7 Home Improvement Projects for the End of the Summer

7 Home Improvement Projects for the End of the Summer | Diary of a DIYer

Summer is soon coming to a close. It’s a sad time for some, but others (me) couldn’t be more excited to welcome back some milder weather. Maybe there were projects on your radar that didn’t get finished (or started for that matter), but what’s a better time than now to get to the grindstone?

Now that Labor Day has passed and the kids are back at school, here are 7 late-summer home improvement projects to tackle before fall hits.

Out of Sight: Popular Ways to Use Access Panels

Out of Sight: Popular Ways to Use Access Panels | Diary of a DIYer

Living up to their name, access panels provide behind-the-scenes access to the concealed areas in your walls. They’re commonly used in the building and plumbing industries, but installing one yourself is a simple DIY project.

Throwback Thursday: Retro Kitchen Design Ideas

Retro Kitchen Design Ideas | Diary of a DIYer

It’s a look that’s frozen in time.

Many interior designers who create retro kitchen designs in the present day are equal parts designer and historian. Capturing the ‘50s influence is fairly simple. Finding the right pieces is the hard part.

Retro kitchens are a timeless trend. Whether you want an exact replica of 1950s kitchen aesthetics or one with a modern twist, keep reading to learn what types of accents you’ll need to design an authentic retro kitchen.

How to Refresh Your Bathroom with $100

How to Refresh Your Bathroom with $100 | Diary of a DIYer

If you’re just getting your feet wet in the home décor world, a quick bathroom update is an ideal project to start with. Refreshing your bathroom can make all the difference, and better yet, you don’t have to spend an unreasonable amount of money.

So, do you have an extra Benjamin laying around to take on this project? I promise, that’s all it’ll take to give your bath a quick update. Keep reading to find out which updates will give you the most bang for your buck.

4 Projects to Enhance Your Backyard (on Any Budget!)

4 Projects to Enhance Your Backyard (on Any Budget!) | Diary of a DIYer

Do you ever find that your backyard is lacking that special something? It might be time to put in some work to take your outdoor space to the next level. With the end of summer upon us, you should be able to get decent deals on some outdoor updates in preparation for next year.

No matter how much you’re looking to spend, there’s a project that will enhance your backyard to make it feel like your own personal oasis.

How to Choose a New Toilet for Your Bathroom

How to Choose a New Toilet for Your Bathroom | Diary of a DIYer

Choosing a new toilet for your bathroom isn’t at the top of anyone’s fun-things-to-do list. But it’s an integral part of your bathroom, and there are surprisingly a lot of different options for toilets out there. Do you want a powerful flush? A comfy padded seat? The choices are endless.

Whether you’re replacing an outdated toilet or choosing a toilet for your newly built home, here are a few things to think about.

Preventing Water Pollution: How to Build a Rain Garden

How to Build a Rain Garden | Diary of a DIYer

Preventing and reducing water pollution is as simple as building a rain garden.

Runoff water can come in contact with various substances to pollute it: chemicals from fertilizer, oil from cars and garbage to name a few. Before this polluted water makes its way into storm drains and our ecosystem, filter it through a rain garden.

Rain gardens add to your home’s curb appeal and allow runoff water to filter naturally through your yard’s soil. Sound interesting? Keep reading to learn more about building a rain garden.

6 Tips for Decorating the Space Above Kitchen Cabinets

6 Tips for Decorating the Space Above Kitchen Cabinets | Diary of a DIYer

Decorating above kitchen cabinets is a difficult task. Empty space above your cabinets can make your kitchen look unfinished, but too much above-cabinet décor can look cluttered and messy. Here are six tips to help you strike a balance and decide how to decorate the space above your cabinets.

Cabinet Hardware Ideas: Using Knobs & Pulls Beyond the Kitchen

Cabinet Hardware Ideas: Using Knobs & Pulls Beyond the Kitchen | Diary of a DIYer

Do you know how many uses for cabinet knobs and pulls there are? And I mean besides being installed on your kitchen cabinets.

Different types of cabinet hardware will have different uses around the home. You’ll find that cabinet pulls work well for functional purposes while you can be more decorative with knobs.

If you happen to have extra cabinet hardware laying around, keep reading for ideas for easy DIY projects. Who knows—you might end up going to your local hardware store for supplies to tackle these projects yourself.

DIY Ideas to Make the Most of Your Kickspace

DIY Ideas to Make the Most of Your Kickspace | Diary of a DIYer

The kickspace (also referred to as the toe kick) is the recessed space beneath your base cabinets. It came about as an ergonomic solution to prevent back strain caused by leaning over the cabinets while working. The toe kick’s original function was innovative for its time, but modern home design has evolved the space into being so much more.