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. tiffanym says:

    My kitchen needs a backsplash –desperately. I would use the $250 to purchase 12″ stone tiles from Lowe’s and cut them in half to make an oversized subway tile pattern.

  2. Ann says:

    I would use it to start a much-needed bathroom remodel–goodbye 1950’s plastic tile.

  3. jezz says:

    What would keep me going to my goal of decluttering my place? A Lowe’s gift card!

  4. Tara says:

    There are so may things we want to work on in our home. Would most likely put it towards paint or a new front door.
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  5. Linda says:

    Paint and mouldings would be my choice if I win. Lowes is my second home!

  6. Barb says:

    Shut the front DOOR! I won a Centsational Girl giveaway – the Shutterfly gift card! How super excited am I right now!! Whoot whoot! Thanks Kate!!!

  7. Barb says:

    If I had $250 from Lowes, I’d get a jump start on revamping our kitchen, especially the cabinets, they are in dire need of an upgrade.

  8. Megan bentley says:

    I really want to spruce up my backyard with some flowers and a firepit. I am in desperate need of a makeover for my backyard. This would make it possible!

  9. Christine says:

    I’d get started on my new office (paint and lighting), I’d put the rest towards a grill for my husband – he so deserves a nice one for putting up with us all year.

  10. Olivia says:

    Gosh.. so many Spring projects on my to-do list. My number one project I’d love to start is my laundry room. It needs a major revamp considering the amount of laundry I do with a full house of 8!!

  11. Joyce says:

    I would definitely buy some paint for my porch, swing, and picket fence. And maybe even some flowers to spruce everything up! Thanks for the opportunity.

  12. Kimberlee says:

    Buy a new rug for my family room!

  13. Kari says:

    We love Lowes and stop in almost every weekend! I’d love to work on a backyard oasis!

  14. Amy says:

    Linked up to facebook! I can’t wait!

  15. Jenna says:

    I would finally get a new dishwasher!

  16. Nicole says:

    We just spent $1000 at Lowes in the past three days, so I am sure it would help to finish this 6 month-whole-house-renovation! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Nicole says:

    Linked up at FB! Thanks!

  18. Rosalyn Johnson says:

    My bedroom and my girl’s room is in need of a facelift, along with a little landscaping for the spring/summer….”pretty colors”

  19. Rosalyn Johnson says:

    I posted link on my facebook wall and my twitter page :)
    thanks again!

  20. Danielle says:

    Paint the house, paint the house, and paint the house. :)

  21. Lisa says:

    Lots of colorful plants and flowers, my front and backyard need a major facelift!

  22. Christina says:

    Oh WOW! If I win this I’m getting baseboards and paint and maybe some subway tile–we’re slowly renovating a ranch and I’d LOVE to win this!!! Thanks for your generosity!

  23. Aliya says:

    So nice of you to give this away! I’d use the giftcard for outdoorsy stuff — we have some major landscaping work to get done this summer in our mongo backyard.

  24. Janet S. says:

    I love all these colours! Very inspiring. I have some old dining room chairs and am ready for some colour. Thank you as always for this chance to win.

  25. Laurie says:

    I’ve got a few projects on the go and would love a Lowe’s gift card to help complete them! Purchasing chair rail to frame a large photo (inspired by you), paint for a bathroom, and perhaps a new rug for our patio! Many thanks!

  26. courtney says:

    I would get a table saw! I have been wanting to DIY some patio furniture and this would be a great start!

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  28. Tamara says:

    I would use it for moulding galore and paint! Loved reading about your NY trip.

  29. Jaimie says:

    $250 – I’d use that up in a heartbeat. Add more shelves in the laundry room, paint the guest bedroom and bathroom, and refinish the bathroom cabinets an espresso color, replace our worn out brass doorknobs with new ones.

  30. Jessica M says:

    I NEED to get paint for sure. All of the trim in my house is a yucky wood and it really needs to be freshened up. I also need blinds!!

  31. LBS says:

    Oh Man!! I need so many things that the gift card would be used in a wink! I have been waiting and waiting to get an area rug for my living room, but just haven’t had the money. This would be such a help!

  32. jennie says:

    I would use the gift card to buy paint for all of my many projects going on in my house. i.e. painting counter tops in kitchen to look like granite, painting my wooden stairs, painting trim work in bedrooms. My list could go on forever!!

  33. michaela hoenigman says:

    I would use the $250.00 Lowes gift card to finally do the one thing I have never done……my bedroom. We have a full house of 4 kids and all their rooms are long done. But as usual, mine has been put off for far too long. I would love to win this to paint, and accessorize like I have always wanted to!

  34. michaela hoenigman says:

    I tweeted with a link back!

  35. Laura Buckelew says:

    I am dying to remodel my laundry room! It is pretty drab and I would love to paint and add some pretty fixtures! I would use the gift card to finally remodel my laundry room!!

  36. Colleen says:

    I would get some new lighting for my dining room!

  37. Deanne says:

    I have so many projects to be done , mostly a paint job for the whole house , a rug , a few stain tins to repurpose my old furniture . I would love to finish my office room .

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  38. taysha riggs says:

    I’d love to buy my parents some more gardening supplies. Right now we’re both planting garbage can potatoes on opposite ends of the country. I want to make my mother a veggie gardener!

  39. Michelle says:

    I have many projects on my to do list that could benefit from having a $250 Lowe’s gift card. I could choose to work on my son’s play/tree house, build a new back deck, paint my kitchen cabinets, new floors for my house. I could go on, but these are just a few projects I would have to decide where to spend the money!

  40. Michelle says:

    I tweeted this giveaway (username is maajick)

  41. Mrs. Puma says:

    I would get some light fixtures! Although I might have to fight my husband for that and some garden stuff over a grill.

  42. Amna says:

    Need sinks, faucets, and doorknobs for the house we just bought! :D
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. Kyra says:

    I would probably use the gift card to buy a couple new bath faucets – we’re in desperate need! Thanks for the chance!!

  45. JackieL says:

    I would put it towards our master bedroom remodel!

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