My 2013 DIY Goal + RYOBI Giveaway!

So, what are your big DIY plans for 2013?  I wasn’t sure what my highest DIY priority was for our home this year, but then a few weeks before Christmas, my dad just happened to pop over and build our loft into a fourth bedroom over the course of a weekend.  He’s handy (and surprising) like that.

I’d been begging him to come and close in our loft for years. We have plenty of living spaces here, but only three bedrooms. The loft was nothing more than a catchall for furniture that had no place else to go and piles of laundry waiting (and waiting) to be folded.  Plus, I was always afraid that a crazed child might pole-vault themselves over the pony-wall and land in a mangled heap below someday.

If you follow me on Instagram (@betterafterlnz), then you may have seen this photo:

This is the point when dear ol’ dad hung up his toolbelt and headed back home. As you can see, he left a few things unfinished. I mean, there is only so much bedroom building you can pack into two days, right?  That guy is the best.  Thanks Dad, love you!  So anyway, this is where we will be starting with our DIY goals for 2013.

And here’s a few things needed on the inside. 
The old loft is now my oldest son Blake’s new room, and boy-oh-boy is he excited.  I’m going to hold myself accountable and actually have a real-deal makeover of this space to show you, once we get everything in tip-top shape in here, I swear it.
And I have some more exciting news, dear friend.  RYOBI and The Home Depot want to help YOU with your 2013 DIY and makeover goals too!  They are giving one Better After reader this RYOBI ONE+ Lithium-ion Combo Kit!

(a $99 value!)

These aren’t any regular old cordless tools, no.  The RYOBI ONE+ system
features Lithium Ion batteries that are way more super awesome than traditional batteries.  They produce a consistent charge
throughout the life of the battery, can be charged many more times than
other batteries, can be left on the charger with no damage, and last four times longer than traditional NiCad batteries, helping you get your job done without stopping to charge.

Plus, they are 45% lighter in weight, which allows the tools to be smaller yet more powerful.

The ONE+ battery is also compatible
with more than 50 RYOBI ONE+ products offered at The Home Depot.

Entering is easy!  

To enter to win the RYOBI ONE+ Lithium-ion Combo Kit, simply submit a photo of one of your 2013 DIY plans to the RYOBI Nation.

RYOBI Nation is an
online destination for power tool and DIY enthusiasts to share photos of
their project successes, vote on their favorite projects for the
opportunity to win prizes and have access to special offers on Ryobi
power tools.

Head over there to share your pic, don’t forget to come back here and leave a comment to let me know that you did, and bam! You’re entered.


The deadline for the current contest is Jan 31st, so I’ll be announcing a winner at the end of January.  Can’t wait to see your 2013 DIY plans! 

More info can be found at:  Ryobi Nation  //  Ryobi Tools at The Home Depot  //  The Home Depot on Facebook  //  The Home Depot on Twitter

Disclosure:  The Home Depot partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote their Lithium Ion power tool collection. As part of this promotion, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

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  1. Lindseyyyyy! I love it when you post about YOUR house! You should post about your own projects once a week or so… I think your readers (ME!) would really love that! Cause I think everyone (ME!) feels like they already know you!

    I have some more projects to send you soooon!

  2. Oh btw I entered the contest!

  3. Gosh I just tackle the projects as they real thought to a goal probably cause I would fail……miserably. maybe I should jot down for this giveaway though.

  4. I entered!

  5. i entered! my project is titled “better after giveaway project” and it is a real project i hope to get done this year! thanks for the giveaway! pale blue apron at gmail dot com

  6. I entered my kitchen project! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I posted our cat tree project on the Ryobi site.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I entered our chair project! Scg00387@yahoo dot com

  9. I entered the contest! We’re re-doing our kitchen, so this would be amazing help!

  10. Just entered the contest with our mudroom closet remodel. My hubby loves the RYOBI products and would be thrilled to win one!

  11. I entered! I just got a beautiful antique oak dresser TODAY from Craigslist. It is so gorgeous, and I’m not sure I have the heart to paint it. It will be my first time staining!

  12. Went to their sight to try to register and vote but it wouldn’t let me register. Is there a problem with their site?
    Would love to be registered for this give-a-way. Please let me know.

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  14. Wow, that’s a fabulous amount of space for your son. How nice that you can make it so much more functional (and that Dad can help!) Can’t wait to see how it comes out.

    Laurel at SoPo Cottage

  15. Great giveaway!

  16. I hope the spam comments don’t win! I need some power tools! My favorite drill just died, so it would be AMAZING to get this awesome replacement.

  17. I entered a DIY project on the Ryobi Nation website and would love to win this tool set!

  18. I entered! My project is called “Dining Room Wine Wall.” I would be so happy to have a new drill as our died during this project and we’re currently borrowing my parents. Thank you!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I entered my dining room table and chairs makeover in the contest.
    hc_newt at yahoo dot com

  20. I submitted my fireplace mantel to the New Years Project. Not sure if I did this correctly, but it should be there.

  21. Wow, fast work! Looking good.

  22. I am new to power tools. Entered what I hope will be a do-able project for me.

  23. How sweet that your Dad could do this for you. My daughter in Calgary has what they call a “bonus” room on their landing. The only “bonus” is she can go crawl onto the couch in there to escape hubby’s snoring!

