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 HomeDepot.com — 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 homedepot.com 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 knoxnews.com

 

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 knoxnews.com

 

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 RetoolYourSchool.com for entry rules and instructions. The Home Depot will announced the lucky winners on May 4, 2012.

 

Bring in a Butcher Block-topped Cart

Posted by: on January 16th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Day 16 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Even small kitchens can find space for a rolling cart topped with a butcher block — it adds both storage and prep space for better functioning workspace.

Storage and Organization Tips: Add a rolling cart topped with a butcher block for extra storage and prep space

Image from My Home Ideas

[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 Pull-Out Shelf in Lower Cabinets

Posted by: on January 15th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 15 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Installing pull-out shelves in your lower cabinets may call for a little more work, but the payoff to this project is great! Not only are you making your cabinets more functional, you’re also adding value to your home.

Storage and Organization Tips: Add a pull-out shelf to your lower cabinets to optimize storage

Image from Martha Stewart

Follow this easy how-to to complete the project on your own.

[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 Organize Your Recycling

Posted by: on January 14th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Day 14 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Create a recycling station in your kitchen or pantry with a sheet of pegboard, some metal trash cans, and a few wire baskets.

Storage and organization tips: Create a recycling station in your kitchen or pantry with pegboard, trash cans, and wire baskets

Image from Martha Stewart

[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]

Caulk Tips From The Forum

Posted by: on January 13th, 2012 | Make A Comment

As you prepare your home for winter, don’t forget to caulk. Caulking around windows and doors can help prevent heat from escaping, making your home more energy efficient. Caulking in these areas can also prevent dust and debris from entering your home through the walls. Caulk also keeps the moisture out and prevents rotting wood. If the caulk around tubs, toilets and other wet areas is starting to crack or separate, it’s time to replace it. This inexpensive DIY project is fast and easy. Here are some caulking tips from The Home Depot Forum.

Caulking Crisis

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From DoItYourself.com

Q: I accidentally caulked my crown molding with silicone kitchen caulk instead of an acrylic all purpose one. I now cannot paint the edges where I used the caulk. Please advise what I can do to have the paint adhere to the edge where the caulk is located.  - Community Member Rob13

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