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DIY101 With Home Depot Canada & A Giveaway!

by - Thursday, May 30, 2013

On Tuesday, I was honoured to co-host an event with The Home Depot Canada. If you've been reading here a while, you'll know that The Home Depot is one of my sponsors here on the blog. They have helped make some of our projects possible including the basement bathroom beadboard and the new home office. Not only are their products awesome, but the Home Depot team understands the power of social media. So when they wanted to get more in touch with the blogger community, I was happy to help them bring a select group of bloggers to a super secret location (a.k.a. The Home Depot Innovation Centre) for a morning of DIYing. My kind of fun!

First, Sylvain walked us through the steps to making an herb garden. This was always something I've wanted to do and for some reason, herbs seem easier to take care of than plants or flowers so I was pretty excited. After drilling holes in the bottom of our pots (who knew you had to do that!), we chose our herbs. I picked out some basil, rosemary, chives, and the most fragrant lemon thyme.

The container herb garden turned out so cute! Sylvain mentioned that plants are like humans and need food and water, so I'll have to pick up some of the Virogro organic fertilizer we used and try to keep these herbs alive long enough to make it into some of my cooking.

Next up was Rick the Tool Guy who had all of us ladies quite giddy at the prospect of getting some of these tools in our hands.

We were a little hesitant at first but with a bit of prodding, Laura got right in there with the impact driver, Iris braved the reciprocating saw, and Christine made her first mitre cut.

The tool of the day though was the Ryobi Cordless 2" Brad Nailer. The impressive AirStrike technology meant that you could drive nails without need of an air compressor. Kristen said she could have used this when she installed her tin ceiling recently. I think it would make a great Father's Day gift - or a gift to yourself!

Then Nadia walked us through some spraypainting techniques. She showed us how a thrifted desk was transformed using Rustoleum's new line of Ultra Cover 2X spraypaints. All it took was one coat on the drawer fronts, one coat on the sides, and two coats for the top. The coverage was amazing and no protective top coat was needed. Brittany got to try out the Comfort Grip which really made the spraypainting much easier (no finger fatigue!)

It was such a fun event to be a part of and I think we all walked away with lots of information and feeling a bit more empowered to tackle challenging DIY projects on our own.

If you're blogger and would like to meet The Home Depot Canada team too, you're in luck because they are our Title Sponsor for BlogPodium! They are so eager to engage and collaborate with bloggers so buy your ticket and you can tell them all about how they can work with you.

But for those who can't make it to BlogPodium, I have a giveaway so you can join in on the DIY fun too! Yay!

The Prize:
- Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Black Paint
- Rust-Oleum Glow in the Dark Paint
- Rust-Oleum Comfort Grip
- DeWalt 25' Tape Rule
- Makita Ultra Magnetic Torsion Driver Bit Set

To Win: 
- Leave a comment telling me about your best DIY project ever
- Gain another entry by liking Home Depot Canada on Facebook and leaving a comment here to let me know
- Gain another entry by following Home Depot Canada on Twitter and leaving a comment here to let me know

The contest is open to Canadian residents and the prize will be shipped to your home. Contest closes Monday June 3rd at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on June 4th. Good luck & happy DIYing!


UPDATE:  The winner of the Home Depot DIY Kit is Meredith Marlowe Preston! I'll be in touch Meredith. Thanks everyone for entering!!

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