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How to Build a Leaning Ladder Bookcase

Jenn Largesse

Looking to add an element of design to your living room or entryway? A leaning ladder bookcase can easily be built for a third of the price you’d pay to buy one at the store. Follow these easy steps to learn how to DIY a ladder shelf. 

A ladder bookcase is a great addition to any room. Best of all, you can easily build your own for a third of the price you’d pay at the store.

Steps for Building a DIY Leaning Ladder Bookcase

Follow the directions below to learn how to build a DIY ladder bookcase.

1. Cut the 1 x 2 Parts to Size

The sides are made up of a back 1x2 leg with two square cut ends, an angled front leg mitered at parallel 9-degree angles, and crosspieces that set horizontally at the height of each shelf with one square cut end and one mitered end meet the angle of the front leg.

While I provided measurements for all of the crosspieces in my cut list below, I recommend cutting the top and bottom crosspieces to length, attaching them between the legs, and then cutting the remaining crosspieces to fit to ensure perfect joints.

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DIY Dutch Door Tutorial with Schlage Smart Lock Install

Enjoying a fresh breeze without opening the windows now just became easier and more affordable thanks to Jen Woodhouse of House of Wood. Follow a step-by-step tutorial of how she added curb appeal to her traditional front door by transforming it into a Smart Lock Dutch Door.

Well, hey there neighbor! Jen Woodhouse here and I am so excited to share my DIY Dutch Door featuring the new Schlage Encode Smart Door Lock! Isn’t this Dutch door the most inviting thing ever? It makes me want to wear an apron and bake pies all day just so I can let them cool on the ledge! I mean, I don’t even own an apron, but now I’m going to have to get one! And guess what… this DIY Dutch Door is not a hard project, it’s surprisingly easy to do! Read on to see how I did it.

What is a Dutch Door?

A Dutch door is sometimes called a half-door or a stable door and basically, it’s a door that’s divided horizontally so that each part operates independently of each other. It can also be latched together so that it works like a traditional door. Dutch doors have been around since the 17th century and primarily served to let the fresh air and sunlight in, while keeping the farm animals that were usually milling about, out of the house. It’s such a charming old-world architectural detail. I love being able to watch my kiddos play in the yard and have my neighbors stop by to say hello – I just love it so much!

Buy vs. DIY

We recently built my detached workshop and I knew I wanted a Dutch door for it; however, store-bought, ready-made Dutch doors are ridiculously expensive. The ones I found online were around $1,500. No, thank you. I picked up a solid wood exterior door from The Home Depot for a little over $200 – just another reason why I love DIY!

A hollow core door doesn’t work as well for this project because when you cut it in half, you’ll have to fill that hollow space somehow. It’s still possible, but not ideal, especially for an exterior door, so if you can, try to use a solid door.

Standard doors typically have 3 hinges total, so if you’re converting an existing door to a Dutch door, you’ll need to add one more hinge so that both the top and bottom parts of the door are well-supported. Each part should have 2 hinges total.

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On the Wake of Coronavirus 2019 Keep Your Home Clean and Germ-Free

The whole world is now shuddering under the fear of thisunprecedented situation. Since the time the outbreak took place in China andthe disease quickly started spreading all over the world, it has become a lot worrisomefor everyone, especially if they have kids and elderly family members at home.From whatever has been disclosed about Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19, itis pretty much clear that the impact of it has beendisastrous and can be moreso. Now, when you are trying to find out whether you are suffering from anysymptoms remotely or whether you are following the guidelines provided by WHO(World Health Organization) or not, it is also necessary for you to knowwhether you are keeping your surroundings clean and hygienic or not.

According to physicians and researchers around the world,Coronavirus spreads through respiratory droplets. That is why staying within a 6ft area of the affected patient can cause transmission easily. At the sametime, it is also evident from the current research that thevirus can remain on a surface for hours and even days too. In a situation likethis, cleaning a dirty area and disinfecting it is necessary.

