5 DIY Steps to Amazing Curb Appeal

Posted by: on August 21st, 2014 | Make A Comment

5 DIY Steps to Amazing Curb Appeal

A simple and economical boost to your home’s curb appeal can be accomplished in just a few steps that you can do yourself. Mallory and Savannah, the brains behind Classy Clutter, have it down to just five DIY jobs, in fact. Of course, excellent curb appeal is very important if you’re getting ready to put your house up for sale. But these steps are so easy that Mallory spruced up her home’s curb appeal, even though she rents!

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DIY Landscape Lighting

Posted by: on August 19th, 2014 | Make A Comment

DIY Landscape Lighting

There’s nothing better for adding an elegant, magical ambiance to your back yard or deck than outdoor lighting. It’s great, too, for enhancing curb appeal in the front of your house. Landscape lighting increases your home security, too.

Installing your own DIY landscape lighting is pretty easy, too. DIY blogger Robin Gay of All Things Heart and Home has done some pretty amazing things with outdoor lighting in her yard. Here she shows up how to set up a DIY  outdoor lighting system.  

DIY Landscape Lighting

Outdoor living before the sun goes down is lovely. But add a little landscape lighting and moonlight to the mix and you’ve got an enchanting backdrop for all your outside celebrations!

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A Simple, Inexpensive Bathroom Makeover for Renters

Posted by: on August 14th, 2014 | One Comment

A Simple, Inexpensive Bathroom Makeover for Renters

 

Renting a home doesn’t necessarily stop you from giving your bathroom a bit of a makeover. The key is to make it simple and inexpensive, and don’t tear out anything that’s attached to the walls. (You might want to mention it to your landlord, too, before you start.)

This is exactly what Ellie Somerville McNevin from Non-White Sofa did with the bathroom in her rental home. Painting the walls, putting down new flooring and adding a little flair to the mirror made a huge difference, as you’ll see…

My husband Nick and I recently relocated to Charleston, South Carolina from New York, and although we’re in a rental, I knew a few small updates would make a drastic improvement to our master bathroom.

But I’m not going to lie… we ended up laying down some tile too.

The photo below shows how the bathroom looked when we moved in… scary, I know! The tiles were different colors that had been painted and had started chipping, and the walls were a dingy blue that desperately needed a fresh coat of paint.

Another downside was the standard builder’s grade mirror that was held up with plastic clips. Although I liked the size, it did nothing for the space, so I came up with a plan to give it a fresh new look.

 

A Simple, Inexpensive Bathroom Makeover: Before the Makeover

 

With a bathroom in this kind of condition, I knew a trip to The Home Depot was in order.

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9 Tips and Tricks for Planning a Bathroom Remodel

Posted by: on August 12th, 2014 | Make A Comment

9 Tips and Tricks for Planning a Bathroom Remodel

 

Remodeling your bathroom is one of the most cost effective ways to increase the value of your home. It can also go a long way toward improving the quality of your life and satisfaction in your home. 

A lot of people understandably find the idea of undertaking a bathroom remodel a bit intimidating. That’s why we brought in Jaime Dorobek to help put you at ease by sharing what she learned doing her own bathroom renovation. Jamie and her husband are pretty fearless DIYers. You can read all about Jamie’s experiences in creating things on her blog C.R.A.F.T. (Create Really Awesome Free Stuff). Yet, even Jamie didn’t think of everything before getting the bathroom remodeling underway.

Jamie learned a lot, and she’s here with practical advice that comes from real-life experience.  

You’ve made the decision to remodel your bathroom, now what?

Plan, plan, and plan some more my friend!

Starting a bathroom remodel is scary, exciting, and nerve racking, but it is all worth it in the end! And a well thought out (but, flexible) plan will keep things moving and ensure that you are always one step ahead of the game.

Here are nine tips and tricks I wish I would have known before we started our bathroom remodel adventure.

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DIY Industrial Lamp: Cool Desk Lamp Made From Pipe

Posted by: on August 7th, 2014 | 4 Comments

DIY Industrial Lamp: Cool Desk Lamp Made From Pipe

 

This easy-to-make DIY industrial lamp will create a trendy industrial look for your desk or table. This cool desk lamp is made from lengths of steel pipe and fittings, a light kit and a light bulb– all readily available at your local Home Depot store.

Just follow the step-by-step tutorial, and you’ll have your new pipe lamp completed in no time. 

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Ana White: How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart

Posted by: on August 5th, 2014 | 7 Comments

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart

Ana White is a very popular DIY blogger who is all about encouraging people of all skill levels to get a little sawdust in their lives. She has so many excellent and very doable DIY projects on the Ana White blog.

She created this tutorial for a rolling storage cart especially for The Home Depot’s Do-It-Herself Workshops. The cart is quite versatile. It makes a terrific cart for gardening supplies. You might want to use it to organize school supplies in the run up to the first day of school. When the holiday season arrives, you could use it to organize wrapping supplies. There will always be a use for this cart.

This will be the project for The Home Depot’s Do-It-Herself Workshop at all Home Depot stores on Thursday, August 21. We have more information about the DIH Workshop at the bottom of the page.

 

When you’re a parent, you have enough things to worry about. The last thing you need is more stuff to add to the mess. Using tools and supplies from The Home Depot, I’ve built this easy and affordable Rolling Storage Cart . Here’s to making storage super stylish!

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An Amazing Kids’ Playhouse Built from an Old Backyard Shed

Posted by: on August 1st, 2014 | 19 Comments

An Amazing Kids' Playhouse Built from an Old Backyard Shed

An Amazing Kids' Playhouse Built from an Old Backyard Shed

 

Here’s a story about a kids’ playhouse that’s a lot like the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Ugly Duckling. You know the story– a homely little duckling matures into a beautiful swan. In this case a rather unattractive old tool shed is transformed into an absolutely magical playhouse that would be the dream of any little girl.

