DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart: #1 Getting a Grip

Posted by: on February 1st, 2012 | 10 Comments

Day 1 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s segment, Caroline and Jae find romance in a red goo.

 

Champagne Glasses with red plasti-dip coating

 

Caroline:  I was wandering around in Home Depot the other day when I ran across this really cool stuff that could make a great DIY Valentine’s gift. It’s a rubberized protective coating product called Plasti Dip.

Jae: That doesn’t sound as good as a Get Out of Valentine’s Day Free card, but I’m intrigued. You found this rubber stuff called Plasti Dip, and it made you think of Valentine’s Day? OK, Cupid what’s the idea?

Caroline: The idea is to buy some Plasti Dip in red—for Valentine’s Day—and use it to upgrade the handles of your sweetheart’s pliers and socket wrenches. It’s a really easy do-it-yourself project. Just dip the handles in the Plasti Dip, let them dry, and then give them a second application to give the grips an extra layer of comfort. The tools will handle like new, with a nice non-slip grip.

Jae: I don’t know if I’d want you dipping my tools in plastic goo. This DIY Valentine’s Gift sounds like a honey-do-Valentine’s-Day surprise gone wrong to me. And I’m thinking there might be something even more interesting we could do with this stuff.

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Make Storage Solutions Pretty

Posted by: on January 31st, 2012 | 2 Comments

Day 31 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: My final organizing tip of the month is not clever, just important. When you’re organizing, make storage solutions look pretty! When you’re organizing your linen closet or kitchen pantry, keep the style of the rest of your home in mind and do your best to make sure that function and frills work together. 

Pretty closet

Image from Houzz

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

How to Install a Bath Fan

Posted by: on January 31st, 2012 | Make A Comment

Sufficient airflow is extremely important to maintaining a healthy home, especially in the bathroom. The proper flow of air can prevent harmful mold and mildew from growing as a result of water and humidity. Airflow also has the added benefit of keeping your bathroom beautiful by preventing warped doors and peeling paint and wallpaper.

Watch this video for great tips on how to easily install a bath fan so you can keep that air moving and your bathroom safe. You will learn about important issues like whether you need to fully replace your fan or whether it just needs an upgrade, as well as how to calculate the proper cubic foot per minute for sufficient airflow. Visit homedepot.com where you can find everything you need for your bathroom, including bath fans, vanities, tubs and showere, and much more!

If you have any questions about product selection, installation, or anything home improvement-related for that matter, be sure to ask our expert associates at The Home Depot How-To Community Forum.

See more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Create a Built-in for your TV

Posted by: on January 30th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 30 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: If you’re looking for a better way to store your TV and television components, consider having a built-in space specifically designed for your electronics. This home takes the useless space from a staircase and turns it into a hard-working media cabinet!

Built-in media cabinet

Image from MyHomeIdeas

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

Here’s What You Need to Get Your TV Set Up Right

Posted by: on January 30th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Whether you’re hosting your own football watching party, or just planning to watch a game at home with a few family members or friends, you need to get your TV squared away.

Here’s what you need to make your TV viewing the best it can be.

The Home Depot carries three essential products that will put your TV in prime position and deliver a crystal clear high definition picture with theater-like sound quality:

Let’s begin by addressing the picture and sound quality. GE’s 4-Piece HDMI Installation Kit includes a 15 ft. HDMI high-speed internet cable, a 15 ft. RG-6 quad-shield coaxial cable and 2 single-gang brush wall plates. This kit is a $100 value for only $39.97.

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How To Store Dishes in Pot Drawers

Posted by: on January 29th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Day 29 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: If you have deep pot drawers that you’d like to use to store dishes, use pegboard and simple wooden dowels to make sure your dishes don’t move in the drawer.

Safely store dishes in pot drawers

Image from BHG

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

Install a Hidden Cutting Board

Posted by: on January 28th, 2012 | One Comment

Day 28 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: If you’ve love the functionality of a kitchen island but don’t have room for one, consider installing a pull-out butcher-block chopping station right over your trash can. You can chop straight on the cutting board and easily whip discards into the trash can. 

Chopping station over the trash can

Image from The Farm Chicks

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

Use Glass Containers to Store Small Items

Posted by: on January 27th, 2012 | One Comment

Day 27 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: One thing you may have noticed throughout this entire series is the use of glass (or clear plastic) containers to store small items. Glass vases, canisters, mason jars, and clear boxes are all essential storage tools.

Store items together in glass containers

Image from MyHomeIdeas

Glass containers allow you to keep like items together (like paper clips), and they’re clear which means you’ll always know where something is. By keeping all of the pens, paperclips and the other little office items together, they look neat. Everything has its own place — you don’t have a crazy, cluttered ‘junk drawer.’ Rather, everything has a home, and it’s easy to figure out where that home is.

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

Top 10 Bath Safety Tips From the Forums

Posted by: on January 27th, 2012 | Make A Comment

 

Bath Safety Tip, Install a Walk-In Tub

Our Home Depot Community Forum associates are truly experts in the home improvement field. They are always on the lookout for the latest trends in home design and ways to make your dream home a reality. Some associates look beyond design trends and find ways to blend trending news topics with home improvement. Forum Associate DesigningWoman accomplishes this gracefully with her post “My Top 10 Tips for Bathroom Safety.”

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Inspired Looks: Wabi Sabi – Beauty Imperfected

Posted by: on January 26th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Wabi Sabi decor image

Wabi Sabi, the design philosophy that emphasizes traditional Japanese ways of seeing the beauty in things that are imperfect, has been much talked about in trend circles of late. It’s a pared down approach to design, inspiring an appreciation for the authentic, natural, and utilitarian.  If you’ve been seeking a new source of ideas to help you strip away the clutter in your living space, take a look at wabi sabi.

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