Do you know when to use wood filler vs. caulk?
How to use a paint sprayer?

When is priming necessary?
The difference between a bevel or a miter?
What screws to use for each project?
How to design furniture with sketchup or create mood boards?  

If you answered NO to any of the above questions, DIY Beginner Basics is for YOU! Christine has helped hundreds of women, most who had never touched a power tool before the course build up the confidence to install shiplap, renovate kitchens, build furniture, customize their homes to a place they love! So what are you waiting for? 

Taught By: Christine Gummersall

I'm Christine, the creator of Honey Built Home & DIY Beginner Basics. 

As a child, my family moved to 20 different homes before my 18th birthday, I've lived in many white walled houses, but none of them felt homey. So it became my mission once I had a house of my own to make it feel like a home I was proud of.  

So as a broke newlywed, I picked up a sledgehammer and started my first renovation. Along the way, I saw how social media lacked HOW- TO resources, and Honey Built Home was born.

 

 Christine has been working with power tools and DIYing for over 13+ years. First as an apprentice to her dad, a retired plumber and handy man. Christine has mastered the basics taught and inspired thousands of women to STOP waiting, and start creating a home they love, today! Lets eliminate the fear of power tools and transform our spaces, together! 

Ready to make your house a home, you love?

Welcome to DIY Beginner Basics

This is the online course developed specifically for you, someone who is very new to DIY, home improvement, and design.  The hardest part of starting your own home projects is knowing the materials to use, how to start, and most importantly how to preserver through those mess-ups to get a product you are proud of.  DIY Beginner Basics was designed with no fluff, just the real stuff to get you started on your DIY journey.  

 

Showcasing the best products to use for any given application to help eliminate frustrations, money wasted, and the why & how to behind it all. 

 

The course includes a private community to bounce ideas off of. Ask specific questions, and cheer one another on as we all beautify our homes. 

MODULE ONE

Let's get started! Safety tips and shopping.  All the best products, where they are in your local Home Depot, and what they are used for! Let's overcome the fear of home improvement shopping together.


Let's Go Shopping
How to Save Money 
Drill & Driver Basics
Miter Saw Tips and Tricks
Brad Nailer Basics
Pocket Hole Jig How To
Orbital Sander Why & How
Jig Saw Basics

MODULE TWO

The Why & How! This section will teach you attainable step by step on how your walls are constructed, how to measure, cut at various angles, and the basics of home construction.  These are the fundamentals that will help you get started.


Measuring for Angles
Cutting Different Angles
Building a wall
Predrilling vs. Countersinking & WHY
Drywall Anchors
How to use a stud finder
Installing trim with brad nails the correct way
All about Screws
Measuring Nominal vs. Actual. 

MODULE THREE

The tips and tricks.  Over the last 12 years I have learned a lot of things the hard way.  I want to fast forward your DIY knowledge by teaching you the tips and tricks I have learned throughout the past decade. These are the tips that take your projects from beginner status to woah, did you hire a contractor?


Staining Wood
Paint Supplies - the best of the best
Wood Filler - how and where
Woodfiller vs. Edgebanding
Patching Walls
Priming- When to do and when to skip
Paint Spraying
Painting Smooth Surfaces
Painting Walls

MODULE FOUR

Where to find inspiration and how to plan your designs! This module will cover how to utilize instagram and pinterest to not only follow your favorites but to save, categorize, and build your own style portfolio.  This section will also teach you how to create mood boards and the basics of Sketchup which is a free online software that enables you to draw 3D plans. 


Where to find inspiration
Tips and Tricks with Instagram
All Things Pinterest
How to create a mood board
Basics of Sketchup

MODULE FIVE

Let's get building! This is the section where you stills will be put to the test! We will combine all of the knowledge learned in the first 4 sections to build floating shelves together.  This section also contains bonus content that is updated annually. 


How to build floating shelves
How to paint kitchen cabinets
How to shiplap
How to install baseboards
How to shop for wood

MODULE SIX

Tile.  How to demo a space with tile, repair and rebuild to be able to waterproof and install new tile.  How to install tile with musselbound and thinset mortar.  Tricky tile cuts around outlets, pipes while using a score and snap and tile wet saw.  How to make sure your tile install is level and plumb. 