GeneralRecommendation for Home Cleaning :

There are surfaces that one needs to clean regularly.Tables, light switches, doorknobs, desks, toilets, handles, and faucets shouldbe cleaned regularly as these parts are touched by more than one person in anormal household and that is why it contains the highest risk of carrying andspreading germs. Also, after cleaning, don’t forget to disinfect them with EPAregistered disinfectants that comes with a label and will help you get rid ofgerms with a series of instructions. Make sure that you are keeping the glovesand masks handy when you are planning to clean and disinfect your home.

Recommendations ofCleaning and Disinfecting a Home with COVID-19 Patient:

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Kitchen Renovation with Drawer Microwave

Your kitchen is where delicious meals are created, and pleasant family time is spent. Gina Matsoukas of Running to the Kitchen transformed her kitchen to a more bright and lively space with help from The Home Depot. Check out her entire remodeling process and the new appliance used to modernize her kitchen.

After living in our house for 10 years with a career change halfway through that requires me to be in the kitchen all day long, we finally bit the bullet and decided to renovate. The dark cherry cabinets that closed the space in from the rooms on either side of the kitchen had to go. To get the open feel and additional light that was number one on my priority list, a major structural wall had to come down. It was a major undertaking (and if I never see another microwave meal again, it will be too soon), but many months later the space is exactly as I envisioned it: bright, light and airy. It’s the perfect balance between function and aesthetic.

Before

The kitchen is located in the center of the house. The only window above the sink faces east. The dark cherry cabinets and the wall separating it from the southern exposure of the formal dining room (to the right in this picture) was a very dark space. On a rainy day, it would almost be pitch black in the kitchen in mid-afternoon!

The “must-have” list was a long one. I figured if we were going to do this renovation and spend all this money, it was going to be exactly what I wanted. But in the end, there were really just four things that carried the most importance:

Remove wall separating the dining roomUpgrade to 36” dual fuel stove with vent hoodWhite cabinetsFewer upper cabinets

Remove Wall Separating Dining Room

The removal of that wall was no easy feat. It was a major structural component of the house. It also involved not only support beams where it originally stood (hidden in a shiplap clad soffit), but also another support beam and structural pole in the basement below to properly distribute the load. That part required cutting through our concrete slab foundation, resulting in quite a mess!

Almost half of the renovation time was dedicated to this important task. While the demo only took one day, the progress seemed at a standstill for weeks as all the “boring” structural work took place.

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5 Important Home Maintenance Steps for Spring

Spring is one of my favorite seasons because it’s a great time to address any roof damage that came with the fall and winter, and clean those often-neglected gutters and downspouts.

You can make sure the air conditioner will work when temperatures skyrocket and take steps to prevent your clothes dryer from catching on fire.

And you can transform a blank backyard to colorful flowerbed landscapes that will make home look and feel more like ‘home sweet home.’

It’s possible to do these things, and more, to improve your home and enhance your life. But first, you need to have a plan. And for that, read on!

Clean The Roof And Check For Damage

Regular roof maintenance is the most important maintenance tasks you can do around the home, since the roof protects you and everything inside your home. You should keep your roof clean, clear and in good shape, as small problems today can lead to much bigger ones in the future.

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Smart Kitchen Upgrade with LG

New, modern homes are made perfect, especially when you fill them with all the latest technologies that make your life a breeze. The Never Have I Ever Guys have finally settled into their new home with the help of The Home Depot. See how they were able to complete their move-in with these cool home appliances.

Experiencing new things is something we love to do as the Never Have I Ever Guys (or NHIE Guys for short)! Our latest adventure has been moving to our new house! One of the coolest parts of the move to our new house has been figuring out the amazing brands that would make our new house our home. Cue The Home Depot. One of the first things we needed to take care of was appliances. We had LG appliances in our last house, and we absolutely LOVED them, so it was a no-brainer that we would go the LG route in this house, too! Our goal in this house was to make it more of a smart home.

A Smart App for a Smart Fridge

We partnered with The Home Depot to hook us up with some goodies for the kitchen – first, the fridge. We opted for this sleek LG French Door Smart Refrigerator! We love having smart devices to make some of our everyday tasks a little easier, and this fridge is great for that! Also, we downloaded the LG SmartThinQ app on our phone for added support. If you leave the door open for too long, it will not only beep from the fridge, but you can set a notification to be sent to your phone, too. Energy-efficient, and it keeps food lasting longer.

