I know you. You’re the person that peeks between your neighbor’s blinds to see progress during a renovation. The one who plays ‘what would I do if that was my house?’ You watch more HGTV than one person should. You are home and renovation-obsessed, and that my friend, means you are in good company around here. See…I’m just like you. It’s why I love finding new blogs – I get to spy inside other people’s homes, AND it doesn’t creep out the neighbors! For your snooping pleasure (courtesy of some of the nicest bloggers I know) here’s a roundup of 9 diy home blogs chock-full of inspiration and great makeovers for 2019. They even took the time to answer a few of my DIY questions along the way!
I’ve set up this little meet-and-greet in the form of an interview. You’ll meet Junette from South Africa, Maria, who was born in Ecuador, Natalie, who is French Canadian, Tammy, a brave military wife, Conny, who is renovating her home AND an Airstream, Shannon, who writes about her home after kids move away, Melissa, who knows more about plants than I ever will, and Wendy, who is more organized than I could ever hope to be! If you’re new, you can come and meet me here!
How long have you lived in your home? How do you feel about your home now that you’ve lived in it for a while?
Catherine: We’ve lived in our home for 3 years now, and it’s finally starting to feel like we’re ALMOST over the ‘fix the ugly’ phase of things, and soon we’ll get to the ‘make it pretty’ phase. I don’t think anybody ever feels like their home is done, though. I know that I’ll still be DIYing 20, 30, 40 years from now, and that sentiment is echoed by other bloggers. Maria, who writes a fabulous DIY home blog at House By The Preserve, has completed a ton of projects to take her home from builder grade to custom (like in the nursery above), and I’m sure she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon either!
Junette (windmillprotea.com) After 5 years and lots of DIY – (I feel) a whole lot better – I enjoy living here now.
Maria (housebythepreserve.com) We’ve lived in our home for five years. I love the progress we’ve made in making it our own but we still have quite a few projects to help give it some character and make it less builder grade.
Natalie (nelidesign.com) We’ve lived in our home for 4 years. Although it’s a big improvement from our previous house, I’m finding myself wishing for more space. For example, our kitchen doesn’t have an island and there’s absolutely no space to add one.
Shannon (skiptomylife.com) We’ve lived here four months and are loving it. We still have some streamlining to do, but it’s much easier to care for.
Wendy (atlaneandhigh.com) We bought our house almost 3 years ago and there were some things that had been remodeled and some that hadn’t. I knew that what still needed to be done I could do.
Which room in your house is your favorite? Why?
Catherine: The room I love the most is probably our stairway…if I can even classify that as a room. It’s often the spaces that we put the most work into that give us the greatest reward. That sentiment is shared by Maria, Natalie, and Tammy – just another reason to consider investing time into your home!
Maria (housebythepreserve.com) Our dining room is one of my favorite rooms in our home. The room has this window that is off center and for the first few years of living here I struggled with how to decorate around this it or make it less noticable. I even had plans of covering that window completely! But the thought of covering up a window in this area of the house that tends to be dark always held me back. Finally last year I decided to embrace the window and hung white plates on the wall in a pretty pattern around the window. Now the plates are a focal point, not the off center window! Funny how such a simple solution solved my dreaded problem. Proves that decorating takes time and that you should allow yourself to play around with the decor and furniture in your space!
Natalie (nelidesign.com) My bedroom! It got a makeover for the $100 Room Challenge and even though I still have curtains to add (it was a tight budget!!) I still feel like this room is now totally me!
Tammy (rougharoundtheedgesdesign.com) The kitchen. It was the area that needed the most help. With avocado green walls and 80s cabinets and licra green counters. Yea let’s just say it’s a complete 180 degree change.
What is the quirkiest thing about your home?
Catherine: The quirkiest thing about our home has actually been removed (and I’m not sad at all). When we moved in, there was a curtain (non-load bearing) wall between the top of the stairs and a bedroom (which is now our office), but the previous owners didn’t extend the wall all the way to the top of the stairs so there was this strange TINY nook of space. Two people couldn’t even stand next to each other – it was so cramped! Each DIY and
Junette (windmillprotea.com) The steel kitchen cabinets.
Maria (housebythepreserve.com) Our master bathroom layout is ridiculous. I don’t know what the builder was thinking when designing this bathroom. It’s approximately an 11’x9′ space that has 6 doors! Yep, 6 doors with some opening right into each other. My dream is to gut this space down and redo it completely. For now, I’m content in just removing some do these unnecessary doors to make
Natalie (nelidesign.com) The outside of my home is yellow! So are the cabinets, a real tone down yellow which is not that bad. But when we bought the house, all the walls and even the ceilings were yellow!! That’s the first things we changed! But the outside is still yellow. I’m learning to like it!
Conny (midlifewunder.com) The steep driveway!
