When the financial downfall hit a few years ago suddenly people were much more savvy with their spending money. Whether that meant putting off getting a new car for another year, being more frugal with their groceries, or changing their shopping habits from haute couture to the lucky thrift store find, there was a shift in how money was spent.
Now, even with a little more wiggle room in the wallet, one thing has survived the return to splurging more freely- the DIY revolution. Although the concept of DIY, do it yourself, is not new, it was been given new life thanks to a little thing called the world wide web. Sure, you’ve made your account on Pinterest and now have a few hundred boards with projects you may or may not ever attempt, but there is much more out there to instruct and inspire. Here are a few of the best blogs and sites for you to peruse and use next time you’re ready to tackle a new project.
Young House Love
You’ve probably heard about this fabulous blog turned website turned book, but if not you are in for a treat. Created by a young couple striving to make their home truly theirs, they documented all their how-to’s and shared with pictures and posts. Covering everything from a how to choose the right furniture to revamping a kitchen, this is a great place to check out for inspiration or just a fun browse. Plus, it’s always fun to follow up on the latest story of their adorable daughter and pup.
The House of Smiths
Another fabulous collection of projects in a house to make it a lovely home. Taking a glimpse at their latest project will give you the perfect amount of inspiration and the feeling of “I can do that, too” to get your project up and on it’s feet. Truly another great little corner of the DIY blogosphere.
This is the perfect place to find a way to make that funky item you found at the flea market into a trendy, hip accent piece that will have everyone asking where they can get one. This gal can take anything and make it into something amazing. Whether it’s some new shelves out of old wood or a light out of, well, anything, this site will give you the step by step.
Mr. Goodwill Hunting
After visiting this site you’ll never look at your local thrift shop the same again. Just visit his transformations page to get a taste of what wonderful things you’ll find here. Coming from the mind of design guru Rashon Carraway (a common contributor on the former Nate Berkus Show as well as blogging for HGTV), these ideas will take your design dollar to a whole new level of possibilities.
So next time you’re ready to redo the living room, or breathe new life into a drab kitchen but are afraid of breaking the bank. Sometimes a hidden treasure in your local thriftstore, a little imagination, and a few tips from the pros is all you need. Who knows, once the DIY bug bites the next big design blog may be yours.