How to Refinish Wood Floors With Stain

Posted by: on January 20th, 2012 | One Comment

When hardwood floors came back as a must-do home design trend, they came back in a big way. They offer so much design versatility, adding character and decorative flair to any look from elegant and sophisticated to casual and comfortable to modern and cosmopolitan. You can’t go wrong with hardwood.

It’s always a plus when a flooring makeover reveals beautiful hardwood floors beneath carpet or linoleum. That’s just what happened to Community member Cueshot108 while tackling a small remodeling project. In his Forum post ”First timer using Minwax Stain. Need help,” he shares his project to turn a small bedroom into his man cave. Forum associate ChristineClaret joined the discussion to provide expert advice and guidance on refinishing wood floors with stain.

Refinish Hardwood Floors with Wood Stain

From This Old House

Cueshot108 was surprised to find pine hardwood floors when he ripped up the linoleum floors in a small bedroom. His newly discovered hardwood floors are in excellent condition, and he plans to use Minwax Wood Finish to stain them. He wants to know whether or not conditioning the hardwood and applying polyurethane after applying the stain is necessary.

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How to Organize Plastic Grocery Bags

Posted by: on January 19th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Day 19 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Plastic grocery bags really add up in a household, especially if you have a large family. Keep them organized by stuffing the grocery bags in an old tissue box. They stay tucked away until you’re ready to reuse them.

Storage and organization tip: store plastic grocery bags in an old tissue box until you're ready to reuse them

Image from The Family Handyman

Attach the tissue box to your cabinet door with some Scotch Mounting Tape, and voila!

[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]

Inspired Looks: Home Decor Color Trends 2012

Posted by: on January 19th, 2012 | 8 Comments


The return of color, in bold hues and modern neutrals, is the one of the major trend in home decor. Color experts, like those at the color company Pantone, the “global color authority for fashion and home furnishings,” have taken cues from a wide range of sources – film, technology, art, global hot spots – to develop this year’s predictions of the colors that will inspire fashion and home decor in the upcoming year. Each year they also choose one color as the “color of the year.” This year’s winner is Tangerine Tango.

Take a quick look at how some interior designers view home decor color trends, and see how the infusion of color can enliven your living spaces.

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How to Replace a Vanity Light Safely

Posted by: on January 19th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Whenever you’re dealing with electrical wiring things can get a little tricky and you must remember that it’s always safety first! As long as you follow a few basic safety precautions, replacing a vanity light in your bathroom is an easy project that you can handle yourself without the help of a professional electrician.

This video gives you step-by-step instructions on how to replace a vanity light while highlighting important safety issues like switching off the electricity from the power box. Remember to disconnect all electrical wires and make sure that the proper wiring is in place before removing bulbs from the old fixture to avoid breaking them.

Be sure to check out our huge selection of bath products, including vanities, faucets, tubs and toilets. You can also visit our Home Depot How-To Community Forum for expert associate advice on all sorts of home improvement projects.

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

Meet The Material: Duct Tape

Posted by: on January 19th, 2012 | 4 Comments
Duct Tape flooring image

A floor made of duct tape stripes

MacGyver was a popular ’80s/early ’90s television action-adventure hero who used his superior knowledge of science and everyday ordinary materials, like duct tape, to routinely escape danger and save the world from imminent disaster. Folks have been “macgyvering” problems around the house ever since.

So keep this in mind when things seem irrevocably broken, or you need to come up with a quick fix for one of life’s little misadventures: “It ain’t broke, it just lacks duct tape.”

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Store Kids’ Clothes and Toys under the Bed

Posted by: on January 18th, 2012 | Make A Comment

This tip comes from one of Home Depot Community Members, BostonianChick!

Day 18 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Using either plastic totes, baskets, or painted, wooden bins, store children’s clothes and toys under the bed for an easy space saver.

Storage and organization tip: Store children's clothes and toys under the bed

Photo from iVillage

If you want to take the plastic bin route, visit The Home Depot for storage and organization ideas and special offers now through January 29th!

[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]

Clever New Use for Pegboard

Posted by: on January 18th, 2012 | 14 Comments

At The Home Depot, we love when people take ordinary products and turn them into the extraordinary. Here on The Apron Blog, we’d like to celebrate bloggers and creative types all over the web for their ingenuity. We loved being reminded of the amazing things you can create when you challenge yourself to think outside of the box!

Repurposed pegboard as a flower vase

Photography by Jasmine Star for Style Me Pretty

The blog Style Me Pretty recently featured a wedding inspiration shoot where pegboard of all things was used to create a truly incredible and elegant table centerpiece. The blooms gracefully float over the table, and small votive candles are integrated flawlessly into the arrangement.

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How to Organize Gift Wrap Ribbons

Posted by: on January 17th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Day 17 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Hang wheels of ribbons on a 5-tier pant organizer to keep them neat and tidy.

Storage and Organization Tip: Hang wheels of ribbons from a 5-tier pant organizer

Shop this hanger on — the 2-Pack Chrome and Black Five-Tier Swing Arm Pant Rack is just $13.97!

[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 Toilet

Posted by: on January 17th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Replacing or installing a new toilet is a project that’s a lot easier to accomplish than it seems and it will go a long way towards updating the look and efficiency of your bathroom. Before you get started be sure to watch this video for instructions on how to safely get this job done.

The video expertly shows you how to install a toilet, while avoiding all of the safety hazards you may face. So go ahead and tackle this project with the confidence that you’ll be steering clear of problems like water damage, bacteria growth, a strained back, and sewer gas emissions.

Visit for a wide assortment of toilets, including water saving models, and for our huge selection of related bath products. If you run into any issues with this or any other home improvement project don’t forget that our expert associates can help! You can find them anytime on 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.

Grant from The Home Depot Gives HBCUs A New Look

Posted by: on January 16th, 2012 | Make A Comment
Knoxville College Receives $10,000 Grant from The Home Depot

Home Depot volunteer, Claire Alcorn, left, and Knoxville College students Michaella Levarity and Denae Bullard paint a bench. Knoxville College received a $10,000 "Retool Your School" grant. From


Are you a student, faculty member or staff of a historically black college or university (HBCU) that could use a makeover? Could your dorm or administrative building use a fresh coat of paint? Would a flower garden enhance the entrance to your school?  Would you like to beautify your student center? If so, The Home Depot wants to give your school a makeover.

The Retool Your School grant program helps refurbish the campuses of HBCUs. The Home Depot is accepting entries from January 17 to February 7. Schools submit grant proposals, and students, faculty and communities go online and vote for their schools to win. Up for grabs are a $50,000 grand prize, a $25,000 school spirit prize and 11 $10,000 prizes.

Bethune-Cookman University in Dayton, FL claimed the 2011 grand prize with a proposal to install automated access doors and a wheelchair ramp in its student center. The ramps will accommodate students, faculty and staff members with disabilities.

In addition to the grand prize awarded to Bethune-Cookman, The Home Depot awarded 10 $10,000 prizes. Knoxville College and Howard University were among them.  Knoxville College students and volunteers used money to give the campus a vibrant makeover by painting benches and sidewalks and by adding flowers.

Knoxville College students paint sidewalk

Knoxville College students Brian Jennings and Alex Rahming give the campus a little curb appeal. From


Howard University students and faculty made use of their grant money by adding a rain garden to catch water run-off.

Howard University Receives 2011 Retool Your School Grant

Howard University student volunteers install a rain garden. From Capstone


Do you think your school deserves a makeover? Visit for entry rules and instructions. The Home Depot will announced the lucky winners on May 4, 2012.