How many of us own a closet that has become an unorganized, cluttered storage space? A lot of us have at least one. Riche Holmes Grant of The Riche Life is sharing how she and her little one turned their cluttered closet space into a cool, neat bookshelf closet. Riche is one of the 2020 Orange Tank Competition winners from this year’s Haven Conference, check out her project below.
Industrial Chic Closet Bookshelves
My daughter, Riley, and I share a Mommy + Me office that we love. Over the years, we’ve styled it to fit our personalities, but the one area that hasn’t gotten any love is our closet. It’s become a dumping ground for books and other miscellaneous items that don’t have a home.
We knew that the closet was long overdue for a makeover, so we decided to install DIY bookshelves. I was inspired by my time living in New York City to give the space an industrial chic look, so we used peel-and-stick wallpaperfor the stunning exposed brick backdrop and poplar boards supported by decorative plumbing pipes for the open concept shelves.
Use the Home Depot wallpaper calculatortool to calculate the number of rolls that you’ll need for your space.
Helpful Tip: It’s a good idea to determine where you want the shelves to be while the wall is still bare. I used a stud finderto identify where the studs are in the wall, which helped me determine that I needed my shelves to be at least 6 ft. long given the spacing of the studs. I decided on five 6-foot shelves, each 13 inches apart. Then, I used these measurements and a level to create a mock-up on the wall with painter’s tapeso that I could visualize how the shelves would look before I hung them.
If needed, clean walls with warm soap and water to remove any dust or debris. Let dry completely before installing.
Step 2: Install Wallpaper
Unroll one the first roll of wallpaper on the floor to the length needed for the first panel, adding about 2-3 extra inches at the bottom that you will trim later. Cut this piece and set aside.
Next, unroll the remaining roll to find where the pattern lines up with the first panel. From this point, measure the length needed for the wall, adding about 2-3 inches at both the top and the bottom that you will trim later. After measuring, cut this piece from the roll and set aside.
Repeat the previous step for the remaining panels.
If possible, use two people to perform the following steps.
Using aladder, line up the top of the first panel of wallpaper with where the wall and ceiling meet at the top of the left or right corner of the closet (whichever is easiest!).
Starting from this point, slowly peel off about 3-4 inches of the backing and start sticking the wallpaper to the wall. It’s helpful if one person un-peels and sticks at the top while the other person holds the bottom of the panel and guides as necessary.
Use the wallpaper smoother to smooth out any bubbles and/or wrinkles as you go. Slowly continue this process down the length of the wall, making any adjustments as needed.
Since my wallpaper has bricks, I used a levelto make sure that the rows were even as I worked my way down. Once you reach the bottom, use the utility knife to trim the excess at the bottom.
Position the second panel on the wall next to the one that you just hung and note where the pattern meets (remember that you should have a few extra inches at the top). Once you find this point, peel off the backing and repeat the previous step. Once you finish, use the utility knife to trim the excess at the top and bottom.
Repeat the previous step for the remaining panels.
Step 3: Prepare the Shelves
Spray paint the plumbing pieces (pipe connectors, flanges and caps), all screws, and pipe straps so that they are all one color. Let dry completely.
Sand the boards (I had mine cut at the store). If desired, stain and/or finish the boards with the clear matte polyurethaneto keep the natural look. Let dry completely before applying the next coat. Set aside once finished.
Step 4: Hang the Shelves
Use the measurements that you took before installing the wallpaper and the level to determine the placement of the first shelf. Then, use the stud finder to locate the first stud and mark this spot.
Place a flangeover the stud mark that you made in the previous step. Double-check the placement with the level and mark four holes to drive the 2 in. wood screwsinto the stud using the drill.
Repeat this process for the remaining flanges on the row.
Once the flanges are attached to the wall, screw in the pipes until secure.
Place the board on top of the installed pipes. Secure the board to the pipes using a pipe strap and two ¾ in. wood screws. Note: I only opted to attach pipe straps to the end pipes for aesthetic purposes (the boards only need one strap to stay in place), but you can add an additional straps to the other pipes if desired.
Repeat this process for each row to finish the shelves.