Shannon (skiptomylife.com) We have a large storage room above the garage which is accessed through our master bedroom. The storage room is not insulated, so when we open the door we get an
Wendy (atlaneandhigh.com) I have a 50 sq ft wine room!
If you could do ANY DIY project, regardless of budget, what would it be?
Catherine: Floors, kitchens, and bathrooms can be incredibly expensive to renovate, even if you’re DIYing. If we had all the money in the world, I’d transform our bathrooms – they are all pretty much exactly like they were when we moved in. Most of the DIY home blogs I interviewed had the same sentiments for a budgetless renovation in 2019 – floors, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Junette (windmillprotea.com) Flooring for the whole house. Everything has carpet and we want to change to luxury vinyl.
Maria (housebythepreserve.com) I would totally redo our kitchen! I’ve been dying to lighten this space up and would love to update the cabinets to whites ones, install a pretty backsplash and update the countertops.
Natalie (nelidesign.com) My downstairs bathroom needs a complete makeover. I don’t really feel I’ll be able to DIY it all. These big makeovers scare me! I don’t really have the time to work on them and my husband has even less time to do it (and he hates that kind of work even if he’s pretty good at it! lol!!).
Tammy (rougharoundtheedgesdesign.com) Open up the living area to the study area and turn that area into a dining living space and turn the old dining area to the study.
Conny (midlifewunder.com) Sand the hardwood floors!
Melissa (createandfind.com) Master bathroom renovation – complete gut job.
Wendy (atlaneandhigh.com) My master bath needs gutted and completely redone.
What do you think your greatest strength as a DIYer is?
Catherine: My greatest strength is 100% my ability to jump into a project with no fear – it’s helped me tackle things that are definitely out of my comfort range and I’m a better DIYer for it! (See why I named my blog DIY Without Fear?)
Junette (windmillprotea.com) We are innovative. Another is that my husband and I work very well as a team.
Maria (housebythepreserve.com) I like to research my projects before I start. Watch tons of YouTube videos and search the internet for any tips and tricks to get an idea of what to expect.
Natalie (nelidesign.com) My imagination. The ability to find a solution to any DIY problem!
Tammy (rougharoundtheedgesdesign.com) Not afraid to create different designs.
Conny (midlifewunder.com) I have no fear of doing things.
Shannon (skiptomylife.com) I am a wealth of creative ideas.
Melissa (createandfind.com) Not being afraid to try something even though I’m unsure how it’ll turn out.
Wendy (atlaneandhigh.com) I am not afraid to try something new.
What do you think your biggest weakness as a DIYer is?
Catherine: My biggest weakness, much like Wendy, is drywall. I’m just not good at it. I know that it would come with practice, but who really wants to practice drywall? Maybe 2019 will be the year I master it, but I have a feeling that even though I run a DIY and home blog, I’ll still need some work next year!
Junette (windmillprotea.com) We do want to do everything and hardly ever outsource.
Maria (housebythepreserve.com) Not trusting my skills and delaying the project because I’m scared of messing up!
Natalie (nelidesign.com) Time!! I would love to have more time to do everything that is in my head!!! I could also add that I get pretty frustrated when I need to call my husband because I lack the strength to accomplish a certain task.
Tammy (rougharoundtheedgesdesign.com) Time management
Conny (midlifewunder.com) Sometimes I should inform myself more
Shannon (skiptomylife.com) I get quickly derailed by technical details and snafus. That’s where my husband comes in!
Melissa (createandfind.com) Time!
Wendy (atlaneandhigh.com) Drywall, I hate the tedious nature of it.
What is the best piece of DIY advice you’ve ever received?
Catherine: Part of penning a DIY and home blog in 2019 is giving advice, and I got a lot of advice growing up in a DIY family that I can share – measure twice, cut once. Always turn off the power before doing electrical (there’s more to that story, but that’s for another post). The right tool can make a job go from horrible to enjoyable. Do it right the first time. My favorite piece of advice, though? DIY with your family – get them involved. It’s so much more fun when everybody has a piece.
Junette (windmillprotea.com) My dad taught me when I was little to do things properly. So so you good quality work as well, and not just for the looks!
Maria (housebythepreserve.com) Don’t be afraid, trust your instincts and your skills! Have fun in the process of making your house into your home.
Natalie (nelidesign.com) Only do plumbing work during opened hours of the hardware store! 😉
Conny (midlifewunder.com) Just start!
Melissa (createandfind.com) Just go for it with paint.
Wendy (atlaneandhigh.com) You can do it! Just try.
Some of the best DIY and home inspiration I’ve found in 2019 is from these blogs – their sites are full to the brim with fantastic ideas and DIY projects. I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know them, and consider heading over to their blogs to see even more. Inspiration shouldn’t just come from within – seeing how others create in their spaces makes us better designers and DIYers!