If you are a Do It Yourselfer, like me, here are some helpful sites and blogs I have found around the Web.

DIY sites and blogsLately I have had this dying urge to repaint my bedroom. HA! Not as easy as I expected it to be. I have been a Do It Yourself painter for years but this task of trying to repaint the trim with White Semi-Gloss paint has been driving me crazy so naturally, where did I turn? Yep, you guessed it. The Web.

Needless to say I found so much useful information, site after site, that I thought I would share a few with you. Remember, if you are getting frustrated, you are not alone.  Search for it and find those shortcuts and helpful hints that will help you get it done.

MY FAVORITE DIY SITE: THE FAMILY HANDYMAN. Not only do they offer a ton of information but their pictures are great.  The info of theirs that is constantly being shared on and has made them worldy famous, I am sure.

SECONDLY - DIY Blogs.  Even if you are not a Blogger I suggest you check these out too.  Many Contractors offer useful tips and hints (a Blog post was where I found my answer to painting the trim - just needed a better brush even though I thought I had a good one). Type in DIY Blogs in your Google Search window.

MORE:, again try DIYnetwork has their own board on there too with loads of useful information for many different types of projects. Just enter DIY in their search window and you’ll find great boards on projects. Pictures to me are very helpful so I favor these boards

Better and Homes and Gardens website is another full of great info and details site too.

HGTV’s website is loaded with inspirational information (hgtvremodeler) and useful tips and guides too.

Remember, and I’ve seen this hundreds of times with being a DIYer. NOT EVERYBODY CAN DO DIY!.

If you are painting a room a new color and not changing the color of your trim then there should not be any paints splatter or “mistakes” on the trim.  These sights and info will show you how to use painters tape or an edger.

Adding molding to a room is a wonderful enhancement and can greatly improve the appearance of the room but if you do not have the correct saw with a sharp blade, matching those corners can be extremely difficult.

When laying tiles of carpet or vinyl they do need to match up (patterns, etc) and you should not be seeing intermittent gaps between the tiles.  

These are just to name a few.  NOT EVERYBODY CAN BE A DIYER!

Most of all, Good Luck. Take your time. If you get it wrong the first time, correct the mistake.  Your home will show better and you will be SO PROUD OF YOURSELF.


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Comment balloon 12 commentsBobbie Smith • November 28 2012 12:22PM


Something very satisfying about the ability to DIY - although a lot of times having help is great too!

Posted by Ki Gray, - the ultimate snowsport home search! ( LLC) over 6 years ago

Hi Ki, Love your profile pic. Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

Bobbie: Most people try their hand at some aspect of DIY...some are good at it, others not so.  A good list for all skill levels.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 6 years ago

Bobbie - Thank you for the list of information about do it yourself (DIY) helpful sites and blogs for home owners.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 6 years ago

Hi Anita, I know what you mean. Have seen too many redone homes for sale that were not done so well.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

Hi John, Thanks for stopping by. I hope it comes in handy for other DIYers

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago


I love, love, love this blog post. It should be featured!

Good luck with your painting and all your future renovation projects. What a gal! Thank about all the money you'll save too ;)

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 6 years ago

Great source of information from your list Bobbie.  I hope your bedroom paint job comes out well also.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 6 years ago

Hi Patricia, Thank you. You are so kind.  I have to admit I was having fun finding all the helpful information. And, Pinterest, when I get on there I am lost. Lost in all the wonderful pictures and info I find.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

Hi Gabe, Thanks. What I have gotten done so far looks really nice.  Even my husband commented that this is going to be a nice difference. Yahoo. Stress relief, love doing DIY and crafting type things, and then the feelings of reward and accomplishment once it is all done.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

Thank you for posting

Posted by Scott W. Johnson, Insurance Broker-Agent (Marindependent Insurance Services LLC) over 6 years ago

Hey Scott, Thank you for stopping by.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago