Monday, November 14, 2011

Home Depot Workshop: Martha Stewart Living Holiday Projects

Did you know that Home Depot offers FREE Do-It-Yourself workshops?  Or that they offer FREE Do-It-Herself workshops geared towards women?  Neither did I!  I recently learned about this incredible resource from my local MOM's Club and I am stoked.  I can't wait to attend EVERY SINGLE ONE of these.  I'm going to be there so often they're going to get tired of me.

The November Do-It-Herself was Martha Stewart-ified.   We learned about her new collection of paint, faux finishes and glazes, plus ways to use them to create easy holiday projects.

First Up?  Tile Coasters.  I first attempted to use the Gold Glitter glaze, but the glaze kept seeping under the stencil and looked far too messy for this semi-perfectionist.  So, I went with the Oatmeal Crackle finish and it seemed to work a little bit better.  Still a bit of seepage.  Hot tip:  You HAVE to apply a coat of MS primer/finish prior to using the crackle finish which reacts with the finish to create the crackle effect.

Final Touch:  Poly Finish

The next project involved jazzing up some basic photo frames.  I skipped the dang stencils and just covered the whole frame with a terra cotta finish.

From This...

To This.
Up Close & Personal with the Terra Cotta

All in all, these were easy & quick projects.  Full disclosure:  Not my style, but it was a great opportunity to do some brainstorming and get out of the house while my husband was brewing beer.  

Next up?  Installing a tile backsplash on Sunday, November 20th and a Kid's Workshop where they'll make Snowman napkin holders.

So, what about you?  Have you attended any of the workshops Home Depot offers?  What have you learned?

Until next time,

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  1. I think I knew they did kids stuff, but I never really knew about the women's ones. It looks like fun.:)

  2. I've heard about the Home Depot workshops, but have never tried one. You have me thoroughly convinced now, that I must give one a try! Thank you so much for sharing your experience and crafty creations at Rook No. 17! I hope you'll join the party again tomorrow.



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