How to Organize Your Garage

Posted by: on February 7th, 2012 | 2 Comments

It’s always a good time to get your garage in shape. De-cluttering and organizing your garage is a great way to get prepared so that you can be ready as soon as Mother Nature gives you the green light!

In this video our Home Depot Community Forum associate, Coach Dave, shows you what a tidy garage looks like and how to achieve it. Between shovels and trimmers and pruners – there’s a lot to find a home for. But Coach Dave explains how wall-mounted brackets and organizers can free up precious floor space and keep all your garden tools handy so that you have easy access to everything. Stop by our How-To Community Forum to chat with Coach Dave and other Home Depot expert associates.

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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart: #7 Window Screen Earring Holder

Posted by: on February 7th, 2012 | 4 Comments

Day 7 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 reminds Thomas that do-it-yourself gifts are extra thoughtful, but shiny stuff is good, too. 

How to make an earring holder with window screen and a picture frame

 

Thomas:  A lot of guys are tired of getting their wives and girlfriends the same type Valentine’s Day gifts every year. The same old dozen roses, boxes of candy and teddy bears just seem boring. And what if a fellow gave his sweetie a necklace and earrings for Christmas? More jewelry just seems unimaginative.

Ayana:  There’s nothing at all wrong with a dozen roses and some candy or a teddy bear. Trust me, we love that kind of thing. And don’t EVER hesitate to give your girl something shiny. But I understand what you’re saying, and anyone in that situation is definitely due for a Valentine’s gift makeover. All it takes is a bit of do-it-yourself creativity.

Thomas:  DIY is good, but don’t assume that all guys are real handy with tools. I hope whatever you have in mind isn’t too complex.

Ayana:  Don’t worry. When it comes to DIY Valentine’s gifts, this is pretty easy.

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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetie: #6 Pizza on a Floor Tile

Posted by: on February 6th, 2012 | One Comment
Quarry tiles used as a pizza stone

Day 6 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, Caroline shows Jae how cooking on a floor tile can impress your sweetie.

Jae: I don’t know what all the fuss is about Valentine’s Day gifts. I say go old school. I say give a little box of those heart-shaped Valentines candies, like the ones you used to get in grade school with the “Be My Valentine” messages on them.  You know – cute and kitschy.

Caroline: You’re joking right?  Good luck with that.

Jae: Isn’t everyone always saying, “It’s the thought that counts … yadda, yadda”.

Caroline: That is a very important sentiment, but the message you’d be sending with that particular “thought” is, “I completely forgot Valentine’s Day so I got you this candy on my way home from work.”

A much more thoughtful gift would be a homemade dinner with your special someone.

Something easy would be a homemade pizza. Even you could do it, Jae. Think of cooking a pizza as a DIY Valentine’s gift.

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DIY Valentine’s Gift for Your Sweetie: #5 Industrial Chain Necklace

Posted by: on February 5th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 5 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 convinces Craig that even a nuts and bolts kind of guy can appreciate a handmade necklace.

 

Shaina:  A pretty necklace is a great gift for a woman on Valentine’s Day. But I have an idea for a fun DIY necklace for a guy.

Craig: A necklace for a guy might work. But not all men are so into jewelry. What about the nuts and bolts kind of guys? You know…the fellows who spend their time tinkering their bikes and building stuff. Don’t you think maybe a power drill or a socket set would be more their thing? For a lot of guys, just a six-pack of his favorite beer would satisfy him.

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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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