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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 | 8 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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Outdoor Game DIY: A Wonderfully Whimsical Croquet Set

Posted by: on July 17th, 2014 | One Comment

Outdoor Game DIY: A Wonderfully Whimsical Croquet Set

 

Some of our favorite design bloggers are inventing clever ways to DIY outdoor games for summer fun in our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. Camille Simmons of Planning Pretty came up with this wonderfully whimsical take on the game of croquet using some unexpected materials. It’s easy to pack up and store, too. 

It’s cute, colorful and provides a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon. 

 

Sometimes when you’re a renter, you can feel little left out not having a personal backyard space. But, there are so many ways to make a community space feel like your own! Setting up a fun outdoor game is the perfect way to enjoy the summer sun.

My husband and I took over our Oakland apartment roof for an afternoon of croquet. After DIYing our croquet set and course, we played a few rounds on the rooftop lawn! All the pieces were easy to pack up once we finished. Now that’s on the go entertainment!

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Make Your Own Alice in Wonderland Croquet Set

Posted by: on July 16th, 2014 | 3 Comments

Make Your Own Alice in Wonderland Croquet Set

Croquet is a fun outdoor game. But it’s even more fun if you play the game with flamingos as mallets, just the way Alice in Wonderland did. 

Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love came up with this terrific do-it-yourself Alice in Wonderland croquet set for our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. Some of our favorite design bloggers are inventing clever ways to DIY outdoor games for summer fun for this series, and this is Amber’s contribution. 

Maybe you’re planning an Alice-themed party, maybe you just want to make your croquet match a bit more whimsical than usual, or perhaps you’re looking for a fun summer DIY project… then Amber’s tutorial is for you.

 

There was a lot of discussion in our house about what outdoor game to create for the Home Depot Outdoor Games Style Challenge.

Let me rephrase.

My husband had a lot of ideas. Among his best were:

  • A Jousting Set using wooden dowels from the Home Depot lumber department.
  • A Ninja Star Throwing Competition with circular saw blades from the power tool section.
  • And then there was that time he suggested that I design our own personal Hunger Games.

I think we can all agree that these ideas…while hugely creative and ambitious, were not so, uh…feasible. So here’s what I’m came up with. While it’s not as exhilarating as ninja stars, there will most definitely be fewer trips to the emergency room.

Considering we live in the heart of Miami, it only made sense to incorporate a few flamingos into our outdoor game. And when it comes to flamingos and games, there is really only one option: croquet.

Turns out that The Home Depot carries everything you need for an Alice in Wonderland croquet set, with flamingos for mallets, even right down to the topiaries scattered with red roses.

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DIY Outdoor Checkers Game Table

Posted by: on July 15th, 2014 | Make A Comment

DIY Outdoor Checkers Game Table

 

Here’s guaranteed family fun on the back deck. It’s a cleverly designed outdoor checkers game table. And it has a secret that makes it both beautiful and functional.

Ashley Phipps from Simply Designing came up with this terrific do-it-yourself idea for our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. Some of our favorite design bloggers are inventing clever ways to DIY outdoor games for summer fun.

Here’s the tutorial for Ashley’s awesome Outdoor Checkers Game Table. 

 

We had built a deck and pergola a few years ago, and then last year we stained our deck! It was perfect for grilling and for just sitting on, but we didn’t have a table on it, so we could never enjoy dining outside. We have been wanting an outdoor table for a long time and with a little brainstorming, I came up with the perfect solution!

This beauty functions as a pretty outdoor mosaic patio table…

DIY Outdoor Checkers Game Table

But with just a little flip…

DIY Outdoor Checkers Game Table

Our pretty, tiled table top turns over to reveal not one, but two checkerboards!

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Here’s a Simple Way to Wrap a Potted Plant Gift

Posted by: on July 11th, 2014 | Make A Comment

A Simple Way to Wrap a Potted Plant Gift

Live flowers or a potted plant make great gifts– for house warmings, hostess gifts, get-well-soon gifts, or just about any occasion. We have a very easy way to dress up the plant a little to make an especially nice presentation to your gift recipient.

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