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December 2010

BEST NEW HOME PRODUCTS

money-savers

30 Down-and-Dirty Tricks for Big DIY Savings

ALL ABOUT

Crown molding

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BEST NEW HOME PRODUCTS

A complete cheat sheet to this year's freshest ideas for your home
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money-savers

30 Down-and-Dirty Tricks for Big DIY Savings

Penny-pincher. Tightwad. Cheapskate. Bring it on! Here at This Old House, we celebrate frugality, especially when it translates into increased efficiency, comfort, or style for our homes. From cutting your hot-water bill by installing a shower timer to brightening a room with handsome sconces that you hook up yourself, the secret to saving real money is a combination of thriftiness, smarts, and sweat.

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ALL ABOUT

Crown molding

Highlighting the transition between walls and ceiling, this decorative trim adds character to even the plainest rooms. The experts at This Old House show how to pick the right crown for your house style and budget
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idea file

MAKEING A Vintage Cottage Her OWN

homeowner turned a nondescript •••• 1940s HOUSE •••• into a light-filled CRAFTSMAN-STYLE HOME

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ask this old house

Q Why are there so many types of wire brushes? —CRISTELLE LAPRADE, JERSEY CITY, N.J. A wire As you brushes can see on from this the brush-and-blade wheel-style “tree,” they do come in a variety of diameters and widths—with fine, coarse, straight, crimped, or twisted bristles made of regular steel, stainless steel, bronze, and brass—each one suited to a particular metal-cleaning task.

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home center project

Make a trestle table

Corbels and staircase parts helped us craft a handsome table with plenty of room for a holiday crowd

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TOH TV

Front and center

The TOH TV project house is getting a boost from a bigger, brighter entry way. Learn why fixing up these little spaces has such a large impact

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ask this old house

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

Charles Peterson of CP Wood Floors replies: What you’re talking about is a floor medallion, a type of ornamental flooring designed to give a room a dramatic decorative focal point. They’re made to order using colorful pieces of precisely cut hardwoods mounted to a plywood backing.
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shopping

Wall-mount mailboxes

Whether aged copper or graphic steel, these letter holders will add vintage charm and a boost of curb appeal to any home

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in every issue

directory

Cover: For more information, see the listing for “Get This Look." Before + After Kitchen: Practicality meets period style (pp. 25-28) Kitchen designer and custom cabinets: Rebekah Zaveloff, KitchenLab LLC, Chicago, IL; 773-495-4383; kitchenlab-chicago.com.
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