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The Inspired Room

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in my own style is designer Melissa Henkler’s DIY-home decorating blog that provides inspiration, ideas, and guides to affordable home improvement and interior decoration projects. Find out how to give furniture makeovers, repurpose what you have around you, become a more organized do-it-yourselfer, get useful printables, and more on her website.

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Addicted 2 Decorating is interior decorating addict Kristi Linauer’s do-it-yourself interior decoration blog for people looking for affordable, budget-friendly home improvement and decoration projects, ideas, and inspiration, along with the tips, tricks, and guides to help you get the job done.


Decorchick! Is home decorator and DIY-blogger Emily Allison’s interior decoration blog, filled with ideas, inspiration, tips and guides for sprucing up your home – Emily wants to empower everyone “to create all things beautiful” in affordable and creative ways. Check out the blog, pick a project, and get started.

Centsational Girl

Centsational Girl is lawyer-turned-design-blogger Kate Riley’s top-rated DIY home improvement and interior decoration blog, with over a million readers flocking to it each month. She has written for Better Homes and Gardens, and her work and her projects have been featured in a variety of magazines and shows, such as HGTV Magazine and the Nate Berkus Show.


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How To Get Started With DIY Home Improvement – 3 Tips For Beginners

Learn a useful skill. Save money on repairs and improvements. Increase the value of your home. Get that warm, fuzzy feeling and sense of accomplishment from a job well done. Pick any one of these benefits – or several – and you can see why an increasing number of people are looking to get into the do-it-yourself home improvement mindset.

Of course, if you’re not one with much in the way of technical know-how or you’ve not really had the experience of working with your hands to build, craft, or fix something, where do you start? Can you really do something that would normally require the services of skilled, professional tradesmen?

It’s true that specialists are exactly that for a reason – they’ve honed the skills required by their trade to get the job done right consistently. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t go from zero to competent when it comes to a variety of home improvements; given a reasonable amount of time, energy, and gusto, anyone can do it – here are three tips to get you started:

Read Up

When it comes to understanding how things in and around your home works, there are plenty of useful resources and references that can help you dip your feet into fixing and improving stuff around your home. A good book that can help get you started would be the New Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual, published by Reader’s Digest. This book has several editions, so you’ll want to look for the most recent one available, whether you’re looking through Amazon or your local bookstore. Another book would be the Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair, by Black & Decker.

Begin With Some “Starter” Projects

After you’ve read up a bit and you’ve gotten yourself good and ready to get to work, it’s time to pick a project. You’ll want to start off with something fairly manageable, as one Stack Exchange user suggests:

“Your home will give you ideas on what projects that should be done, because you will see things that need "improving". Start small and work your way up to larger projects.

  • Paint a room
  • Replace a light fixture
  • Replace faucets or other hardware
  • Mount a flat screen on a wall
  • Caulk cracks or drafty areas around doors or windows
  • Replace a toilet
  • Add insulation to attic

A small project would be one you could complete in a day or less and should not require any specialized skill set other than following instructions and using some basic tools.”

Talk to Other DIYers

If you find yourself stuck, unsure of something, or you’d just like to talk shop with others, get on the web and talk to like-minded home improvement do-it-yourselfers, such as through the DIY Subreddit or on the Home Improvement Stack Exchange. There’s plenty you can learn on your own, but there’s much to be gained in terms of insight and nuance when it comes to the shared experiences of others who are into the same things you’re into.

About the Author: Andre Salvatierra is a freelance writer who loves culture, technology, well-designed things, and great experiences. You can find him on Medium and Twitter.

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