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12 Home Depot Shopping Secrets That Can Save You Serious Money

If “Let’s do this” brings bright orange to mind, you must be a Home Depot regular like me. I’ve spent more hours of my life (and more dollars) than I care to admit in the aisles of this big box stand-by. There was a stretch – while in the trenches of renovating a big old triplex we bought in Detroit – that the mere scent of Home Depot (a mélange of fresh lumber, hot dogs, paint, chemicals, and desperation) upon walking in would raise my heart rate because I knew it meant our rapidly dwindling funds were about to take another giant hit. (Other people, it turns out, like the smell!)

I made so many trips there, in fact, that when I’d get up in the morning my phone would tell me the traffic situation en route to the nearest Home Depot (I guess it thought I worked there?) Throughout these many trips I’ve learned a few things and am happy to share them with you, my partners in DIY.

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Posted on Mar 10, 2018

IKEA Kitchens Are On Sale Now! 5 Shopping Secrets You Need to Know

IKEA kitchen sales are legendary. 3-4 times a year, for about a month, the store has a department-wide sale for up to 20% off — a huge savings off big ticket purchases for a renovation. IKEA’s current sale goes until Sunday, April 8, so we hit them up for all their juiciest bits of insider intel, all to help you get the most out of the opportunity. Read on, then head to your local IKEA, or plan ahead and get all your ducks in a row for the next one.

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Posted on Mar 4, 2018

Beyond IKEA: Other Ready-To-Assemble Kitchen Cabinets That Save Money

There are basically three different ways to get cabinets into your kitchen. You can have them custom-built to fit the space. This is very expensive. You can get pre-made cabinets delivered, already assembled, and install them yourself (or have a contractor do it for you). This is less expensive. Or you can order ready-to-assemble (RTA) kitchen cabinets, and assemble them yourself. This is the most budget-friendly option of all. Plenty of people know that you can buy ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets at IKEA, but there are also a lot of other sources out there.

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Posted on Dec 1, 2017

The $25 Amazon Buy That Cuts Your Painting Time in Half

Painting is one of the least expensive ways to give your space a facelift. But it’s not exactly fun. It’s messy and time consuming especially if you have to do multiple coats — say goodbye to your weekend. Enter this $25 buy, which helps you tackle painting like the pros and shave significant time off the job.

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Posted on Nov 14, 2017

Find On-Trend Matte Black Fixtures For Less With This Shopping Trick

While looking for matte black fixtures for a recent bathroom makeover, I had a hard time finding affordable, in-stock options from the usual places. Lighting with a black finish? No problem. Cabinet pulls? Everywhere. But searching for sink faucets yielded only a few good results. Then I figured out the trick and duh. It’s so easy it’s stupid.

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Posted on Nov 12, 2017

Finally! Patterned Vinyl Flooring That’s Actually Pretty

Close your eyes. Now, envision a vinyl floor. Does your mind automatically think checkerboard, faux wood, or something retro? You might not think of modern, bright patterns —like the one above — that look more like popular cement tile of late. But, vinyl flooring options have expanded, and you can now get this budget material in fun colors and designs that go well beyond your great grandmother’s old kitchen.

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Posted on Nov 12, 2017

This Huge Trend Has Taken Over, and Bathrooms Will Never Be The Same

You may have noticed that shower doors are looking more minimal than ever these days. This is because designers are now embracing the sleek, less-is-more look of frameless shower doors. These stylish new door types leave excessive metal hardware and framing out of the equation, letting showers blend in more seamlessly with the rest of their surroundings.

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Posted on Nov 7, 2017

How To Customize IKEA Kitchen Cabinets, No Carpenter Required

IKEA kitchens—and bathrooms and wardrobes—are super-popular, but sometimes you want to kick things up a notch and move past the ubiquitous IKEA look. These six companies craft cabinet fronts, panels, and more in a wide variety of materials, colors, and styles. Some of them will even work with you to create fronts in custom colors and styles. Design your basic IKEA kitchen layout, and then head to one of these companies to make it the kitchen of your dreams.

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Posted on Nov 1, 2017

Small Vanities & Sinks You Can Squeeze Into Even the Tiniest Bathroom

When it comes to bathrooms, there are some things that you can’t do without, you know, like a sink. If you’re trying to fit a bathroom or powder room into a (really really) tight space, take a look at this list of sinks and vanities that can squeeze into the smallest of spaces.

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Posted on Oct 21, 2017

We Reviewed IKEA Sofas IRL. These Are the Most Comfortable

If you’re on the hunt for a new couch (or know you soon will be), the first thing you typically do before hitting the stores is to set a budget. Should that number come in at about $1,000 or less, IKEA is a great first (and possibly last) stop on your sofa shopping endeavors. With over 20 styles in dozens of configurations, we set out to review 13 of the retailer’s most popular models, rating the sit, depth, softness, height, napability and overall comfort, all of which were tallied and averaged across the board of our Sofa Squad testers. Read on to see which were the most comfortable.

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Posted on Sep 27, 2017

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