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January | February 2012

upgrades

ALL ABOUT Wallpaper

upgrades

TRADE SECRETS REVEALED

weekend remodel

Build a bar

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upgrades

ALL ABOUT Wallpaper

Liven up your walls with patterns, colors, and textures that you'll never get from a paintbrush or roller. The experts at TOH tell you how

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upgrades

TRADE SECRETS REVEALED

18 big-impact upgrades, low-cost fixes, and time-saving shortcuts that the pros use—and now you can too

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weekend remodel

Build a bar

How best to finish a space for entertaining? Grab some stock lumber and specialty molding, and cozy on up to this project

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TOH TV

The truth about efficient lighting

At the TOH TV project house, experts helped the homeowners navigate new bulb and fixture options. What they learned can help you, too

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askthisoldhouse

Q HOW can I determine the diameter of an installed drainpipe? A tape measure just won't work. -ALLAN J. WICKLUND, RIVERHEAD, N.Y. A For spot-on accuracy, old-fashioned metalworking calipers, like the ones shown here, are just the ticket. Two types that work: outside calipers (top and center), which capture a pipe's outside diameter, and inside calipers (bottom and far right), for measuring its inside diameter if the pipe is open on one end.
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BUILT-IN charm

When space is short, it pays to put every NOOK, CRANNY, and CORNER to work. For proof, look inside this 1946 Cape

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paint ideas

No-fail colors for small spaces

Transform hemmed-in rooms with 10 hues handpicked by our color pros. Their range may surprise you

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directory

Cover: For information, see the listing for "Read This Before You Finish Your Basement." Before + After Kitchen: Two cooks, one small space (pp. 27-29) Kitchen designer: Heidi Piron Design & Cabinetry, Summit, NJ; 908-598-0035; heidipiron .com.
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READ THIS BEFORE YOU FINISH YOUR BASEMENT

Even if it’s currently cold concrete and crammed with boxes of off-season duds, the lowest floor of your home probably has loads of potential. Treat it just as you would any of the rooms aboveground, and it might just become the most popular spot in the house-for a lot less cash than adding on. Here’s our bottom-line advice for turning this underutilized space into a place you’ll be eager to spend time in

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before + after: kitchen

Two cooks, one small space

Every square inch counts in this compact, light-filled family kitchen

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