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

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[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

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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

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[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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How to Carve out a Mudroom

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Day 13 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: While not everyone has space in their home to create a whole room dedicated to muddy boots, outdoor toys, wet coats, and the like, we think you can create a little mini-organizing station in your entryway or right at your back door, no matter how small your space is. Use a bench, fabric bins, and some coat hooks to create a mudroom in a small space. Extra points if you add photos to each bin to signal whose stuff is whose.

Storage and organizing tips: Add a mudroom by using fabric bins and coat hooks to your entryway

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]

Inspiring Looks: Home Decor Trends 2012

Posted by: on January 12th, 2012 | 3 Comments

 2012 Decor Trends images

You may be spending more time around the house these days, devoting more attention to refining the style and personality of your home, and trying to make each room more functional, engaging and stylish.

To inspire you to create the awesomeness you desire for your home, here are some some amazing images of unique, well-designed spaces – stunning baths, to-die-for kitchens, altogether incredible interiors – all to help you get more enjoyment from your home.

To kick off this column, we thought we’d start you off with our Top 5 Home Décor Trends for 2012.  The great thing about trends is that they are just like any other set of opinions – you’re always free to take note of what you like and disregard the rest.

Let us know what you think, and how you plan to re-imagine your living space in 2012.

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How to Save Energy In The Winter

Posted by: on January 12th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Most kids hear the expression “money doesn’t grow on trees” at least once in their childhood. And as they grow into adults they realize just how true that statement is: people work hard for their money! If there are quick and easy changes that help you save, it doesn’t make sense not to do so, right?

You’d be surprised how a few simple tweaks around your home can help you use less energy and save tons of money over time. Watch this video for straightforward advice on how to save energy in the winter, like adding insulation to floors, attics and crawlspaces, using caulk and weather stripping to seal gaps and cracks, replacing incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs, and installing a programmable thermostat. The video also highlights not-so-commonly-known ideas such as when to open and close your drapes and shades and installing a tank-less water heater. You’ll also learn about the benefits of updating your home with Energy-Star qualified windows and appliances.

Homedepot.com has lots of other great alternative energy solutions to help you save money while saving the environment as well. Our associate experts on The Home Depot How-To Community Forum can offer great advice and solutions too.

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

How to Store Pot Lids on Pantry Door

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In this post, we offered up a helpful tip for organizing pot lids in your pot drawer, and today, we’re bringing you yet another option for organizing pot lids.

Day 12 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Mount a metal towel bar on the back of your pantry door to create a rack for pot lids.

Storage and Organization Tip: Mount a metal towel bar on a pantry door to create storage for pot lids

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]

How to Use Garden Baskets as Toy Storage

Posted by: on January 11th, 2012 | 9 Comments

Day 11 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: A wall-mounted garden basket can serve as storage bins when added to a kids bedroom or playroom.

Image from Better Homes & Gardens

Get the look with this 24 inch hanging garden basket or browse these garden baskets.

[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]