Wabi Sabi, the design philosophy that emphasizes traditional Japanese ways of seeing the beauty in things that are imperfect, has been much talked about in trend circles of late. It’s a pared down approach to design, inspiring an appreciation for the authentic, natural, and utilitarian. If you’ve been seeking a new source of ideas to help you strip away the clutter in your living space, take a look at wabi sabi.
Hanging photographs and artwork on your walls is a great way to freshen up your space. But hanging pictures can be a little tricky, especially when hanging them on drywall.
Take a look at this video as our very own expert Forumassociate, Coach Dave, gives you step-by-step instructions on how to hang pictures. He’ll tell you what you’ll need to complete this project, including a stud sensor, anchor kits, a level, tape measure and picture hanging hardware. You’ll also learn exactly how to locate studs and hang your artwork at the proper height and level. For more advice on how to hang and display artwork, or any other home improvement questions, ask Coach Dave or any other Home Depot expert associate at the How-To Community Forums.
Day 25 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: This is a fabulous way to keep children’s toys organized. Remove drawers from an old dresser, replace them with baskets, and add a few labels. That way kids can pull out their basket, play with the toys, and put them all back later. Younger kids’ baskets go on the bottom, older kids on the top. Pretty smart, huh?
Get hands on experience at the Home Depot’s Do It Herself Workshops
The ladies have spoken. The Home Depot is expanding our Do It Herself Workshops for women.
Here at The Home Depot we want everyone to have the skills and confidence to be a first class do-it-yourselfer. Our free weekly workshops are a great way to get step-by-step instruction and a little hands on experience learning how to do basic repairs and easy home improvements. They’re a lot of fun, too.
The workshops are very popular with experienced home improvement aficionados as well as beginners, and of course anyone and everyone is welcome.
More and more women are taking on DIY projects these days, and not all women grew up helping their dads (or moms!) with home repair projects. So someone suggested a while back that maybe we should try out some workshops created specifically for the ladies. That was the beginning of our Do It Herself Workshops here at The Home Depot.
Day 24 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Turn a corner into a charging station with just a surge protector and a few binder clips. A charging station will ensure you keep cords organized and never lose your cell phone or iPod’s charger.
Be sure that when none of these charging cables is connected to a device, the surge protector is unplugged. Electronic devices can overheat and cause fires, and they’re also a drain on your home’s electricity when they aren’t in use.
Let’s face it, not every homeowner is a DIY enthusiast. While The Home Depot loves the let’s-tackle-a-project-this-weekend mentality, we also love the guys who buy a house to live in it – not to live for it.
If you’re a new homeowner, you may not have the need for a wet saw or an air compressor, but there are a few handy essentials that anyone with a mortgage payment needs to have on hand. Here are the items we think you need before picking up your keys:
1. A 6-foot step ladder – At some point you’re going to have to change a light bulb. Do yourself a favor and don’t stand on that wobbly kitchen stool. Just get a ladder. This fiberglass step ladder can support 375 pounds and is light enough to carry around the house at just 20 pounds.
2. At least two flashlights – You’ll be shocked at the number of dark nooks and crannies in a new house. Inevitably, you’ll have to head down into the basement for something. Keep one flashlight in your toolbox and one by your bedside table. When the electricity goes out you’ll avoid all the bumps and bruises you’ll get searching for the flashlight you left in the garage.
Heat lamps use low amounts of energy, heat up quickly, and are the perfect solution for heating up a small rooms like bathrooms or outdoor sheds. Although they are a cost-effective solution for staying warm this winter, it’s important to keep certain safety precautions in mind.
Day 23 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Sometimes little areas of your home can be forgotten when you catch the organizing bug. Next time you’re out, grab a few of these wire shower hangers and use them to corral random items. Hang it on the wall, on the inside of a cabinet, or on the back of a door to organize small bathroom containers, first aid items, mail, notebooks, or anything else that might be easily lost or misplaced.
Day 22 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Our friends at Martha Stewart came up with this genius solution for organizing shoes — use picture rail moulding to store shoes on your wall. Not only is it supremely functional, but it turns favorite pumps into wall art.