DIY Money Savers

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October 2011 MONEY SAVERS

fall fix-ups

Twelve things you can do now that will help ward off major bills down the road

75 easy spruce-ups under $75

Give your house and yard a style step-up with these smart ideas

small-budget, big-impact upgrades

Use these reader projects as a blueprint for your next redo

idea file

October 2011 IDEA FILE

before + after: kitchen

Budget-savvy choices lead to a cook space with function, style—and a home office

before + after: bath

A DIY gut reno and classic touches revive a tired space

Photoshop redo

A new porch and a welcoming path perk up a ho-hum house

read this before you finish your attic

Expert advice for turning your top-floor dreams into a reality

reader remodel: "we had six months to make it livable"

A gritty young couple's gutsy revival plan restores a condemned 1887 Queen Anne's dignity

TOH tv

October 2011 TOH TV

the modern homesteader's kitchen

At the TOH project house, the recipe calls for blending modern amenities with old-school prep and storage areas


October 2011 UPGRADES


Our favorite period-style buys

get this look for less

Stylish salvage kitchen

price wise

Honeycomb shades

home solutions


how-to projects

October 2011 HOW-TO PROJECTS

paint ideas

Spattering will give boring furniture a personality makeover

fun family projects

Build a house for insect-eating bats to hang out in

home center project

Make a charming cabinet out of a bookcase and louvered shutters

weekend remodel

Pump up your curb appeal with a stepped-stone planter

ask this old house


Q + A

Avoid router burns on wood; discern quartersawn wood from flatsawn; stay safe when mixing concrete; get rid of an empty oil tank; and more

TOH tested

Leaf wranglers

Norm's tricks of the trade

Use a mounting block to attach light fixtures to lap siding

in every issue

October 2011 IN EVERY ISSUE

letter from -

Bump in the night—and the day


Easy ways to improve your home right now

save this old house

A gracious Queen Anne in Pittsburgh that's move-in ready



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Home Solutions

Find all the Halloween how-to and templates:
How to make a door knocker from fake bones
How to paint a skeleton-foot doormat
How to make a skull light

Before + After: Kitchen
Learn about new and improved laminate options

Before + After: Bath
Find more inspiring remodels, all done by TOH readers

Fun Family Projects: Bat House
Find instructions and templates for making the bat house
See a how-to video of making and hanging the bat house

TOH TV: The Modern Homesteader's Kitchen

Watch live footage of the Bedford renovation

Home Center Project
Find a list of tools and materials, plus instructions for cuts

Fall Fix-ups
Watch Tom Silva install a storm window
Watch Tom Silva install a solar vent fan

Weekend Remodel: Stone Planter
See a step-by-step video of building this planter
Learn how to set and wire a lamppost

75 Easy Spruce-ups Under $75
Build a wall shelf nightstand
See all 75 spruce-ups
See 100 DIY upgrades under $100

Ask - TOH Tested
Read reviews of more leaf blowers
Submit your questions to our experts

Read This Before You Remodel a Kitchen
Panel with applied moldings
Recess a chest of drawers in a wall
A new attic master suite
An attic suite that cost only $2,620
The ultimate kids' attic space and bath
An attic suite and home office

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