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DIY Miter Saw Bench

Posted by: on August 29th, 2014 | Make A Comment

DIY Miter Saw Bench

This DIY miter saw bench is a beauty. Whitney Gainer, half of the Shanty2Chic DIY team, made it so she could get more use out of her prized miter saw. Follow the step-by-step instructions, and soon you’ll have a sturdy table like this for your own workshop. It might even give you a reason to buy a miter saw if you don’t already have one!

We often get asked what our favorite, most used tool is. I always answer the same… It’s my miter saw! I love it. I have had it on a stand for the last year or so, and decided it was time to build it a new home.

Check out my DIY Miter Saw Bench!

This is a really simple build with the right tools! Let’s get started!

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A Simple, Inexpensive Bathroom Makeover for Renters

Posted by: on August 14th, 2014 | 3 Comments

A Simple, Inexpensive Bathroom Makeover for Renters

 

Renting a home doesn’t necessarily stop you from giving your bathroom a bit of a makeover. The key is to make it simple and inexpensive, and don’t tear out anything that’s attached to the walls. (You might want to mention it to your landlord, too, before you start.)

This is exactly what Ellie Somerville McNevin from Non-White Sofa did with the bathroom in her rental home. Painting the walls, putting down new flooring and adding a little flair to the mirror made a huge difference, as you’ll see…

My husband Nick and I recently relocated to Charleston, South Carolina from New York, and although we’re in a rental, I knew a few small updates would make a drastic improvement to our master bathroom.

But I’m not going to lie… we ended up laying down some tile too.

The photo below shows how the bathroom looked when we moved in… scary, I know! The tiles were different colors that had been painted and had started chipping, and the walls were a dingy blue that desperately needed a fresh coat of paint.

Another downside was the standard builder’s grade mirror that was held up with plastic clips. Although I liked the size, it did nothing for the space, so I came up with a plan to give it a fresh new look.

 

A Simple, Inexpensive Bathroom Makeover: Before the Makeover

 

With a bathroom in this kind of condition, I knew a trip to The Home Depot was in order.

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9 Tips and Tricks for Planning a Bathroom Remodel

Posted by: on August 12th, 2014 | Make A Comment

9 Tips and Tricks for Planning a Bathroom Remodel

 

Remodeling your bathroom is one of the most cost effective ways to increase the value of your home. It can also go a long way toward improving the quality of your life and satisfaction in your home. 

A lot of people understandably find the idea of undertaking a bathroom remodel a bit intimidating. That’s why we brought in Jaime Dorobek to help put you at ease by sharing what she learned doing her own bathroom renovation. Jamie and her husband are pretty fearless DIYers. You can read all about Jamie’s experiences in creating things on her blog C.R.A.F.T. (Create Really Awesome Free Stuff). Yet, even Jamie didn’t think of everything before getting the bathroom remodeling underway.

Jamie learned a lot, and she’s here with practical advice that comes from real-life experience.  

You’ve made the decision to remodel your bathroom, now what?

Plan, plan, and plan some more my friend!

Starting a bathroom remodel is scary, exciting, and nerve racking, but it is all worth it in the end! And a well thought out (but, flexible) plan will keep things moving and ensure that you are always one step ahead of the game.

Here are nine tips and tricks I wish I would have known before we started our bathroom remodel adventure.

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DIY Industrial Lamp: Cool Desk Lamp Made From Pipe

Posted by: on August 7th, 2014 | 5 Comments

DIY Industrial Lamp: Cool Desk Lamp Made From Pipe

 

This easy-to-make DIY industrial lamp will create a trendy industrial look for your desk or table. This cool desk lamp is made from lengths of steel pipe and fittings, a light kit and a light bulb– all readily available at your local Home Depot store.

Just follow the step-by-step tutorial, and you’ll have your new pipe lamp completed in no time. 

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Ana White: How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart

Posted by: on August 5th, 2014 | 8 Comments

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart

Ana White is a very popular DIY blogger who is all about encouraging people of all skill levels to get a little sawdust in their lives. She has so many excellent and very doable DIY projects on the Ana White blog.

