Kitchen

Back to School Organization: How to Start a Family Command Center

Back to School Organization: How to Start a Family Command Center | Diary of a DIYer

Back to school season can get the best of us.

It starts in the weeks before school begins. The impending schedules full of appointments and football games. The never-ending piles of homework and questions of “What’s for dinner?”

If it seems like no one in your family is on the same page during the first weeks of September, now is the perfect time to get organized before the busyness of the school year gets to us.

One simple solution: start a family command center. Here’s how.

How to Choose the Right Countertops for Your Kitchen Remodel

How to Choose the Right Countertops for Your Kitchen Remodel | The Diary of a DIYer

Remodeling your kitchen is a big undertaking. It requires a lot of planning and smart decision making to create a functional space where you can cook comfortably while spending time with family.

Choosing countertops can be a bit of a challenge and brings up a few questions. What’s right for your kitchen? What’s right for you and your family? Keep reading to learn how to choose the right countertops for your kitchen remodel.

9 DIY Accent Wall Ideas to Make Your Home More Interesting

9 DIY Accent Wall Ideas to Make Your Home More Interesting | Diary of a DIYer

Is your home looking a little drab? Break up the ‘blah’ and add an accent wall to your living space.

Accent walls are great for adding pizzazz to an otherwise monotonous room. With their bold colors, styles and materials, accent walls turn a blank canvas into the focal point of your room. There are a lot of paths you can take to create an accent wall. Here are nine ideas for accent walls that are easy enough to DIY.

Design Ideas for Stikwood, the DIY Peel-and-Stick Wood Planks

Stikwood is an easy to install peel-and-stick wood plank that adds rustic charm to any room. | Diary of a DIYer

Q: What do you get when you mix planks of reclaimed wood with some seriously heavy duty adhesive?

A: A stylishly rustic product called Stikwood.

It’s a beloved product among home décor DIYers—and for good reason. Keep reading to learn more about Stikwood and all the home projects you can use it for.

Thanksgiving Home Prep: 6 Simple Projects to Tackle Before Turkey Day

Prepping your home for Thanksgiving can be done in six simple steps. | Diary of a DIYer

Thanksgiving: It’s a different kind of meal prep.

With a little over a week until the big turkey dinner, the pressure to host a great Thanksgiving is on. Odds are your menu is finalized, but is your home ready to handle all the guests walking through the front door?

Keep reading to find six simple home prep projects that you’ll have no trouble finishing by Thanksgiving.

How to Clean and Care for Butcher Block Countertops

How to Clean and Care for Butcher Block Countertops | Diary of a DIYer

Having butcher block countertops in your kitchen is a labor of love, and installing them is only the first step. Now you’ve got to make sure to take proper care of them so they don’t deteriorate down the line.

From cleaning to sealing, here’s all you need to know about taking proper care of your butcher block countertops.

What to Know About Butcher Block Countertops

What to Know About Butcher Block Countertops | Diary of a DIYer

When it comes to kitchen designs and trends, there are a few that stick out to me as styles I’d love to incorporate into my own space. One trend that’s been on my radar for a couple years now is butcher block countertops.

Butcher block countertops have been in style for quite some time (or so I’ve noticed once I started using Pinterest regularly). Butcher block is essentially pieces or strips of wood adhered together to create gorgeous slabs that can has various uses, including counters.

If you like the look of butcher block countertops but aren’t sure if they’re the right choice for your kitchen, keep reading to learn more. I’ll lay out some facts and you can (hopefully) make your decision from there.

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.

Throwback Thursday: Retro Kitchen Design Ideas

Retro Kitchen Design Ideas | Diary of a DIYer

It’s a look that’s frozen in time.

Many interior designers who create retro kitchen designs in the present day are equal parts designer and historian. Capturing the ‘50s influence is fairly simple. Finding the right pieces is the hard part.

Retro kitchens are a timeless trend. Whether you want an exact replica of 1950s kitchen aesthetics or one with a modern twist, keep reading to learn what types of accents you’ll need to design an authentic retro kitchen.

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.