DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetie: #4 Find Your Stud at The Home Depot

Posted by: on February 4th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 4 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 edition, Ayana and Thomas have completely different notions of what a stud finder does. Hilarity ensues. 

Shop stud finders at The Home Depot

Images from DIYLife.com and Larsson on Zazzle.com

 

Ayana: Thomas, I need to find a stud. Can you help me?

Thomas: I found more than a dozen stud finders for you on homedepot.com…and I’ll bet you can find some on the floor at your local Home Depot store.

Ayana: You mean I can find a stud at Home Depot? And more than a dozen of them, too! Let me call my girls. We’re always looking for studs.

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DIY Valentines Gifts for Your Sweetie: #3 Grills, Baby, Grills

Posted by: on February 3rd, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 3 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 edition, “do-it-yourself” applies to outdoor cooking. Ayana speaks up for the non-grilling public as Thomas introduces two grill choices. 

Shop gas grills and charcoal grill at The Home Depot

 

Ayana:  A new grill can make a fantastic Valentine’s Day gift for the outdoor chef in your life. But in most couples there’s the one who grills, and the one sips a cool drink and offers encouragement while the grilling happens. There are a lot of different kinds of grills out there, and a lot of drink sippers and encouragers like me have no idea what their grill-loving partners might like.

Thomas:  Grilling is a highly developed skill, and having the right grill for the job is important. And you’ve got your BTU’s to consider, cooking space, fuel… It’s a big topic.

Ayana: And that’s exactly what I’m talking about. A lot of folks get intimidated by all those fancy specs. As long as it cooks juicy ribs (and I’m not doing the cooking), I’m good. We still need to narrow this down somehow.

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Places: Living Rooms In Navy Colors

Posted by: on February 2nd, 2012 | Make A Comment

Navy blue livingroom image

Living rooms tend to serve multiple functions in the modern home. It is the symbolic center of the home; it is also a place of privacy and retreat, as well as a common space for family and entertainment. Choosing the right color of paint for this all-important room often involves striking a balance between what speaks to your unique personal tastes and the style of your home’s decor, versus something that best suits the needs and function of the space.

Navy blue is a surprisingly warm, versatile and elegant shade that has been spotted by many trend experts as a breakthrough neutral color for home decor in 2012. And no, “neutral” was no typo, because as you will see, navy plays well with a broad range of colors and any style of home – classic, contemporary or modern (via apartment therapy).

 

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Break Out the Portable Heaters: The Groundhog Saw His Shadow!

Posted by: on February 2nd, 2012 | One Comment
Lifesmart Portable Heaters at The Home Depot

Photo from Electric Fireplace Source

 

Groundhog Day is here, and Punxsatawney Phil has spoken (sort of). Six more weeks of winter weather is on the ticket. Winter is going to come back with a vengeance. Be prepared with a portable heater from The Home Depot.

Confused about portable heaters? Not sure which one to buy? Here are a few portable heaters to consider.

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How to Make Duct Tape Flowers

Posted by: on February 2nd, 2012 | One Comment

It’s amazing the many things you can make from duct tape. Here, we’ll show you how to make duct tape flowers.

In this video ChristineClaret, our very own Home Depot expert associate, will walk you through all the steps it takes to complete this project. All you need is a straw, duct tape, scissors and this video, and you’ll be well on your way to making this a very memorable Valentine’s Day. For even more cool and unique project ideas, visit Christine and our other 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.

Meet The Material: Chicken Wire

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

 Chicken Wire Chandelier image

What is chicken wire? Chicken wire, also called poultry netting, is a mesh of thin, flexible galvanized wire with hexagonal gaps [Wikipedia]. The wire is woven together by a massive loom called a Gambion machine, which makes oddly musical, hypnotically rhythmic sounds as it weave its magic.

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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart: #2 Wood Block Photo

Posted by: on February 2nd, 2012 | 3 Comments
Day 2 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 edition, Shaina shows Craig a do-it-yourself way to make a photo extra special without testing his sketchy tool skills. 

 

Craig:  I hear that giving your sweetie a photo of yourself is a great gift for Valentine’s Day. I know my wife loves me, but a photo of my ugly mug? That seems more appropriate for Halloween.

Shaina:  She probably married you because of your mug, Craig. But why don’t you make it a little more interesting and personal by mounting it on a cool wood block?

Trust me, she’ll love it.  It’s a unique DIY Valentine’s gift, and it’s easy to make.

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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.