This is the vision of Joni Lay (along with ideas and labor by her husband and her father). Joni is the designer, creator and mom behind the blog Lay Baby Lay. This remarkable playhouse project is her contribution to our ongoing Outdoor Games Style Challenge series here on the Home Depot Blog.

What better place for backyard games than a playhouse, eh?

Seriously. This is the playhouse you wish you had had when you were a kid.

I had a fun playhouse growing up that my dad built especially for my sister and me. We loved it, and spent countless long hours in it, imagining the afternoons away. I’ve been dreaming for quite awhile about building something really fun for our girls to enjoy in the same way, but couldn’t really get a plan in my head that I was truly satisfied with until one day my husband Chip came up with a brilliant suggestion.

There was a tin roofed shed in our backyard that has sat virtually untouched since we moved into our house six years ago. It had fallen into a sad state of disrepair, but it was the kind of thing that you just didn’t know what to do with because it would be quite the effort to disassemble and throw away. We didn’t really use it, so we didn’t care to fix it up, either.

But my husband Chip had the idea to turn it into a playhouse, and that was all we needed to get going.

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Outdoor Games: DIY Ladder Toss You Can Take to the Park

Posted by: on July 31st, 2014 | 3 Comments

Outdoor Games: DIY Ladder Toss You Can Take to the Park

Mandy Kellogg Rye knows a stylish picnic isn’t complete without a fun activity. A good outdoor game can generate conversation, stimulate the mind as well as the body, and it can be a convenient, if not totally necessary excuse to enjoy a summer afternoon in the park.

Mandy is a talented and in-demand stylist– she founded the  Waiting On Martha blog and online store. She came up with this tutorial for building a DIY ladder toss game (often called ladder ball). It’s her contribution to our Outdoor Games Style Challenge.

Her ladder toss game set is a great for a tailgate party, a backyard barbecue, or for enjoying time with friends in the park.   

 

When The Home Depot asked me to be a part of its latest Style Challenge, I didn’t have to think twice before saying #letsdothis, especially since moving to Atlanta from Chicago we’ve been spending more time than ever outdoors.

The only caveat is that we live in the city, which means we have a very teeny-tiny backyard, and most of our time spent outdoors is at some of the beautiful parks that grace these city streets. So I knew when choosing and creating my outdoor game it would have to be portable and easy to store. We already had cornhole and bocce ball, but what seemed to be missing was one of my favorites– ladder toss. While ladder toss tends to be a tad on the large side I knew that with a few tweaks I could make it portable and part of our outdoor routine in no time.

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3 PVC Projects to Keep Your Kids Cool This Summer

Posted by: on July 30th, 2014 | 2 Comments

DIY Kids' Run-Through Sprinkler

 

We know that PVC pipe was invented for serious, functional purposes. There’s no denying the importance of durable, inexpensive material for modern plumbing. But PVC has its fun side, too. You can build some pretty awesome stuff with it.

Here we have three fun PVC projects, all created by Michelle Hinckley of the blog 4 Men 1 Lady

She’s among the super creative bloggers we asked to take part in our Outdoor Games Style Challenge here on The Home Depot Blog. The bloggers are inventing DIY outdoor games using simple materials available in the aisles of The Home Depot. 

Michelle serves up three PVC projects, all with outdoor fun on a hot day in mind, including a fun take on volleyball using water as the net and an awesome PVC water balloon catapult. But first, a DIY outdoor game classic– a PVC run-through sprinkler for the kids. 

Summer sets the ultimate outdoor playground backdrop for kids.

But with the scorching temperatures it’s not always feasible to stay outside for too long without getting overheated.

I have three PVC projects to KEEP the KIDS KOOL that you’ll definitely want to complete.

PVC RUN -THROUGH SPRINKLER

First up, the ultimate PVC run-through sprinkler. It is a little fancier than other kids’ sprinklers– it has not one, but TWO sprinkles of water to run through! 

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DIY Ring Toss Game Made from Copper Pipe

Posted by: on July 29th, 2014 | Make A Comment

DIY Ring Toss Game Made from Copper Pipe

Paula Coldiron and her family have had a very complicated summer. We’ll let her tell the story, but let’s just say she and her family were probably ready for a little outdoor family fun… like, say, playing an outdoor game of ring toss. 

Paula is a remarkably creative woman. You’ll immediately recognize that when you take a look at her blog,  Two Ellie. We asked her (before her recent craziness started) to take part in our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. The series challenges some of our favorite design and DIY bloggers to build a new backyard game, or re-create a game we all know using materials from The Home Depot.

She has some very clever ideas on how to make a backyard ring toss game. The DIY is quite easy, and resulting game, as you can see in the photos, is a lot of fun for the whole family. Read on to see how she created her DIY ring toss game.

But first, her weird summer… 

 

There are so many great attributes of summer… kids are out of school, sleeping in, long breakfasts around the table, afternoon naps, pool days, I really could go on and on. I would have to say my most favorite though is the ability to have an impromptu get together with friends. School activities and sports are no longer an issue plus there are no worries of the kids getting up grumpy for school. It really is a win for all.

This summer has been a bit different for us. We are in the midst of a move. Not far from our current home, but hectic none the less.

We started the summer with packing then a family trip to Colorado for a wedding. While away our current home flooded, and needless to say that is never fun.

We then began the few week process of living out of the same suitcases we took to Colorado until our new rental home was ready for us. In the meantime we had the pleasure of bunking at my parents’ house out of town, then some dear friends went on vacation and offered their home to us.

This also meant our get-togethers could resume and my Home Depot challenge game could be put to the test!

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