What’s On My Nightstand

Since catching the home improvement bug, the books I read, and the websites I frequent have drastically changed. What to Expect: The Toddler Years has been replaced by This Old House magazine. Evenings are no longer spent on parenting discussion boards but pages and pages of amazing DIY blogs.

I have to admit when I become interested in something I tend to over-study. I’ll gather every book, buy every magazine, scour the Internet and ask everyone I know about the subject. The problem is this: I wait for an unrealistic level of confidence to kick in because I want to feel perfectly ready to tackle a task.

It never happens.

Yes, it’s great to do research and learn as much as possible before taking on something new. But then comes the time to just ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES AND TRY IT! I’m happy to say that is what I have been doing, and I have several projects to share with you soon.

In the meantime, let me show you just a few sources of my current inspiration

This Home Depot book is like the bible of home improvement – if you want to learn how to do something – anything – in your home, it’s in there. I especially love the extensive use of pictures for every step.
I had a difficult time finding Home Improvement 1-2-3 in three local Home Depot stores. It’s quite popular and caters to the layperson homeowner.

When you think of This Old House, you may think of the old Bob Vila television shows. But the This Old House magazine has become more trendy and much more woman-friendly. There is a lot of focus on planning renovations and “Before and After” features. They have informative product selection guides and helpful Q&A’s. This Old House online has everything you’ll ever want to know about home projects, and their videos are the best I’ve seen (with fewer commercials).

The Gordons Tools Blog is a bit more tool-oriented and assumes that the reader has an extensive collection of equipment. It is still a great resource for beginners who can begin to envision the possibilities of where being handy can take them. Gordons Tools website is terrific – they have comprehensive tutorials on just about any project or task you may need help with.

I am obsessed with trim work and any type of molding. Whenever I walk into someone’s home it is the first thing I notice. I think many people would be surprised at how simple the necessary skills are to create the most basic of molding. This guide (and many other Sunset series books) does a great job using detailed pictures and easy step-by-step instructions for almost any molding job you can imagine.

The Better Homes and Gardens publication Do It Yourself is enjoyable to read but focuses mostly on craft and decor projects. I still subscribe, but to me, it doesn’t belong in the “Do It Yourself” realm.

Last, but certainly not least is a book called The Digital Mom Handbook co-written by a close friend who has taken the blogging world by storm: Colleen Padilla (aka ClassyMommy). If you are a mom who feels caught in between the worlds of caring for your children yet wanting to stay connected to the working world by being online, this book is for you.

Now it’s time to put down the books, turn off the computer and get moving on more projects!

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Hello. My name is Natalie, welcome to my blog. I'm married and a mom of two small children.

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