Lowe’s Wants to Give You $2,000 — and Some Skills — for Your DIY Project

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Calling all DIYers!

Also calling the rest of you who wish you could be DIYers but don’t believe in yourselves like you should!

If you’ve been thinking about giving your weird ‘90s kitchen cabinets a fresh coat of paint or turning the crawl space under the stairs into the perfect doggie bedroom but can’t work up the gumption (or the money) to make it happen, you’re going to want to pay attention.

Lowe’s, the home improvement superstore, is hosting a DIY contest — and you could win a $2,000 gift card to put toward your dream project.

The contest, called The Upskill Project, aims to provide people with the opportunity to learn new skills and to finally complete a project that’s important to them. Winners will receive a $2,000 Lowe’s gift card and the chance to work side-by-side with a home improvement expert to complete their project.

How to Enter the Lowe’s DIY Contest

To enter, you must submit a video (with the accompanying questionnaire) that explains what project you want to tackle — and why you want to tackle it.

In the video, which should be 60 to 90 seconds, you must answer three questions:

  • What project would you like to complete?
  • What skills do you think that project would require?
  • What would having those skills mean to you?

There are a few other specific rules entrants should follow when creating and submitting their videos. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in an automatic disqualification, so be sure to read and follow them carefully!

Scoring will be based on enthusiasm and passion for the project and on how clearly the required skills and the “why factor” are spelled out in your submission video.

The contest is open to residents of specific cities across the U.S. in three phases.

  • For residents of Riverside, California, and Nashville, Tennessee, the entry period runs from July 31, 2017 through Aug. 14, 2017.
  • After that, residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Tallahassee, Florida; and Charleston, South Carolina will have a chance to enter between Sept. 5 and Sept. 19, 2017.
  • In the final phase, residents of Phoenix, Arizona, and Houston, Texas will be allowed to enter between Oct. 9 and Oct.23, 2017.

Winner, Winner

The top five eligible entries from each round of submissions will be contacted within a few weeks of the contest closing and the winning projects will take place in October and November.

An experienced teacher will travel to you, help you gather the necessary supplies and then work side-by-side with you to teach you and help you complete the project over a two-day period.

After the project is complete, you may be asked to participate in a community event where you’ll help your friends and neighbors gain confidence in their own DIY abilities. Look at you, paying it forward!

So if you’ve been dreaming of adding a back deck or ripping out that old vinyl and installing floors you don’t want to hide with a pile of area rugs, now’s your chance. Head over to the contest page to read the full rules and submit your video!

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.