DIY Storage Ottoman Made from Wooden Crates

Posted by: on January 22nd, 2014 | 3 Comments

DIY Storage Ottoman Made from Wooden Crates


The most satisfying DIY projects are those that serve not just a practical purpose, but an aesthetic one as well. Here’s a DIY storage ottoman– or storage coffee table– that’s totally practical, and it’s visually appealing.  It’s made from a couple wooden crates, some plywood and casters. You can tuck away remotes, magazines, kids toys inside. Wheel it out of the way when you need space for a family game of charades.

Just follow the step-by-step tutorial to make your own DIY storage ottoman.


DIY Storage Ottoman Made from Wooden Crates

DIY Storage Ottoman Made from Wooden Crates

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Inspired: Laundry Room Storage Ideas

Posted by: on January 20th, 2014 | One Comment

 Laundry Room Storage Ideas

It’s practically a universal rule of laundry rooms that this space will get dirty. It just goes with the territory. But we can’t help but see the irony in having a messy space that is essentially meant for cleaning! We did have a couple of thoughts for keeping things organized in this hardworking space, so here are a few of our laundry room storage ideas:


Plastic, woven, or fabric, no matter what’s your favorite variety, having plenty of extra baskets on hand will make your life easier. Whether you carry one around the house picking up dirty socks and dish towels, or you use them to help you distribute clean clothes once they’re folded. Have a couple of spare baskets around to help you tackle all the chores of laundry business.

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DIY Magnetic Message Board

Posted by: on January 17th, 2014 | 5 Comments

DIY Magnetic Message Board Tutorial


Taking notes and writing down reminders is certainly a good way to get organized. But it’s no good if all you have scraps of paper floating around the house. Here’s a solution to keep your notes and family announcements organized and easy to see. It’s a simple DIY magnetic message board you can make with just a few simple materials.

Hang it in an high traffic area, like the garage or kitchen, so you’ll always be reminded of what you need to remember. It’s fun to make, too. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.

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DIY Project: Metallic Painted Ceiling

Posted by: on January 15th, 2014 | 6 Comments

DIY Project: Metallic Painted Ceiling


This ceiling treatment is an easy DIY project that adds drama and elegance to any room. We have the step-by-step instructions for the metallic painted ceiling project that you can download and print.

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5 Clever and Affordable Storage Ideas

Posted by: on January 14th, 2014 | 8 Comments

5 Clever and Affordable Storage Ideas: Mason Jars and Clamps




Everything’s easier when you’re organized. And we’re here to help you. We have some clever, and oh so simple storage ideas here that make life just a little bit simpler. These five storage solutions are very affordable, too.


How much stuff do you have cluttering the counters in your bathroom? Makeup products, cotton swabs, toothpaste, moisturizer… seems like bathroom counters are always collecting lots little things. Reclaim counter space in your bathroom with this clever storage idea:  Attach hose clamps to a wooden board and bolt that to the wall. Clamp mason jars to the board for a unique bathroom organization solution.

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DIY Laundry Basket

Posted by: on January 13th, 2014 | One Comment

 DIY Laundry Basket Tutorial


Here’s a fun project to help you streamline your household chores. It’s a simple DIY laundry basket that will make throwing your laundry in the wash a little bit easier! Just follow the step-by-step instructions. 

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DIY Project: Lattice Wall Pattern

Posted by: on January 8th, 2014 | 4 Comments

DIY Project: Lattice Wall Pattern


Create a dynamic pattern that’s perfect for an accent wall. We have the step-by-step instructions for this lattice wall pattern DIY project. You can also download printable instructions.

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Glittery Rustic Monogram Wreath

Posted by: on January 7th, 2014 | Make A Comment

Glittery Rustic Monogram Wreath DIY Project

Wreathes aren’t just for Christmas any more. In fact, wreath-making was the focus of a recent Do-It-Herself Workshop held at Home Depot stores across the country. 

We’ve invited lifestyle and decor bloggers to give us their take on The Home Depot’s monthly DIH Workshops. Erin Spain of the blog DIY on the Cheap shares her Monogram Wreath tutorial. It’s a cute and rustic wreath to welcome guests into your home any time of year, though she gave it a holiday spin. This simple DIY project uses wood, a DREMEL Multi-Tool, spray paint and some cedar wood shims.

When I was asked to create my own version of a monogram wreath for the holidays, I knew this would be a really fun opportunity to put my own spin on it and make something that reflects my style. I really love a mix of styles in my home, so I decided to mix rustic with glam by using stained wood paired with shimmery gold.

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Tips and Tricks for Using Chalky Finish Paint

Posted by: on January 2nd, 2014 | 15 Comments

Old Chair Restored Using Chalky Finish Paint


Chalky finish paint is an ultra-matte finish paint that’s getting a lot of attention from designers and DIYers. This is not chalkboard paint, by the way. That’s something totally different. Chalky paint is made for giving furniture or decorative pieces a high-end, professional finish. The Home Depot’s Americana® Decor™ chalky finish paint is great for giving new life to old pieces you might find at a flea market, or giving a luxe look to discount store furniture.

We wanted to find out what DIYers could do with our chalky paint. So we sent Americana Decor chalky finish paint to some of our favorite home improvement bloggers for our Paint Style Challenge.

Gwen Hefner is the creative mind behind The Makerista. She used The Home Depot’s chalky paint to rescue an old homeless chair she found. She shares a few tips on using the chalky finish paint to its full effect.


I’ve heard so much about chalky paint and been curious to try some myself, so I was thrilled when The Home Depot sent me a box of chalky finish paint to put to the test. As any good thrifter and DIY’er, I had a large collection of projects stacking up (much to my husband’s chagrin) and several of them got a fresh coat of paint thanks to the samples I received.

The Home Depot’s Americana® Decor™ chalky finish paint samples


I opened the box to find quite the array of colors to choose from. They were all really lovely, but I thought it might be fun to mix two of them for something a bit different.

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Chalky Paint Rescues Old Nightstand Destined for the Curb

Posted by: on January 1st, 2014 | 25 Comments

Gold striped vase atop a nightstand repainted with chalky paint

There’s a lot of buzz about so-called chalky paint. Don’t confuse these ultra-matte finish paints with chalkboard paint; that’s something totally different. Chalky paint is perfect for finishing furniture or decorative pieces, but without the need for sanding or priming. The Home Depot’s Americana® Decor™ chalky finish paint from DecoArt is great for giving a fabulous saturated or distressed look to flea market or discount store finds.

We wanted to find out what DIYers could do with our chalky paint. So we sent Americana Decor chalky finish paint to some of our favorite home improvement bloggers. It’s our special chalky-finish paint edition of our Paint Style Challenge.

Cassie Freeman of Hi Sugarplum! made her freshly painted nightstand the centerpiece for a complete makeover of a previously unappreciated nook in her home. And, as you’ll see, the chalky paint made the nightstand look absolutely smashing.

I believe in the power of paint to transform just about any space or object, so participating in a paint challenge was a no-brainer for me. Especially since it involved chalky paint…a medium I’ve yet to try.

My victim? This banged-up, no-character, laminate-coated, too-orange, old nightstand.

Old nightstand before chalky paint rescued it

If it looks familiar, that’s because virtually every bedroom set in the ’90s came with one. We’ve been using it as a little hall storage chest….but really, it was just a space-filler until I could find something better. Hence, I’d never taken the time to sand, prime, paint and seal it. Why bother when I knew it was destined for the curb?!

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