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September 2013

Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Q+A

ALL ABOUT

Vent Hoods

upgrades

PLANT THIS NOT THAT

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Q+A

CABINET FIX/FALL LAWN CARE HURRICANE INSURANCE FOR PLANTS/MORE

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ALL ABOUT

Vent Hoods

An essential partner to your range, these workhorses help keep your kitchen’s air clean. Here’s how to choose the right one

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upgrades

PLANT THIS NOT THAT

18 trouble-free alternatives to popular shrubs that have earned the "invasive" label

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COLOR IDEAS

colorful story

WHILE PUTTING THE FINAL TOUCHES ON A SEVEN-YEAR REDO, THIS OLD HOUSE'S EDITOR LEARNS TO SEE PAINT CHOICES—AND DOMESTIC HARMONY—IN A NEW LIGHT

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weekend remodel

DAY-TO-DAY TIMELINE

SATURDAY Cut the countertop and make the frame (Steps 1-4). SUNDAY Assemble the pieces (Steps 5-7).
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home center project

Make your own headboard

Staircase parts are available at home centers, though you'll likely find a better selection online. For the bottom rail, use a handrail with a fillet, a thin, removable strip of wood that you'll use as a template for making holes in both rails.
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idea file

12 COLOR COMBOS THAT REALLY COOK

Warm up your kitchen cabinets With a two-tone scheme

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salvage style

Old shutters adorn windows and more

Use these louvered or paneled wood beauties to give your home's exterior classic character, or repurpose them as rustic indoor accents

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home solutions

Decoding the new paints

The latest latex formulations promise single-coat coverage, next to no VOC odor, and fast-drying results. So how do you navigate the ever-expanding choices in the paint aisle? Before tackling your next project, use these tips to brush up on your paint savvy and get the most out of every gallon.

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before + after: kitchen

Lots more function—and charm

One less window, a wider passageway—and pro help—saved this sunny gathering spot from well-intentioned neglect

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