DIY Blog Squad

We've teamed up with True Value DIY Squad members to share their home improvement know-how, creative painting techniques and experience through these helpful DIY tutorials. Read through their ideas, tips and inspiration to help you tackle your own projects.

Apr
8
2014

Green Laundry Tips

I want to talk to you about green laundry tips. Making a few changes is not only great for Mother Earth, but even small changes can help keep more money in your wallet. I know, because I’ve been practicing these tips for years.

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Mar
7
2014

Updating Your Entryway

I had put this space on hold for almost a year because it has always been a very tough space to decorate and organize. I focused on finishing the other areas we were renovating, and sadly used the back door as much as possible.

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Feb
4
2014

Five Easy Ways to Organize Your Pantry

If you’re anything like me, the start of a new year brings the urge to purge. This year cleaning out the closets and organizing the pantry were at the top of my resolutions list. After all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, my home was starting to reach red alert status on the clutter control scale. Since my pantry is actually a main thoroughfare of traffic in and out of my home through the garage, I decided to start there first. This room is the last one we see as we head out in the morning and the first one we arrive home to every day. Being greeted by a well-organized space is much better for my mood than coming home to a cluttered, unorganized mess.

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Jan
7
2014

Make Small Spaces Look Bigger with Color

There are many ways you can make small spaces in your home look bigger by using color. One of the most obvious ways is through paint. I love the rooms in my home to feel light and airy, so I tend to lean towards lighter neutral colors. Neutral walls are a great base for a room because no matter how many times you swap out your decor, the walls always match.

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Jan
7
2014

Feeding Birds in the Winter

As you're cleaning up your garden and preparing your home for the colder months, take a moment to think about your neighbors. Yes, of course, your human neighbors. But also the birds with whom you share your garden. They provide a valuable service. Many valuable services, actually. They eat insect pests. They pollinate flowers. They entertain us with their antics. And in the winter months, they could use a little help from us in the form of additional food.

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Dec
3
2013

Decorate a Mantel

We all love a roaring fireplace in the cold winter months, but they are typically one of the hardest spots to decorate. It’s a focal point in a room so you want it to shine, but it can be difficult to find the right mix of decor that works well in such a small area.

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Nov
2
2013

Prepping Your Home for Winter

Regardless of where you live, the cooling temperatures of fall is a great reminder to start preparing your home for the unpredictable winter weather ahead. While winter preparation is not the most glamorous job, the benefits of protecting your home and investments can help lower your utility bills and provide some peace of mind for the season ahead.

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Oct
1
2013

Fall Garage Clean Up

Fall is my favorite time of the year – I love every season, but it is all about fall in my house. Living is good, newness is in the air – fresh starts, cooler air, the nesting feeling that makes you love your house more and want everything in ship shape comes on strong. I like to get my house in order in October and I know I am not alone since spring and fall cleaning are rituals done by many of us.

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Sep
3
2013

Painting a Door

My front door has been an eyesore since the day we moved in. It was sporting a flat coat of burgundy paint that was applied in a sloppy manner, so there was paint on the window panes, door knob and knocker. And there were places where the undercoat of paint was still visible. It wasn’t a great first impression when entering the house. So, I did what I always do – I painted it. First black, then a refresher coat of satin black and then I changed it to red for a photoshoot. The final coat of red paint was a disaster. With so many coats of paint along with bubbles of sap that have seeped to the surface…it was to the point where it needed to be stripped and refinished to really look good. Given the fact that you could see daylight in a few places through the door, I decided it was time to replace it. (And a better option than spending hours stripping away who-knows-how-many coats of paint!)

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Aug
1
2013

Great Gift Idea: Canning Jams

It's summertime! One of my favorite things about this time of year is the abundance of fresh fruits in our local grocery stores and farmers' markets. Here in Georgia, the "peach state" sweet, plump peaches are readily available this time of year. It’s been a while since I've done any canning but the thought of enjoying sweet homemade preserves all throughout the year was so enticing, I decided it was time to make like the ant, ala The Ant and the Grasshopper, and stock up for winter. It would be so much fun to surprise family and friends with a jar of homemade peach preserves this Christmas!

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Dec
31
2012

Chalkboard Art Wall

Today I wanted to show you how I turned the new chalkboard wall in the kitchen into a gallery wall to hold the Bub's artwork.

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Aug
22
2012

Late Summer Window Boxes

Well it's been the weirdest summer, weather-wise, that I can remember in a long time. It started out absolutely GORGEOUS, with lower temps and humidity - it was fantastic. And then Mother Nature went into fits and mid-summer was full of intense drought and wicked hot temps.

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Jul
7
2012

Knockoff Sunburst Mirror

Well hello! I'm so excited to share this little DIY project with you all (y'all? Can I be southern for a moment?) Because it turned out JUST how I envisioned.

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Oct
21
2011

Painting My Room at Lucketts

After much patching, one coat of Satin True Value Easy Care in Owl Gray mixed at half strength on the walls and one coat of water borne semi-gloss Impervo paint in bright white on the trim, here is what it looks like...

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Aug
8
2011

A Rustic Table

Hello there! How was your weekend? We had a great one - guess WHAT? Stink Eye Sis got engaged!! :) So excited! So now we have a wedding to plan - how fun is that? We also continued to get some stuff done outside. Make that ME - hubby was out of town and I sweated out a third of my body weight (I WISH) and worked on some outdoor projects. Funny that the temps have "dropped" into the 80's and are a bit more bearable, but that coincided with humidity out the wazoo.

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Jul
25
2011

From Mossy to Beachy

Well, it's the end of July and I've just finished up my summer vignette in the foyer - welcome to my world. ;)

I've had most of it done for umm...weeks. Since May? There was one small detail I've been putting off all that time that I FINALLY just finished up. More on that in a smidge. I don't think I've ever really decorated with anything beach-inspired in our house...like, ever. Until now! It must have been the summer Pottery Barn catalog this year, because all of the sudden I thought that look was just lovely.

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Jan
1
2011

My Kitchen Counters

Before I get into my counters, I must share that progress was finally made in my half bathroom. Remember? The one that was a disaster and True Value came to the rescue? They've done their part, but it seems like life and my work keep stalling things on our end. It seems like there are always more pressing things to work on than a half bath in a house with two other toilets. Last night, those two functioning toilets fell to just one. The pipe that drains all of the plumbing from the upstairs was clogged and it was beyond our ability to repair, so we needed to bring out a plumber. I didn't want to miss an opportunity to get something done and suggested we have him install our toilet in the half bath while he was there. (It was complicated because of the new height added by the tile.) Surprisingly, my husband agreed and now we are back to three working toilets.

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