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Home Depot Kids Workshop: Load ’N Go Truck

Posted by: on May 27th, 2015 | One Comment

Home Depot Kids Workshop: Load 'n Go Truck


Erin Spain of the blog DIY on the Cheap got to preview with her boys one of the Home Depot Kids Workshop projects– the Load ’n Go Truck. It was the featured Kids Workshop project at Home Depot stores recently and is typical of the kinds of projects the kids do at these monthly free workshops. Get more information about the free workshop at the end of this article.

As you’ll see, Erin’s boys developed various skills in handling tools and thinking through the steps of the project, plus they had a lot of fun while creating a sense of personal accomplishment.

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In The Wild: Paint Tint Art

Posted by: on September 9th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Instagram user @shelbygaail

Our associates find inspiration in some of the most unique places at The Home Depot. From the hardware aisle to the paint desk, there’s always something around the corner to spark creativity for your next do-it-yourself project.

Check out this behind the scenes look at Paint Tint Art. It’s what unmixed paint looks like before it’s shaken for customers. Paint Tint Art is similar to latte art, where the method of mixing paint results in a pattern or design on the surface. We know – it’s hard to look away!

Above: By @shelbygaail on Instagram

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Real Stories, Real Doing: Mosaic Teacher Shows Us Her Creations

Posted by: on October 10th, 2012 | 7 Comments

Mosaic by Jan Wilmeth


We just love it when readers send us photos of their DIY projects. Take a look at these gorgeous mosaics created by Jan Wilmeth, who lives in a fairly remote spot near Lake Don Pedro in northern California. She sent the photos to the Apron blog after seeing an article we posted about creating a mosaic table top for an old patio table.

Jan has been teaching mosaics from her home for five or six years now, and she often uses tiles from The Home Depot in her works and in her teaching. Each of the three mosaic pieces she showed us includes some off-the-shelf tiles she purchased from The Home Depot.

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Real Stories, Real Doing: Amazing Wedding Photos Shot in a Home Depot Store

Posted by: on August 17th, 2012 | 9 Comments


When Jessica Olds, then Jessica Elder, was getting ready for her wedding in Cocoa Beach, Florida, she did what any bride would do this time of year: Check the weather. A lot.

After the ceremony at Riverside Presbyterian Church, the plan called for the wedding party to walk across the street to the beach to have portraits taken. But there was an 80 percent chance of rain on June 23. That’s when the big day became the big, orange day.

Jessica said the idea to do the photos indoors in a surprising location just came to her. She ran the idea by Nathan Olds, her soon-to-be husband: They would gather the bride and groom’s parties together at the nearby Merritt Island Home Depot, store #234, after the wedding to take pictures. He was totally into it, she said.

She rang the store about a week in advance, and they were also on board. On the wedding day, Home Depot associates even helped gather props together for the various shots. As the bride and groom finished posing and headed to their reception, a voice came over the PA system announcing the new couple. Customers cheered, whistled and clapped as they made their way out the door and into their new life together.

Jessica said she gives all the creative credit to photographer Curtiss Bryant, who came up with all of the clever poses. The shots definitely have the mark of the photographer, who said it was probably the most original set of portraits he’s ever shot.

Check out these amazing wedding photo ideas, all shot inside a Home Depot store:

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Before and After: A Kitchen Makeover for a Cause by Centsational Girl

Posted by: on August 8th, 2012 | 7 Comments

Alma Project Kitchen Makeover by Centsational Girl

Kate Riley pulled off a stunning kitchen makeover as part of a project to help women in need. We know Kate from her awe-inspiring design and DIY blog Centsational Girl, and we’ve been pleased to have her as a guest contributor here on the Apron blog.

In addition to writing for her blog, conquering mind-blowing DIY projects, shooting photos and raising a family, she manages to find time for her Alma Project, which she and her husband started last year. It transforms fixer upper houses into comfortable functional homes for a local homeless shelter.  

We’re so pleased she was willing to share with us her inspirational story and the details of her equally inspirational kitchen transformation. 

Thanks to the Apron blog for having me back again. I wanted to share a feel good makeover, one that couldn’t have happened without the support of The Home Depot.

Two years ago, my husband and I decided the way we wanted to give back in our community was to assist our local COTS (Committee on the Shelterless) with their transitional housing program. We felt it important to use our DIY talents to provide real solutions for real people with real needs. We adopted our first house last year and named it The Alma Project.

Living inside the Alma House are single mothers, previously homeless, who reside for free on the condition that they are learning skills, stabilizing their lives, attending counseling, and remain drug and alcohol free. These mothers are saving their money from their part-time jobs and raising their children as best as they can. They have no time or money to fix up this house. That’s where we step in!

