College Freshman Checklist: 9 Things You Need to Pack

College Freshman Checklist: 9 Things You Need to Pack | Diary of a DIYer

I love back to school season—always have, always will. There’s just something about starting a new year with fresh supplies. But when you get to college, you need to think about a lot more than a backpack and notebooks if you’re living on campus. Besides the basics, here are 9 things you need to pack for a great first year away at school (plus a free printable!).

How to Choose New Kitchen Cabinets: A DIYer’s Guide (Part II)

How to Choose New Kitchen Cabinets: A DIYer’s Guide (Part II) | Diary of a DIYer

We’ve already gone over the types of some basic fundamentals of choosing new kitchen cabinets in part one of this series, so now let’s move on to the decorative side of choosing new kitchen cabinets.

This is where personality comes into play. Depending on your style, you can choose from hundreds of different paint or stain configurations for your cabinets. Door styles are also a factor that’ll enhance the look of your kitchen. Keep reading to learn more about personalizing your new cabinets to make your kitchen feel like home. 

What Not to DIY: 5 Projects You Should Leave to the Pros

What Not to DIY: 5 Projects You Should Leave to the Pros | Diary of a DIYer

Nothing is more fulfilling than taking a step back to admire a completed DIY home improvement project. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint or a newly tiled backsplash, DIY projects take a lot of work. But where do you draw the line? Sometimes it makes more sense to hire a professional.

Here are five DIY home improvement projects that would be better if you didn’t do it yourself.

How to Choose New Kitchen Cabinets: A DIYer’s Guide (Part I)

How to Choose New Kitchen Cabinets: A DIYer’s Guide (Part I) | Diary of a DIYer

Cabinets are the foundation of your kitchen. They provide the guidelines for the placement of your appliances, furniture and other décor. Proper placement will also determine your ability to productively use the space. That being said, there’s a lot that goes into deciding what kind of cabinets you’d like before making an investment.

You’ll have to consider your budget first, of course. After that you can move on to deciding the build, material and style of your new kitchen cabinets. For this post, I’m only going to cover a few basics and cabinet build type. Part two will go more in depth about the decorative side of cabinetry.

Keeping it Safe: 5 Simple Bathroom Safety Tips

Bathroom Safety Tips | Diary of a DIYer

Pair water with a lot of porcelain and tile and one bathroom slip up can send you to the hospital. No matter your age or level of mobility, bathroom injuries are unavoidable. While we can’t prevent every accident, there are many additions and adjustments you can make to improve the safety of your bathroom. Keep reading to find tips on keeping your bath safe for all ages.

4 Easy DIY Party Decorations for the 4th of July

4 Easy DIY Party Decorations for the 4th of July

The essentials of Fourth of July parties are simple: barbeques, fireworks, cold drinks and great company. But if you’re hosting a Fourth of July party this year and put the decorating on the back burner, don’t worry. There are plenty of DIY party decorations out there and I’ve got four of the easiest right here.

None of these decorations take a particularly long time to complete or require a lot of materials. Some are easy enough that you can get your kids involved, too. It’s gonna be a DIY Fourth of July!

Ideas for a DIY Closet Makeover

Ideas for a DIY Closet Makeover

Here’s a think-outside-the-box project for you: give that small, barely used coat closet a makeover. And no, not the kind of makeover that lets you better organize your outerwear—I’m talking a transformation that completely changes the closet’s function.

With a DIY spirit and a little elbow grease, spare closets can be repurposed into amazing spaces. This project is great for homeowners with limited space or those who have no current use for their closet. Keep reading to see my ideas for a DIY closet makeover. Maybe you’ll get inspired to complete your own!

Entryway Updates: Ideas for Décor and Organization

Entryway Updates: Ideas for Décor and Organization

Entryways are frequently traveled spots in our homes, but we usually don’t spend a lot of time in them other than going in and out. Over time, they can accumulate a lot of our belongings—keys, mail, shoes, coats. Space is also a factor with entryways. Some homes have a small entry, while others have a lofty foyer. No matter the size of your entryway, here are some tips to save space and decorate with style.

How to Create a Nursery Gallery Wall

How to Create a Nursery Gallery Wall | Diary of a DIYer

You just finished putting the crib together, and the changing table? It’s all set and ready for changing dirty diapers. Now comes the fun part: decorating the nursery. There are a lot of different ways to put the finishing touches on your baby’s nursery, whether it’s picking a paint color or choosing the comfiest chair to rock your newborn to sleep in.

Let your creativity shine by creating a gallery wall. My nephew’s nursery has different pieces displayed above his changing table, from framed prints to a small decorative mirror. It’s a simple idea that adds a personal touch to his room, but it does take a bit of preparation to gather décor and figure out the wall’s layout.

Kitchen Backsplash Storage Ideas

Kitchen Backsplash Storage Ideas

Kitchen storage can be a struggle if you have a lot to store but not a lot of space. When you run out of room in the drawers and cabinets, where do you turn? (Hint: your backsplash!) Backsplashes can be modified to have a lot more use than just protecting your walls from messes.

Now that you have an idea of what type of backsplash you’d like in your kitchen, here are some ideas to make the most out of the space.