January 23, 2011

Home Depot Renew and Redo (And Win a $200 Gift Card from Tool Snob!)


It's hard for us to even list the things wrong with our bathroom. To get a sense of the general state of things, check out this picture. It's one of the nicer elements of the room. The other day, Mrs. Tool Snob was cleaning the back splash and five tiles fell off. Just fell off. So, needless to say, we're planning a little fluff and buff of the room. And what a perfect time to have this in our heads because this weekend, Home Depot is kicking off their Renew and Redo Program.

What Home Depot is doing is creating a one stop resource for your entire bathroom project from planning to executing to finishing touches. They've got image galleries for inspiration, checklists for the shopping trip, and how-tos for the actual hands on part. Even if you don't even know what you can do, they've got suggestions. And there are some serious bargains to be had with a lot of items more than 50% off (some deals are in-store only).


And speaking of 'in store,' we just got back from our local HD where we went to check out the Renew and Redo display and it's impressive. What's cool about it is that there's not just tile, but tile, grout, knee pads, spacers and all the other tools and items needed for a good tile job. They've put everything you could want in one area, so you don't have to spend an hour wandering around trying to find something.

From our years in the trades, we can say with confidence that it's pretty amazing what a new sink and vanity can do to a bathroom, so if you're sick of looking at the peeling faux oak of your current vanity (we are), then this promotion is probably worth taking advantage of.


We flipped through a bunch of the how-tos at HomeDepot.com and they're really good at demystifying the projects. If you're not the hands-on type, tasks like swapping out a faucet might seem like magic, but they're not. If you have a few of the right tools, it's pretty easy.

So now on to the 'Win a $200 gift card' part. Home Depot has been nice enough to supply us with two gift cards...one for us and our own pitiful bathroom and one for a lucky reader. To enter to win, leave a comment at this post telling us the current state of your bathroom and how Home Depot can help with the situation...whether it's a certain tool you need, a specific toilet you're looking for, etc...whatever. So just tell us, what's wrong and how HD can help. Easy enough. The promotion runs to Feb 23, so our cat Marlowe will randomly pick a winner on Tuesday, Feb 8th, so you'll have plenty of time to take advantage of the savings.

All the info you need is at Home Depot Renew and Redo.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 23, 2011 1:30 PM
Recent Comments

My wife and I are finalizing the purchase on an older brick home that sits on 2 acres. The inside of the house is old, but has been well maintained throughout its life.

The master bathroom is big and spacious. It needs some color updates, but nothing too major.

The second bathroom though, is an addition from the early 90's. The entire bathroom is solid cinder block. Like a prison or high school football team's locker room. I can't wait to tile all of that.

Posted by: Herotan at June 4, 2011 1:11 AM

Golly, I thought I'd enter my comments on how I'd use the gift certificate to help out with the costs of maintenance and maybe a water saving toilet, but after reading some of the comments, if I was so lucky to win, I think I'd give it to a charity.


Posted by: eric at February 7, 2011 8:28 PM

I need a bathroom. A WHOLE bathroom! It's gutted to the studs and slab, so I need everything from the floor to the walls to the ceiling!

Posted by: MD at February 5, 2011 1:17 PM

We've repainted our bathroom and have refaced the cabinets, so it's a lot better than it was, but the improvements sure do make the old vinyl flooring stick out! :-) So, next on the list is new tile (I'll need a tile saw too) and bathroom fixtures.

Posted by: Alan at February 4, 2011 11:20 AM

I have carpet in the bathroom. Carpet. Installed in 1979. The carpet is older than I am. I have seen many toilets overflow in my lifetime. I have to believe that the one in my bathroom has spilled over at least once prior to my ownership. Onto the carpet.

Please, I have children.

Posted by: John Laur at February 4, 2011 12:38 AM

We need new lights in our bathroom.

Posted by: Marianna at February 3, 2011 7:54 PM

The kids' bathroom is "vintage," than means it looks the same as when the house was built in 1962. It would be nice to at least replace the baby blue laminate counter.

