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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.

Curb Appeal 101: Adding Value to Your Home

Curb Appeal 101: Adding Value to Your Home

We all know how much first impressions matter when we meet new people, but have you ever thought about the impression your house gives to your guests? From the front lawn to your front door, you’ll want to leave a lasting impression on anyone that visits.

There are easy ways to boost your home’s curb appeal, many of which you already do or can do yourself. If your home has any glaring issues (like a leaky roof or a cracked driveway), you might want to call in a professional to check it out. But if you need simple solutions, keep reading and see what you can do to improve your curb appeal.

Preparing for Your First Summer Party of the Season

Preparing for Your First Summer Party of the Season

Enjoying a night of warm weather with friends is a summer staple. With a few more weeks to go, the first day of summer is creeping up on us (which is June 20th, for those keeping track). Is your backyard ready for entertaining?

Getting ready for your first outdoor party of the season can be overwhelming, whether it’s cleaning up, making sure there’s enough food, and taking care of the small details that fall through the cracks. I’ve put together a few helpful tips to help you prepare. Keep reading to see my suggestions!

Creating a Comfy Space for Your Pet

Creating a Comfy Space for Your Pet | Diary of a DIYer

We spend a lot of time figuring out how we’d like our homes to look. Think about it: from style, to furniture, to paint, and so much more. One area I haven’t seen much of a focus on is a comfy area for your pet to relax.

Our furry little friends are an extension of our families and they deserve the best. While I’m not suggesting a full area remodel, small additions can go a long way. Keeping the décor of your house in mind, here are my ideas to make your pet’s spaces—both indoors and outdoors—as cozy (and convenient) as can be.

Preventing Water Issues in Your Basement and Foundation

Spring thaw and rain showers can bring with them their own set of issues for your home. The biggest problem for your home’s basement is flooding and leaks. Moisture in your basement can lead to mold and foundation issues in the long run. Taking some preventative steps can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in home repairs. Here are a few things to check, maintain and repair to keep your basement free of water and moisture during spring and summer storms.  

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Ah, spring. The birds are chirping, the days are longer and the weather is becoming warmer. Now is an excellent time to get out of the house and tackle those home projects that the winter months have made impossible. Things like yard prep, checking for damages, and making repairs before summer is in full swing. Here is my list of home projects to undertake this spring! 

How to Paint a Chalkboard Wall

I love to decorate and I have been able to make my place my own within the confinements of my lease and I consider that an accomplishment.  Even more conveniently, my apartment complex allows you to paint your walls as long as you put a coat of primer back on them when you leave.  I realize that not everyone has the luxury of being able to paint in their rentals, and I wanted to take advantage of the freedom I have.  Which leads me to this project. 

Winter Cleaning Tips

Winter is finally upon us, and for those of us here in colder climates that can mean a bit of cabin fever. So what better time to get a jump start on your spring cleaning and start the new year off right. Plus who wants to be cleaning when the weather turns nice? Here are some awesome ideas to help get you started.

Christmas Tree Decoration Tips

The holiday season is finally upon us and with it brings holiday décor and, in particular, a Christmas tree. Whether it’s a family tradition or an annoyance that needs to be put up every year just to be knocked down again by your dog, there are a few tricks to make your tree look great each and every year. 

Laundry Room Storage: Under Cabinet Towel Bar

For many homes the laundry room is one of the most used rooms in the home but often one of the smallest. Keeping things organized is key to making this space useful and efficient. One the best and quite possibly least expensive storage ideas that you can incorporate into your laundry room is to mount a towel bar under your cabinets.