Vin­tage is al­ways a great choice Don’t be afraid to pick up vin­tage tools at your lo­cal thrift or an­tique store. Old tools such as planes, chis­els and paint scrap­ers are of­ten built stur­dier than new ones. All you need to do is pol­ish up the cut­ting blade

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Sal­vaged ar­chi­tec­tural pieces will mesh into

your old house much bet­ter than pieces from a big box store. Don’t shy away from old doors, win­dows or mill­work. If they’re a lit­tle larger than space al­lows, you can usu­ally mill them down to fit your re­quire­ments. You might find some of the most beau­ti­ful pieces un­der decades of old paint, but with a lit­tle el­bow grease and willpower, you can make them shine again—all for a frac­tion of what it would cost to buy the item al­ready re­stored.

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