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Real Stories, Real Doing: A Log Cabin School Project Made from Cork

Posted by: on July 23rd, 2012 | 5 Comments

A miniature log cabin made from cork as a school project


We love to hear stories about how The Home Depot helps people do more. It might be about a fellow running his own business custom building beds, how a good price on pumpkins inspired a Halloween display, or a family’s fond memories of our Kids’ Workshops. We have another such story, this time about a clever use of materials for a girl’s school project.

Tabatha Cassell, who lives in southern Arkansas, left a comment on a blog post here on the Apron about the many uses of cork. She was proud of her 14-year-old daughter Sydnee for coming up with the brilliant idea of using cork to build a miniature log cabin.

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Real Stories, Real Doing: Reader Sends Photos of His Completed Vertical Garden Project

Posted by: on July 11th, 2012 | 6 Comments

A completed vertical garden project


The Home Depot created quite a stir recently when it featured a DIY vertical garden project on the homepage and on television. We published a short article about the vertical garden project here on the Apron blog, and included a link to download the instructions.

We got a big response to that article, including some photos from Apron reader Peter Thunberg of Schaumberg, Illinois. Peter tells us he and his ten-year-old son Tyler completed the project as a Mother’s Day gift for Mrs. Thunberg. They certainly did a beautiful job on it.

He also provided a couple of pictures of the project in progress.

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Home Depot History: Remember Our Roots

Posted by: on June 21st, 2012 | 3 Comments
Home Depot History: A 1979 image of the first Home Depot store

One of the first Home Depot stores in 1979.


On June 21, 1979, Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus took a massive leap into the unknown: They opened the first two home improvement warehouses ever. After what was likely a restless night, the cavernous stores in the Atlanta area, stocked with 250,000 products each, swung open their doors. (A local radio personality later said, “I tell you, if these stores were any bigger, they’d be paying Alabama sales tax.”) And that was the beginning of Home Depot history.

Bernie and Arthur handed their kids 700 $1 bills and sent them into the parking lots of the stores. Yup, they were paying people to go in and spend money. After a slow day, the kids still had $1 bills in their hands.

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Real Stories, Real Doing: Home Depot Kids Workshops Create Fond Family Memories

Posted by: on May 31st, 2012 | 7 Comments

The second generation of kids is getting ready for our Kids Workshops. That’s Miley Heywood with her dad Joshua.

The Home Depot has been running its Kids Workshops since October 1997. Kids have built something like 31-million kits over the years–including bird houses, bug cages, planter boxes and many other kid-friendly projects. In the process, these children learned how to use tools and follow instructions, and they’ve learned the joy of completing a project. A lot of parents say the Home Depot Kids workshops can be a wonderful parent-child bonding experience as well.

And now, some families are heading into the second generation of Kids Workshops.

We heard from one such family not long ago. Stephanie Heywood of Mesa, Arizona left us a wonderful comment on an Apron Blog story about Kids Workshops. She and her brother Sterling loved the workshops when they were kids, and now her daughter Miley is nearing the age when she can start enjoying the Kids Workshops. Stephanie told us that finding some of her old workshop projects in her dad’s garage brought back many good childhood memories.

We wanted to hear more, so we contacted her.

Stephanie wrote back, describing the moment she discovered one of her old Home Depot projects. “When my dad and I were cleaning out his garage, I first saw a pencil box that I made. I think I literally dropped what was in my had and flew to get the item off the shelf. “*GASP* I remember making this!!!” she wrote. “After that, I noticed other little things, and I rambled on how I made them with Sterling. If Sterling had been there, I know we would have just talked in circles about how we did this and that and the garage would have never gotten clean.”

A birdhouse project they both did reveals a little something about their personalities.

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Home Depot Store Opens in Lodi, California

Posted by: on April 20th, 2012 | Make A Comment
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The Home Depot celebrates the opening of a new store in Lodi, California

The Home Depot is proud to open its first store in Lodi, California. The new Home Depot #6660 is conveniently located to serve residents of Lincoln Village, Lockeford, Galt and everyone in that part of San Joaquin County. The Lodi Home Depot store brings innovative home improvement selections to the community, including appliance, bath, hardware, lighting and storage and organization displays. In addition, the store features a paint color solutions center, installation services, a Tool Rental Center and a professional contractor desk.

The store is huge, spanning 106,000 square feet with a 35,000 square-foot garden center. Lodi customers can expect huge product selection, great value and plenty of expert advice from store associates. And like all other Home Depots in the country, the new store provides free DIY workshops and product demonstrations for customers.

The Lodi Home Depot is located at 2960 Reynolds Ranch Parkway. That’s on the south side of town, just west of the Purple Heart Veterans Highway (SR 99), and south of E. Harney Lane.