Best New Products 2011

idea file

November/December 2011 IDEA FILE

the TOH top 100

All the coolest improvements to make your home smarter, cozier, and more stylish

before + after: kitchen

A former family room becomes an open, eat-in cook space and the heart of the house

before + after: bath

Period touches and penny tile turn a passe pink bath into a room with function and style

budget redo

New molding, trim, paint, and lighting switch on a dull dining room's charm

Photoshop redo

Gables, siding, and a porch put a balanced face on a brick-heavy ranch

detail work

A 1905 Folk Victorian gets more light, air, and breathing room

TOH tv

November/December 2011 TOH TV

salvaging pieces of the past

The TOH team's creative reuse of old materials in new spaces keeps the project house's historic integrity intact


November/December 2011 UPGRADES

price wise

Wall-mount medicine cabinet

get this look for less

Handmade holiday dining-room decor

all about

Kitchen islands

home solutions

November/December 2011 HOME SOLUTIONS

Home Solutions

Ceiling-medallion wreaths that'll last a long time; 10 uses for rubber bands; six basics to get you going on gilding; budget fixes for drafty windows; make sure your Christmas tree arrives home safe and sound; and more

how-to projects

November/December 2011 HOW-TO PROJECTS

paint ideas

Create waves of texture on a flat wall with a sea sponge and colored glaze

home center project

Store your wine stash in a handsome planter-box rack

weekend remodel

Our step-by-step shows you how to enhance any room with the classic look of paneled wainscot

ask this old house

November/December 2011 ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

Q + A

Choose the right extension cord for exterior holiday lights; give a new copper stove hood an aged patina; get rid of chimney stains; replace a cracked undermount sink; use a ladder stand-off to help you clean gutters safely.


Replace a baluster

Norm's tricks of the trade

Learn how to cut a return for the profile on decorative molding

in every issue

November/December 2011 IN EVERY ISSUE

letter from -

Finally, the addition's complete

save this old house

A historic 1886 Queen Anne manse in Saginaw, Mich.


Money magazine readers

10 ways to shrink your energy bills
Slash your energy bills with a DIY energy audit

Go to for our holiday host survival guide; kid-proof holiday decorations; and craziest holiday disaster stories


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Home Solutions


Before + After: Kitchen

See how other homeowners solved their kitchen-design dilemmas


Before + After: Bath

Find 13 varieties of penny-round tile


Get This Look for Less

See all these ideas, and download the stencil template for the Christmas trees


Home Center Project

Find a list of tools and materials to build this project


TOH TV: The Modern Homesteader's Kitchen

Check out TOH's new book, Salvage-Style Projects


Weekend Remodel: Install Wainscoting

See a step-by-step video of this project
See galleries full of great wainscot ideas
For more in-depth information on installing baseboards


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