With the right motivation, I truly believe every woman has the potential to be a handywoman.
Success happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Top Shelf DIY offers real, step-by-step advice for women and mommies hoping to learn about DIY home renovation.
Whether your goal is to overhaul an entire room or to build a piece of furniture, MY goal is to give you a solid foundation of knowledge.
Not everyone is blessed with a handy husband (I certainly wasn’t – love ya Babe!). Or maybe you prefer taking the bull by the horns and would like to learn a whole new set of skills. Either way, you’re in the right place.
Beyond general craftiness, becoming a DIY handywoman requires a bigger investment of your time but also offers a bigger sense of accomplishment.
I provide traditional blog posts in conjunction with video tutorials — such as my Tools 101 Series on YouTube — integrated with specific tips and tricks of the trade. Think of yourself as an apprentice in my workshop, and I’m just guiding you along in the process. I don’t consider myself a DIY expert by any means (though I’ve learned a lot in three years!), so in some ways we’ll be learning together.
Before you know it you’ll be ripping out trim and watching your husband’s head spin, all while giving him a reassuring pat on the back 😀
A bit about me…
I started this blogging journey in January 2018 after dealing with undiagnosed postpartum depression. My son was over a year old and I was burned out from working nights on an ICU-stepdown unit.
Enter Top Shelf DIY, which combines my love of cocktails with my love of power tools.
As a kid, my dad would rope me into staining the deck and painting our cabin outhouse. I’ve always loved projects, but things really took off once my husband and I bought our first home in Denver.
I was raised in a farming community near Green Bay, Wisconsin (more about my dorky Northwoods upbringing, here), but I’ve also lived in New York City. My family now lives near Atlanta, GA.
When not blogging, painting, mitering, sewing, grouting, nailing, serging, staining, designing or cleaning the house, I’m chasing after my sweet four-year-old son, Evan, newborn son Will, and chocolate lab, Lucy.
My husband Ken happens to be the incredibly helpful, clever editor of this blog.
I try to get my older son involved with projects whenever possible because:
- I need all the help I can get
- It’s the only way to make sure he’s not destroying something in the other room
- No screens — score!
Where to go from here
I encourage you to head over to my Getting Started landing page, as I’m constantly updating this area with new tutorials and free resources.
This site contains several categories for satisfying your DIY itch – even my Mom Hacks have a project element to them. My more popular posts include 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Faux Shiplap, Design a Chalkboard Sign in Six Easy Steps, and My Foolproof Margarita Recipe.
I would love to connect with you through the comment forum or social media!
Now let’s break some stuff and put it back together better than before.