Style My Soul Explores …
“What is one DIY household project that you’re proud of and why?”
Renovating My Bathroom
Last summer, I decided to take on a new DIY project: renovating my bathroom. It was a big undertaking, but I’m proud that I pushed through and saw it through to completion. With the help of YouTube tutorials, I installed new, modern tile flooring, updated the fixtures, and repainted the walls in an invigorating blue hue. The end result was absolutely breathtaking — it felt like I had completely transformed my bathroom into something out of a design magazine! Now every time I enter the room, it feels so much more inviting and relaxing; it’s definitely my favorite DIY project so far. -- Antreas Koutis, Administrative Manager, Financer
Created a Workout Room
Converting a spare bedroom into a workout room required some patience, vision, and expense. It wasn’t necessarily a laborious project because I didn’t need to do a lot of remodeling, but it was challenging in so many other ways. It was a long-time dream of mine to dedicate an entire area of my home to fitness, and I’ve finally done it. The room contains weights, cardio equipment, and a yoga and Pilates area. The room needed new floors, new paint, and mounted mirrors, as well as a television. All of it was designed and done by me (although the movers were the ones who carried the heaviest equipment into the room). I have loved my workout room, and I’ve used it every day since I put the finishing touches on it. -- Brittany Dolin, Co-founder, Pocketbook Agency
I Built a Custom Bookshelf!
I’m proud of the DIY project I completed to build a custom bookshelf for my living room. I had never built anything like this before, but I was determined to make it look great and functional. I spent a lot of time researching the best materials and techniques, and then I got to work. The end result was a beautiful, sturdy bookshelf that fits perfectly in my living room. It was a great feeling to have created something with my own two hands, and I’m proud of the hard work and dedication that went into making it.
Ryan Rottman, Co-founder and CEO, OSDB Sports
Building My Wooden Bed
It all started when I was browsing furniture stores online, looking for a new bed. I found a few that I liked, but they were all way too expensive. I had always been interested in woodworking and had built a few smaller projects before, so I figured why not take on a bigger challenge? I found plans online, gathered all the materials and tools, and got to work. The building process was definitely a challenge but also a lot of fun. I was a little nervous about some of the cuts I had to make, but I took my time and double-checked everything before I started sawing. It took me a few weeks to complete the project, working on it mostly on weekends and some evenings. But the end result was worth all the effort! I have a huge sense of accomplishment from building it myself. It was a fun and rewarding experience. -- Natalia Brzezinska, Marketing and Outreach Manager, UK Passport Photo
I Created My Own Household Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Dissatisfied with the commercially available options, I created my own household multi-purpose cleaner and discovered it worked better than anything store-bought. The recipe is simple: 1 part white vinegar, 2 parts water, a few drops of organic dish soap, and a few drops of essential oil of your choice for scent (I used bergamot or cinnamon oil). So far, I find it works like a dream on countertops, metal, tile, wood, mirrors, glass, and fabric. I would get headaches with commercial cleaners (that say to use them with gloves, and a mask, and in a well-ventilated space, as if we were working in a laboratory), and still, the mirror would have streaks and I would be left with a headache. Making my own is a cheaper and all-natural solution and it’s wonderful to be independent of household chemicals and cleaners with mystery ingredients since the government doesn’t require them to disclose what they put in those aerosols and sprays. -- Stephanie Schull, CEO, Kegelbell
Overheard Pegboards Being Used as Home Décor
One DIY household project I’m particularly proud of is creating a pegboard display for my kitchen. You don’t often hear about pegboards being used as a part of home decor, but I found it to be a great solution for keeping utensils and gadgets organized and accessible. My use of the pegboard also freed up much needed shelf space in my small kitchen cabinets. Installing the board was surprisingly easy; all that was involved was reviewing measurements to make sure the right-sized boards were purchased, drilling holes into walls, attaching anchors into drywall, affixing the pegs onto the wall, and arranging items on them. The end result exceeded expectations! -- Kate Duske, Editor in Chief, Escape Room Data
I Put In Wood Flooring
DIY is one of the most comfortable processes for me and my family. We have built many of the things in the house through DIY projects, customizing and improvising to meet our needs. We have reused, recycled, and salvaged products and made them into a beautiful area in our house. We had the old ceramic flooring in our home, so I thought, why not give it a wooden touch of finish? We decided to do multiple wood flooring methods and completed it within weeks. We made our bedroom with reclaimed wood, such as whiskey, which cost less than actual oak wood. We are very proud of doing it because we cut, sanded, and poly-coated everything without any expensive tools. Moreover, giving a personal touch to the flooring is what mattered.
Sean Harris, Managing Editor, FamilyDestinationsGuide
DIY Storage Solutions
I’m proud of my DIY storage solution for my office supplies because I could expand my space mentally and physically! With my limited budget, I was able to find suitable materials and build a functional storage solution that simultaneously looks stylish and meets my needs. Seeing the project come together was a great feeling, and knowing that I created something unique satisfied my soul. -- Mina Elias, Founder and CEO, Trivium
Installed LVP for a High ROI
I switched out my carpet for vinyl flooring. I chose luxury vinyl plank flooring (LVP) for its functionality, low cost, and similar look to wood. Fortunately, LVP is a breeze to cut and snaps together easily for a clean fit. As long as you have the proper tools and know how to measure accurately, you’re good to go. The ROI was high for this DIY household project. -- Harry DiFrancesco, CEO, Carda Health
Whitewash a Stone Fireplace
A DIY project I’m most proud of is whitewashing the stone fireplace in my home. The fireplace needed a facelift. Whitewashing the fireplace completely transformed it and helped to modernize it. I was also able to save a lot of money in the process.
Tamara White, Blogger and Real Estate Investor, The Thrifty Apartment
I didn’t like my household bathroom from the word go. It looked tiny, old, dark, and uninviting. Every time I wanted to shower, I felt sorry for my body being there. I couldn’t stand the old tab, so I took it off and replaced the shower heads and faucets. I tore down the dump carpet (who installs carpet in the bathroom?) and the stained countertops. With new tiles, I built a tiled-in shower and added a clear glass enclosure, which is incredibly stunning. No more old carpet flooring; stone-tile floors cover the entire bathroom, which not only provides natural beauty and durability but, more importantly, it’s hygienic and easy to maintain. It was not easy; I had to watch dozens of YouTube videos on how to work with tile, glass, and plumbing and then redo everything slowly and carefully. Now, whenever I enter the shower, my eyes glow, delighted with how outstanding the turnout looks. I’m very proud that I did it all by myself, and I can’t wait to handle more DIY projects. -- Alvin Wei, Co-founder and CMO, SEOAnt
Painting My Front Door
I always disliked my dull, brown front door and felt it could be so much more in keeping with my home. After living here for 5 years, I finally decided to give it a makeover. I painted the door inside and out in a shade of gray. It took patience, fair weather, and plenty of coats, but it was worth it. I also replaced the letterbox and handle to complete the look. It brings me so much more joy when I leave the house or come back home, something I can appreciate every day! - Claire Brain, Digital Marketing Manager, Express Doors Direct