimic the look of a wood-grain finish

Weekend Remodel

Give a doorway a touch of old-world charm with a stenciled border

Spiced-up Color Combos

Heat up your kitchen's personality with surprising paint pairings

Before + After: Kitchen

A gut redo changes a merely useful space into a high-functioning cookery--with its 1920s character intact

Before + After: Bath

More room, a tile-rimmed alcove, and Deco touches create a stylish bath

Budget Redo

A dark and dingy finished attic becomes a sun-filled master suite

American Craftsman

Plaster master Ken Wildes turns ceilings into unique works of art

Fully Loaded Laundry Rooms

Seven setups chock-full of ideas to make your wash-and-dry center a model of efficiency


JAN/FEB 2011 Upgrades


Architectural mirrors

Get This Look

Vintage-style bathroom

Price Wise

Oriental rugs

All About


home solutions

JAN/FEB 2011 Home Solutions

Home Solutions

Make over your fireplace surround with tin backsplash tiles; put a closet to work as a home office; purify indoor air with plants; deal with damage from a fallen tree; furnace-filter guide; and more

how-to projects

JAN/FEB 2011 How-to projects

Home Center Project

Light up a room with a timeless-look floor lamp made of stock lumber and a curtain rod

Build It or Buy It

Wood mantel

Big-Impact DIY for Every Budget

Four money-saving projects to enhance your home

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Q + A

Let the gas company turn the shutoff valve back on after a reno; repair a notched floor joist; create a low-maintenance "green" driveway; seal granite countertops; and more


Match original moldings

What Product When

Spray-foam insulation

Tool Test

6-inch random-orbit sanders

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JAN/FEB 2011 In every issue

Letter From - saboteamos.info

Some bright ideas just get better


Easy ways to improve your home right now

Save - saboteamos.info

A Queen Anne and big barn for a bargain in Greene, N.Y.


• 2011 Reader Remodel Contest: Enter for a chance to win!
Seal drafty doors and windows:
Quick and easy weathersealing
Make your doors draft-free
Airtight windows in 9 steps
Switch to a programmable thermostat:
How to install a programmable thermostat
See a video of how to install a programmable thermostat
Beef up bedroom insulation:
Adding attic insulation
Insulating the attic
See a video of how to insulate an attic

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Home Solutions
More ways to use leftovers:
10 uses for drywall screws
10 uses for chalk

We want solutions!

Before + After: Kitchen

Before + After: Bath
Send us your projects
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Shopping: Architectural Mirrors
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Budget Redo
Calling all penny-pinching DIYers!
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Paint Ideas
What's your paint idea?
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Home Center Project: Lamp
Find a full cut list and and instructions for this lamp
Find instructions for how to wire a lamp socket

DIY with Tom's help

Build It or Buy It
Find instructions as well as a full list of tools and materials to build this mantel

See photos of different door styles:
Garage-door glam
A new generation of garage doors
Learn how to install garage doors:
Adding carriage-style garage doors

Got curb appeal?
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Weekend Remodel: Stencil a Door
Find step-by-step instructions and download the stencil pattern we used
Watch a video for making stencils and painting this border

What have you made lately?
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Spiced-up Color Combos
Have you played with color?
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Fully Loaded Laundry Rooms
Did you redo a room?
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Big-Impact DIY for Every Budget
Learn how to fit new doors in a masonry firebox
What have you built?
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All About: Laminate
See TOH general contractor Tom Silva glue up and fix countertops
What do you want to know all about?
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See reviews of six more 6-inch sanders and learn how they were tested

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Submit your questions

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