Two-Toned: If you're looking for a way to give the hub of your home a new look with maximum impact for minimum hassle, consider a double dose of color, as shown in the kitchens we've rounded up here. "Paint allows you to put your personal stamp on cabinetry," says Brian Yahn of Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania, whose clients often request a custom hue-or two. With upper cabinets in one shade and base cabinets in another, island and perimeter cabinets in contrasting colors, or simple pantry units painted to stand out like furniture, "it's not your mother's kitchen," he notes. Case in point: the mix at right. For more on this and other lively pairings, check out the rest these spicy kitchen color pairings on THISOLDHOUSE.COM. -Deborah Baldwin, This Old House magazine
Shown: Carefully plotted fields of color, including citrus shades of yellow and green, define prep, storage, and lounging spaces-and guarantee an upbeat mood. Cabinets: Plain & Fancy Custom
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Two-Toned: If you're looking for a way to give the hub of your home a new look with maximum impact for minimum hassle, consider a double dose of color, as shown in the kitchens we've rounded up here. "Paint allows you to put your personal stamp on cabinetry," says Brian Yahn of Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania, whose clients often request a custom hue-or two. With upper cabinets in one shade and base cabinets in another, island and perimeter cabinets in contrasting colors, or simple pantry units painted to stand out like furniture, "it's not your mother's kitchen," he notes. Case in point: the mix at right. For more on this and other lively pairings, check out the rest these spicy kitchen color pairings on THISOLDHOUSE.COM. -Deborah Baldwin, This Old House magazineRead More »from Color Combos That Spice Up a Kitchen
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With kitchens, simple does not necessarily equal streamlined. For these homeowners, the kitchen that came with their Atlanta condo fell short on both frills and function. Builder-grade cabinets and white laminate counters set a cheerless, monotonous tone in an open space that can be seen from the front door. And washing dishes meant looking at a worn wood cabinet, as the window didn't line up over the sink. Opening the dishwasher blocked the oven door and vice versa. "It was a sad-looking space," says homeowner Eduardo Perez.
Shown here: The green walls of the adjacent dining room inspired the kitchen's new backsplash.
See the entire amazing $967 Kitchen Remodel at thisoldhouse.com
Before. A bland color scheme and an awkward layout made this kitchen boring and inconvenient. So after a year-and with some DIY know-how passed down from his contractor dad-Eduardo spent two weeks removing the oak cabinets, refinishing and reinstalling them, then putting in new counters. The sink and the
- This Old House Magazine | Summer Living – Sat, Jun 11, 2011 6:43 AM EDT
WARNING: Reading this post could save you hundreds of dollars. And make you smarter. -Your Friends at This Old House
Don't let the scientific term vegetative propagation scare you-it just means growing new plants from established specimens rather than seed. It can be an easy and economical means of increasing your plant stock. "Propagation is a wonderful way to make more of your favorite varieties to fill in blank spots in your yard or keep a few backups of a prized plant in case your original dies," says horticulturist Marc Hachadourian, who manages the Nolen Greenhouses at The New York Botanical Garden. Many gardeners also enjoy increasing the number of their favorite specimens to share with friends as gifts.
Here are some easy techniques that suit beginners-including rooting stem and leaf cuttings, root division, and ground layering-no greenhouse required. You can propagate most plants on a windowsill that gets only indirect light (harsh sunlight will bake tender cuttings).
- This Old House Magazine | Work + Money – Sat, Jun 11, 2011 4:24 AM EDT
Breathe new life into stuff that's destined for the trash heap. Keep reading for clever ways to put spent gift cards, yogurt cups, sponges, and more to work in your home. -Tabitha SukhaiRead More »from Clever New Uses for Stuff That's Destined for the Trash Heap
Cut a Custom Trowel Using a Spent Gift Card. Why dirty a trowel when gluing down a few loose tiles? Instead, snip off one edge of a card with pinking shears to make a zigzag edge, use it to apply the mastic, then toss it. You can also cut the card to fit into just about any space.
MORE: 10 Uses for Gift Cards
Move Heavy Furniture Using Carpet Scraps. Slide pieces of carpet pile-side down under-neath the legs of a bureau, bed, or dresser, then push it across the floor-much easier than lifting.
MORE: 10 Uses for Carpet Scraps
Make a Tangle-Free Twine Dispenser With a Plastic Planting Pot. Put a ball of twine in a plastic pot, and pull the end through a hole in the bottom to keep it neat when using.
MORE: 10 Uses for Plastic Plant Pots
Catch Paint Drips With a Yogurt Container Lid. Cut a hole in a lid
After: Keep Retro Charm, Save Big Bucks!
Who: Nick Macke and Ted Moss
Where: Milton, Mass.
What: Gave their old cabinets a stylish yet frugal makeover.
"We wanted to keep some of the original retro details such as the stainless-steel sink and metal cabinets," says homeowner Nick Macke. That's the initial reason why he and his partner, Ted Moss, decided to go with mostly surface updates to their kitchen. Then they realized that doing so would save a huge chunk of cash as well as the kitchen's vintage charm. Here's how to Install a Glass Mosaic Tile Backsplash like the one shown here.