She created this tutorial for a rolling storage cart especially for The Home Depot’s Do-It-Herself Workshops. The cart is quite versatile. It makes a terrific cart for gardening supplies. You might want to use it to organize school supplies in the run up to the first day of school. When the holiday season arrives, you could use it to organize wrapping supplies. There will always be a use for this cart.

 

When you’re a parent, you have enough things to worry about. The last thing you need is more stuff to add to the mess. Using tools and supplies from The Home Depot, I’ve built this easy and affordable Rolling Storage Cart . Here’s to making storage super stylish!

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Outdoor Games: DIY Ladder Toss You Can Take to the Park

Posted by: on July 31st, 2014 | 3 Comments

Outdoor Games: DIY Ladder Toss You Can Take to the Park

Mandy Kellogg Rye knows a stylish picnic isn’t complete without a fun activity. A good outdoor game can generate conversation, stimulate the mind as well as the body, and it can be a convenient, if not totally necessary excuse to enjoy a summer afternoon in the park.

Mandy is a talented and in-demand stylist– she founded the  Waiting On Martha blog and online store. She came up with this tutorial for building a DIY ladder toss game (often called ladder ball). It’s her contribution to our Outdoor Games Style Challenge.

Her ladder toss game set is a great for a tailgate party, a backyard barbecue, or for enjoying time with friends in the park.   

 

When The Home Depot asked me to be a part of its latest Style Challenge, I didn’t have to think twice before saying #letsdothis, especially since moving to Atlanta from Chicago we’ve been spending more time than ever outdoors.

The only caveat is that we live in the city, which means we have a very teeny-tiny backyard, and most of our time spent outdoors is at some of the beautiful parks that grace these city streets. So I knew when choosing and creating my outdoor game it would have to be portable and easy to store. We already had cornhole and bocce ball, but what seemed to be missing was one of my favorites– ladder toss. While ladder toss tends to be a tad on the large side I knew that with a few tweaks I could make it portable and part of our outdoor routine in no time.

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DIY Outdoor Games: Kids’ Sprinkler Limbo Made from PVC Pipe

Posted by: on July 28th, 2014 | 2 Comments

DIY Outdoor Games: Kids' Sprinkler Limbo Made from PVC Pipe

Kimber Matherne, the The Pinning Mama, obviously knows how to generate family fun. That’s quite obvious looking at the photos of her kids playing in her awesome DIY kids’ sprinkler game. 

This is one of the fun DIY outdoor games in our Outdoor Games Style Challenge in which we invited some of our favorite design bloggers to come up with an outdoor game using a specific assigned material. In Kimber’s case, it was PVC pipe.

Her sprinkler limbo set is great for getting the kids (and adults!) active outside on a hot day. Who could resist the fun of doing the limbo with splashing water to keep you cool? 

 

With two little ones, my family is always looking for fun family-friendly activities that we can all enjoy together. During the spring we often played with this DIY Yard Yahtzee game we made, but since we live in Las Vegas where we have small yards and triple digit temps as early as May, it can sometimes be challenging to be outside once summer hits. When we do play outside, it must involve water! When I was invited to be a part of the Outdoor Games Style Challenge and was given PVC as my challenge material my mind started spinning on how we could turn this into a fun family game perfect for our space.

 

DIY Outdoor Games: Kids' Sprinkler Limbo Made from PVC Pipe

Before we get started, here’s some Chubby Checker…

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DIY Backyard Games: How to Make a Yard Pong Set

Posted by: on July 25th, 2014 | 7 Comments

DIY Backyard Games: How to Make a Yard Pong Set

Beth Barden of designPOST interiors has come up with one of the simplest DIY backyard games ever. It’s her contribution to our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. We’ve asked some of our favorite design bloggers to create, or re-imagine fun games that you can play in your backyard at a tailgate party, and that you can make yourself. 

Beth’s version of yard pong cleverly makes use of regular PVC pipe and some spray paint. You’ll see how she made it just below.

But Beth didn’t stop at creating the outdoor game. She also came up with an ingenious way of turning a slightly mysterious concrete box in her backyard into a sweet outdoor sitting area with a storage area below. And she shows us some of her ace outdoor decorating ideas, too. 

