The Best DIY blogs
We celebrate great design all the time, but it's the before-and-after makeovers that have become a serious addiction. A tiny breakfast nook transformation. An easy kitchen redo. Entire home renos. Its the element of surprise. We sat down with our blogger-centric friends at Bloglovin’ and compared notes on some of our favorite DIY blogs. Here are the top 9 bloggers who keep us on our toes (and in suspense) while opening up their homes to us each and every day. Follow all of these blogs, and discover more at Bloglovin’
What do you get when you combine a fearless do-it-yourselfer, a passionate believer, and a stop-taking-yourself-too-seriously attitude? Mandi Gubler, that’s who. Her no-project-is-too-big attitude has us checking in daily and wondering what she will think of—or make over—next. Our only regret? That she doesn’t live next door. Love her as much as we do? You must-see this makeover she created just for domino. (Oh, how we love thee.) See it here.
|Old Town Home|
Mandatory pit stop: Alexandria, Virginia. That’s where you’ll find Alex and Wendy, who open their home to passionate makeover addicts all over the world. We’ve been stopping by and following the adventures behind their Victorian revival since 2011. While there’s no renovation too big or small for this tag team, they’re also always ready to share when they hit some bumps along the road. And that’s why we wish they lived around the corner.
|The Design Confidential|
Certain transformations tell a story all by themselves. That’s how we feel about everything Rayan Turner gets her hands on. Her infallible eye, attention to detail, and smart on-the-fly decisions (how does she always nail it?) make us swoon. And her friendly, witty nature has us wishing she had a hotline for when we needed pointers or a pep talk. Check out this DIY project she created just for us. Talk about a rockstar. Love this wallpaper?
We’ve been watching Daniel make over places, from an uptown Manhattan apartment to an upstate New York fixer-upper, since 2010. This guy has a knack for flipping things upside down and turning them into brand-new sparkly spaces. While we like to think we can keep up with him when he’s in his supercharged “Obsessive Renovation Mode,” the reality is we’re just as content sitting back and following along.
Some blogs you drop in on every day like clockwork, similarly to how you might drop in on a good friend who lives down the road. That’s how we are with 320 Sycamore. Melissa invites us into her full house (she’s a mom of five) to share her passion for making things over on a budget. After all, the best home renos are an everyone-pitches-in family affair.
Jen’s got heart. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. And she doesn’t mind a little elbow grease either. (Yet another reason she’s on our list.) Everything this blogger touches with her make-it-over gusto has us watching closely and wishing for more. Want to make a coffee table like in this in this photo? Get the how-tos here.
Casey and Bridget call themselves rookies. We beg to differ. Any challenge—a budget-friendly cabinet makeover, refinishing a desk, an IKEA hack—that this all-star team takes on always results in a victory. They inject a spirit in each project that makes us feel like we’re talking to our BFF—with a hammer in hand, of course. See the special project they've dreamed up for domino.
|Cuckoo 4 Design|
It’s Julia’s before-and-after projects (button-tufted chaise, dresser makeover, painted curtains) that have us immersed in her projects on a regular basis. Her even-keeled approach to the big and small projects convinces us that we can actually jump in and follow along any day now.
|Almost Makes Perfect|
Perfection is overrated in our books. That’s exactly why we make it a point of seeing what Molly's cooking up every morning. Her sharp style, relatable voice, and candid approach to tackling projects have us 100 percent hopeful that we can join her one day.