The fridge also works with Google Home Assistant for a feature called Ice Plus. When we know we will be having a party, we can tell our Google Home Mini to make extra ice! How cool is that?

The Perfect Fit

When we were shopping for fridges, we didn’t realize the difference between counter depth and standard depth refrigerators. With the help of an associate at our local Home Depot, we learned that counter depth fridges are a bit more narrow than standard, making them a great fit for running flush with the counter. With this in mind, we decided counter depth would be best fitting for our space. We are so glad we went that way because it fits nice and snug in its spot.

We love having an open floor plan in our house, which is great for our lifestyle and entertaining. It also means our appliances are always on display. We have noticed, luckily enough, that this fridge runs really quietly, making it great for our space. After some research, we learned that our fridge has an air pump that makes it run more quietly. It’s an innovation that we never thought we needed, but when you are watching TV in the living room (we’ve all been there), it’s nice to not hear the fridge running in the background.

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4 Tips to Deep Clean a Pre-Owned Place You Have Recently Moved Into

Moving to a new home is one of the mostinevitable parts of life. People move for many reasons. Some, move because ofeducation. Some move to a new home to start a family and a new life. Some haveto relocate to a new city and a new home owing to their job transfer. In anycase, moving to a new home can offer you lots of new possibilities. A new homeis like a bare campus. You can make it your own with the right kind of décorand items that will represent you, your taste and your personality too. Butbefore you start decking it up the way you want, you need to consider a very crucialpart. And that is the deep cleaning of the house.

The previous inhabitants of the house, nomatter how well-intentioned they were, are most likely to leave somethingbehind, dirt, and grime, or it can be a broken piece of furniture. Now, beforeyou start making a pre-owned house your own, you need to know about some expertcleaning hacks that will make the home livable again. Take a look at thefollowing cleaning tips before you start.

Clean High First:

In a home, it is the ceiling and the thingshanging from them that relegate dust unlike anything else. The ceiling fan, theoverhead light fixtures, the open shelves hanging on the wall high can be home toa lot of dust and grime. This is why, one of the most important cleaning tips and tricks is to start with cleaning high first. Getrid of the dust that can shower upon you and the other things in the room, thusmaking everything dirty all over again after you are done with a cleaning spreein the lower levels. Use a broom and wiper for cleaning and you are sorted.

Next,Go On a Fridge Mission:

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Home Office Makeover

Need a little inspiration on what to do with that spare room in your home? Jen Woodhouse of The House of Wood was able to transform her spare room into her dream home office with the help of The Home Depot. Read more below see how she was able to make it happen.

Hi everyone, it’s Jen Woodhouse here, digging myself out from under months of home renovations! I am thrilled to finally reveal my home office makeover! I am over the moon in love with this space! But first, let’s Tarantino this bad boy and rewind. We need to look at where we started, so we can marvel at how far we’ve come!

The Room Before

This is how the room looked before we moved in. It’s a great space with tons of natural light, but it lacked a clear direction. Is it a study? A playroom? A den? We can’t be sure, but I instantly fell in love with those two gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows! So much natural light floods into this room everyday.

Home Office Makeover Reveal

Here’s what this room looks like now. Drum roll please.

Now that the renovation is done, it’s time for the fun stuff: the furnishings and decor! Of course, I hit up my favorite store and found the perfect pieces to complete this home office makeover. The Home Depot has recently released an extensive and impressive line of home decor and furniture! You can find furniture, textiles, decor, and so much more. It’s your virtual one-stop-shop for all things home.

The Furniture

First, I outfitted this corner of the room with a beautiful natural linen arm chair, concrete accent table, gold floor lamp, cowhide rug, and my favorite Sansevieria Laurentii plant. Internet, meet Matilda. She’s a beauty and so low-key.

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Creating The Perfect Girl Garage Space

We’ve all seen the typical “Man Cave” garage, but this one is for the ladies who love tools too. Read more to see how one of our Orange Tank winners, Cara Newhart of Never Skip Brunch, renovated her garage into a glamified workspace with the help of The Home Depot.

Cara from Never Skip Brunch here — I’m SO excited to show you the big reveal of my “Brunch Babe Space” aka my new Girl Garage.

