Lowe’s Event + GIVEAWAY

May 13, 2011

Hello everyone, I’m just so glad it’s Friday!  Announcing the winner of last week’s Shutterfly Giveaway, here are the four winners:  #6 Barbara Brooks;  #115 Laura Sharbaugh; #395 Rebecca Kavan; and #421 Sarah Davenport.  Congratulations!

This past Monday evening, I was honored to attend a very cool event in New York City sponsored by Lowe’s, showcasing their line of Hi-Def paints in Valspar’s signature colors

lowes event food

The evening’s event began in this very cool downtown modern all white loft space brightened with splashes of Valspar paint samples all over the walls.

loft space

We were invited to mix and mingle with the other 30 bloggers invited, and greeting us were new quarts of fresh paint and paintbrushes for the upcoming challenges.  To me, paint always represents new beginnings and the ability to reveal hidden potential in just about anything.

valspar paint challenge



The always inspirational Nate Berkus was our host, together with Lowe’s.  He spoke about the power of color, and how paint is simply the easiest way for anyone to transform their space into one they will love (so true!).

nate berkus lowes event

Nate spoke about the fact that whenever he seeks color inspiration, he turns to three sources: nature, fashion, and the exotic places he’s traveled.  I love that.  Color inspiration is everywhere, if we open our eyes to witness it, study it, and use that inspiration in our own homes. 

Nate took a minute to chat, and snap a pic with me and blog buddy Melissa.

melissa nate kate

Working with Valspar paints was great fun ~ give me a gallon of colorful paint and I’m a happy girl!  I’m a fan of Valspar having recently used this paint in my little boy’s room, and their Hi-Def is one of the few brands that covers in one coat. 

valspar paint

Melissa and I played along in one of the Lowe’s challenges, but we started early.  We were given 30 minutes to use the Valspar paints to turn a piece into something cool, so I opted for a two color chevron pattern.  While the others nibbled on the crudité, we sneaked over to the challenge and started on the first coat of paint! 

I painted the top and the door first, waited for it to dry, then taped the top off with painter’s tape and used a tip from this article for painting perfect stripes to get that exact chevron pattern on top by painting over the tape with the first color.  It worked!

creating the cabinet

Due to the time crunch, I didn’t think about painting the hinges, (duh) but both Melissa and Nate agreed the hinges definitely needed to be painted, so to save face, I had to go back and paint them *hanging head in shame*  The little cabinet turned out a little more funky than planned but at least I got that pattern straight!  Nate played judge and we won the ‘Creative Use of Color’ challenge! 

As a result, both Melissa and I snagged a $250 Gift Card to Lowe’s, and we’re passing it on to one of YOU!  Yep, I’m giving away my $250 gift card to Lowe’s and let me tell ya, it sure is burning a hole in my handbag. 

Eligibility to win the $250 Lowe’s Gift Card:

1) Leave a comment telling me what you’d do with a $250 gift card from Lowe’s. 

2) For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter, and leave a second comment telling where you linked (FB or Twitter).

One winner, US and Canada only.  Winner chosen by Random.org.  Giveaway ends Monday May 16th at 10 p.m. PST

Want another chance to win? 

Hop on over to the The Inspired Room to enter Melissa’s giveaway too!

The event was fantastic opportunity to sample Valspar’s paints in their signature colors, and I’m so very grateful for the invitation! Thanks so much to Lowe’s for sponsoring this very fun gathering and to Nate, for always being such an inspirational designer and speaker!   

Good luck to you in the gift card giveaway . . .

Wishing you a fantastic weekend! 




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2,345 Responses to “Lowe’s Event + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Tracy says:

    I need to purchase some stain for my deck. I would also love to patch and paint the floor in my garage.

  2. Maria says:

    That gift card would be a good start to rebuilding the deck at our new house!

  3. Tracy says:

    I linked to this giveaway on Facebook.

  4. Kathy says:

    I need to paint my bedroom which has been sorely neglected for the past few years. It is currently sporting a very, very sad faux effect which didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. I also would like to paint my garage floor with an epoxy finish. The floor is brand new and needs to be painted BEFORE any staining takes place!

