Check Out the DIY Bookshelves in This Home Office Makeover

Posted by: on September 29th, 2014 | 5 Comments

DIY Bookshelves in a Home Office Makeover

Bookshelves generally play two roles– functional and aesthetic. In this home office makeover, the DIY bookshelves add some much needed shelf space, and they certainly make the previously bare room look warm, comfortable and sophisticated.  

These DIY bookshelves were created by Tracy Laverty and her husband Steve. Tracy is the author of the DIY and lifestyle blog Right Up My Alley, and this DIY bookshelf tutorial and home office makeover are part of our ongoing DIY Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We pick a particular material– in this case, plywood — and challenge some of our favorite bloggers to come up with useful DIY projects or inspiration to share with our readers. 

We’re so impressed with Tracy and Steve’s woodworking skills, and as you’ll see in the photos, the home office makeover resulted in a bright, elegant and well-organized work space. 

Our home office has been in the same condition since the day the contractor finished building it; contractor grade walls, no curtains, essentially the storage room where we put things that have no other home. As you can see in the photo below, it was also unorganized and ready for a revamp.

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How to Build the Best Kids Reading Nook Ever

Posted by: on September 26th, 2014 | 16 Comments

How to Build the Best Kids Reading Nook Ever

This kids reading nook is the cozy, quiet space we probably all wished we had when we were kids. Heck, a small, enclosed mini-sanctuary like this would be pretty nice even for adults.

This cool little bedroom reading corner was created by Charlotte Smith, the DIY blogger behind Ciburbanity. It’s part of our DIY Challenge series in which we challenge some of our favorite decor and DIY bloggers to create fun, practical and clever DIY projects starting with a single material– in this case, plywood.

Charlotte has the full tutorial here for you, including a little help with the math and a suggested beverage to sip as you create this kids reading nook for your children or grandchildren (or yourself!).

There’s something about a nook that gets my creative DIY juices flowing. At a recent trip to our local children’s museum, they had a little corner area and my kids immediately settled in for some quiet reading and calm. Key word here is “calm,” so ever since I’ve had this idea percolating for a corner nook in my son and daughter’s shared bedroom.

Good news is that this whole thing took me one weekend and most of that time was spent waiting for paint to dry. Read: it’s not particularly labor intensive!

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Easy DIY Wainscoting for a Dramatic Accent Wall

Posted by: on September 25th, 2014 | 19 Comments

Easy DIY Wainscoting for a Dramatic Accent Wall

 

This easy DIY wainscoting will guarantee a dramatic look for your living room or dining room. Caitlin Ketcham of the blog Desert Domicile came up with this staggered flat panel wainscoting project for our ongoing DIY Challenge series. We’ve asked several of our favorite DIY and design bloggers to come up with practical DIY projects starting with a single material– in this case, plywood

We love the sophisticated look of this distinctive wainscoting, and we were impressed with just how easy it was for Caitlin to build it. And as you can see, the results are simply smashing.

Here’s Caitllin’s easy DIY wainscoting tutorial.

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DIY Shoe Rack for the Entryway or Mudroom

Posted by: on September 23rd, 2014 | One Comment

DIY Shoe Rack for the Entryway or Mudroom

 

What do you do with your shoes as you kick them off when you walk into the front door? Aileen Allen, the DIY blogger behind At Home in Love, and her family dumped their shoes in the entryway closet. You can probably guess how that was working out. 

That’s why she created a very nifty DIY shoe rack for her entryway. It’s custom build for her space, and even shoe size. It works as a bench, too, to sit on as she puts on her shoes. It’s even on wheels so it’s easy to move out of the way, when needed. And best of all… we have the tutorial so you can make a shoe rack like hers for your home.

This is her contribution to our ongoing DIY Challenge series in which we ask some of our favorite bloggers to come up with a useful DIY project starting with a particular material– in this case it’s plywood.

Read on for Aileen’s DIY shoe rack tutorial.

When I was brainstorming what to make for the DIY Plywood Challenge, I knew I wanted it to be something practical that we’d actually use in our home. I’ve made my share of DIY projects that later ended up in the “donate” pile, so I was resolved that this project would be one we’d actually use and keep for awhile.

The idea came to me as we were heading out the door for work one morning. We opened up the door to our coat closet and dug around in the pile of shoes stacked on the floor. They were practically spilling out the door, and it was completely disorganized. So I decided to make a shoe rack!

