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DIY Inspiration

How-to projects, upgrades and repairs for hands-on home improvers from This Old House and Hometalk.

Check out these fabulous ideas for making your own high-end looking, “reclaimed wood” furniture, for a fraction of the price of using wooden pallets!

Looking for a soothing addition to your outdoor retreat? Check out this DIY fountain (with instructions) from Lowe's Creative Ideas. | thisoldhouse.com

See how April from House by Hoff transformed a castoff cabinet door into a charming chalkboard. | thisoldhouse.com

We recently moved into my late-grandmother's house that we are renovating. The kitchen renovation isn't quite complete, but I could hardly wait to share the progress!

A colorful set of DIY birdhouses (with how-to instruction) from ourlittleacre.com | thisoldhouse.com

Inspired by benches at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, this open-bottomed cedar bench doubles as a compost bin! Get the DIY instructions here. | Photo: Kolin Smith | thisoldhouse.com | from How to Build a Cedar Compost Bench

DIY: Pallet Bench - made from pallet wood & stained. What a great project!

DO IT NOW: Swap out that unsightly cracked flooring tile. Here's how to do it without damaging other tiles. | Photo: William A. Boyd | thisoldhouse.com

Build an Adirondack chair this simple, inexpensive way -- no power tools required.

Arrange your favorite things in the gallery-style look with this simple how-to. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber | thisoldhouse.com

Hometalk :: Old Dresser Drawer to Raised Storage Box (Super Easy DIY!)

Here's the perfect DIY creation for Mother's Day! And easy to build, too, with our instructions. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber | thisoldhouse.com

Learn how to make this headboard for under $150. | Photo Inset: Yunhee Kim | thisoldhouse.com

DIY Pallet Planter- very cool for patio gardening

Easy garden trellis - a fun weekend project that gives a lot of interest to a space.

Display your collectibles, books and art in style with our easy instructions for this small bookcase. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec | thisoldhouse.com