Posted by: Mike at February 3, 2011 1:05 PM

My bathroom looks like something from the 70's the vanity is the worst it has been painted over and over the floor is linoleum and there's a mirror that covers the whole wall the counter top is white with gold streaks throughout it. Please help

Posted by: Lee at February 3, 2011 10:59 AM

I really need to re do the tile work in my bathroom. the previous owner must've had really long arms because the TP roll holder is down the wall below the toilet tank almost at the floor. That and I'd love to redo the bathtub tiles too.

Posted by: Joseph at February 3, 2011 9:42 AM

Well the HD services just installed a Tub Liner in November, but a new toilet would be nice. I would like something more efficient than the 60 year old one we have now.

Posted by: Tom at February 3, 2011 8:38 AM

My ancient vinyl tile could certainly use an update, especially considering that tile is relatively inexpensive. I've got great classic fixtures and a clawfoot tub, so tile and some paint seems like it would go a long way.

Posted by: Ian at February 2, 2011 11:32 PM

Well I need something to kick me into gear again - I've got a guest bathroom thats been in a state of demolition and remodel for almost a year now. Things are getting urgent - my mother-in-law is coming to stay next month!!!

Posted by: Dave P at February 2, 2011 11:31 PM

We have not one but two bathrooms in mid-remodel. In my typical DIYer fashion, I was certain both projects would be breeze. But of course nothing goes according to plan, espcically when you're doing your first tile project (which turns into your first 4 tile projects). And now that a couple months have gone by and the newborn has arrive, sleep is at a premimum and relaxing generally wins out over all else. Of course, we could do without the random smattering of dismantled plumbing, new and old vanities, paint, electrical, and tools encroaching upon our living space...

Posted by: Nick at February 2, 2011 11:25 PM

My bathroom floor linoleum is yellowing (originally white), and just getting worse and worse. I could use the card for real tiles and take on my first ever tiling project.

Posted by: Matt K at February 2, 2011 10:46 PM

Wonderful forum btw! Sharing in your frustrations.. The HD program seems great.. instead of Renew and Redo, I would venture to change it to Do Right! Unfortunately we hired cheap and shortcut contractors, so we are finding ourselves Undoing and doing it right with the help of some great forums like yours. Best of luck on yours and we hope we win!

Posted by: Elijah at February 2, 2011 12:54 PM

I've been upgrading the bathrooms since we moved in 12 years ago. It is now time to finish some of the plumbing. I want to replace the faucets in the Master bath. They don't match and they leak. This will give me a good start on replacing the faucets and maybe even buying matching towel hardware...

Posted by: Yadda at February 1, 2011 11:28 PM

Right now! Our bathroom is looking pretty clean.

Posted by: tech2crave at February 1, 2011 5:27 AM

Where do I start.. hmm.. the first bathroom had a leak in the shower base, which made everything in the adjacent closet smell musty. I tore out the concrete base and found damage in the led liner - it's still torn up 2 years later. The vanity has peeling veneer, a faux marble top with a tiny basin that has chipped enamel and is rusting.

The second bathroom is still working, though the tub drains very slowly. The fan is very loud and does not blow the moist air outside, but into the loft (not my doing). There is signs of water leaking in the corner of the ceiling, but I can't find the source. The shower head is so low that I have to bend my knees to wash my hair.

Posted by: KissMyWookie at January 31, 2011 11:49 PM

where to begin...
well, there is a cheap fiberglass surround in the shower. can't afford to replace it, even though it is entirely gouged out and probably leaky. the drain pipes for the shower ore corroding through, along with the water supply pipes to the shower/bath, sink, and toilet.
the toilet leaks at the bowl tank seal, the bowl has a hairline crack, the wallpaper is rotting off the walls (peeled most of that off already), the wallboard itself in the little window at the shower is dissolving/rotting, as they didn't seal it correctly or waterproof it, the sink is a one-piece sink/counter hybrid of faux marble, leaky faucet, and floods the counter quite often. the vanity cabinet has several drawers that will not open, and is horribly ugly laminated fake wood, and is at least 4" shorter than most every normal vanity. oh, and mold grows behind the toilet where we cannot clean it, partially do to the tank being rammed against the wall, and partially due to the sheer level of condensation the tank gets on it, which can't be removed or insulated, due to how small the gap is. oh, and the shower hot, cold, and divert er valves require strongman strength to turn, and are somewhat leaky, except they leak between the surround and the wall. oh, and this is the main bathroom-the master bathroom is just as bad.
to be honest, while the $200 would be nice, with the amount of work to do, it would barely make a dent.
but I do feel batter mentioning the issues.