It was a lot of fun to create the concept and bring it to life, and our entryway is so much more organized (and less frustrating) now. The rack isn’t big enough to house all of our shoes, but we can keep our favorites on it…the ones that we wear most often. The rest of the shoes are still in the closet, but they fit in a single layer now, instead of a big, messy pile.

It might be a small thing, but I love being able to easily find the shoes I want to wear in the morning! And the shoe rack also doubles as a bench, for lacing shoes or pulling on boots.

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DIY Shelves and a Storage Closet Makeover

Posted by: on September 22nd, 2014 | Make A Comment

DIY Shelves And A Storage Closet Makeover

We don’t know anyone who isn’t looking for ways to use every square inch of their homes. That’s why we’re mighty impressed with the recent storage closet makeover by lifestyle blogger Destiny Alfonso. 

She says for the longest time, it was one of those “everyone’s coming over, I don’t have a place to put it, just stuff it in the closet” spaces. But after she worked her DIY magic it’s a closet she doesn’t mind guests actually seeing inside the closet.

Destiny writes about DIY, decor and entertaining on her blog Just Destiny. Her closet makeover is part of our ongoing DIY Challenge series. We challenge some of our favorite DIY bloggers to come up with a great home improvement project starting with a specific building material– in the case, plywood. 

Read on to see how Destiny planned and executed her amazing hallway closet makeover. 

We love to throw parties, and each year we host Thanksgiving for our family and friends which has left us with a collection of servingware, dishes and decor that need storage. We have large garage but I needed a place to access my things at a moment’s notice. But, as you can see below, the storage closet was pretty dysfunctional. The closet needed a serious makeover.

Destiny's storage closet before its makeover

So I headed to my local Home Depot and picked up some supplies to build some pretty and functional shelves out of the most versatile material, plywood. This project is super easy and the perfect project for those who are feeling out the whole DIY thing. If you’re not comfortable with making your cuts, measure before and have your local Home Depot do all the cuts for you! Then all you have to do is assemble!

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3 DIY Projects for a Little Girls’ Bedroom Makeover

Posted by: on September 19th, 2014 | 4 Comments

3 DIY Projects for a Little Girls' Bedroom Makeover

 

This girls’ bedroom makeover is simply adorable. Jaime Costiglio’s two little girls (and one little boy!) are so lucky to have such a talented mom. Jaime is known for the terrific craft and DIY projects she writes about on her blog That’s My Letter.

She has three DIY projects to show you here on The Home Depot Blog– a pair of nightstands, a plywood lampshade and a DIY wall shelf. This her contribution to our DIY Challenge series. We invite some of our favorite DIY and lifestyle bloggers to create fun and practical DIY projects using a single building material. In this case, it’s plywood.

These three DIY projects look fabulous in this little girls’ room, but they’d be quite at home in any bedroom, and even other rooms of the house.

Here are Jaime’s three tutorials, along with her bedroom decorating ideas. 

We moved into our current home, a 1740 saltbox farmhouse, over a year ago. I plopped my two girls into their bedroom, and I hadn’t done a single thing to the room until now. I wanted to update the space to reflect our lifestyle, embrace their innocence and be purposeful. I’m sharing three plywood projects that I built to complete my girls bedroom makeover.

The girls’ beds flank a pair of windows, and the only place to put a nightstand is directly in front of the windows. Typical to many traditional saltbox homes, the windows in the front on the second level are close to the floor. They are so very charming, but they create quite a decorating challenge!

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Creating Custom Built-in Cabinets

Posted by: on September 18th, 2014 | 7 Comments


Creating Custom Built-in Cabinets

 

Custom built-in cabinets can be a big enhancement to a dining room, living room, or just about any room in your home. We were interested to see how DIY blogger Tania Griffis approached the design and creation of built-in cabinets in her dining room. You should see the amazing work she’s done on her home, as seen on her blog Run to Radiance.  

Her custom built-in cabinets are part of our DIY Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We’ve invited several of our favorite decor and DIY bloggers to create projects all starting with a particular material– in this case, plywood

Take a look at how Tania and her husband thought through the process of designing and building the cabinets, and how they completed the project… with a couple of clever twists. 

My husband Scott and I have been remodeling our home for over two years now—time flies when you are having fun! One of the first rooms we tackled was our dining room. When we designed the floor plan for our dining room, we added a wide nook with the intention of adding a custom built-in cabinet. As things go, however, time went by, and as we took on remodeling the majority of the rooms in our house, our cabinet idea fell lower on our to-do list. You can see below that we found a way to make the nook useful, but neither of us felt it was a long-term solution, and we have always intended to go back and create something fabulous.

