How To Nest for Less: Do-It-Herself Workshops

Erin Hankins

Article Posted By: Erin Hankins

of How To Nest For Less

Erin Hankins, the author of the blog How to Nest for Less, is an Art Director based in St. Louis, Missouri. Her blog features daily adventures of DIY and home improvement projects, interior decorating and all things creative. Her work has been seen across the web including features in Country Woman magazine, Family magazine and the January 2013 cover of DIY Lifestyle magazine. In the spring of 2013, Erin guest-hosted several Do-It-Herself Workshops at The Home Depot. This post was written during that timeframe.

I’m thrilled to be teaming with The Home Depot for the Do-It-Herself workshops. We’re going to help women gain the skills and confidence to make basic repairs and easy home improvements with FREE monthly workshops – giving step-by-step instructions, home makeover advice and hands-on experience.

White painted cabinets with black appliances and grey counter tops

One of my biggest Do-It-Herself makeovers to date (and also the least expensive) was a mini-kitchen makeover that simply involved painting my kitchen cabinets. The bland builder-grade oak cabinets were given a fresh start in bright white. Just a couple coats of primer and paint completely transformed my space for less than $100.

craft and computer table with white cabinets and a wood laminate countertop

And when I needed a new space to work double duty for my computers and crafting, I built a 10-foot-long desk in our spare bedroom made out of stock kitchen cabinets from The Home Depot. I just topped the cabinets with plywood and covered them in laminate flooring for a great faux wood finish.

bedroom with black cabinets and bedframe, and a white-washed wood paneled wall.

For my Master Bedroom makeover I added whitewashed faux wood paneling as an accent wall behind the bed. This really softened up the room and gave a great focal point against the black furniture.

Laundry room with painted washer and dryer

Another easy Do-It-Herself project that I completed on a budget this past year was our Laundry Room makeover. I simply added a bead board wall with hooks for hanging book bags and coats, stenciled our old washer and dryer, added two rows of wire shelving for storage and organization, plus gave the room a fresh coat of paint. Quite the transformation!

So what’s next on my list? I’ve been spying a couple projects on Pinterest including installing dentil moulding in our Dining Room and painting our bathroom cabinets.

But first I’ll be framing a mirror with tile at the Do-It-Herself Workshop at my local Home Depot. This same Do-It-Herself workshop will be held at all Home Depot stores. Check your local Home Depot store for complete details.

Thanks for inviting us into your home and sharing your wonderful projects with our readers, Erin. To learn more about Do-It-Herself Workshops or any of our Weekly Workshops, you can always find the latest on