Design SOS: Friends to the Rescue!

True Value is asking America to help stage a design intervention!
Niski the DIY doxie begged for scraps to be able to make the announcement here and I couldn’t resist those puppy dog eyes…
Dear DIY‘ers, 
Do you or a friend have a need for a design rescue?
Friends don’t let friends live with disastrous design – so True Value is asking do-it-yourselfers around the country why their friend (or even their own abode) needs a DIY update!  Whether it’s a hideous living room with ancient wallpaper or an outdated basement complete with retro wood paneling,  
this is your opportunity to help yourself or
friends realize their DIY dreams! Do not let sleeping dogs lie!
Enter a friend or yourself in the True Value “Design SOS:  Friends to the Rescue!” Contest and you could each win $2,500 to use at a local True Value store and an in-person project consultation with a knowledgeable True Value “Master of All Things Hardwarian” who can provide practical DIY advice to transform your design from unfortunate to unforgettable.

Any friend who wants to help another friend break free from dated decor, home improvement hang-ups or DIY distress.  You can make their “SOS” cry heard and give them a chance to turn their design disaster around. 
Entries will be accepted September 2 – October 7, 2010.
According to Niski, Chasing your tail gets you nowhere … except back to where you started.”
So visit and submit a short story entry (250 words or less) along with either a video or up to three photos of why you or your friend deserves a DIY lifesaver.

Also at

  • Browse all contest entries
  • View contest rules and regulations
  • Learn home improvement tips and tricks
  • Explore the “Idea House” filled with a variety of step-by-step project ideas for both beginner and advanced DIYers
You can teach an old dog new tricks!

Voting:  Starting October 22, 2010, go to to vote for your favorite entry from among the top 10 finalists.  The grand prize winner, chosen from America’s votes, will be announced mid-November.

Prize:  A chance to complete overdue updates with $2,500 each to use at a local True Value store and an in-person consultation with a True Value “Master of All Things Hardwarian” to turn your home improvement mess into a success.
Why:  True Value has been a trusted name in home improvement for more than 50 years.  With quality products and expert in-store advice, True Value has been there to help people start and complete home improvement projects.  With the “Design SOS:  Friends to the Rescue!” Contest, True Value wants to give people the opportunity to help a friend in need create the room of their dreams.  
You can’t win if you don’t enter!  Help a friend or share your Design SOS and do a happy dance!
(Niski is also doing this happy dance for you, dear readers. It’s hard to believe that just 9 weeks ago Niski was paralyzed.  We were never so scared!  Our sweet little happy girl is proof that your love, support, comforting comments, thoughts and prayers and virtual hugs resulted in a miraculous recovery.  Thank you!  She thinks you’re the cat’s meow, uh I mean dog’s best friend fur-ever!)

But wait!  TWO more reasons for a Happy Dance!
You can also win a $100 True Value gift card and mystery prize!!!
Two ways t
o win!
1. Enter the Design SOS contest at then come back and comment that you’ve done so and you’ll be entered to win a $100 True Value card! 
2. Share your Design SOS HERE 
on this post in the comment section 
and be entered to win a True Value mystery surprise.
(qualified comments will be put into a spreadsheet)
Have a DIY funny story about your design distress? 
Be a big brave dog and show it off!
Good luck!

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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