How to Make Your Own Mid-Century Modern Furniture

How to Make Your Own DIY Mid-Century Modern Furniture | Diary of a DIYer

DIY mid-century modern furniture seems like a lofty idea, but in reality, making your own can be easier than you think. Remember, this style is known for its simple and timeless design – so nothing horribly difficult as long as you have some basic woodworking skills and a true do-it-yourself spirit.   

Holiday Gift Ideas for Home Improvement and Decor DIYers

Holiday Gifts for Home Improvement and Decor DIYers | Diary of a DIYer

Now that the biggest weekend for shopping is behind us, I think it’s safe to say the holiday season is starting to get into full swing.

Finding the right gift for your family member or friend can be tough, especially if you don’t know much about their hobby. I made a list of holiday gift ideas (both store-bought and handmade) for the home improvement and décor do-it-yourselfer in your life. And don’t worry – even if you aren’t a DIYer yourself, you shouldn’t have too much trouble tackling those projects (I think.)

Design Ideas for Stikwood, the DIY Peel-and-Stick Wood Planks

Stikwood is an easy to install peel-and-stick wood plank that adds rustic charm to any room. | Diary of a DIYer

Q: What do you get when you mix planks of reclaimed wood with some seriously heavy duty adhesive?

A: A stylishly rustic product called Stikwood.

It’s a beloved product among home décor DIYers—and for good reason. Keep reading to learn more about Stikwood and all the home projects you can use it for.

Thanksgiving Home Prep: 6 Simple Projects to Tackle Before Turkey Day

Prepping your home for Thanksgiving can be done in six simple steps. | Diary of a DIYer

Thanksgiving: It’s a different kind of meal prep.

With a little over a week until the big turkey dinner, the pressure to host a great Thanksgiving is on. Odds are your menu is finalized, but is your home ready to handle all the guests walking through the front door?

Keep reading to find six simple home prep projects that you’ll have no trouble finishing by Thanksgiving.

How to Clean and Care for Butcher Block Countertops

How to Clean and Care for Butcher Block Countertops | Diary of a DIYer

Having butcher block countertops in your kitchen is a labor of love, and installing them is only the first step. Now you’ve got to make sure to take proper care of them so they don’t deteriorate down the line.

From cleaning to sealing, here’s all you need to know about taking proper care of your butcher block countertops.

Thanksgiving Décor: 3 Areas You Need to Decorate This Year

Learn the three areas of your home you need to decorate this Thanksgiving. | Diary of a DIYer

Thanksgiving marks the start of my favorite time of year. The holiday season can be stressful with all of the entertaining and planning that goes on—so much that sometimes your home’s décor takes a backseat to all the hustle and bustle.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: there’s an easy way to decorate for Thanksgiving. Keep it to the basics and you’ll be well on your way to a stress-free holiday.

Think of where your guests will spend the most time. Odds are your kitchen and dining room are two strong guesses, so be sure to put emphasis on those areas. Your entryway is also important especially if you’re expecting a lot of first-time visitors.

Read on to learn how to decorate these spaces and get your home ready for Thanksgiving!

What to Know About Butcher Block Countertops

What to Know About Butcher Block Countertops | Diary of a DIYer

When it comes to kitchen designs and trends, there are a few that stick out to me as styles I’d love to incorporate into my own space. One trend that’s been on my radar for a couple years now is butcher block countertops.

Butcher block countertops have been in style for quite some time (or so I’ve noticed once I started using Pinterest regularly). Butcher block is essentially pieces or strips of wood adhered together to create gorgeous slabs that can has various uses, including counters.

If you like the look of butcher block countertops but aren’t sure if they’re the right choice for your kitchen, keep reading to learn more. I’ll lay out some facts and you can (hopefully) make your decision from there.

How to Make a Nutrient-Rich Fertilizer by Composting Leaves

How to Make a Nutrient-Rich Fertilizer by Composting Leaves | Diary of a DIYer

One of the best parts of fall is watching the trees change from vibrant shades of green to burnt hues of red, orange and yellow.

One of the worst? Raking leaves. It’s tedious and time consuming, and don’t even try to attempt it on a windy day.

But this year, instead of bagging your leaves up and leaving them on the side of the road for pickup, try composting them. Composted leaves provide a rich fertilizer for your veggie and flower gardens. It’s a lengthy process which is why you should start now while you’re getting your yard ready for winter.

…And did I mention it’s free? 

5 Ways to Update Your Curb Appeal for Fall

5 Ways to Update Your Curb Appeal for Fall | Diary of a DIYer

Happy first day of fall, everyone! I hope the season’s off to a good start for you.

I wrote about the value of curb appeal a while back, but now that the seasons have changed, it’s time for an update.

As a homeowner, you know the importance of keeping up your outdoor façade. While you transition from summer flowers to autumn leaves, here are 5 ways to update your home’s curb appeal for the fall.

Time for Recess: How to Create Shelf Space Between Studs

Time for Recess: How to Create Shelf Space Between Studs | Diary of a DIYer

In a perfect world, there’d be enough space to store all of our stuff. Most of us know that’s not realistic, so where do you turn when you absolutely need more storage?

The answer is in your walls.

Every room in your home could use some more shelf space. Take advantage of wasted space between your wall studs by installing recessed shelving.