"I spend more time painting my walls than painting my nails."

Emily Fazio

I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range from decorating to demolishing. If I’m not covered in sawdust, I’m coated in stain, so it’s only natural that I landed at HGTV.com.

Emily's Latest Posts

How to Clean a Garbage Disposal Feb 1, 2023

Keep your garbage disposal clean and smelling fresh with these simple steps. Plus, find tips for maintaining your disposal and the …

How to Clean a Microfiber Couch Jan 30, 2023

Learn how to spot clean and deep clean surface stains on microfiber upholstery.

How to Repair a Screen in a Door or Window Frame Jan 25, 2023

Buying new door or window screens can be expensive. Save money by learning how to repair a screen in an existing frame.

How to Clean a Chimney Jan 25, 2023

Whether you do it yourself or call in a pro, caring for your fireplace is a critical annual chore. Learn why it is important to re …

Drew Barrymore Honors Sisterhood With a Surprise Remodel 15 Photos

Prepared to give back to her long-time makeup artist, Drew Barrymore partners with the Property Brothers for a sentimental home ma …

Wilmer Valderrama Turns a Garage into a Guest Suite for His Best Friend 15 Photos

Wilmer Valderrama celebrates a friendship 20-years strong. With help from the Property Brothers, he transforms a two-car garage in …

Cheryl Hines Upgrades an Old Garage Into a Sophisticated Guest Suite 15 Photos

Hollywood’s Cheryl Hines shows off her comfort with power tools during this episode of Celebrity IOU. She and the Property Brother …

Cindy Crawford Gets a Workout While Surprising Her Trainer with a Home Remodel 15 Photos

Supermodel and entrepreneur Cindy Crawford partners with the Property Brothers on Celebrity IOU. Together, they transform her trai …

Kate Hudson Transforms an Overgrown Landscape Into a French-Inspired Retreat 15 Photos

Actress Kate Hudson and Drew and Jonathan Scott redesign a sloping California backyard into a three-tiered, tranquil oasis on Cele …

Terry Crews Helps to Transform a Backyard Into an Athletic Oasis 15 Photos

The Property Brothers partner with actor-athlete Terry Crews to design a relaxing outdoor retreat filled with modern details and s …

Idina Menzel Transforms a Detached Garage Into an Office and Athletic Retreat 15 Photos

The Property Brothers team up with actress Idina Menzel on HGTV’s Celebrity IOU to create a dedicated league office and athletic s …

2 Ways to Make a Terra-Cotta Flowerpot Heater Nov 15, 2022

Create your own backyard heat source with these easy and inexpensive terra-cotta candle heaters.

How to Wash a Weighted Blanket Nov 15, 2022

Laundering your weighted blanket is easier than you thought.

Leslie Jordan Transforms His Friends’ Home Into a Southwestern-Inspired Retreat 15 Photos

In one of his last television appearances, actor and comedian Leslie Jordan enlists the Property Brothers to help him renovate his …

How to Get Red Wine Stains Out of Clothes Nov 14, 2022

Even if the stain has already begun to dry, it's not too late! We’ve got cleaning tips for all fabric types so you can quickly tac …

5 Ways to Unclog a Toilet Without Using a Plunger Nov 14, 2022

Tips for taking care of, ahem, business. Learn how to clear a clog without a plunger.

How to Prevent Pipes From Freezing in the Winter Dec 16, 2022

Follow these tips to prevent bursting water pipes during cold spells.

How to Cut Plexiglass Oct 26, 2022

There are two ways to cut plexiglass. For thin sheets, a simple utility blade will work. But for thicker pieces, a power tool is r …

How to Unclog a Shower Drain Oct 14, 2022

Is your shower water slow to drain? Put on some gloves and learn how to clear a blockage without resorting to calling the plumber.

8 Ways to Fix Drafty Windows Oct 12, 2022

Save money and stay warm this winter with these DIY ways to insulate and weather-strip windows as well as doors.

How to Clean a Hairbrush Oct 6, 2022

Follow this quick, simple routine to keep your hairbrush clean of natural oils and buildup.

How to Hand-Wash Clothes Oct 6, 2022

Hand-washing items in your wardrobe can preserve quality, target stains and help your most cherished garments last longer.

How to Get Chocolate Out of Clothes Dec 12, 2022

Fresh chocolate stains are easier to remove than deep-set stains, but we have foolproof treatments to help all garments.

How to Wash a Baseball Cap Sep 20, 2022

Take better care of your everyday headwear. These tips make it easy to keep your baseball cap clean.

How to Clean a Lampshade Aug 25, 2022

Conquer dust buildup and unexpected stains on any lampshade in your home.

How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring Aug 19, 2022

Many homeowners have turned to vinyl plank flooring as an alternative to hardwood or tile because it’s easy to install, very durab …

How to Build a Concrete Block Retaining Wall Aug 17, 2022

Whether you’re wanting to build a retaining wall to prevent erosion, break up a large slope or just enhance your landscape, learn …

How to Soundproof a Room Including the Doors and Windows Aug 3, 2022

Find tips, techniques and cool products that make it possible to soundproof a home theater or recording studio, or to simply block …

How to Clean Cat Urine Stains and Eliminate Odors Aug 8, 2022

Cat urine is always a challenge to clean, but before you lose hope, try these techniques and solutions to combat stains and deep-s …

How to Replace a Garage Door Spring Aug 1, 2022

Learn how to identify a damaged or broken garage door spring and determine what it may take to get your door back in working shape …