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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.

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.

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.