This space functions as my studio and workshop space. As well as a place where I can create DIY tutorial content and host hands-on workshops in person.

So many amazing products from The Home Depot went into making this space a reality. From materials that fueled unique DIY projects to bold furniture and chic accessories. All helped infuse character and bring gorgeous touches to an otherwise functional space.

Unapologetically Feminine Feel

With pink accents almost everywhere you look and a playful chic style, this space is not your normal workshop. I’m on a mission to empower women to DIY big and design homes they’re truly in love with. I wanted the space to reflect that feeling.

DIY and home improvement isn’t just for the boys, and this space shows just how possible it is for women to tackle big projects on their own terms and still be able to embrace a more elegant aesthetic, full of pinks & yellows.

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Double-Duty Office Workspace and Dining Room

Yvette Marquez of Muy Bueno Blog not only fills her home with delicious, authentic Mexican recipes but she also adds tradition and style through décor. Spending quality time with family while enjoying great food is what fueled the Muy Bueno Blog. See how Yvette merged her dining space and her everyday workspace with the help of The Home Depot.

Hola, I am Yvette from Muy Bueno, and I’m excited to share my double-duty office workspace studio and dining room project on The Home Depot Blog!

As a food blogger I have collected quite a bit of props – dishes, silverware, linens, textiles, cookware and small appliances just to name a few. Not to mention my collection of Mexican pottery and obsession with thrifting.

I finally had the idea to turn our rarely used formal living room into an office/studio/prop space/dining room.

Before the Makeover

Here’s a before picture of the living room. This room was filled with oversized furniture, and the room was dark and rarely used.

After the Makeover

Now, I have a stylish double-duty workspace and dining room using transitional pieces that transform a casual home office for everyday use into a prop storage space, studio space and added dining space.

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4 Timeless Color Schemes That You Can Use For Your Bathroom Interior

The bathroom is certainly one of the mostintimate spaces in your whole home. This is where you actually begin your dayand even end your day. After getting up from the bed you need some real qualitytime to freshen up and get ready for the day that is waiting. Before going tobed, your bathroom is the place where you get rid of the tiredness of the wholeday.

So, when you are designing your bathroom interior,you surely need to think of these two very crucial moments of your day. Yoursurroundings all-ay long can have a serious impact on your mood. So, when youare getting ready and freshening up in your bathroom, its overall appeal willinfluence your mood too. And in this case, the color scheme that you arechoosing for the space is important. Now, for choosing the right color, youneed to think of style as well as its maintaining aspect. So, in the followingpoints, we will be discussing a few color schemes that will be perfect colorideas for your bathroom design. Take a look.


Black and White:

There is no other contrast and combinationthat can be so appealing and elegant like black &white for bathroom designs.When you are talking about the most timeless and sophisticated bathroominterior colors, choose the black and white contrast. For floors, you can goblack when your walls are painted in stark white. The fixtures of the bathroomcan be white. However, for faucet and showerheads, you can choose matte-finishedblack for a more modern and elegant appeal.


Blue and White:

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3 Stunning Creative Ideas to Incorporate Chic Black in Your Kitchen Interior

The color black is the symbol of passion, power, style, andtimelessness. Unlike the most common idea of black being bleak and monotonous,it can be a gorgeous style statement, just perfect for your kitchen. When youare thinking of creating a chic kitchen that will be classy, stylish andsophisticated, black can be the perfect hue to make it just the way you havedreamt of.

So, when you are planning to incorporate black in your kitchen décorand browsing through hundreds of experts’ blogs to find the best ways possible,we welcome you to this space. Here, after consulting many industry experts, weare bringing you some kitchen décor ideas with plenty of blacks in them thatwill make you go gaga over a black. Take a look at the following points to knowmore.

Let There Be Black:

Trust us on this, if you are following this idea, you will never gowrong with black. No, it is not over the top at all. In fact, all black willcreate a look for your kitchen that will be classy, masculine and sophisticated.All you have to do is get the right type of finish for your black fixtures. Forexample, when you are going black on your cabinetry, think of matte finishinstead of the glossy one. As kitchen cabinets are the main and mostpredominant fixture of the kitchen, it is obviously going to create the mainvisual impression for the space. And that is why the matte finish will beperfect. It can be juxtaposed with the glossy black finish of the applianceslike a fridge, OTG oven and microwave oven. This way, instead of being all toomonotonous you will get a balanced sophisticated look which can be an epitomeof stunning modern kitchen ideas.

