Don't Buy It, DIY It!
Save money and get just the look you want with our how-to instructions for home furnishings and projects you can build yourself.
This handsome side table is made with stock pieces, doesn't require any sawing, and will take less time to make than shopping for a look-alike! Get the instructions here. | Photo: Wendell t. Webber | thisoldhouse.com
Vintage wood balusters can make for stately candleholders set up on a hearth. For just a few dollars you can make them in less than an hour with our step-by-step instructions. | Photo: John Gruen | thisoldhouse.com
Follow our step-by-steps for building this handsome cocktail hutch, and you'll always be ready for guests with a place to hang glasses, store wine bottles, tuck bottle openers and napkins, and display spirits. | Photo: Ryan Benyi | thisoldhouse.com
For less than $100 you can build a DIY Étagère out of plumbing pipe and fittings, plus shatterproof acrylic, rather than glass, for the shelves. | Photo: Jesse Walker/Cornerhouse Stock | thisoldhouse.com
Using a 1-inch-thick wood panel, jute rope, two types of chain, and mason jars from a closeout store, this TOH reader created an expensive-looking chandelier for just $100! | Photo: Cassandra Stambaugh | thisoldhouse.com
Want the look of a custom built-in without having to shell out big bucks? This one was put together with inexpensive IKEA Pax wardrobes and lumber rescued from construction sites for just $320. | thisoldhouse.com
Pouring your own concrete counters is easier now thanks to prepackaged concrete mix and foam forms. Check out Quikrete Countertop Mix available by special order at home centers and Preitech's foam form which comes with an instructional DVD. | Photo: Tria Giovan | thisoldhouse.com
See how this reader used stock cabinets--trimmed, painted and topped with a wood counter--to create a custom DIY kitchen island. | thisoldhouse.com/yourTOH
For less than $35, you can create a custom sunburst mirror as nice (or nicer!) than ones that cost 10x as much in-store. | Photo: Ryan Benyi | thisoldhouse.comf
Using scrap materials, this DIY Dad built his horse-loving daughter a stable, complete with big stalls, a hay loft tower with a rope pulley, a tack room, working doors, all topped with a weathervane. See more at | thisoldhouse.com/yourTOH
For a fraction of the cost of custom-created radiator covers, this homeowner designed and built these himself using popular with granite top inserts. A gap at the top allows natural convection to occur. 2013 TOH Dont Buy It, DIY It! Contest | thisoldhouse.com/yourTOH
Discarded wood pallets, painted, stained and nailed to plywood were crafted into a bed frame as a surprise wedding anniversary present by this entrant in our 2013 TOH Dont Buy It, DIY It! contest. | thisoldhouse.com/yourTOH