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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.

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!

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.

Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash: A DIYer's Guide

Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash: A DIYer's Guide

Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’re looking for a way to update your kitchen, consider installing a new backsplash. A backsplash is more than something to keep your walls clean from oil, food and other splatter—it’s a small detail that can make a kitchen look complete.

With many different materials and designs, choosing a backsplash can be a difficult choice. What’s the cost? Will it match the counters and the cabinets? How hard is it to install? Even if you aren’t sold on the idea of adding a full backsplash to your kitchen, here are some things to think about to help you make a decision.

Father's Day Gifts for a DIY Dad

Father's Day Gifts for a DIY Dad

Father’s Day is just around the corner and dads everywhere are probably getting another gift they already have or don’t need. Why bother gifting another tie? For dads who like to work with their hands, nothing is better than giving them something that will help with their hobbies.

Tool sets are always a safe bet—especially if dad has been hinting for a new one—but I wanted to think of gifts he probably wouldn’t expect. Here are some of my Father’s Day gift ideas for the DIY dad in your life.

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.