Posted by: Discoman at January 27, 2011 10:13 PM

Our master bath need a new paint job. The shower needs to be re-calced and sealed. Thanks for the giveaway!

Posted by: Tracey at January 27, 2011 5:12 PM

I have an ever-expanding list for a bathroom remodel, starting with wanting to rip out my chimney in order to gain the room I need, moving (and replacing) the water heater so I don't have a gawdawful closet INSIDE the new space...demolition of the concrete to move the fixtures from the terrible location they're currently in, removing the current walls to reframe something more useful, pulling up the warped flooring...I'm hoping I can win the "dent-starter" you're offering :-)

Posted by: Jeff at January 26, 2011 6:43 PM

My master bathroom is smaller than my guest bathroom! It needs to be gutted and remodeled... there might even be water damage on the exterior wall! Home depot carries all the supplies and tools I'd need to make it happen, so I'm hoping!

Posted by: Chance at January 26, 2011 10:31 AM

Well, my bathroom has some serious wallpaper issues that I would LOVE to resolve. (Grandma florals, to be exact.) I'd grab some tools to make scraping easier and then some low VOC paint to give it a new look once all my hard work is complete. Grandma, begone!

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Posted by: Jay Brewer at January 25, 2011 7:24 AM

I can go on and on about my bathroom. It is inherently a horrible place. I am in the thick of fixing it up - tiling, sink & twa-let, flooring, even a ceiling replacement. And of course jewelry.

This is my third attempt at a comment -- I don't know why they haven't been getting through. This time I'm leaving off my URL. I see the Preview, and I am typing the letter in...if this has happened to me twice, chances are that others are also not able to comment.

Posted by: Adrian at January 24, 2011 9:21 PM

My Bathroom is PURPLE WITH PURPLE PAINTED PLASTIC TILES!!!! $200 should cover new paint, sanding discs, and trim work and a nice light fixture! Tool Snob Rocks!

Posted by: Jason at January 24, 2011 8:24 PM

Not sure where my comment (written yesterday) has disappeared to. Suffice to say I have an uglier bathroom than any of you royalty here. A pic can be seen with a click on my name.

Posted by: Adrian at January 24, 2011 6:04 PM

I have a gutted former bathroom that approaches 1950s rural outhouse standards. (I should know because it was my job as a kid to scrape out the outhouse with a garden hoe while bent over double with the hopper door propped on my back.) There is no sink. There is no light. There is no toilet—only a hole in the floor where the toilet used to be—and the shower is now only a memory. We have been living with this non-functional monster for almost two years, and a $200 gift card from The Home Depot would go a long way toward getting the "juices" flowing again.

Posted by: James J. O'Hara at January 24, 2011 5:28 PM

My bathroom needs new new caulk, new tile, a new toilet and some refinishing for the wood molding...It would be great to win a gift card! I wouldnt mind replacing the vanity at some point as well! Thanks!

Posted by: DC at January 24, 2011 4:57 PM

I need to replace vinyl tiles I put down years ago over nasty vinyl sheeting from the 80s. It was a quick weekend project, paint, wainscoting, new fixtures and a floor; it was meant to be a stop gap solution to make the bathroom look presentable at the time,but I never bothered to do the floor. Looking a replacing them with either subway, b&w hex or basket weave tile

Posted by: Kevin at January 24, 2011 1:28 PM

When we bought our house, the master bathroom was the one room that almost stopped the sale. It is very small and tiled completely from floor to ceiling in black and gray tiles. They sunk a tub into the floor and did not prep the walls the right way for the tile. We now have, as you do, tiles that are just peeling away from the walls, and a built in bench with a sag in the middle, that will all need to be removed and reconstructed. In addition to new tile and backerboard/Greenboard I would look at picking up one of the new oscillating tools to make the job easier.

Posted by: Steve Cecil at January 24, 2011 12:31 PM

Boy, where do I start? Should I start with how I how small my bathroom is? I can reach the sink and the tub while I am sitting on the throne. Nice and cozy. Or should I start with the trim that was butchered by the previous home owner? Holes that were painted over without attempting to fill them. The only good thing about the bathroom is the fixtures. They actually look nice. $200 home depot card would definitely get me started!