Bring in the ContrastGame:

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How to Add Decorative Moulding to a Bathtub

One room in the house everyone uses is the bathroom. Read more below on how DIYer Marci Schneider was able to use some quick vinyl moulding to add an instant facelift to her bathtub.

Decorative moulding on the front of a bathtub adds an instant facelift to an outdated tub and really improves the overall look of a bathroom. Read on to see the full tutorial on how to easily add moulding to a bathtub and give it the makeover it needs!

Step 1: Prep

Using a putty knife, hammer, and pry bar, remove all existing trim or moulding pieces from the surface of the bathtub that you do not plan to use for this project. Make sure to also remove any baseboards that sit flush with the front of your bathtub and may get in the way of applying the new moulding (optional side note – save these baseboards for later as they may be reused again during Step 8). Clean the surface area of your bathtub well to remove all dust, stains, paint drips, and/or old glue on the surface of your tub where the new moulding will go. This is to ensure that the glue adheres to the bathtub properly.

Step 2: Tile Board

Measure the surface area of where your tile board is going to go. Cut the tile board according to your measurements using an oscillating multi-tool. Glue the tile board on the flat surface of your tub using Loctite Power Grab glue and a caulk gun. Spread an entire tube of the Loctite Power Grab glue evenly on the back of the tile board before pressing it to the surface of your tub. Reinforce the tile board in place to prevent sagging by using clamps if applicable. If clamps do not fit on the configuration of your bathtub, use heavy pieces of furniture or scrap pieces of wood laying around to secure the tile board in place. Let cure for 24 hours. Pro tip – place a piece of scrap wood in between the tile board and clamp to hold in place and allow clamp to fit over the bathtub. (see photo).

Step 3: Measure and Cut Vinyl Moulding

Using the measurements of your bathtub combined with the dimensions of the vinyl moulding, draw out a diagram of how your bathtub is going to look. This will allow you to determine how long each piece of vinyl moulding needs to be and where to make your cuts. Cut six vinyl moulding pieces according to your measurements using a miter saw (see diagram above labeled with stars). Suggestion: cut one piece at a time and make sure it fits in place incase your bathtub is not perfectly level. You may need to go back and make some minor adjustments. I had to do this a few times with a few pieces as our bathtub had settled unevenly. Measure twice, cut once!

Step 4: Glue Vinyl Moulding

Glue each piece of cut vinyl moulding to the tile board in order to create the three-panel design. (see photo). Secure the moulding pieces in place using clamps and/or extra pieces of wood.

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3 DIY Ideas to Warm Up the Living Room for Your Abode

Your home is the reflection of yourpersonality and your soul. The moment your guests enter your home, theyimmediately get a glimpse of the person you are. Whether you are a quirkyperson with a funny personality, that surely shows in the way you deck up thehome. If you are no-nonsense kind of personality, that will again findexpression in your minimalist décor style. So, when you are trying to find away to add a personal touch to your home décor, why don’t you go for some DIYideas?

Currently, easy DIY ideas for home décor are areally popular search term as more and more people are getting interested in it,and why not? DIY projects not only help you deck up your home the way you wantbut also it can offer you many benefits.

Why Goingfor DIY Projects for Home Décor is a Popular Choice:

The biggestadvantage of using DIY ideas can be the cost-effectiveness of it. You are notbuying anything fancy from the stores to deck up the place. You are not payingany hefty amount to some big branded store. You are rather using your householdstuff to create something that you are going to use to make your home lookbeautiful. So, obviously, it will save you a lot of money.You can useyour creativity. People often don’t realize that they can have amazingpotential for creativity. Easy DIY crafts can let you express creativity whereyou can have an amazing liberty to create anything you want and love, out ofanything.It is a greatactivity of leisure if you are looking for something productive to do during yourrelaxing hours at home.

So, in the following points, we are going totalk about some easy crafts to do at home that can effectively give a faceliftto your place. Take a look at the following ideas to know about 3 effective howto DIY ideas.

