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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetie: #6 Pizza on a Floor Tile

Posted by: on February 6th, 2012 | One Comment
Quarry tiles used as a pizza stone

Day 6 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s edition, Caroline shows Jae how cooking on a floor tile can impress your sweetie.

Jae: I don’t know what all the fuss is about Valentine’s Day gifts. I say go old school. I say give a little box of those heart-shaped Valentines candies, like the ones you used to get in grade school with the “Be My Valentine” messages on them.  You know – cute and kitschy.

Caroline: You’re joking right?  Good luck with that.

Jae: Isn’t everyone always saying, “It’s the thought that counts … yadda, yadda”.

Caroline: That is a very important sentiment, but the message you’d be sending with that particular “thought” is, “I completely forgot Valentine’s Day so I got you this candy on my way home from work.”

A much more thoughtful gift would be a homemade dinner with your special someone.

Something easy would be a homemade pizza. Even you could do it, Jae. Think of cooking a pizza as a DIY Valentine’s gift.

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DIY Valentine’s Gift for Your Sweetie: #5 Industrial Chain Necklace

Posted by: on February 5th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 5 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s edition, Shaina convinces Craig that even a nuts and bolts kind of guy can appreciate a handmade necklace.


Shaina:  A pretty necklace is a great gift for a woman on Valentine’s Day. But I have an idea for a fun DIY necklace for a guy.

Craig: A necklace for a guy might work. But not all men are so into jewelry. What about the nuts and bolts kind of guys? You know…the fellows who spend their time tinkering their bikes and building stuff. Don’t you think maybe a power drill or a socket set would be more their thing? For a lot of guys, just a six-pack of his favorite beer would satisfy him.

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Meet The Material: Chicken Wire

Posted by: on February 2nd, 2012 | 2 Comments

 Chicken Wire Chandelier image

What is chicken wire? Chicken wire, also called poultry netting, is a mesh of thin, flexible galvanized wire with hexagonal gaps [Wikipedia]. The wire is woven together by a massive loom called a Gambion machine, which makes oddly musical, hypnotically rhythmic sounds as it weave its magic.

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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart: #2 Wood Block Photo

Posted by: on February 2nd, 2012 | 3 Comments
Day 2 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s edition, Shaina shows Craig a do-it-yourself way to make a photo extra special without testing his sketchy tool skills. 


Craig:  I hear that giving your sweetie a photo of yourself is a great gift for Valentine’s Day. I know my wife loves me, but a photo of my ugly mug? That seems more appropriate for Halloween.

Shaina:  She probably married you because of your mug, Craig. But why don’t you make it a little more interesting and personal by mounting it on a cool wood block?

Trust me, she’ll love it.  It’s a unique DIY Valentine’s gift, and it’s easy to make.

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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart: #1 Getting a Grip

Posted by: on February 1st, 2012 | 10 Comments

Day 1 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s segment, Caroline and Jae find romance in a red goo.


Champagne Glasses with red plasti-dip coating


Caroline:  I was wandering around in Home Depot the other day when I ran across this really cool stuff that could make a great DIY Valentine’s gift. It’s a rubberized protective coating product called Plasti Dip.

Jae: That doesn’t sound as good as a Get Out of Valentine’s Day Free card, but I’m intrigued. You found this rubber stuff called Plasti Dip, and it made you think of Valentine’s Day? OK, Cupid what’s the idea?

Caroline: The idea is to buy some Plasti Dip in red—for Valentine’s Day—and use it to upgrade the handles of your sweetheart’s pliers and socket wrenches. It’s a really easy do-it-yourself project. Just dip the handles in the Plasti Dip, let them dry, and then give them a second application to give the grips an extra layer of comfort. The tools will handle like new, with a nice non-slip grip.

Jae: I don’t know if I’d want you dipping my tools in plastic goo. This DIY Valentine’s Gift sounds like a honey-do-Valentine’s-Day surprise gone wrong to me. And I’m thinking there might be something even more interesting we could do with this stuff.

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Top 10 Bath Safety Tips From the Forums

Posted by: on January 27th, 2012 | Make A Comment


Bath Safety Tip, Install a Walk-In Tub

Our Home Depot Community Forum associates are truly experts in the home improvement field. They are always on the lookout for the latest trends in home design and ways to make your dream home a reality. Some associates look beyond design trends and find ways to blend trending news topics with home improvement. Forum Associate DesigningWoman accomplishes this gracefully with her post “My Top 10 Tips for Bathroom Safety.”

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How to Design for Bath Safety and Accessibility

Posted by: on January 20th, 2012 | Make A Comment

How to Design for Bath Safety

It’s the first place you go when you wake up in the morning. It’s usually the last place you go before going to bed at night. You clean it. You use it. You relax in it. It’s your haven….your own private retreat inside your home. It’s your bathroom, and according to the Home Safety Council, it’s also the second most dangerous room in your home. Make it safer. Design for bath safety and accessibility.

Use non-slip mats. Water makes surfaces slippery and dangerous even for the most healthy individuals. Prevent falls and make the bathroom safer for the whole family by adding non-slip mats.

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How to Refinish Wood Floors With Stain

Posted by: on January 20th, 2012 | One Comment

When hardwood floors came back as a must-do home design trend, they came back in a big way. They offer so much design versatility, adding character and decorative flair to any look from elegant and sophisticated to casual and comfortable to modern and cosmopolitan. You can’t go wrong with hardwood.

It’s always a plus when a flooring makeover reveals beautiful hardwood floors beneath carpet or linoleum. That’s just what happened to Community member Cueshot108 while tackling a small remodeling project. In his Forum post ”First timer using Minwax Stain. Need help,” he shares his project to turn a small bedroom into his man cave. Forum associate ChristineClaret joined the discussion to provide expert advice and guidance on refinishing wood floors with stain.

Refinish Hardwood Floors with Wood Stain

From This Old House

Cueshot108 was surprised to find pine hardwood floors when he ripped up the linoleum floors in a small bedroom. His newly discovered hardwood floors are in excellent condition, and he plans to use Minwax Wood Finish to stain them. He wants to know whether or not conditioning the hardwood and applying polyurethane after applying the stain is necessary.

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How to Replace a Vanity Light Safely

Posted by: on January 19th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Whenever you’re dealing with electrical wiring things can get a little tricky and you must remember that it’s always safety first! As long as you follow a few basic safety precautions, replacing a vanity light in your bathroom is an easy project that you can handle yourself without the help of a professional electrician.

This video gives you step-by-step instructions on how to replace a vanity light while highlighting important safety issues like switching off the electricity from the power box. Remember to disconnect all electrical wires and make sure that the proper wiring is in place before removing bulbs from the old fixture to avoid breaking them.

Be sure to check out our huge selection of bath products, including vanities, faucets, tubs and toilets. You can also visit our Home Depot How-To Community Forum for expert associate advice on all sorts of home improvement projects.

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

Meet The Material: Duct Tape

Posted by: on January 19th, 2012 | 4 Comments
Duct Tape flooring image

A floor made of duct tape stripes

MacGyver was a popular ’80s/early ’90s television action-adventure hero who used his superior knowledge of science and everyday ordinary materials, like duct tape, to routinely escape danger and save the world from imminent disaster. Folks have been “macgyvering” problems around the house ever since.

So keep this in mind when things seem irrevocably broken, or you need to come up with a quick fix for one of life’s little misadventures: “It ain’t broke, it just lacks duct tape.”

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