I’m so pleased with how our industrial chic closet bookshelves turned out! Each time I open the closet, I feel like I’m in a gorgeous New York loft. Best of all, Riley and I are so much more organized and can say that we truly love our entire space—no more running to close the closet when we have visitors!
Halloween is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the spookiest season than with some frightful decor! Marissa Ashcraft of One CrafDIY Girl was able to transform her front porch into a sight her neighbors will never forget, while participating in The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge. With decor from The Home Depot, Marissa stepped outside the box and created her own version of a carnival with clowns, skeletons and more.
Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween
As soon as the clock strikes September, I start feeling the Halloween spirit in the air. Since this infamous night of trickery looks a little different this year, it’s time to get extra creative with the festivities. I’m a DIY-er at heart, so when The Home Depot reached out to me to participate in their Halloween Style Challenge with their new clown decor, I knew I had to create something extra spooky.
Creating the Carnival
When it comes to Halloween, I love to go big. I do not have a home of my own just yet, so traveling back to my roots and decorating my parents’ house for Halloween is one of my favorite traditions. Growing up, I remember the ‘theme’ of each house in our neighborhood year after year, and loved the tradition of going back to see how they added to their display.
When The Home Depot asked to take on the theme of clowns – I was a little wary. After all, clowns are scary. However, what is better than a carnival – especially on Halloween? To create the entrance, I created this homemade sign with cardboard and spray paint. By creating a little punny sign and setting up this towering 6 ft clown, trick-or-treaters can experience the fun of what’s to come when walking down to your porch!
Creating an Experience
Halloween shouldn’t only be a time to stock up on sweet treats, but also a time for fun, interactive experiences. I love that this clown, as well these clown lawn lights, are motion activated. When the trick-or-treaters walk down the path they are greeted by a spooky surprise. The teeth on these lights rattle and giggle into the chilly night air as Mr. Clown greets you upon entering!
When setting up this display, we also attracted some attention from the neighbor. Who, upon hearing the clown’s booming voice, came over to give him a high five!
Include a Few Fun Games
If you have a larger yard space, setting up games would be a magical addition. For example, setting up ring toss or cornhole would be a great way to create an interactive, fun experience. Additionally, this is a great way to decrease the fear factor for friends who may be a little scared. The best part? After completing the game you are given a delicious prize!
Utilize Reusable Decor
I love creating a new display for Halloween every year. I know these skeletons, who are dressed up for the spooky carnival, will be a staple in my decor every year. My mom and I are even brainstorming some fun ways to dress these boney friends up for her Zoom classes (she is a teacher) in order to inspire some classroom fun!
I also love using decor that I can utilize after the season is over. For example, these patio lights are great for creating the perfect ambience on your patio or adding to your winter holiday display. Additionally, the curtains are made from two drop cloths. We plan to use them for curtains since the material has a great drape and durability. The rich texture also makes them the perfect addition to any farmhouse theme.
Porch Decor After Dark
Make the decor entertaining in all types of lighting. While this spooky carnival display is definitely eye catching in the light of day, it gets even spookier when the sun goes down. All of these products – the clown, the lights, and the skeletons – illuminate in the night. Walking down the driveway to collect your candy has never been a cooler experience!
Holiday season this year will be a bit different, especially Halloween. We’re used to dressing up, trick-or-treating from house to house in the neighborhood with family and throwing large, fancy costume parties. Due to social distancing, we unfortunately have to cut back. Luckily, Nickell Morgan of Simply Handmade shared her idea of an intimate, socially distanced Halloween gathering right in her yard. Check out how she pulled it off below.
The Planning Phase
For this year’s Halloween Style Challenge, I wanted to do something different. I wanted to be able to spend some time with a select few friends, since we haven’t been able to because of COVID-19. My husband and I came up with the idea of a “mask-querade” party so we can enjoy each other’s company safely!
I was so excited to find out The Home Depot’s entire Halloween collection was available online for me to browse at my convenience, and not have to worry about going into the store. Not only did I manage to snag amazing Halloween items, I also browsed their entire website for gorgeous flatware, and plates to go with the moody theme I wanted to achieve for the dinner party.My friends and family were surprised that The Home Depot had everything I needed to decorate the space, from the Halloween Decor to the flatware!
