Caught in the Web

Internet DIY

by Laura Emery, Field Editor



Spring is here, so now is the time to shake off that winter malaise and tackle some new home-improvement projects – whether it’s a fresh shade of paint on the walls or installation of new countertops in the bathroom.

Follow quirky homeowner Sarah as she fixes up and renovates her Atlanta home. A self-proclaimed diehard DIYer, she makes home improvement a little more humorous than it should be. “I’m not going gray. That’s just paint in my hair,” is her blog tagline. She tackles everything from tiling over a concrete subfloor to building an outdoor fence. She invites readers to join her in her DIY adventures and pick up some interesting home-improvement tips and tricks, or even learn from her mistakes.

The Family Handyman is the DIYer’s best friend, offering a variety of print and digital resources for do-it-yourself homeowners. Its forte is accurate and complete how-to instructions for improving homes, yards and vehicles. As one reviewer wrote, “ is a very middle-of-the-road advice spot for home remodeling topics that anyone can get into. They also have excellent graphics.”

Established in 1995, is the leading independent home-improvement and home-repair website. It was named “One of the Top 50 Sites in the World” by Time magazine. In addition to its broad list of DIY topics, it operates the most active home improvement forums on the Internet.

Backyard Landscape Ideas provides ideas for landscaping or designing your backyard. You will find a plethora of lawn-and-gardening tips and advice. You can even find articles that focus on patios and plants here.

HammerZone covers a lot of the heavy stuff like house-siding and foundation work that other home-improvement sites do not cover. Site owner Bruce Maki patiently leads visitors step-by-step through difficult topics like refinishing wood floors, installing ceramic tile, framing, and installing windows. Bookmark this site if you ever plan to remodel a house.

If you think you might find yourself tackling a do-it-yourself project like changing out your kitchen countertops or flooring, installing a wine rack, building a deck, installing a phone jack, or making your own slipcovers, this is the place to go.

The mission of DIY on the Cheap is to share creative ideas for home decorating on a budget. This blog focuses on everything from bargain shopping and thrifting, to craft projects, to furniture refinishing and other DIY projects. There are currently two regular series on the blog: “Ask Five,” where blog owner Erin, a 30-year-old Southern transplant originally from Indiana, periodically conducts quick five-question Q&A interviews with experts in home decor, crafting and “DIY”; and “Frugal Friday,” where a list is shared of hand-picked bargain-priced home decor items that she comes across each week. This site features everything from furniture makeovers to building an affordable toddler bed. 


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