home improvement

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.

How to Choose a New Toilet for Your Bathroom

How to Choose a New Toilet for Your Bathroom | Diary of a DIYer

Choosing a new toilet for your bathroom isn’t at the top of anyone’s fun-things-to-do list. But it’s an integral part of your bathroom, and there are surprisingly a lot of different options for toilets out there. Do you want a powerful flush? A comfy padded seat? The choices are endless.

Whether you’re replacing an outdated toilet or choosing a toilet for your newly built home, here are a few things to think about.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.