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January | February 2011

January | February 2011

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ALL ABOUT

Laminate

ask this old house

how to projects

big impact diy for Every Budfet

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ALL ABOUT

Laminate

The stuff of retro 1950s kitchens is looking cool again, thanks to new patterns and vibrant colors. This Old House’s experts show how to use this tough, affordable, and easy-to-care-for surfacing in your home

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ask this old house

Q What makes a hatchet different from an ax? —ROB LUSKEY, PLACENTIA, CALIF. A Technically, a hatchet is a type of ax, one that weighs 3 pounds or less. Heavier axes have large heads and long handles, just the thing for heavy-duty work like tree felling, limbing, and log splitting.
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how to projects

big impact diy for Every Budfet

Whether you’ve got a lot or just a little to spend, the editors of This Old House have a spruce-up project for you. By simplifying the steps and reining in costs on four high-style jobs often left to the pros, we show how to save a bundle while making impressive home improvements yourself.

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idea file

FULLY LOADED LAUNDRY ROOMS

Efficient wash-and-dry centers designate a place for each step of the laundry process, from sorting to folding. Coming up, seven well-ordered and welcoming setups

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weekend remodel

Stencil a border

Dress up a doorway—or any room feature—with a pattern of your own design

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Spiced-up Color Combos

These unexpected paint pairings are sure to get your kitchen cooking

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TOH TV

Fixing an unfit garage

The TOH TV project house has a garage that stands out, but not in a good way. Learn how the project team is taming it—and see more overhaul strategies for your car’s rest area

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Cover: For information, see the listing for "Spiced-up color combos." Before + After Kitchen: Old-world style, gracious new fit (pp. 25-27) Designer: Ines Hanl, The Sky is the Limit, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; 250-385-5156; theskyisthelimitdesign.com. Custom cabinetry and hutch: Island Custom Cabinetry, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada; 250-652-5625; islandcustom.ca.
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shopping

Architectural mirrors

A handsome group of looking glasses inspired by classic house parts

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ask this old house

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

Our 1930 house has beautiful original moldings, except in the dining room where they were removed by the previous owner. I can’t find anything to match them. Any Suggestions? —APRIL HARWELL, CHATHAM, N.J. Brent Hull, millworker and owner, Hull Historical, replies: When none of the offerings at the home center or the lumberyards measure up, then it’s time to go the custom route.
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