Round Up of Some Great Tricks and Tips!

The tricks and tips that were shared in our Trick or Tip link party were really great! Thank you to everyone for linking up! I pulled some of my favorites to share with you. There were lots of other fantastic tips, but I had to figure out a way to narrow it down, so I weeded out the Halloween themed ones since October is officially over. So, here is my round up (in no particular order):

Living, Laughing, and Loving: Beautify your Blog DIY Style… a Dreamy Header! Renee created  a fantastic tutorial on how to create your own blog header. I always struggled with writing a tutorial on this subject, because I use Adobe Photoshop to do it. This tutorial shows you how to do it without any expensive software. And she shares how to upload it in Blogger.

pixlr image size 2


Calypso In The Country: Avoid Paying Professionals. How to seal your house from ants. And how she fixed her a dishwasher. A big kudos to this gal who took it upon herself to fix anything in her house without paying a professional!


Mo Momma: Baby Nursery: DIY Painting Stripes How to paint stripes. Not just how she painted the, but also what supplies she used and how she planned the pattern! A really great resource if you want to paint random stripes!


Adventures In Creating: Quick and Easy Way to Hang Pictures. – A great tip on hanging pictures (the two D-ring hook kind.) She really puts an end to what can be a challenging task.

Don’t Disturb This Groove: How To Hang A Wall Object With Two Hooks
. And another ingenious idea for hanging objects with two hooks! You gals are really smart.

Our Adventures in Home Improvement: Transferring an Image onto Wood. I miss my wine crate, but Pam shows how to easily transfer laser images onto wood with this nifty little tool! I’ll be trying this soon.


Art is Beauty: How to Fix Veneer for a Project. This is a slap the head tip for me, because I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of this. Using edging strips to repair veneer furniture (before painting.)


Gail at My Repurposed Life shows how she made a door into a toddler bed. And she perfectly illustrates what I was talking about in the jigsaw tutorial about using a straight edge to assist with making a straight cut.


See? I told you Gail was a DIY Queen. She should call her blog, My Repurposed Life as a DIY Queen!


Evolution of Style: How to Paint a Kitchen Island – Part 1. Jenny shared some great tutorial tips on painting a kitchen island.


The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking: {OrganizedHome} Day 28: Laundry Room Organization. I love these great tips for organizing the laundry room. My favorite is using a toothbrush holder to dry paint brushes. Excellent idea!


How to Paint Quarter Round • Saving by Making. This is a great tip for painting your baseboards without messing up the floor. I made the mistake of trying to tape off an uneven floor in our bathroom and some paint seeped underneath. Where was this tip when I needed it?!

The Black’s Best: How to Frame a Bathroom Mirror. Heather and her husband framed their bathroom mirror and shared how they did it! Beautiful results too. So now there should be no excuses for having to live with a builder grade mirror anymore. Go see how they did it.


HouseTalkN: The Great Pumpkin Battle!. I have to say, this might be the most useful tip for me. We have a real problem with neurotic squirrels. They do all kinds of destructive things to our deck and screen porch. I’m going to try Kerry’s tip for keeping those critters back:HAIRSPRAY!!!



Erin’s Creative Energy: The Most Useful Thing We Have Done. Erin is one smarty. I highly recommend making your own electrical house plan. I needed one this week. For the life of me I can’t find the circuit that controls our garage lights. I might have to just cut the main power instead.



The Feral Turtle: Homemade Chalk Paint. The Feral Turtle made chalk paint! Her recipe can save you oodles of money if you’ve been eyeing ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint). I have no idea if it is as good as the real deal, but it is worth a try! She also shares how to make your own soap.



Diary of a Craft Room Transformation: How to turn a big screen tv in to a desk protector. Finally, Sharon took on the mammoth project of turning a big screen tv into a desk protector! She had mixed results, but kudos to her for trying to repurpose something that was bound for the trash.

Thanks for all the wonderful tutorials and tips! You have convinced me that I need to start seeking out guest tutorials from some of you fantastic DIYers! Look for an announcement coming soon.


  1. People come up with such amazing tips. I’m glad to have found these! Thanks for the round up PHG :-)

  2. Thanks for including me! Glad I could share a useful tip with so many.

  3. Thanks for including me too! And… for the very kind words about me and my blog! You’re too kind!
    All great tips! Gonna tweet this one!
    I hope you’re enjoying your weekend PHG!

  4. This is a great source for awesome tips! I’m in the middle of painting baseboards, so that tip will be very useful to me! Thank you so much for including my tip in with your features Brittany! Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  5. Thank you for featuring both my posts. I was very excited to see my link. Your linky parties are always such fun and I never leave empty minded. Thanks again. Cheers!

  6. Thank you so much for the shout out!
    The hairspray saved my street cred- shouting at and chasing squirrels from my yard was waaaay creepier than spraying my pumpkins!
    Thank you for hosting such an awesome (and informative!) par-taay!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  7. Thanks for the feature! You make me sound like I can really do things – LOL! Have a great week!

  8. Thank you so much for featuring my picture hanging tip! I really appreciate it!

  9. Wow! Thanks for featuring me! I love how pixlr is free and makes me almost feel like I’m a cool photoshop person, ha ha!

  10. Thanks so much for featuring my box! It was a fun project and I hope others will try it too. :)

    Have a great day.

  11. I just noticed you featured me! Thanks so much Brittany!

Speak Your Mind