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Get to Know Jennifer Bridgman

Jennifer’s talents run the gamut from interior decor updates to power tools. Read on to learn how she got into DIY and what her proudest moment as a handywoman is.

What inspired you to get into DIY?

A combination of sticker shock and the desire to learn how to do home improvements myself. I started getting quotes for cosmetic upgrades around my first house and thought I must be able to figure it out myself for way less cost out of pocket. And from there I was hooked.

What professional skills do you use in your day-to-day most?

Easy interior home repairs and upgrades (changing out hardware, painting, repairing things that get damaged). I’m also always shifting furniture and objects around my house to change up the feel in different rooms or to suit my tastes as they evolve.

How do you inspire more women to get into tackling at-home DIY projects?

For many years I maintained an active blog presence with tutorials on various types of home improvement and decorating projects. I’ve been more active on Instagram than my blog lately but I may circle back to it sometime soon, you never know!

What skill are you excited to learn next?

I built raised garden beds last spring and had mixed success my first summer as a backyard gardener. I’m looking forward to trying again this year and working on my green thumb.

What projects are you taking on in your own time?

There is always, literally always, a project going on in the background of my life. I’m planning on adding box molding and some wallpaper to my entryway, which is what’s up next. I’m also starting to plan the finishing of a third floor room in my house to be a mixed exercise space and sleepover room for my daughters.

What’s in your toolbox that you can’t live without?

Power drill/screwdriver, cordless nail gun, sliding miter saw.

What tools do you think every household should have?

Power drill, allen wrench set, hand held screwdrivers (Phillips head, flat head, and a small flat head), needle nose pliers, step ladder, hammer.

How do you spend your time when you’re not on the job?

Driving my daughters around, cooking, reading, skiing, walking my dog.

Who do you want to shout out? Another woman in the trade.

I’ve met (or just follow) so many creative makers through my time blogging who inspire me daily – Shavonda Gardner, Julia Marcum, Gwen Hefner, Julia Konya, Shannon Claire, and Cass Smith are a few who come right to mind.

What are you most proud of accomplishing in thus far?

It’s a silly small thing but years ago, when my daughter was in early elementary she had a friend over. I’d been working on a project and my miter saw was in the middle of the garage. The friend said, “Oh, is that your dad’s saw?” And my daughter laughed and said, “Haha! No, it’s my mom’s.” And I loved so much that it was the most normal thing in the world for her to say that. I love feeling like my daughters will grow up feeling like fixing things or making things themselves is normal and achievable and natural.

What are three tips for folks looking to get into DIY?

  1. Just go for it. You can do it. For sure. Just believing you can is the biggest hurdle most of the time.
  2. Take the time to educate yourself first though. There are so many resources out there and can give you a starting point as well as help you to avoid making small mistakes along the way.
  3. But also, mistakes are totally normal and don’t mean you can’t do it! Don’t take mistakes as a failure, take them as part of your DIY learning. Regroup and try again!

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