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Making DIY More Than Just a Hobby

Thank you to Ornamental Moulding & Millwork for sponsoring this episode! You can learn more about their products HERE.

When it comes to DIY, starting a project is half the battle. The trick is to knowing how and where to begin. That’s where today’s instructor comes in!

A self-taught carpenter with a fearless DIY spirit and a penchant for problem-solving, Jen Woodhouse offers in-depth tutorials that encourage readers to build their way to a more beautiful home. 

She documents her adventures in designing and building furniture and tackling home renovation projects on her website, JenWoodhouse.com. Her site was named Best DIY Blog by Domino Magazine and Jen’s work has been featured on HGTV.com, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Bob Vila, This Old House, Better Homes & Gardens and many more! She was also named one of Better Homes & Gardens Stylemakers. 

By the end of this class you’ll know a handful of woodworking basics, tips for building your DIY confidence and a checklist of tools to get you started.

Where do you draw inspiration for your work?

Usually it’s a need that needs to be filled. Either stuff Jen needs or her readers.

If someone wants to get started in woodworking, which basic tools should they have?

Here’s a link to her tools archive.

What are a handful of woodworking basics you believe every homeowner should know?

Learn how to install baseboards, patch drywall, install a toilet, change out light fixtures and lay tile- all these are beginner level projects.

For a lot of homeowners, their first experience with wood is sanding and refinishing something they already own. What are your tips for prepping and finishing an existing piece of furniture?

Get down to bare wood before you start to customize it. Figure out what type of wood it is so you know how products are going to react. Check out these videos:

Staining School 101: The Basics of Staining Wood

I partnered with Varathane Wood Finishes for this Staining 101 video! We cover the basics of staining wood, which products and tools to use, and how to use t…

Finishing School 101: The Basics of Finishing Wood

I partnered with Varathane Wood Finishes for this Finishing 101 video! We cover the basics of finishing wood, which products and tools to use, and how to use…

Speaking to women/mothers specifically- what do you want them to know about their potential abilities?

Woodworking and carpentry is a lot easier that you think! You just need to start. Once you realize you can do it, a whole new world opens up.

HOMEWORK!

Start with refinishing! Get a Craigslist piece of furniture and sand it down. If you want to build something, consider a side table! Use materials that are cheap if you make a mistake. Start small and go from there- just start!

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