  24. I entered… our platform bed that we so desperately need.

  25. I entered our sad, sad dining room. Butterloo needs a facelift.

  26. I’ve been subscribed for a short while, but look forward to your email. I’m a true before/after person, as I’m rebuilding my house BY myself after a fire a few years ago. I entered the contest because many of my tools are Ryobi. My Dh bailed on me after the fire, but thank goodness left all his tools. Rather have the tools! 🙂 Thank you for the interesting posts!

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  28. SO we have this fence that we built, that is lovely, except that the gates don’t…exactly work? Also there is something of a mud pit. Yeah. That’s the 2013 goal. Anyway, I entered, enter me! I’d love to have a fancy RYOBI package to help us get it done.. tigermoonproductions at gmail dot com!

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  30. I just submitted my project. My husband and I actually started and finished our custom desk/bookshelf project in the last week! I’ve considered emailing it to you but might be too chicken! We’ll see…

  31. luckymommy23 says:

    I did it! I entered! Hoping to win since my tools are really old and difficult to get the job done. Especially since they are corded! :O Avid reader FOREVER! Love your blog and how you show before and after pics together LOVE that!

  32. Guess you need my email address too DUH!

  33. Guess you need my email address. DUH! LOL!

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  35. I entered! I don’t even own a drill or a saw, so I hope I win, or my project will be a longer process as I save money to buy my tools. I’ve been wanting to make a kids kitchen from discarded furniture as I’ve seen on here before for over two years and I’m finally going to do it! Yay!
    amanda hudgins at gmail dot com

  36. I entered!!!

  37. I entered!!!

  38. Chris and Emily D. says:

    Our project is not huge, but my wife and I found a small rocking chair with an unusual shape at an estate sale. This year we plan to use it as a starter project to learn upholstery. Submitted to RYOBI Nation. Thanks.

  39. Tried to enter my upcoming project for 2013 but format seems to require info re completed project. ??

  40. I entered the Ryobi Nation project to fix up our basement bathroom, titled “Bathroom Basement Remodel” We lost the walls, vanity and door after a awful flood 4 years ago. Thanks for the inspiration to tackle this project, it will be a first for us!
    terri.moore 30 at yahoo dot com

  41. Aly Wagner says:

    I entered my project! I am making a tufted headboard for my new king-size mattress. I’ve been procrastinating and haven’t finished it, so this is good motivation for me to finally get this completed and make my bedroom look better. It looks really weird with no headboard in there. I found a great tutorial online, and it has been a really easy project so far.

  42. I entered my project titled getting rid of the kitchen overhang and so can not wait for it to be done.

  43. I entered! My project is called Just Hanging Around: A Coatrack Story.
    I could realy use some new power tools and these would be perfect. Crossing my finger!
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Also I’m truly LOVING your blog! I’ve been back several times already and will continue to visit often. Have a happy day!

  44. I entered my project-to-be (aka basement of doom according to my 7 year old). I also agree with other comments, I love seeing your projects! 🙂

  45. I just entered the contest! My username is kaylan and I would love to build the Ana White murphy bed with some mods.

  46. I just entered . . . going to paint the kitchen floor in big, huge diamonds. (**heart just went pitter patter**).

  47. I did it:) I submitted my soon to be own homes kitchen. Just waiting for the bank to close. . .Woooohoo. I love your blog and show it to all my friends.

  48. I entered the contest.
    scoopace at kc dot rr dot com

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  50. I entered with my storage shelving!

  51. I entered my gym floor dining table project! I could really use a new drill to help me finish it up. Thanks for the opportunity!

  52. I entered our fossil walls project for the Ryobi contest. I’m so excited about using the fossil stencils from Cutting Edge! (And terrified since I’m using plaster. And sand. And short of replacing the drywall I have no idea how I would get this stuff off the wall if it doesn’t work the way I want). Gulp!!

  53. Oops, used the wrong ID for the last comment! Fossil walls for the win!!

  54. I posted my workbench.

  55. I entered the RYOBI giveaway! I’m going to hopefully complete some storage shelves for the nursery. I guess the pressure is now on since I posted it out in cyber world and all!

  56. I posted my “Lack Hack”!!

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  58. Anonymous says:

    totally agree with your thoughts about the Dallas chic – anybody with enough money can do wonders. the challenge is for the rest of us here in dallas who don’t have that kind of cash to achieve the same look!

  59. I posted at Ryobi.
    I am currently rehabing an “antique” house, and I am addicted to your website for inspiration.

  60. I entered! My plan for 2013 is to finally, once and for all, get rid of the “stink stairs” that lead down into my movie room!

  61. i am entering a chair i want to recover

  62. I entered an end table I redid on RyobiNation! Thanks for the giveaway!

  63. I would love to win the tools. Just about my entire house needs a makeover!!!

  64. I entered @ Ryobi, pick me!

  65. What post was the winner announced on?

  66. love the train station art!

  67. love the train station art

  68. I entered my rec center floor eating table undertaking! I could truly utilize another drill to help me complete it up. A debt of gratitude is in order for the open door!

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