I did a few DIYs for this backyard get-together! The first thing I created was the DIY sign using copper piping and plexiglass!
I painted the design I wanted on the front of the plexiglass with acrylic paint and a paintbrush. Once complete, I spray painted the back of the plexiglass with several layers of spray paint to make it nice and opaque.
Once I had the design the way I liked, I cut the copper down to the sizes (listed below) using a pipe cutter, then assembled all of the pieces. No glue required! You can easily take this apart, or glue to keep it together. It’s totally up to you! I ended up using a ribbon to attach the plexiglass because I didn’t realize my hooks were too small! Make sure you get the hooks where the opening is ¾ in.
(2) 22 in.
(2) 26 in.
(4) 6 in.
Donald and I also tried making a quick and easy canopy over the dinner table, which worked well inside, but with the slope of the yard, it just would not hold up! It ended up falling, and instead of scrapping that part of the project, I hung these curtain lightsto incorporate a little of what I wanted. I think it still turned out great!
In order to make these name place cards, I repurposed these backsplash tiles by lightly spray painting them with Rust-Oleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I added the names in copper and bam! Affordable name cards.
Enter If You Dare
We set up the mausoleum archway as the entryway for guests to enter through. My husband and I were able to put this together rather easily! The mausoleum came with instructions or you have the option of downloading the Bilt app for interactive step-by-step instructions, which is so helpful.
Honestly, this mausoleum set the tone for the overall dinner party! It’s definitely the first thing guests will see when they’re coming over.
We played around with headstones and put the zombie girl in front with some fog using the low lying fog machine, and it looked really cool!
Setting the Table
The next thing I did was set up the dinner area. I went to the flower district in NYC and purchased flowers that gave off moody Halloween vibes. Then, I made the arrangements and moved onto setting the table.
I created some polls on instagram, allowing my instagram family to choose the linens, along with the copper accents, these gorgeous dinner plates, and even the colors of the floral arrangement! Most of what you see here is from The Home Depot. The cheesecloth was dyed black to match the aesthetic, the dinner plates, goblets, and flatware are all from The Home Depot! No, I’m not kidding.
Arranging the Photo Booth Area
I created the copper frame for the photo booth in a similar way as the drink sign a couple years back, and I knew I wanted to use it as a backdrop for this event. Since I already had the white fabric and curtain lights attached, I just added black sheer fabric I had laying around along with the skull and chains (similar)I got from The Home Depot a few Halloween’s back. Also, I added the zombie girl, her zombie sister, tombstones, skulls, a skeleton, and the head of a zombie horseI also received from The Home Depot a few years back.
This is specifically where I wanted all of the Halloween decor to shine! I set up a little graveyard area and used the Halloween decor as props to use. Everyone was thoroughly entertained by the creepy sisters, especially.
The Final Reveal
The final look of the space was magical, especially at night. The soft light from the curtain lights coupled with the dark colors, and Halloween decor made the space just gorgeous.
I hope you’re inspired to decorate your space – whether indoors or outdoors for Halloween! Check out my YouTube channel if you’re interested in seeing videos of how the products look and sound on camera!
Ghouls and goblins may dominate the Halloween scene, but a giant dragon is sure to also delight and fright. Scott Stoll of Stolloween is back with another unique project for The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge. This time, he’s sharing how to create a haunted mine dragon lair. Enter if you dare!
Haunted Mine Dragon Lair Scene
In the small town that I grew up in there is a local legend that is passed from generation to generation. The story revolves around a very wealthy man known only as “old man Grafton.”
Grafton trusted no one except his faithful pony that hauled gold from the mine and his cat named Mr. Sparkles who was said to have the ability to sniff out gold a mile away.
Every night Grafton and his small mine crew would come to town, spend a few hours at the local tavern, raise a little ruckus then be on their way.
One day they suddenly stopped coming into town. After a few weeks the local towns people started to wonder what became of Grafton and his crew. Several expeditions ventured into the dark forest in search of the mine, some never returned.
