DIY

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.

Autumn Yard Upkeep: How to Winterize Your Lawn & Garden

Autumn Yard Upkeep: How to Winterize Your Lawn & Garden | Diary of a DIYer

You’ve worked so hard all spring and summer for a beautiful yard with some serious curb appeal. Don’t let it go to waste once the seasons start to change.

Winterizing your lawn and garden is a fairly simple task – you’re probably already doing most of what I’ll be mentioning in this post. It’s all about timing and strategy. Plan accordingly and do the prep work now to make sure your lawn and garden will bounce back to life once spring rolls around.

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.

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.

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.

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.