Door for the Long Bench:

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A Bookworm’s Nest – 3 Ideas To Design The Home Of A True Book Lover

Guess what we are going to talk about today!It is a nerd’s best dream ever. Yes, we are going to talk about how you candesign the nest of a bookworm who most of the time remains glued to the pages,tucked in bed or cuddled up on the couch, reading or scribbling for hours,completely oblivious of the world outside and blissfully so. Maybe you thinkthat the surrounding doesn’t really matter for a book lover who is alwaysemerged in pages, but it does.

Reading, for a book lover, is the best formof recreation. Books open a gate for them to a new world full of imagination,creativity and sometimes even unforgettable realities too. Books are not mereescapes. They can be actually the best companion on earth for solitaryevenings, the best source of knowledge you are looking for or the perfect wayto spend time in the most productive way for leisure. Now, when a book can beso many things for you, don’t you think that you need to create the perfect setup where you can spend more time with books in the coziest way possible? So, whileyou are going through a number of home décor blogs for some inspiring ideas,we, Home Improvement Ideaz, bring you some of the best design inspirations.Read on to know more.

A Crazy BigBookshelf, Duh:

When we talk about a bookworm, what is the first image that comes to your mind? A huge wall-occupying bookshelf carrying hundreds of titles that will just make anyone dizzy to look at,as the book lover smiles at your awe. Well, so, when you are designing your nest, this is the first thing that you need to get your hands on. After all, this is going to be the thing of your home interior design that will define who you are. This will also be the focal point of the room so that whoever enters your nest will immediately know you are a bibliophile, a nerd who prefers more to read instead of human interactions. You can go to a store and buy this item. Or you can keep track of different online stores offering such shelves that will suit your abode perfectly.

A Cozy Placeto Cuddle Up:

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Home Refresh with LifeProof Carpet

With a new home build, choosing the perfect flooring can be difficult. Kelsie Millet of Kelsie MM Photography was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products, showing how choosing LifeProof Carpet can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your new home.

We were counting down the days to get our LifeProof Carpet installed in our home. In the past, let’s just say we have had some not-so-great experiences with carpet. To the point that I literally didn’t think we would do ANY carpet in this new home. That was until I found LifeProof Carpet. Their 25 year Wear Warranty, Lifetime (yes, you read that right) Household Stain/Pet Stain Warranty has me on board. I couldn’t really believe that they would have a lifetime warranty on stains! During my shopping experience at The Home Depot I asked if that is actually accurate, and he assured me that yes it was! He said as long as your carpet is being steamed/cleaned every 12-18 months for cleaning upkeep they will adhere to the warranty. AMAZING right?!

They have tons of different color and pattern options. I was floored. I had several favorites, but we ended up choosing to go with Lower Treasure, in the color Plaza Buff. It has a short pile, making it even easier with kids to upkeep.

Once you have picked out your carpet, The Home Depot will send someone to measure within just a couple of days. After that, lead time is typically about 4 weeks. They do, however, have some carpets that have a rapid turnaround of only 7 days!

Install day was so exciting! I can’t believe how quickly everything was laid down. Since our home is a new build we just had to make sure that we had paint and trim done before carpet came in. Other than that, The Home Depot took care of everything. In just a few hours, they laid the nail strips, padding and carpet in two bedrooms.

 I couldn’t be more happy with the final result of not only the carpet but my whole experience with The Home Depot. They were amazing from start to finish in making sure the carpet was going to fit my family’s needs and that install would be done to perfection. I could not recommend LifeProof Carpet enough to others, especially those with children.

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Choose Color Easy with the ProjectColor™ App: A Round Up

For many, the most exciting part about renovating your home is the painting. Especially when the job’s made fun and easy. See how these bloggers were able to tackle their paint projects with the help of Behr Paint and The Home Depot’s ProjectColor App.

Anika’s DIY Life Fun Room Makeover

Anika of Anika’s DIY Life knew that her son’s new dinosaur-themed room makeover would be fun and easy with the help of The Home Depot’s ProjectColor App They were able to decide on the perfect dinosaur greens, “Secret Meadow” and “Back to Nature.” It was bittersweet changing her baby boy’s room, but this colorful transformation was a true reflection of his growing personality. Check out Anika’s blog on how she brought this project to life.

