October 5, 2015

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We've reached out to the best-of-the-best DIYers and wanted to compile a list and overview of their sites. There are a lot of great DIY blogs, videos, plans, and posts. These DIYers listed below are in no particular order, we think that they are all equally great and have websites that offer something for every DIY enthusiast! You can click on the photos or links to be redirected to their sites to see what they have to offer.

Shanty 2 Chic

Shanty2Chic is made up of two sisters, Whitney and Ashley, that are very versatile! They're posting projects and plans for around the house DIY jobs, empowering women to do the dirty work! The sisters have landed themselves their own DIY show on HGTV called Open Concept.

Ana White with planters

Ana White has an amazing website with thousands of DIY projects and plans. There are many different projects and skill levels from How to Build a Bed-frame to How to Build a Beach Hut. Ana is based out of Alaska and has had some great press to build her following and brand. She has been featured on HGTV, having her own show named Saving Alaska where her and her crew travel around the state restoring some great, older homes and passing on the do-it-yourself torch to the homeowners.

Ben Uyeda Homemade Modern

Ben Uyeda and the crew over at Homemade Modern are the leaders in modern styled, minimalist home good tutorials. Ben himself has an architectural background and is associated with a few different companies. Be sure to check their site out if you’re looking for clean, simple designs made of wood, concrete, and more.

Jen Woodhouse

“Jen Woodhouse is the author of The House of Wood, a DIY and design blog offering free building plans and in-depth tutorials. A performing songwriter by trade, Jen is based in Nashville, TN and has released three albums, toured the world, and licensed music to national television shows and films. More recently, Jen has added ‘DIY Blogger’ to her eclectic resume. The House of Wood is where she documents her adventures in woodworking, interior design, and life as a military wife, musician, and mother of two”.
—Jen Woodhouse

Jamison of Rogue Engineer

RogueEngineer.com was created so that average folks/weekend warriors with a few tools could build awesome looking furniture for next to nothing. As an aerospace engineer, I’ve used my expertise in mechanical design to create simple DIY furniture plans that help eliminate mistakes and cut down on project time. My goal is to give people the confidence to try building something amazing."
—Jamison Rantz

Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals

“I’ve been building and exploring creative endeavors my whole life. In 2008 I created Woodworking for Mere Mortals with a simple idea: Anyone can make fantastic projects on a limited budget, with limited or no experience. My goal is to provide value, inspiration, and entertainment to as many people as possible."
—Steve Ramsey

Jay Bates of Jay's Custom Creations

Jay recalls always being a do-it-yourself type of person, reflecting back on the projects he did for the first home he owned at age 19 to the present in a home with his wife. Jay creates projects for many different levels of woodworkers and creators. Be sure to check out his website to be inspired, learn how to make some furniture or upcycle something, and to watch his video tutorials.

Ashley Thurman of Cherished Bliss

“I’m Ashley, owner and author at the blog Cherished Bliss. I am just a simple woman with a family who loves building furniture, DIY projects, and turning our house into a home. My hope to inspire people everywhere that you can do anything your willing to try. Our mistakes only improve our skill set!"
—Ashley Thurman

Serena Appiah of ThriftDiving

“ThriftDiving.com was started in 2010 to chronicle my DIY home improvement projects, but in 2012 its focus expanded to inspire others to decorate, improve, and maintain their home on a DIY budget. I love thrift stores, power tools, and inspiring others to be creative! There is no project that I won’t try at least once”! -Serena Appiah

David Picciuto of Make Something

David started this site, first known as the Drunken Woodworker, on the side of working full time. He was inspired by making things by hand, out of wood and created videos and content to showcase that. His site offers DIY tutorials and plans for varying levels of ability. Check it out!

Jaime Costiglio

“Jaime is a DIY project enthusiast who focuses on building, painting and sewing. She builds, paints and sews just about anything in true DIY fashion. Jaime’s focus with each project is to work smart, efficient and economical by making the best use of space with a custom build or designing a craft using unconventional supplies."
—Jaime Costiglio

Part manufacturing, part DIY – “We have a workshop on-site to develop project ideas for the every-person and produce one-off products for those die-hard crates and pallet fans. Our manufacturing sources are purely American, and we think where we make things is just as important as the things we make”.

College sweethearts and homeschooling parents to three, we currently reside in the tropics of south Alabama, where we’ve perfected the art of sipping sweet tea and operating power tools. We believe in striving for a genuine, intentional life, and that creating a home shouldn’t be complicated, ridiculously expensive, or to the trade only exclusive”.

Erin Spain

“Erin is a Southern transplant originally from Indiana, currently living in the Atlanta suburbs with her husband and three young sons. You will find decorating ideas, crafts, and DIY projects ranging from small craft projects to furniture builds and everything in between”.

Pauline Henderson

Sometimes a good DIY project starts with a half-formed idea or the need to use up materials.  Sometimes, all you really need is a tiny bit of inspiration.  Myalteredstate.co came to be from a desire to contribute something a little different to the DIY pool, and to tell the story of how a project can come to life. No matter what plans you follow or materials you use, the moment you begin is an opportunity to make it your own."
—Pauline Henderson

Leslie Davis of Deeply Southern Home

"In 2011, she turned her talents to furnishing her new home with inexpensive furniture makeovers. Once dedicated to teaching and sharing about scrapbooking, her blog Paper Daisy Design transitioned into home decor and DIY blog. Since then, she moved and fully renovated two more homes selling each for a substantial profit and building a new construction home. All the while, her rebranded blog, Deeply Southern Home, became a resource for DIY’ers and home improvement readers through the popularity of Pinterest."
Leslie Davis

Saved by Scottie

“I have found my passion and now help others do it too through refreshing, repurposing, and reviving their space with paint…I have in-stock furnishings, do custom orders, and paint and refresh kitchen cabinets and countertops for a lower cost update than traditional makeovers. I do all this with an amazing line of VOC Free products called Shabby Paints and love to teach others how to do it too!"

Her Tool Belt

“I have always loved doing projects and woodworking.  When I was young my dad had a small shop in our basement.  I loved tinkering around down there. I am posting my plans and DIY tutorials so that if you are interested, you can build them to."

DeDe Bailey of Designed Decor

“My blog is about my creativity and passion for handmade anything, painting, decorating, baking and just plain living.  I chose the name Designed Decor based on me wanting my name in the title and envisioning the name on a brick and mortar store."

Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife

“I have always been aware of design since I can remember. As a child I loved driving around and looking at the different types of houses. I  build and refinish furniture, paint, decorate, cook, garden, read, and make lists. I would much rather be outside than in."

Hopefully this post will help you discover new DIY bloggers and websites that you didn't previously know of. There are so many great folks out there doing so many inspiring things. This is a list of just a few of them. Keep up the momentum with your projects and Do It Yourself!

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