MPR News with Angela Davis

Bored with your house? Some budget-friendly ways to spruce it up

Shelves of paint cans.
A demand for paint supplies has cleared some shelves at Abbott Paint and Carpet. Kevin Abbott says that his store has been busy as people take on home projects while they stay at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News file

With summer travel plans on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, lots of people are deciding to spruce up their homes. Paint sales and wholesale lumber prices across the country have skyrocketed. Hardware stores across the country are reporting record-setting sales.

There's also been a surge in Google searches for things like, "How to build a deck" and "How to build a shed." Whether you live in an apartment or own your own home, what have you done to improve your living space during the pandemic?

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two DIY experts and takes listener questions about budget-friendly ways to make your home a little more exciting.


  • Jan Hagerman is the assistant store manager at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a discount home improvement outlet in New Brighton. She is a DIY expert and an advocate of upcycling and repurposing.

  • Danielle Rode is the owner of Upsy-Daisy, a shop specializing in upcycled and redesigned furniture, home décor and new and vintage finds located in downtown White Bear Lake

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