How to tile with musselbound
How to tile with thinnest adhesive
Score and Snap Tile Cutting
Cutting Tile with a Wet Saw
Grouting
How to level a floor for tile
Demo
Waterproofing
Floor Prep
Spacers
Tiling a floor

MODULE SEVEN

Hardwood floors.  The pros ands cons of hardwood vs. Luxury Vinyl vs. Laminate vs. Tile.  How to install a floating floor.  How to cut pieces for a flooring install. How to install baseboards. 


Hardwood vs. LVP vs. Laminate
How to install a floating floor
How to cut flooring for install 
How to install baseboards

MODULE EIGHT

Plumbing.  My dad is a professional plumber for over 30 years and he teaches his tips and tricks for beginner plumbing.  How to remove and install a toilet, switching out your shower plumbing, installing a sink and faucet, installing water lines, as well as shop the home improvement aisles with him as he teaches you the must have plumbing tools for any homeowner. 


How to remove a toilet
How to install a toilet
How to install a garbage disposal
How to install a sink faucet
How to install shower fixtures
How to fix your tub drain

MODULE NINE

Cabinets.  Refacing or installing new cabinets is one of my favorite ways to completely transform a space and the equity of your home.  This module goes over how to spatial plan cabinets, how to build a cabinet box.  Using IKEA Cabinets, how to shop pre-made doors or even make your own from scratch (beginner friendly techniques). 


Cabinet doors: different door styles and overlays
Cabinet Hinges 101
How to plan a DIY kitchen
How to order pre-made cabinet doors
How to install IKEA cabinet boxes
How to build a cabinet box
How to: Drawer Slides
How to: Build a drawer box
Picking Paint 
Choosing Baseboards
How to paint cabinets
How to install kitchen panels & toe kicks
How to measure and install cabinet hardware

WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING

"I bought Christine's DIY Beginner course back in November because I had so many dreams, but not really the courage to do anything. I figured investing in some empowerment (and fabulous tutorials) was the best self-investment I could make to get these dreams off the ground! I took my time, but I’m so proud of my hallway makeover! I wanted to share this with anyone who is still a bit intimidated to start. I can honestly say taking the first step is the hardest part!

I’m crafty my nature, but I never really thought I was capable of pulling off home improvement projects like this! I hope you find this inspiring to take the plunge if something is holding you back!

- Melissa J.

 

Invest In Yourself

Learning how to DIY can end up saving you THOUSANDS of dollars instead of hiring it out, plus you get the satisfaction of saying, "I built that!"

DIY Beginner Basics and DIY Kitchen and Bath Basics

$275

lifetime access to 80+ lessons

What you'll get:

  • Lifetime Access to DIY Beginner Basics online course
  • Lifetime Access to DIY Kitchen and Bath Basics
  • combined 80 engaging videos showing step by step instruction for tools, projects, and creating DIY.¬†
  • basics of tiling, plumbing, cabinetry, painting and more.¬†
  • Ask your questions and get encouraging support from fellow DIY students in our private Facebook group.
Enroll here

DIY Beginner Basics + Kitchen & Bath Basics

$140 x2

2 monthly payments of $140

What you'll get:

  • Lifetime Access to DIY Beginner Basics online course
  • Lifetime Access to DIY Kitchen and Bath Basics
  • combined 80 engaging videos showing step by step instruction for tools, projects, and creating DIY.¬†
  • basics of tiling, plumbing, cabinetry, painting and more.¬†
  • Ask your questions and get encouraging support from fellow DIY students in our private Facebook group.
Enroll here

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WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING

I finally did my first 100% build! And I had to get my garage cleared and my workshop done before doing anything else! Plus I needed a workbench!
I am sooooooo glad that I took this course! If I didn’t do it, I’m not sure I would have even started! Thanks Christine! Not sure I would have done all this without you!!

@traceandtools

“Never in a million years would I have had the confidence to tackle a project like this, using as many power tools as I did! Taking DIY Beginner Basics is allowing me to create beautiful spaces in my home that I never thought would be possible.” 

Jordan J.

DIY Beginner Basics gave me the confidence to tackle a weekend project by myself to surprise my husband, and transform our room! I love the community of the Facebook group and can’t wait for my next project!

Lynnea W.

Just before Christmas I came across DIY Beginner Basics and casually mentioned how awesome it looked to my husband. Unbeknownst to me, he hacked my IG, tracked down the course and got it for me for Christmas. 

I was suffering from major depression and anxiety... this course and project gave me a goal to work towards. I’m so proud of myself and my accomplishments and using power tools (other than a drill) for the first time. Thank you, Christine, for giving me the confidence to tackle this and for getting me through a really tough time in my life.
 
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