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A scalloped soffit, '70s-era wallpaper, wood paneling, and peeling linoleum dated the space. An open shelf above a new mosaic backsplash, a fresh coat of paint for the cabinets and walls and for the paneling, and a new floor bring it into this century.
RELATED: How to Afford the Kitchen You Want
After: Working in the Same Footprint
No walls or appliances wereRead More »from The $645 Kitchen Remodel
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Nicole and John Rader opened up and enlarged their 1920s Colonial Revival without sacrificing its soul-and won $5,000 and a GMC Sierra in TOH's annual Reader Remodel Contest!
Read the full story of their renovation on thisoldhouse.com
Old-World Charm, New-Age Problems: The front of the house before the renovation. It was originally built by their next-door neighbor's grandfather. After 70-some years in the Florida sun, it needed work.
MORE: Best DIY Curb-Appeal Before and Afters of the Year
Belle of the Block: Finally, after three renovation phases and 10 years, the house is complete!
MORE: Best DIY Budget Redo Before and Afters of the Year
Spacious Additions: During the third-phase of the renovation, the Raders added a 760 square foot addition, but kept as much of the original 1920s house as possible.
MORE: Best Kitchen Before and Afters of the Year
How They Saved:
-Shopped smart. They purchased half-price floor models at appliance showrooms, asked local stores to match discounts
- This Old House Magazine | Work + Money – Tue, Jun 7, 2011 8:41 PM EDT
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Announcing the winners of This Old House's 2011 Reader Remodel Contest! Are you a winner? Did you make the pages of our annual Reader-Created issue?
1. THE GRAND-PRIZE WINNER: A Chic Colonial.
John and Nicole Rader take a 1920s Colonial Revival from shabby to chic to win top honors ($5K and a new GMC truck!) Ten years, and many trips to the home center later, see how the Rader family made their DIY dreams come true.
Plus! Take a Video Tour of the Grand-Prize Winning House.
2. THE RUNNERS-UP: 5 One-Room Wonders.
5 amazing one-room transformations by $1,000 prize-winning runners-up, including a gorgeous outdoor retreat.
MORE: Best Kitchen Before and Afters 2011
3. PICTURE PERFECT: Best Curb-Appeal Transformations.
See these 7 homes that went from dumps to dreams with easy DIY enhancements.
MORE: Best Bath Before and Afters 2011
4. MOXIE AWARDS: Honoring True DIY Grit.
The winners of our Moxie Awards have what it takes to get the job done, despite any obstacles that stand in their
Wild animal on the loose? Construction mishap? Don't let this mayhem terrorize your home! With our homeowner survival tips, you'll know just what to do when trouble strikes.Read More »from 3 Household Disasters and How to Deal with Them
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1. Problem: A Wild Animal is Loose in the House
What to do: "Don't try to herd a bird with a broom or tennis racket. It'll just panic and try to hide," says Tom Scollins, a zoologist turned wildlife-control agent in Baltimore. "Instead, turn off the lights and open the windows, drapes, and blinds. It'll feel the air currents and fly toward the light." The same technique works for squirrels and raccoons, if you can corral them in a room and shut the door. If that fails, you'll need to call in a professional wildlife wrangler or your town's animal-control officer.
See how to keep this from happening to you...
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2. Problem: You May Have Just Taken Down a Bearing Wall
What to do: Look into the ceiling.
It is that time of year again! Roses are in bloom. Here's everything you need to know--including the best tools to use and which varieties to plant--to keep the most beautiful rose garden on the block. -Tabitha SukhaiRead More »from The TOH Guide to Growing a Flawless Rose Garden
Everything You Need to Prune Roses. Build the ultimate rose-care kit with help from the gardening pros! The Kneeling Pad and Seat show above can be used as shown to provide cushion or as a comfy bench. It's about $35 at gardeners.com (but we're sure some of our more resourceful DIYers can build one easily!)
See the rest of our Rose-Care Tool Kit at thisoldhouse.com
Watch a Pro Prune and Train Roses. You should start by inspecting your rose bushes for old, dead, or weak branches. Many homeowners fear pruning, but with help from TOH landscape contractor Roger Cook, you can do it yourself with confidence. Watch How to Prune and Train Roses at thisoldhouse.com
Pick Easy-Care Varieties. Far from finicky, many shrub-type roses bloom all summer long with very little fuss. Here
Did you know that you could use wood ash to repel slugs and snails in the garden? Or that you could use baking soda to zap roaches or remove tape residue? Well, it turns out you can. And there are all kinds of problem-solvers just laying around the house masquerading as one-trick ponies, or even trash. Here are some of our best tips from the popular 10 Uses column of This Old House magazine! Got some clever uses for common household products of your own? Share them in the comments section below. --Tabitha SukhaiRead More »from Clever New Uses for Common Household Products
Use old garden hoses to give your buckets a grip. A piece slipped over a wire handle makes for a more sturdy and comfortable grip.
MORE: See all 10 Uses for Old Garden Hoses at thisoldhouse.com
Use coffee filters to keep windows clear. Spray panes with glass cleaner, then wipe away with a doubled-up coffee filter. No lint, no streaks.
MORE: See all 10 Uses for Coffee Filters at thisoldhouse.com
Use chalk to file right. Rubbing chalk onto a metal file makes its teeth easier to