Crisp, Clean Color Line Mural

Lindsay Zeulich of Wood Brain decided that her guestroom deserved a fun and funky mural design that bounced all around the room, from the walls to the ceiling and back. She used a variety of bright Behr colors, including “Extreme Yellow,” “Summer Dragonfly,” “Thai Teal,” “Real Teal” and “Deep Breath” for this cool transformation. See step-by-step here on how she was able to make it happen with the help of the ProjectColor App.

Colorful Abstract Focal Wall Mural

Rebecca Propes of Rebecca DIY took abstract to the next level as she gave her master bedroom a pink-popped accent wall which featured Behr colors like, “Heart Breaker,” “Beauty Queen,” “High Maintenance,” “Watermelon Punch” and “Sunset Pink.” She used various colors and techniques to bring this abstract mural to life. Check out her blog here to see how she did it.

DIY Brushstroke Accent Wall

Jessica Camerata of My Style Vita decided to skip the wallpaper and hand brushstroke her home’s gallery accent wall using a deep blue by Behr called “Hemisphere.” Hand painting her wall made the project a lot more fun and gave the room a more authentic feel. Head over to her blog to see how she did it. Every little detail matters.

Nursery Reveal with Seeking Alexi

It’s always exciting to prep the little one’s room before they get here. Alexi Politis of Seeking Alexi and her husband tackled their nursery paint project by testing whether a sprayer or a roller would get the job done faster. Check out her project video to see how they chose the perfect color of “Graphic Charcoal”  with the help of the ProjectColor App and which painting method worked best.

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The What and How of Bathroom Cleaning: 5 Bathroom Components and How to Clean Them

It is a universal truth and factthat the first and foremost component of any household that requires cleaningis the bathroom(s). Due to their nature itself, it is obvious that we keep themclean, to make sure that our guests do not have to think twice before using itfor the second time (because for the first time, they won’t be having any ideawhat they are in for). Thus, we need to have clean and tidy bathroom which hasa positive effect on our guests and greet us in the way we expect them to.

It is not always possible to cleaneach and every component of your bathroom at once. And the best way to avoidhaving a tough time cleaning your entire bathroom at the end of the month is bycleaning each component at intervals.

Here are 5 bathroom components andhow to clean them in an effective manner:

Bathroom Sink: Do not let watermarks to build up- get to work cleaning the sink at the very first sign of marks or dirt and grime. First, fill the sink half-way with hot water. Next, you can either add spray cleaners or vinegar. Use a cloth and the solution to wipe the sink to the last inch of dirt mark. If need be, you can use abrasive cleaner or mix water and baking soda and use the paste to rub off grime. Keep in mind not to use abrasives on scratch-able surfaces.Bathroom Sink Drain: Another important component that requires seldom cleaning is your bathroom-sink drain. A drain that is left without cleaning for more than a month can certainly lead to stinky smells and hardened dirt and grime that can be really hard to get rid of; which is why it is suggested to clean the drain once every week at least and clean the debris. You might require a drain snake to clear the hardened clogs. Use a pipe cleaner (non-corrosive) to flush your drain clean.Toilet: Perhaps, the least favorite component of any bathroom décor, the toilet should be maintained in the cleanest of ways. Use the bathroom cleaning products (or, a mixture of water and vinegar) to spray on your toilet surfaces and wipe with a clean washcloth to the last bit.

As for the toilet bowl, sanitizing it using a good anti-bacterial solution (you can also use the mixture of bleach and water). Use a durable toilet wand for scrubbing every nook and cranny, let the solution sit for 12 to 15 minutes, then flush it off.

Shower Head: Due to regular usage, these can accumulate gunk very fast. An effective way to clean them is to tie a plastic bag filled with white vinegar on over the showerhead with the help of a rubber band. Let it be for approximately an hour, then remove it and turn on the water to flush. Then polish the head using a soft piece of cloth.

Another way is by using a rejected toothbrush and vinegar to wipe the head. Use toothpicks to clean the holes.

