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DIY Chalkboard Paint Chore Chart

Posted by: on August 12th, 2013 | 12 Comments

A chore chart for toddlers created from chalkboard paint and wall board

We’ve invited lifestyle and decor bloggers to give us their take on The Home Depot’s monthly Do-It-Herself Workshops. On Thursday, August 15, 2013, the DIH Workshop in Home Depot stores across the country will focus on How to Make a Chore Chart, presented by Martha Stewart Living.

Here, Kimberly Sneed of A Night Owl shares her tutorial for a chore chart she created for her two toddlers. This simple DIY project uses chalkboard paint on wall board.

It’s never too early to start your kids on the road to responsibility, right? That’s why I’m so glad that The Home Depot asked us to come up with a fun and unique chore chart we can use in our own home. And right now with my toddler boys, the chores that we focus on with them are picking up their toys and dirty clothes! So I wanted to design an easy chart for them to both understand and get involved with. And because I could use chalkboard paint on just about anything in our house – I thought naturally a chalkboard chart would be perfect!

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DIY Magnetic Tile Chore Chart

Posted by: on August 9th, 2013 | 8 Comments

We’ve invited lifestyle and decor bloggers to give us their take on The Home Depot’s monthly Do-It-Herself Workshops. A recent DIH Workshop in Home Depot stores across the country focused on How to Make a Chore Chart, presented by Martha Stewart Living.

Here, Amy Bell of Positively Splendid shares her tutorial for a DIY chore chart project that uses magnets, ceramic tile and sheet metal.

With four small children, I am constantly striving to make our family run as as smoothly as possible. There really is no better way I have found to do so than by having each family member’s individual chores clearly outlined and defined in a chore chart. Chore charts are terrific for two reasons: they clearly define expectations, thus reducing conflict, and they provide children a great sense of accomplishment when they get to mark a chore off of their list!

When The Home Depot and Martha Stewart challenged me to come up with my own chore chart system, I gladly took on the challenge. As I set to work, I knew I wanted my chore chart to be suitable for children of all ages, and that it needed to be as user-friendly as possible to ensure long-term success. The project I’m sharing with you today, a magnetic tile chore chart, is what I came up with!


A boy interacts with a DIY magnetic chore chart


To make a Magnetic Tile Chore Chart of your own, you will need:

  • An old 24×36” frame
  • (1) 24×36” sheet galvanized sheet metal
  • Ceramic tile sheet
  • Sharpie marker
  • 1/2” ceramic disc magnets
  • Heavy-Duty Adhesive
  • Letter stickers, vinyl decals or stencil (for lettering)

To start, carefully slip the sheet metal into the frame. (Be sure to wear work gloves when doing so, as the edges of the sheet metal are very sharp!) This is a great project to breathe new life into a frame that might otherwise be donated or discarded.

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How to Build Your Own Adirondack Chairs, with Ana White

Posted by: on May 16th, 2013 | 54 Comments


Adirondack chairs have been around for over a century. This iconic piece of patio furniture is perfect for lounging around on breezy warm days at the beach, by the pool, or out on the deck or patio. The original version was made from a solid piece of wood cut into 12 pieces. Today Adirondack chairs are available in a wide variety of materials, including plastic as well as many types of wood. You can purchase one of these chairs, as you would any other patio furniture, and relax very comfortably in your decision. Or, you could easily build your own and experience the singular pleasure that comes from creating something with your own hands.

The choice is yours, of course. And if you’re up for building your own Adirondack chair, here’s a video featuring popular DIY blogger Ana White and Home Depot associate Wendy to show you how. This project has been featured as one of our free monthly Do-It-Herself Workshops held at Home Depot stores across the country.

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Succulent Garden Ideas – Mason Jar Terrarium from OPC’s The Better Half

Posted by: on April 29th, 2013 | 35 Comments

We’re thrilled to have Jocie Hagan of  The Better Half, share her succulent garden ideas with us. Her blog-within-a-blog at One Project Closer (OPC) is all about thrifty and fabulous DIY decor and crafts. And there’s definitely a crafty element to this clever miniature succulent garden project– it’s a garden inside a mason jar. Read on for the complete DIY tutorial. 


Succulent Garden Ideas: A miniature succulent garden in a Mason jar


Confession time: I don’t garden. Ever. In fact, when The Home Depot asked me to participate in the Do-It-Herself Workshop series by sharing my succulent garden ideas, I had to look up what a succulent was. *shame* But once I figured out what a succulent was, I was super excited to make a garden with my own special twist.

Succulents are right up my gardening alley – they require little water or attention, are bright and hearty, and are easy to plant. They are hard to kill, and for this black thumb gardener, that is all that matters!

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How To Nest for Less: Do-It-Herself Workshops

Posted by: on February 12th, 2013 | Make A Comment

Erin Hankins, the author of the blog How to Nest for Less, is an Art Director based in St. Louis, Missouri. Her blog features daily adventures of DIY and home improvement projects, interior decorating and all things creative. Her work has been seen across the web including features in Country Woman magazine, Family magazine and the January 2013 cover of DIY Lifestyle magazine. This month, Erin will be guest-hosting Do-It-Herself Workshops at The Home Depot.


I’m thrilled to be teaming with The Home Depot for the Do-It-Herself workshops this month. We’re going to help women gain the skills and confidence to make basic repairs and easy home improvements with FREE monthly workshops - giving step-by-step instructions and hands on experience.


White painted cabinets with black appliances and grey counter tops


One of my biggest Do-It-Herself makeovers to date (and also the least expensive) was a mini-kitchen makeover by simply painting my kitchen cabinets. The bland builder grade oak cabinets were given a fresh start in bright white. Just a couple coats of primer and paint completely transformed my space for less than $100.

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