I spent the weekend at my parents’ place, helping them with some budget-friendly home improvements as my Father’s Day gift. I have to laugh because last night, right before I was about the head home, there was a severe thunderstorm warning. My weather app sent a warning to my phone about the possibility of golf ball sized hail, lightning, 100km/hr winds that could “push a large vehicle off the road” – even the possibility of tornadoes. Hubby and I agreed that the weather looked too dicey for my hour long drive home, especially because it was getting dark. I borrowed some pajamas and spent the night in town with my parents. But first we darted out for some sundaes. Lightning, shmightning. Living by Lake Superior, you don’t waste a single non-winter day!
Besides, we earned it! We painted the kitchen walls and trim a beautiful blush pink, plus we prepped the cabinets for painting and got three coats of a gorgeous pale grey on the lower kitchen cabinets. We still have to paint the uppers but, for a bonus round, we even installed curtain rods my Mom has been wanting to hang up for three years! We were seriously productive.
BLACK+DECKER sent me their new 20V MAX 1 Speed Cordless Drill and my Dad and I were both anxious to try it out. Did you know that BLACK+DECKER invented cordless drills in 1961? I thought that was a neat bit of history!
My Dad was thrilled to try a new tool and eagerly unwrapped the BLACK+DECKER drill immediately. It’s lightweight and compact, so it was really easy to use. We decided to install the curtain rods pretty close to the ceiling and it was perfect because his old drill wouldn’t have fit!
My Dad loved the BLACK+DECKER 20V Cordless Drill and was SO pumped when I said he could keep it.
There is a lot to like about this drill, in addition to its compact size. It’s lightweight, which makes it easier to get more done before needing that sundae break! It’s a 20 volt, which has more torque than my Dad’s previous drill, a 14.4 volt (which is actually an older BLACK+DECKER model). You can easily buy a second battery for this drill and charge one while using the other – which is awesome for those DIY projects that drag on forever. There’s a light which shines on the task at hand, which helps illuminate in dim lighting conditions; sounds like a corny thing until you try it – it quickly becomes an indispensable feature! There’s also a two-speed available. I had to take my photos quickly because my Dad swiftly absconded with this drill, excitedly chatting about how well it fits in a compact toolbox for jobs on the go.
My Mom was just thrilled with how quickly her curtain rods were hung up. We worked quickly and now all three windows in the second story of my parents small, postwar home wear these beautiful French rods:
We still have some work to do! My parents have beautiful woodwork throughout the home that my great-grandfather, who built the house in the 1950s, crafted by hand. On the main floor it still looks good, but upstairs the window trim has seen better days so my Mom and I are thinking about painting it a creamy white (the walls are freshly painted a light grey). Then we’re sewing softly gathered sheers from this mod fabric:
We’re planning to tackle a lot of projects this summer! I’m hoping for one of those delightfully long summers that stretches on into the fall. Is that too much to ask for?
If you’re keeping busy too, you might want a couple of new tools to add to your toolbox! I’m giving away a BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Lithium Cordless Drill AND a BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Circular Saw to one lucky Dans le Lakehouse reader!
Entering is easy! Take a peek at the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Drill and let me know what project you’d want to tackle with it first! Leave a comment below – that’s it!
UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED JULY 4th
Congratulations, Amy!! I’ll be sending you an email shortly.
Thanks so much to everyone who entered! I really wish I had a 100 of these to giveaway, so you could all win. But I loved reading about all of your summer projects – thanks so much for sharing and entering. If you’ve left your email or any personal info, you’re welcome to remove your comment.
This post is sponsored by BLACK+DECKER but all content and opinions expressed are my own.