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5 Ideas for Adding Security to Your Home with Outdoor Lighting

5 Ideas for Adding Security to Your Home with Outdoor Lighting | Diary of a DIYer

Having a well-lit exterior is a simple way to add security to your home. From your front porch to the back patio, providing adequate light is key to having a safe and beautiful environment.

Keep reading to learn how to add safety—and style—to your home with outdoor lighting.

How to Refresh Your Shower Without Breaking the Bank

How to Refresh Your Shower Without Breaking the Bank | Diary of a DIYer | Learn how you can improve your shower without having to knock down walls.

Who doesn’t want a luxurious shower with plenty of room for you and all your products? Many homeowners think that in order to achieve that, you need to go through a complete bathroom remodel. That’s not always the case.

Before you call up a contractor to tear up the room, here are a few ways to update your shower without breaking the bank!

Smart Tips for Saving Big on Your Energy Bill This Winter

Smart Tips for Saving Big on Your Energy Bill This Winter | Diary of a DIYer

With energy costs rising and the usage of electronic appliances increasing, many homes are seeing a bump in their home’s energy cost. But it doesn’t have to be that way – there are plenty of projects around your home to help minimize energy usage and keep your home running efficiently throughout the year.

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.

How to Make Your Own Mid-Century Modern Furniture

How to Make Your Own DIY Mid-Century Modern Furniture | Diary of a DIYer

DIY mid-century modern furniture seems like a lofty idea, but in reality, making your own can be easier than you think. Remember, this style is known for its simple and timeless design – so nothing horribly difficult as long as you have some basic woodworking skills and a true do-it-yourself spirit.   

Holiday Gift Ideas for Home Improvement and Decor DIYers

Holiday Gifts for Home Improvement and Decor DIYers | Diary of a DIYer

Now that the biggest weekend for shopping is behind us, I think it’s safe to say the holiday season is starting to get into full swing.

Finding the right gift for your family member or friend can be tough, especially if you don’t know much about their hobby. I made a list of holiday gift ideas (both store-bought and handmade) for the home improvement and décor do-it-yourselfer in your life. And don’t worry – even if you aren’t a DIYer yourself, you shouldn’t have too much trouble tackling those projects (I think.)

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.

How to Make a Nutrient-Rich Fertilizer by Composting Leaves

How to Make a Nutrient-Rich Fertilizer by Composting Leaves | Diary of a DIYer

One of the best parts of fall is watching the trees change from vibrant shades of green to burnt hues of red, orange and yellow.

One of the worst? Raking leaves. It’s tedious and time consuming, and don’t even try to attempt it on a windy day.

But this year, instead of bagging your leaves up and leaving them on the side of the road for pickup, try composting them. Composted leaves provide a rich fertilizer for your veggie and flower gardens. It’s a lengthy process which is why you should start now while you’re getting your yard ready for winter.

…And did I mention it’s free?