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The Holiday Fever: 5 Holiday Gatherings and How to Make the Most of Them

Along with winter, arrives theholidays. And along with the holidays, arrive the guests. Thus, it is onlynatural to prep things up beforehand so that we do not fall short of anything. Holidaysinclude not just one but many kinds of gatherings, each with its own theme. Andeach of these themes calls for a different kind of celebration.

Holiday cocktail party: Quite necessary and very much in season, cocktail parties are an intrinsic part of holidays that involves family and close friends.

A great way to elevate the nature of the cocktail party is to greet your guests with a glass of a premium cocktail at the very from where they are going to come in. This shows how happy and glad you are to have them in your company.

Another great way to complement the cocktail is to use drinkware, like a bar cart and even vintage glassware. All these certainly add to the Holiday party vibe.

White elephant party: Usually held indoors, the white elephant party can be a great deal better when celebrated outdoors.

Set out a table with sheepskins, blankets on the chairs, and place the heaters or fire pits in strategic spots around the table to keep the atmosphere warm. Or, level up by planning a camp-fire. Get yourself a guitar and sing away to the spirit of Christmas. All this, while the festivity gets going with warm dishes being served, such as soup, red wine, and the best of them all, s’mores.

Christmas Morning: Perhaps, the most important day of the holidays, Christmas morning does not follow any norm. It is to each, his or her own. However, a great way to begin the Christmas morning is to plan a perfect Christmas breakfast. 

What you can do is this. Before the others wake up, quickly start simmering a pot of coffee, cocoa will be better, light the fire or if not then the candle and set the breakfast table with eggs, bacon and pancakes( let it be inside that pretty little cake server until the others come down).

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3 Effective Ways to Decorate Your House Exterior this Christmas

Christmas, certainly it is the most beautiful time of the year. Thus, itis more than obvious that none of us leave a stone unturned to celebrate it inthe best way possible. A time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with allour family and friends. A time to celebrate togetherness. A time to celebraterelationships. A time to celebrate life. And a big part of our Christmascelebration is our own home sweet home.

No matter where we are, we always try to get back home and begin ourpreparations for Christmas as soon as we can. This includes decorating theChristmas tree, putting up lights, stars, wreaths, candles, and otherdecorative stuff all around our homes. And perhaps the most important part ofour homes which need decoration is the outdoor area.

Here are 3 ways in which you can decorate your house exterior and give yourself a perfect Christmas décor:

Decorating the House entrance: The entrance of your house is one of the most important spots to decorate as it is the focal point of your house exterior. Be it guests who are arriving at your place or people just passing by your house, you will certainly want to make sure that your entrance is properly decorated with the Christmas themed items.

A sweet way to do this would be by decorating the door with wreaths and berries. Adding a bow also adds a lot. You can string up a garland across the top of the door and set up LED string lights along the left and right borders of the door.

A porch tree is also a great designing element for your front entrance. Adding UL clear lights further adds to the overall Christmas decor. You can even add other decorative items like holiday gift boxes tied with bows and attached with lights. And to add a cherry on the cake would be a Single Picture Frame Door Mat to tie it all together.

Christmas Lights: A very important part of Christmas is lights. Now, you can either set up regular lights of different colors or you can opt for single color themed lights like icicle lights. Set these up along the walkway that leads to your house entrance. And as mentioned earlier, another way to add lights to your exterior is to align them along your main door. This can greatly enhance your overall exterior décor, especially during the nights when you turn them on for every single person visiting you or even passing your house. A yard display: Yard displays can be attractive additions to your exterior Christmas décor. Be it an inflatable Santa with his heap of gifts or a couple of PVC reindeers attached with lights, or maybe both. After all, Santa’s reindeers can never be without Santa himself. Attach them with lights, maybe of the same color as the others to give bring together your overall Christmas décor. A yard display is a fun addition to your Christmas décor and certainly incorporates the jolliness and fun of Christmas.

There are numerous ways of decorating your house exterior for Christmas.All that you need is imagination and creativity. It’s Christmas and certainlydoes not really require any real planning. Let go of your thoughts, bringtogether everything you’ve got and decorate your house just the way you likeit. The 3 above-mentioned ways will help you guide your Christmas decorationsand make your house the part of a perfect Christmas carol.

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