Home Diy

Projects and ideas for building a stylish, comfortable home on a budget.


wood spice racks are installed

Wood Pantry Door Spice Rack from IKEA, and the Pantry is finished!

Since the old, somewhat rusty pantry door spice rack had to come down to paint the door, I decided to replace it with wood spice racks. I am glad that I splurged and bought the new ones! The stained wood looks great against the white door. Post contains affiliate links. Simple […]


Wood Pantry Storage Crate on Wheels

DIY Wood Storage Crates on Wheels, How to Stain Wood Crates

I love the idea of using wood storage crates on wheels around the home. Wood crates were the perfect solution for our narrow, deep pantry. I found the idea for a pantry crate from IHeart Organizing, and decided to make some of my own! These crates work so well in the pantry […]


painting over semi gloss interior doors

Painting Over Semi Gloss Interior Doors

Painting over semi gloss requires a little preparation but it’s really simple. Since we are gradually painting our entire house, I thought sharing our experiences might be helpful. When painting over semigloss, if the surface isn’t well prepared, it can sometimes mean way more work in the long run. (I learned all […]


arbor anchored in garden

How to Anchor an Arbor in the Garden

I was happy to find a pretty garden arbor on Craigslist. It was very sturdy, solid wood, and the price was right. Once Jason picked it up, I realized I had no idea to anchor it into the ground! Our township requires  permits for installing with  concrete, and I wanted the flexibility of […]


newspaper under mulch

A Weed Control Method for a Low Maintenance Garden

It used to be really tough to keep up with our flower beds in our last house. Mulching alone never seemed to do much for weed control, and I needed a low maintenance garden plan I could stick to. Using landscaping fabric is only an option when you don’t plant annuals […]