  5. Kristen says:

    I’d so spend the money on some much needed tools at Lowes!!

  6. Kristen says:

    I shared this via twitter as well!

  7. Kristin says:

    Hi, Kate. It would be difficult to choose how to spend that gift card (not that I’d mind!). I think I’d start in Lawn and Garden for some plants, edging materials, and a good hedge trimmer.

  8. Chuck P says:

    Thanks for the chance Kate. What would I do with 250 from Lowes? Let me count the ways:

    1. MDF for art 5.5yr old art project
    2. Mirrors to hang over the 7 ft wide fireplace
    3. Dimmer switches
    4. Brooms and mops

    I think I can hit on the right combo to come in well under $250!

  9. Andrea says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    I would spend the giftcard on supplies to create our family organization board (whiteboard, plywood ect..), paint for my boys bedroom, um…I NEED a new sander. Or maybe I’d spend it all on wood to build something from Ana Whites website. lol
    Thanks so much!!
    Andrea :-)

  10. Ann C says:

    Ceiling fans for my boys room, and paint for my master bedroom re-do.

  11. Cindy W. says:

    I am in the middle of a bathroom redo. If I win the gift card to Lowe’s I will use it to put down a new floor in the bathroom. How sweet would that be?

  12. Cindy W. says:

    I posted the link to this giveaway on my Facebook page.

  13. Christen says:

    First year with a vegetable garden – lots of garden supplies needed here!

  14. Gina says:

    Where to begin? I have a very ugly bathroom that needs more than just a coat of paint–a new mirror, new light fixture, and new faucet, plus stripping the wallpaper and making everything look like it’s not from the 1970’s. :)

  15. Lesa Geiger says:

    I would use the gift card to make my new house feel like home!

  16. Ashley says:

    The sky’s the limit. My small laundry room could use shelving. The unfinished basement could use walls and everything else. Our poorly lit kitchen could use a big window. Now for the yard…. please let me win.

  17. Bethany says:

    Oh, where to begin… We are in the process of repainting our hallway and staircase and guest room that is all covered in “outdoor wood siding.” Needless to say, it has taken a lot more time, effort, primer, and paint than i had anticipated. I would love to buy a new pendant light for the staircase and some outdoor furniture for the summer. What fun!

  18. Meredith M. says:

    I’d use it toward a vanity or flooring in our basement!

  19. Lesa Geiger says:

    I shared the link to twitter!

  20. Amanda says:

    We are remodeling a house (built in 1950) and have tons of projects it could be used for!

  21. Jodi says:

    $250 to Lowe’s? The possibilities are endless. I would spend it on one word: Color! Color for my basement walls (why is it basements tend to be so blah?) Color for my garden… poppies and zinnias anyone? Color, color, and more color!

  22. Mo says:

    I love Lowe’s! I would get paint for my 2 youngest sons’ bedroom and a new light fixture for our foyer! Or maybe a new lantern for the main staircase….

  23. Nicolle says:

    i would use the money to help finish (well actually start) the remodel of my house, which was eaten by termites. :(

  24. Kristi R says:


    I would use the gift card to Lowes to begin a facelift to my master bath with paint and new accessories!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win,


  25. Danya Peters says:

    I would use the giftcard to buy landscaping materials!

  26. Jessica says:

    We need to paint our house exterior.

  27. Cara says:

    I would use the gift card for paint and or flooring.

  28. Janna says:

    Hi…what a great offer! Thanks! If I won, I would get supplies to re-face/paint our kitchen cabinets and add hardware…..we are very much in need of an update!!

  29. Emily says:

    I need to paint my living room, so I’d buy paint and maybe some new outdoor furniture.

  30. Lindsey says:

    We are in the process of buying a bigger home for our growing family so we will have tons of projects including painting. I would use it to buy paint!

  31. Emily says:

    Linked on Facebook!

  32. Lindsay says:

    We are in the middle of a bathroom overhaul and a gc to Lowes would be AMAZING!

  33. Brittany says:

    Definitely would use to re-do our master bedroom closet.

  34. Brittany says:

    Definitely would use to re-do our master bedroom closet.