Later that year on All Hallow’s Eve, a man frantically burst into the tavern screaming a tale of finding Grafton’s mine and how it was home to a gigantic fire breathing dragon. The fact that the man’s clothes were severely scorched would seem to support his tale. Sadly the man died the next morning and the mine remained a mystery.
To this day it is believed there is still a lost gold mine in the dark woods of northern Michigan, and on Halloween night, if you listen very closely, you will hear the roar of the giant beast echoing across the land.
If you have not heard this legend don’t feel bad because I just made it up.
This year The Home Depot asked me to incorporate a dragon, pony skeleton, and cat skeleton into a spooky scene for the 2020 Halloween Style Challenge and I thought it would be fun to create the legend of old man Grafton.
Developing The Concept
When I found out what Halloween products The Home Depot was sending, I developed a back story and challenged myself to turn our garage into a haunted mine shaft/dragon lair.
The mine shaft would depend on the forced perspective technique, an optical illusion to make objects appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than they actually are.
In addition to the dragon, pony and cat, I visited homedepot.com and ordered some skeletonsand barrel planters of different sizes, as well as lanterns, a fog machine, builder’s paper, paint and vinyl plank flooring. The Haunted Mine Dragon Lair theme would nicely support the variety of different products.
Creating The Design
Armed with paper and pencil I drafted concept sketches to give me an idea of what I would need to create the illusion of our garage being the entrance to a lost gold mine.
To ensure the effect would work, I made a small prototype of how I was going to approach the project. The miniature version proved that the effect would work and then it was time to build.
Shopping For Products
Most of the products were delivered to our house or local store very quickly, making the whole process very easy.
Building The Backdrops
The mine shaft forced perspective illusion was achieved by making five different backdrops. Each consecutive backdrop would be 50 percent smaller than the previous.
Our garage door entrance is 7 feet high by 10 feet wide, which meant that the first backdrop would have to be that large.
The backdrops were made using builder’s paper, a heavy brown craft paper used to cover floors and such when painting. The builder’s paper was glued together to get the needed size. Then I carefully crumpled the paper to give it a very stone-like texture.
The texture was emphasized by spraying flat black spray paint at a 45 degree angle which added a nice shadow effect.
Next, the mine shaft support beams were made by simply gluing vinyl plank flooringto the paper backdrop. Due to the size of the first two backdrops, wood boards were attached to the back of the backside. Adding structural support.
The second backdrop was created in the same method, only 50 percent smaller. Each backdrop was hung from the garage door rails using wire and clamps.
Finally, a floor to the mine shaft was made from more of the builder’s paper. Crumpled and painted using the same techniques.
Designing The Display
Setting up the finished display was pretty simple. After the backdrops were hung and properly aligned, a variety of different scale props were added to reinforce the optical illusion.
The first backdrop featured some 5 feet tall skeletons and the second backdrop used 3 feet tall skeletons. Barrels of different sizes were used in the same manner.
The last three backdrops were much smaller. So I drew some skeletons and barrels that were appropriate for the scale and attached them to the backdrops.
The barrels were created by duct taping two barrel style planters together, a simple and economical means to make barrels.
The dragon took center stage in front and the 5-foot skeletons, pony and cat took their positions.
The entrance was accessorized with some cool Halloween themed lanterns and black plastic chains. Antique tools and crates finished off the scene nicely, giving the space a rustic mine shaft type of vibe.
The Legend Continues
During daylight hours the scene was very fun and convincing. The 3-dimensional aspect of the forced perspective mine shaft tricked your brain into believing that the tunnel extends hundreds of feet into the distance.
Once the sun goes down the scene becomes magical. The dragon was lit with a blacklight spotlight and the remainder of the scene lit with red LED floodlights and yellow bug light bulbs.
The dragon performance is sure to delight the trick or treaters that dare to visit, animated mouth, snarling audio, glowing eyes and great plumes of “smoke” using The Home Depot 400-watt metal fog machine, Fog Liquid and Fog Hose Accessory Kit.
One of the cool things is that the fog spewing from the dragon’s mouth picks up the red and yellow light which makes it look like fire.
This was a fun and challenging project. It really proves that The Home Depot has everything you need to decorate your home for Halloween.