When I was invited to participate in the Home Depot DIY Challenge, and found out the only stipulation was I would have to use plywood to create something, I knew our cabinet project could finally happen.

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Oversized DIY Wall Art Made From Plywood

Posted by: on September 15th, 2014 | 18 Comments

Oversized DIY Wall Art Made From Plywood

It’s funny how something as mundane as plywood can be turned into something beautiful. Chelsea Coulston of Making Home Base demonstrates that with her fabulous DIY wall art made from plywood. This oversized triptych has a bold geometric pattern, and it looks smashing hanging over her sofa.

This was Chelsea’s contribution to our Plywood DIY Challenge, in which some of our favorite DIY and decor bloggers create new DIY projects using plywood. This DIY wall art project is pretty simple and inexpensive with a very impressive result. 

Here’s Chelsea’s tutorial.

The wall behind my sofa has been bare for months. First, I wanted a gallery wall. I got it half way up but wasn’t in love. It stayed half done for a few more months until I decided to ditch the whole gallery wall and moved onto to something totally different, something a little bit glam, and something totally DIY.

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Creative DIY Ideas with Plywood Coming in New DIY Challenge

Posted by: on September 15th, 2014 | One Comment

Creative Ideas with Plywood Coming in New DIY Challenge

 

The Home Depot Blog is known for bringing you terrific decor and styling ideas with our flagship Patio Style Challenge and Holiday Style Challenge series. We’ve been able to share with you stunning Christmas displays and outdoor decorating ideas created by some of the best DIY and decor bloggers on the internet– all using one or more Home Depot products as a starting point.

We’re expanding into the DIY space with a brand new Challenge series. We’re asking our talented friends in the world of do-it-yourself blogging to create new DIY projects using a specific building material. First up, DIY Challenge: Plywood!

We are excited to introduce the skilled DIYers of our Plywood DIY Challenge:

 

First Row:

Aileen is the blogger behind At Home in Love, a blog all about inspiring interiors and doable DIYs. Aileen’s style is fresh, quirky, and colorful, so we can’t wait to see the distinctive spin she puts on the DIY Challenge.

Caitlin, of Desert Domicile, is a designer, a DIYer, and a stylist. Turning her Tucson house into a home one DIY project at a time keeps her going.

Charlotte, blogger at Ciburbanity, writes about fixing up their historic home, wrangling children, and decorating on a budget. Wondering about that creative name? It’s city + suburb + sanity = Ciburbanity.

 

Second Row:

Chelsea is the blogger behind Making Home Base, a lifestyle blog with a DIY slant. Chelsea is no stranger to home decor projects and crafts. Plus, she’s up for the rental challenge in her military base house!

Destiny is a home and lifestyle blogger at Just Destiny Mag, based in Phoenix, Arizona. Destiny’s style is fun and fresh, and lucky for us, she’s got a knack for DIY, too.

Jaime is a DIY-enthusiast and blogger at That’s My Letter, where she posts about building, painting and sewing – all tied to a letter in the alphabet. Jaime lives with her family in a 1740 saltbox farmhouse just outside New York City. We can’t wait to see Jaime’s creative take on plywood!

 

Third Row:

Tania, the red-headed blogger behind Run To Radiance, is remodeling her 1950s ranch-style home with her DIYer husband. Slow and steady is the name of the game in a long term renovation project! Tania writes about design and crafts, too, so we are excited to give Tania a smaller scale project to focus on: plywood!

Tracy is the voice behind Right Up My Alley, a DIY and interior design blog. With plenty of tips for making a house a home, Tracy’s bright, colorful style will give you an instant boost of inspiration.

 

DIY Miter Saw Bench

Posted by: on August 29th, 2014 | 10 Comments

DIY Miter Saw Bench

This DIY miter saw bench is a beauty. Whitney Gainer, half of the Shanty2Chic DIY team, made it so she could get more use out of her prized miter saw. Follow the step-by-step instructions, and soon you’ll have a sturdy table like this for your own workshop. (Look for a link to a downloadable version of the tutorial at the end of this how-to.) It might even give you a reason to buy a miter saw if you don’t already have one!

We often get asked what our favorite, most used tool is. I always answer the same… It’s my miter saw! I love it. I have had it on a stand for the last year or so, and decided it was time to build it a new home.

Check out my DIY Miter Saw Bench!

This is a really simple build with the right tools! Let’s get started!

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