Whether you are restoring a circa 1850 Greek Revival, or updating the bathroom in your 1970s brick ranch, sharing your info on a home improvement blog somehow makes the process less painful. For those seeking advice, your money pit experiences can help smooth furrowed brows and offer a helping hand on the journey. As a confirmed Do-It-Yourself aficionado, I have mined the web for resources on everything from hanging wallpaper to plastering walls. I have compiled my all-time favorite list of home improvement blogs, ranging from utilitarian manufacturer pages to Uncle Bill’s exploits in floor refinishing. Perhaps, you will discover the right morsel of information to start that big project or laugh at the foibles of a fellow weekend restorer.
Houseblogs.net This is not just one blog, but a whole slew of blogs put together. Use the site’s search engine to delve into the rich data bank. In fact, I discovered some of my all-time favorite blogs by simply exploring the site. If you are fishing for inspiration, look under the topics tab for featured projects.
This Old Crack House This site chronicles a Dayton, Ohio couple’s journey in home restoration. Transforming a historic house into a home is not for the faint of heart, but with a little humor and ingenuity, you can achieve a marvel of a home and a side business to boot.
This Old Crack House, Blog #2 No, you are not seeing double. This site boasts the same name, but a different project in a new locale. This time you travel to Brooklyn, New York for the restoration of a 1910 Brownstone. You probably guessed that I have a soft spot for restoration sites, but they are virtual goldmines of information. Also, anyone who has lived in the same home they are renovating can find solace in the tales of tripping over plastic sheeting and searching for lost underwear under drop cloths. In fact, restoration is the grand-daddy of all home improvement projects; not to mention, the wealth of inspiring ideas for kitchens, baths, and bedrooms found in the pages of history.
The Family Handyman Now we get down to the basics and one of my late father’s favorite magazines to curl up with on a rainy afternoon. This magazine’s web page teems with helpful advice, but the community of Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts who gather on the blog is a practical motherload. I needed a little encouragement on laying tile in my bathroom and found plenty with a blog entry that detailed each step. In a word, this blog is priceless!
Southern Living Magazine Home Decorating Southern Living Magazine has inspired generations of southern home enthusiasts to reach their full dwelling potential. In its pages, you find step by step instructions for simple to complex weekend home and garden projects. As an avid reader and southerner, I designed and created my own garden arbor, faux painted and stenciled Latin inscriptions on a bare mantle, and sewed valances for my dining room drapes, all from the gifts this classic magazine affords.
Room Envy This is a blog after a woman’s heart. The color and images alone will break through any design or decorating blocks that threaten you. Lose yourself in it and then take the practical advice and begin. In one hour, I discovered the inner beauty of a forgotten spare bathroom and transformed it from an ugly duckling into a magnificent swan.
Home Renovation Guide I cannot say enough about this blog. You want tips from the pros? Look no further. In fact, if you do not find your project here, you are reinventing the wheel. After weeks of searching, I discovered the answer to a nagging faucet question and a very simple, cost-effective solution.
Benjamin Moore Ask the Paint Gurus Painting can seem deceptively easy, but proper surface preparation, appropriate materials, and a helpful hand can advert disaster. Beyond promoting Benjamin Moore’s excellent products, which are some of the finest and environmentally friendly on the market, this blog offers real advice from the painting pros. I recently stopped by to glean answers on the ominous alligatoring of paint on my home. I left with understanding and a desire to strip and refinish my kitchen cabinets to boot.
Urban Homestead This blog wins hands down on the cool factor. Add in the green appeal and you have a winner. Join a Pasadena, California family’s journey to lead a self-sufficient lifestyle amidst the chaos of the city. This site is worth its weight in gold for those interested in growing their own food supply.
Home Improvement and Financing We end with a nuts and bolts site dedicated to maximizing your home’s financial potential whether you are seeking to sell or refinance. Do not despair over the dry stuff, however. This blog contains plenty of fun improvement projects like creating a loft bedroom or adding a Gazebo to your garden.
Although this list defies exhaustion, you should find enough to keep your weekends occupied. At least, until your household Bob Vila finally turns in his (or her) hammer and ventures where all good Do-It-Yourself dreamers go—Home Depot.