  35. Cara says:

    I shared your link on facebook.

  36. SARAH says:

    WOW….I would use it towards getting a new sink/faucet for our kitchen! thank you….

  37. Allison says:

    I would update the fixtures in our house. There are some that definitely need it.

  38. Cynthia says:

    I’d get started landscaping our backyard!

  39. Lisa says:

    Hi!!! OMGOSH!!! I would SO LOVE TO WIN!!! I just moved into a beautiful house, but EVERY ROOM is painted a nasty green. I would got to Lowes RIGHT now and buy PAINT to finish off my dream home!!!

  40. Lisa says:

    I just linked this to my fb.
    BTW, Your blog ROCKS!!! I have been reading it for a while and LOVE your ideas and designs! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  41. Tammy Willet says:

    This would be great! Two things–some flowers for the deck and paint for my little ones room! Thanks!

  42. Natalie says:

    I would use the gift certificate a face lift before my parents come to visit in a few weeks!

  43. Carmen says:

    I have about 50 projects going so it would go toward one or more of those!

  44. Kelly S says:

    We are saving to build a deck and I would use the gift card for more deck supplies!

  45. Katie says:

    I have been wanting crown molding in my living room for years! The gift certificate would be the kick in the tail I need to get the project going.

  46. Jennifer says:

    closing on my new house in 2 weeks….I can think of 100’s of things to use this for! Thanks for the chance to win.

  47. Terri says:

    There’s so much I could do with $250 at Lowe’s! I’d probably buy supplies to complete all of my half-done projects!

  48. Melissa says:

    First, thanks for the chance to win!

    If I won the giftcard, I would use it to beautify my deck. Hubby and I are working on that but I would like to buy some mason jars to make party lights and lanterns. Would also get some nice outdoor planters and flowers for the summer!

  49. Melissa says:

    Just tweeter from @vampygirl1313 too! :)

  50. We need it to repaint our fixer upper that we bought!.

  51. Elizabeth says:

    What would I do with a $250 Lowe’s gift card? Oh my gosh, what wouldnt I do?! Plants for the yard, more wood to make another headboard for our guest room (we made one in our master), paint to refinish some furniture, mirrors, I could go on!!

  52. Adrianne says:

    I would definitely use the $250 to buy the composite decking material for our new backyard deck! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  53. Diana says:

    I have several 1980’s bathroom light fixtures and ceiling fans that need replacing.

  54. Jennifer says:

    We’re buying a house and need a refrigerator, so I would use the gift card towards appliances (and it would help out a lot)!

  55. Kira says:

    What wouldn’t I do with a Lowe’s gift card?!?! I’m there every weekend. It’s sad when the workers recognize you when you walk in the door…

    Currently on the list, though is to add beadboard to my guest bath.

  56. Melanie says:

    I would use to help my grandparents make their house easier to get around in due to walkers.

  57. Kristin says:

    I would use it towards the bed my husband and I are drawing up plans for!

  58. Heather Dew says:

    I have some bookshelves and an entertainment center that are in desperate need of paint. I’d buy supplies for that, and maybe some supplies to make myself that awesome tufted headboard for which you have a tutorial.

  59. SJ says:

    I would buy paint and lumber. I have a few projects I want to start working on.

  60. I’d put $250 towards painting the kitchen cabinets!

  61. Jackie G says:

    The giveaway would definitely help us make our new home ours! We would like to paint the rooms and add storage to the garage!

    Thank you.

  62. Mary says:

    Wow! I would do A LOT with a $250 gift card to Lowe’s. We just completed the purchase of our first home this past Friday, and we spent the whole weekend tearing down mountains of ancient wallpaper. With the gift card, I would purchase supplies to complete a striped wall project in our lovely new dining room and add some coordinating hardware to update the adorable built in china cabinet!

  63. Carey says:

    I’d use the $250 to finish up the built-in shelving unit in my bedroom and buy some new drill bits.

  64. shannon says:

    I’d buy wood and paint to complete several building projects we want to accomplish!

    So jealous of that Nate Berkus photo! :)

  65. Kelly says:

    I think my son would use this to create a workshop for himself :)

  66. Andrea says:

    I would buy closet organizers for our bedrooms and some flowers for my garden.

