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DIH Workshop: How to Create a Mirror Frame with Tile

Posted by: on February 18th, 2013 | 16 Comments

Snapshot of three steps involved in framing a mirror with mosaic tile


This Do-It-Herself Workshop was a big success! We were so pleased at the great turnout at Home Depot stores across the country. We have a downloadable set of instructions for the Framing a Mirror with Tile project, too, if you didn’t pick them up at the workshop, or if you missed it.

And if you missed this one, don’t worry, we have more Do-It-Herself Workshops ahead. Check our Do-It-Herself Workshops page for current information.  

Sally, of the home improvement blog Homemaking Reality posted an article about the fun she had attending this workshop in the Atlanta area. The article has some great photos of the event and the tile mirror frame project underway.


Here’s the original article announcing the February 2013 Do-It-Herself Workshop: 

This February marks the launch of the first of four Home Depot workshop events inspired by Pinterest! Just like you, we love to browse Pinterest for great home improvement and DIY ideas. Now you can tackle some of your favorite pinned projects at the Do-It-Herself workshop at your local Home Depot store.

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DIY Wall Organizer How-To

Posted by: on December 26th, 2012 | 11 Comments

How-To Build an entryway wall organizer

With the New Year in sight, it’s time to clean out the clutter and reorganize. In many homes, the entryway or mudroom – the spot where shoes are strewn off and coats are stored — is the messiest area in the house. To help keep these busy spots clean, consider building this simple DIY Wall Organizer, which you may have seen on one of our recent TV commercials. Find the step-by-step instructions below.

Skill Level: Easy
Time: 3-5 hours
Cost: Approximately $250

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From the Forums: How to Lay Tile Square with the Shape of the Room

Posted by: on November 16th, 2012 | One Comment

A man lays tiles on a concrete floor


Installing tile on a bathroom floor can be a very gratifying do-it-yourself project, and it will cost a lot less than paying someone else to do it for you. It’s a fairly easy job, too, but getting it started right is crucial. You’ll want to create guide lines that are perfectly square, otherwise you could end up with what’s formally called a “wonky-looking floor.” Creating those perfectly square lines can be a little tricky.

Home Depot Forums associate Jay Harris has a handy way to use geometry and the insight of Pythagoras to get your tile layout straight and square. It involves an ancient mathematical principle. But don’t worry — there won’t be a quiz.  

Recently, I had a customer in the store who was a bit unsure about how he was laying out his tile. We’d worked together previously to pick out the tile itself, and I made sure to let him know to do a dry-layout first. He’d run into a bit of a snag when doing his chalk lines, though, as they didn’t quite look square.

Now sometimes you can measure these out with a square caliper or framing ruler, but I rely on a different approach.

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How to Build a Sandbox

Posted by: on June 28th, 2012 | Make A Comment


The sandbox has been a mainstay of playgrounds and schoolyards for generations, and if you’re a DIY-minded homeowner, a sandbox may just be the perfect next project to tackle in your own backyard.

In this video, we’ll show you how to build a sandbox, including walking you through the supplies needed and all of the steps to complete this project. And click over to The Home Depot’s online Community Forums, where you can down load written instructions. You’ll also see discussion among DIYers who’ve tackled the project, and some modified instructions on how to make a slightly bigger version of this DIY sandbox project.

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

Install a Pull-Out Shelf in Lower Cabinets

Posted by: on January 15th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 15 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Installing pull-out shelves in your lower cabinets may call for a little more work, but the payoff to this project is great! Not only are you making your cabinets more functional, you’re also adding value to your home.

Storage and Organization Tips: Add a pull-out shelf to your lower cabinets to optimize storage

Image from Martha Stewart

Follow this easy how-to to complete the project on your own.

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

How to Carve out a Mudroom

Posted by: on January 13th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 13 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: While not everyone has space in their home to create a whole room dedicated to muddy boots, outdoor toys, wet coats, and the like, we think you can create a little mini-organizing station in your entryway or right at your back door, no matter how small your space is. Use a bench, fabric bins, and some coat hooks to create a mudroom in a small space. Extra points if you add photos to each bin to signal whose stuff is whose.

Storage and organizing tips: Add a mudroom by using fabric bins and coat hooks to your entryway

Image from Martha Stewart

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

Easy, Eco-friendly Gift Tags

Posted by: on December 3rd, 2011 | Make A Comment

Yesterday, I posted about how I’m already preparing hostess gifts for all of the parties I have planned this year (and also a few parties maybe I haven’t planned). I mentioned that I printed out homemade gift tags on recycled cardboard, and I promised you that I’d give you the download! Well, a promise is a promise.

Gift Tag How-To

Let’s walk through the step-by-step.

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