(And if you get only one message from Beth’s story it’s this: never, ever be afraid to stroll the aisles of Home Depot! Read on to see what we mean.)

But first, the backyard game… 

 

When I got the invitation to participate in Home Depot’s latest Style Challenge I couldn’t say “YES!” fast enough. As a long-time fan of their various style challenges, I knew this was going to be a blast! But, after quickly accepting I had to begin brainstorming ideas for an outdoor game. I don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to DIY projects, so I knew that I would have to keep it simple. I also have a really hard time sticking to just one project at a time so I knew immediately that I would also be working on more than just a game!

My main goal for creating my outdoor game was to come up with something that would work for all skill levels. With my three young kids home all summer I knew I wanted something that they could play and my husband and I also like to have friends over to grill out as often as we can, so I wanted it to be a new game we could all enjoy as well.

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DIY Outdoor Games: PVC Bowling Pins, Chalkboard Scoreboard

Posted by: on July 24th, 2014 | 16 Comments

DIY Outdoor Game: PVC Bowling Pins

DIY Outdoor Game: PVC Bowling Pins

Here’s a great outdoor game that practically anyone in the family can play. It’s backyard bowling with cute PVC bowling pins that are easy to make.  

We’ve asked some of our favorite design bloggers to create DIY outdoor games for our  Outdoor Games Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. This is the contribution by Katrina Sullivan, the blogger behind Chic Little House. She added a DIY chalkboard to keep score to make this project even better.

Take a look at this fun, easy DIY project that will have the whole family having a ball in the backyard.  

One of the many things we love about living in Northern California, is the amazing outdoor weather we have most of the year. Our home has a smaller footprint, and one of out goals is to truly utilize our backyard and make it a fun spot to cook, lounge and most of all play! I totally jumped at the chance to to participate in the Home Depot Outdoor Games Style Challenge. Our challenge material was creating a game with PVC. I have lots of experience working with PVC, most recently installing irritation in our raised garden beds. I quickly started brain storming fun creative ways to transform the material into a fun outdoor game our family and friends would enjoying playing.

Since our oldest just turned 14 and our youngest recently turned 3 (yup, huge age gap!), having an outdoor game they would both enjoy was a must. One of the family activities we enjoy is bowling, so why not make transform PVC pipes into bowling pins and do backyard bowling? I gathered some inspiration for the design, and along with spray paint, washi tape and mustache stickers, I created colorful whimsical bowling pins.

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DIY Backyard Quidditch Game for Little Muggles

Posted by: on July 23rd, 2014 | 27 Comments

DIY Backyard Quidditch Game

What’s the greatest game ever invented that involves flying brooms? Of course, it’s Quidditch, the game we muggles first learned of in the Harry Potter books and movies. (And before we hear shouting from the curling crowd, note that curling brooms generally aren’t supposed to fly.) Of course, if you’re a muggle, you’re best to use non-flying brooms for backyard Quidditch.  

Blogger Summer Hagan of Simple Stylings {for the semi-creative mind} has invented a lovely game for her little boy based on Quidditch in a stripped down way. There are brooms, but they only fly in the imagination. This is her addition to our Outdoor Games Style Challenge here on The Home Depot Blog. 

The best part might be the copper circular goals, like the goals in the Harry Potter game. Summer’s goals look pretty cool… and might have a second life in her yard after her little muggle has hung up his broom. Read on to see how Summer created this DIY backyard Quidditch game.

I recently finished up a huge back deck project, and I’m so happy to be spending these long summer days outside. When I got the invitation from The Home Depot to participate in one of its Style Challenges I was over-the-moon excited! Then I found out the theme was outdoor games, and I was even more stoked; this was right up our alley.

Then reality set in and I was at a loss.

There are so many classic backyard games that have been done a million times. Pinterest is flooded with images of DIY backyard games. I wanted our game to be unique and creative, but also something we could play together as a family. I spent hours researching and brainstorming before I came up with a solid idea that I was excited about.

I decided on a simplified version of the game Quidditch from the Harry Potter books.

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