  67. Andrea says:

    I would use $250 to put shelving in my laundry room, paint it bright green, and make it a fresh, lovely place to spend my days.

  68. Alice says:

    I have started to redo one of our bathrooms. I would use it to buy the paint, and some update fixtures.

  69. cathy says:

    We are moving in a few weeks and the rooms need paint and curtains and well who couldn’t find something to spend $250 at LOWE’s??:D

  70. shonte says:

    I would use the giftcard to help build my daughter an organized playroom with lots of cubbies. I would also use it to purchase some paint to perk up the bedrooms.

  71. Agatha says:

    Just bought a house and need to tone down the fuchsia bathroom and plum kitchen!

  72. Shannon says:

    We’re building our new house right now, so there is no end to the uses of $250 gift card! We haven’t even gotten to the kitchen yet, not to mention closet shelves, hardware, or even stuff for landscaping.

  73. Cheryl says:

    I would use the $250 to add some organization to my house and to help fix up some old furniture and repurpose it with a bit of TLC!

  74. Cheryl says:

    Shared with everyone on my facebook page!

  75. Kim Bos says:

    Hi! I am so happy to find your site thru Melissa’s!! I love it! I would love to visit with Nate in Soho!! What fun! Also would LOVE to have $250 to spend on my new dream kitchen – a little bit at a time right??
    Thanks for the opportunity and thanks for a great new site to check out!!

  76. Jamie Lee says:

    paint the entry way with bold stripes(with a hint of shimmer) and put some knobs on all our kitchen cabinetry a task I’ve been putting off for 2 years :)

  77. Mary says:

    I’d use it to get some new patio furniture

  78. clancypants says:

    Buy a dishwasher. Yes, we don’t own one… yes, it sucks. :-)

  79. Amanda says:

    I would buy a ton of wood and make a lot of fun furniture to fill my house (with the help of some amazing plans by ana-white)

  80. Michelle says:

    I would love to win a Lowe’s Gift Card! I would use it to buy new paint for our living room update, and help with the bathroom renovation we’re about to take on!!

  81. Abbie H says:

    I’d find a beautiful chanderlier to replace the “blah” ceiling fan in our master bedroom.

  82. Chandeen says:

    If I won this giveaway I would but plants for my garden, and wallpaper, love wall paper right now.

  83. Chandeen says:

    I shared this post on facebook.

  84. Courtney says:

    Oh, I have a WHOLE bathroom that needs to be (slightly) gutted and redone. $250 to Lowes would be a lovely head start on the supplies… :)

  85. Abbie H says:

    Shared on fb!

  86. clancypants says:

    Linked on FB.

  87. Carla says:

    My laundry room is ready for facelift!

  88. I would buy my first power tools!

  89. Alison says:

    Would love to paint my hallway and living room. Not sure of the colors yet, but this would definitely jump start me :-)

  90. I linked to this on twitter. @kellermanLA

  91. lloukusa84 says:

    Would LVOE to win! I would probably build beds for my boys finally and maybe paint their room!

  92. lloukusa84 says:

    Would LOVE to win! I would probably build beds for my boys finally and maybe paint their room!

  93. lloukusa84 says:

    Shared on FB too!

  94. Stephanie says:

    Oh goodness! I am pregnant and we decided to finish our basement to move the current office downstairs. Apparently a newborn needs somewhere to sleep!

  95. Heather says:

    If I won this awesome giveaway I’d probably use the giftcard to build some shelves so I can decorate our apartment a bit more. I’m sure I can think of a million other things we could use it for as well! Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway! (:


  96. jocelyn says:

    My 4-yr old has has been begging for a big boy room since his birthday a few months ago. I would paint his room and transform everything that is “baby blue”. Its about time that his Nursery is turned into a room suitable for a toddler. A chalkboard wall would also be in the plans along with some shelves for his growing book collecting! :)

  97. alison chino says:

    I would spend every penny on my yard. It is an eyesore right now and I would fill it with trees and new plants!

    So great!

    Love the cabinet!

  98. jocelyn says:

    I shared the link on the wall of my facebook page

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