Posted by: Tim S. at January 24, 2011 9:52 AM

Our sink leaks because there is a crack starting at the drain and going towards the front of the sink. The sink and countertop are one piece, so I'm not sure $200 would cover the whole job, but it should cover most of it.

Posted by: Ryan at January 24, 2011 9:06 AM

The previous owners of our house installed a piece of plywood behind our pedestal sink with pebbles all over it, from the floor to just above the bowl. It is hideous. I'd like to get a new vanity to replace the pedestal (for more storage) and rip that piece of "art" off the wall!

Posted by: Adam M at January 24, 2011 8:54 AM

I've got a bathroom/kitchen remodel duo coming up. We've got most of the supplies we have already bought - but we're kicking around the idea of some radiant floor heating. how much radiant floor heating would $200 buy? probably enough to convince me to install it.

Posted by: Paul at January 24, 2011 8:00 AM

I could probably use a new tile floor in my bathroom as well, seeing as how everytime you walk in barefoot half the tiles stick to the bottom of your foot. The moldy drywall around the exhaust fan is also a nice feature, but may also need to go. $200 from HD would go a long way.

Posted by: Doug C. at January 24, 2011 7:22 AM

My wife and I are finalizing the purchase on an older brick home that sits on 2 acres. The inside of the house is old, but has been well maintained throughout its life.

The master bathroom is big and spacious. It needs some color updates, but nothing too major.

The second bathroom though, is an addition from the early 90's. The entire bathroom is solid cinder block. Like a prison or high school football team's locker room. I can't wait to tile all of that.

Posted by: Moose at January 24, 2011 5:31 AM

I need to move a drain in a cement floor so I can finish my downstairs bathroom. I was happy to find rental jack-hammers at Home Depot. This will help me complete my project

Posted by: Barry Gardner at January 24, 2011 5:09 AM

Since the only thing holding up my toilet was the drain I thought it would be a good idea to replace the floor (2" to match) & since the plumbing was messed up (no vent, toilet drain @ a 90...) Had to remove the drywall over plaster & lath from a wall to put in the vent and found the electrical taped together in the wall .... I need all the help I can get!?

Posted by: Kevin Rahe at January 23, 2011 11:33 PM

I gutted my bathroom about 5 years ago. It's not quite done. I need to finish drywall, tiling and I need a toilet. Whether I win this contest or not I will be getting a majority of my supplies from HD.

Posted by: Greg Smith at January 23, 2011 10:44 PM

I do, in fact, have the ugliest bathroom in the state of Washington. Click my name to see one ghastly pic (note the cheap cardboard ceiling and the two varieties of hideous wall tile).

I am in the process of tiling. I will be making and staining trim, replacing toilet and sink and ceiling, and trying to get nice "jewelry". However, the peach tub ain't goin' nowhere.

It's a tiny bathroom, and I can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, but I can die tryin'.

Posted by: Adrian at January 23, 2011 10:13 PM

I have a bathroom that has pink and white tile. That's not soooo bad, it DOES match the pink tub,and the pink sink and the pink toilet. What is bad is that the tile is falling off. So much tile is missing that the tub is unusable. I could really use a $200 gift card from Home Depot to buy some nice tile and redo the tub area. If I could get the tile replaced, then I could think about replacing the vanity, which is just vinyl covered plywood held up by two 1x1 legs, and get a new sink and toilet to match the new tile and new flooring because half of that is missing also ....exposing the subfloor. Getting started with new tile from Home Depot could be just the beginning of a usuable bathroom again.

Posted by: Terry at January 23, 2011 7:24 PM

Don't dispair - not everyone has enough money or time to do everything they want to undertake in their house all at once. There is actually an advantage to doing things a bit at a time - in that not everything will wear out or go out of fashion all at once. And - I've seen bathrooms in worse shape - never once letting a prospective customer know that their might be on some top ten worst list - after all they would not be calling in a contractor if they thought everything was just peachy. BTW - not sure if you HD carries GP's DensShield backer board - but you might take a look at this product - we like it better than cement board and greenboard in most wall applications - and still like tile laid in "mud" for floors.

Posted by: fred at January 23, 2011 4:46 PM
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