home improvement

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.

What You Should Know About Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl floors are becoming more and more popular among homeowners because of their water and stain resistance, and its versatility in kitchen and bathroom applications. Over the years vinyl flooring has seen a number of great improvements such as increased durability, lower cost, and easy installation. With a variety of styles and finishes it is no wonder why vinyl is becoming a viable and economical alternative to laminate and hardwood flooring.

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! 

6 Ways to Brighten Your Home

Lighting, especially natural light, can make a room. However, for those of us living in northern climates where cold temperatures keep us indoors during the winter months or have homes where natural lighting is at a premium, this is easier said than done. Luckily there are a few quick and easy ways to transform a space from gloomy and uninviting to bright and cheery. 

How to Clean Your Kitchen’s Garbage Disposal

The unsung hero of the kitchen, the garbage disposal, can be overlooked and over time can develop quite the smell. From left over food to grease, your garbage disposal can accumulate food particles and rancid smells if left uncleaned. Luckily with a few minutes a week you can remedy this bad smell and keep your kitchen’s disposal smelling clean! 

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.

Bringing Vintage Style to Your Kitchen

So you want to bring the days of old to your kitchens design, but what is vintage styling? Vintage or Retro Chic often refers to an era around the 1920’s but in some cases can refer to design aspects that are over 20 years old depending on preferences. What is so great about adding vintage accents is that it does not require a whole kitchen renovation. Here are just a few elements that can help to bring a vintage feel to your home’s kitchen.

5 Fixes for Common Bathroom Problems

The modern household bathroom is often a high traffic area and the focal point of your morning routine. We use it to stay clean, put on makeup, brush our teeth and to get ready for the day. I think it is also safe to say that most bathrooms come with their share of problems or quirks.