Editors’ Picks: DIY Projects for Your Old House

Our editors highlight new and classic articles, along with favorite products and current bookstore sales. This week, get a jump on the new year by tackling some long-neglected DIY projects.

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to make a fresh start—for you and your old house. You know that list of projects you’ve been putting off for weeks (or months or years)? Put your remaining vacation days to good use and give your house one or two of those little tune-ups it so desperately needs. Whether you’re repairing plaster or refreshing a doorway, these three DIY projects will provide inspiration and guidance:

The author moved this original four-light exterior door from the back wall of his kitchen to the top of his cellar stairs.

How To Move an Old Door: An expert’s step-by-step tutorial can help you put an old door to work in a new jamb.

How To Fix Plaster Ceilings: Techniques for reattaching plaster ceilings.

How To Repair Leaded Glass: Learn to repair your home’s old leaded glass by following along with a fearless DIYer.

New This Week

How to Rewire an Antique Light Fixture When original lighting fixtures flicker and fail, restore them to good working order by rewiring.

A Windsor chair.

Wonderful Windsors The Windsor chair originated in England, but after colonial craftspeople adopted the form, this furniture favorite became uniquely American.


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By Old House Journal

Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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