Repurposed: PVC Pipe in the Kitchen

Posted by: on February 24th, 2012 | 7 Comments

The Home Depot is a creative person’s dream — aisles and aisles of raw materials just waiting to be put to use in a DIY project or craft. In fact, many of our customers find interesting and unexpected ways to use these raw materials. Floor tiles as a pizza stone, pegboard as a vase for flowers, and even a copper pipe coupling as a napkin ring? The possibilities are endless for repurposed crafts when you have thousands of square feet of lumber, metal and paint to work with.

Here’s another way to repurpose a common item found at The Home Depot — PVC pipe.

Repurposing PVC pipe as a biscuit cutter

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Advice From the Forums On Installing A Pet Door

Posted by: on February 24th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Give Spot his own pet door

It seems some dogs always want to be on the other side of the door. When they’re out, they want in. When they are in, they want out. But it doesn’t have to be a problem. Just give Spot his own door, and he can come and go as he pleases, and you won’t have to serve as a doggie doorman. It’s a fairly easy project.

Installing a pet door was a recent topic on The Home Depot community forums, brought up by community member txdan07, who admits to be being a bit of a novice when it comes to DIY projects.

txdan07 wanted advice on installing a pet door in a garage door without cracking the garage door’s bottom metal guard.

Forum associate HDAnswerman offered up step-by-step instructions.

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How to Replace Or Install A Ceiling Fan

Posted by: on February 23rd, 2012 | Make A Comment

It’s always a good time to start thinking about efficient ways to keep your home cool in the summer. And ceiling fans are a great way to stay comfortable during the spring and summer months ahead.

Whether you want to replace an old fan or install a new one, this video offers great step-by-step instructions. All of the basics are covered, including ways to confirm that all of the power is off before you start to a detailed account of which wires to connect. There is also information on the extra steps involved with installing a lighted fan. This video offers a complete rundown of everything you need to know to complete this project, but if you have any other questions about the installation process be sure to ask one of our expert associates on The Home Depot How-To Community Forum. Also, take a look at homedepot.com for our huge selection of indoor and outdoor ceiling fans, as well as our energy-efficient models.

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

Make Bath Safety A Priority With These Safer Solutions for Bathing and Showering

Posted by: on February 23rd, 2012 | One Comment

Most injuries in the home occur when stepping into and out of the bath tub. You may be looking for bath safety solutions to address a temporary illness or injury. Perhaps you’re assisting an elderly parent or friend to retrofit the bathtub in an existing home for independent living solutions , or maybe you’re looking to make an extensive bathroom remodel that provides upscale style and universal design. The range of options for making bathing and showering more safe for the whole family extends from temporary, easy to install fixtures and bath hardware, to minor bathtub enhancements, to more permanent bathing and showering solutions. If keeping your family and guests safe in the bathroom is a priority, consider making modifications to your bath tub or shower.

 

Walk-In Tubs Improve Bath Safety and Accessibility

Walk-in tubs improve bath safety and accessibility

Worried about remodeling costs? Not sure where to start your bathroom modification? Here are some options to consider whether you’re considering a complete remodel or just making minor modifications.

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Places: Natural Bathroom Decor

Posted by: on February 22nd, 2012 | 2 Comments

A teak bath tub illustrating Natural Bathroom Decor

 

Planning a quick update or a complete remodel of your existing bathroom involves a lot of practical considerations.  There’s the budgeting, project planning and the decision of whether to do-it-yourself or seek the help of a pro.

While all these steps are absolutely essential to successfully completing the project, the truth is that for many, the most enjoyable part of a bathroom makeover is gathering ideas and inspiration, browsing current styles and trends, and deciding which features and options to incorporate in the redesign.

Natural Baths, perhaps to no one’s surprise, are again a popular trend in modern bathroom design.  With the increased stress and pressures of everyday life, it seems quite natural to seek a peaceful, rejuvenating atmosphere at home.

Soft, soothing hues like pale greens, ivories and warm neutrals, the look of wood-grain tiles or plank flooring, and rich antique or oil-rubbed bronze finished faucets, fixtures and bath accessories are just a few of the elements you can use to create the comforts and pleasures of a stylish natural bath in your home.

There’s more naturally inspiring bathroom decor ideas after the jump.

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Arranging Furniture Without Heavy Lifting

Posted by: on February 21st, 2012 | 2 Comments

One easy way to give your home a new twist without spending a dime is by simply rearranging the furniture that you already have. But even if you have help, moving furniture around can be physically challenging if not done correctly.

Check out this video for a great tip on arranging furniture without breaking your back. Believe it or not, the trick is as simple as using masking tape! Use this material to mark your floor where you want everything to go. This way you can try out different arrangements without actually moving your furniture around several times. Be sure to visit us at homedepot.com if you’re also looking for something else to spruce up your home décor, such as accessories, area rugs and window treatments. You can also visit our How-To Community Forum for other cool home project ideas.

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

2012 is Your Year for New Patio Furniture

Posted by: on February 20th, 2012 | 3 Comments

When you peek out back through your French doors, do you like what you see? Did the thought occur to you that the last time you bought new patio furniture, the year began with “19″?

If you’ve ever tried researching all the different types of patio furniture before, you know it’s not easy deciding which type is right for your patio or deck. With all the available designs and styles, we can certainly understand if you’ve thrown up your hands in frustration.

To help you navigate the patio waters (and save you some stress), here’s our roundup of the latest patio furniture styles available for 2012. Check out the 2012 Outdoor Furniture Collection, which lists over 75 new patio furniture sets and pieces now available at homedepot.com.

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Lantern Roundup: One for Every Style

Posted by: on February 20th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Just google the word “lantern” and you’ll find lanterns in dozens of home design images. These beautiful light fixtures refer to a style of lighting in which the bulbs are either fully enclosed (usually by glass) or semi-enclosed with a cage. Lanterns have a very traditional aesthetic as they’ve been used to light homes and streets since the 1800s. Lanterns originally were used to shield a delicate candle flame from the wind and elements. While many people still consider them an outdoor lighting fixture, contemporary designs often bring them inside. Today, you’ll find them in every style under the sun and used in just about every room in the house. They’re hanging over a kitchen sink, over an island, over the dining room table, in the foyer, and even in outdoor rooms. Lanterns are a classic pendant lighting option that can be easily worked into the style of your home.

Not convinced? We’ll help you pick the style that works best in your home with this lantern roundup:

Lantern Lighting Roundup

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Get Growing Early With Container Gardening

Posted by: on February 20th, 2012 | Make A Comment

If you’re itching to put your green thumb to use and don’t feel like you can wait another minute – much less until spring – then get started early by creating a container garden! This is an easy and fun process that involves growing plants and flowers in containers instead of planting them directly outside. Container gardening will get you in touch with nature now by bringing the outdoors in and protecting your garden from harsh winter elements.

Container gardening keeps you close to nature.

 

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How to Choose a Chandelier for Your Table

Posted by: on February 17th, 2012 | 11 Comments

How to Choose a Chandelier for Your Table

One of the best ways to turn a boring dining room into a drama-filled entertaining space is to add a large chandelier over your table. Not only will it give your room the proper light that you need for dining and entertaining, but chandeliers provide a beautiful focal point for your space. Whether you’re looking for a light fixture that is traditional, over-the-top, or even quite simple,  you’ll want to learn how to choose a chandelier that will work best for your space.

The most important thing you should focus on (other than style) is the size. Before you start shopping, measure the length of your dining room table – you’ll want to choose a chandelier with a width that measures one half of the length of the table.

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