"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 Child's Car Seat Jun 23, 2022

Nix the dirt and left-behind crumbs from your kid's in-car snack break. Keep your family's car seats and booster seats clean with …

How to Remove Drywall Anchors Jun 22, 2022

Wall anchors can be tricky to get out of a wall. Follow these tips to reduce damage and repair unsightly holes.

18 Ways to Get Your Kids to Love the Outdoors 18 Photos

Encourage your little ones to spend less time in front of screens and more time outside with these fun, easy ideas.

A Very Special Home Renovation for Halle Berry's Fifth Grade Teacher 15 Photos

Yvonne Sims has been an important figure in Halle Berry's life for more than 40 years. To give back, Halle takes the Property Brot …

Anthony Anderson Surprises His Brother With a Massive Home Renovation 15 Photos

Actor and comedian Anthony Anderson surprises his brother Derrick, a hardworking trauma nurse, with a season 3 Celebrity IOU makeo …

24 DIY Pallet Projects 24 Photos

There are lots of clever, crafty ways to put old pallets to good use. These pallet ideas are sure to inspire you. Get the tutorial …

John C. Reilly Embraces Funky With a Unique Cabin Preservation Project 15 Photos

With the help of the Property Brothers, John C. Reilly completely restores his friend Johnny's 100-year-old cabin into a chic, 5-s …

How to Test Electrical Receptacles for Grounding May 23, 2022

Grounded electrical outlets are important for safety in the home. Learn how you can check your wiring for issues and gain peace of …

How to Drill Into Brick or Concrete May 20, 2022

Drilling into tough materials can be challenging, but using the proper equipment takes the effort out of anchoring into brick and …

Lisa Kudrow Surprises Her Cousin with a Chic, Pet-Friendly Condo Remodel 15 Photos

Lisa Kudrow and the Property Brothers deliver awesome updates and high-performance finishes to this pet-friendly condo in season 3 …

How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles May 24, 2022

Tips for getting rid of carpet beetles and carpet beetle larvae before they wreak havoc on your home.

How to Get Rid of Silverfish May 17, 2022

Find and eliminate sneaky little silverfish in your home, basement or office.

How to Increase Your Home's Water Pressure May 12, 2022

Don't let poor low water pressure in your house get you down. Take these steps to test water flow around your home and begin to id …

How to Cut Glass May 11, 2022

Replacing a broken window pane? Making a picture frame? Learning how to make your own stained glass? With a few simple tools, anyo …

Ali Wong Wows Her Long-Time Friend with a Memorable Home Remodel 15 Photos

On a mission to make her friend's home the perfect entertaining space, comedian Ali Wong takes sledgehammers and crowbars into her …

Snoop Dogg Surprises His Business Partner With an At-Home Office and Entertaining Space 15 Photos

Commish has spent more than 17 years humbly giving back to families in his community, but now it's time for his own home office to …

What You Need to Know About Hanging a TV Outside May 3, 2022

Get tips for installing an outdoor TV on your porch, by the patio or near your swimming pool.

Howie Mandel Surprises His Tour Manager With a Complete Condo Makeover 15 Photos

With the help of Drew and Jonathan Scott, Howie Mandel remodels the outdated home of his tour manager and friend of 30 years, Rich …

Tiffany Haddish Transforms Her BFF's Dated House Into a Dream Home 15 Photos

Determined to bring light and comfort into her best friend's life, Tiffany Haddish transforms her long-time friend Selena's home o …

30 Habits of People With Really Clean Houses 31 Photos

Ever walk into a friend’s home and immediately noticed how clean it is? They don’t have a housekeeper, so how do they do it? And h …

Dave and Jenny Marrs' 'Rock the Block' House Reveal 50 Photos

Dave and Jenny Marrs transformed their Rock the Block home into a timeless, charming space for a family.

How to Frost Glass and Other Ways to Make Windows More Private Mar 14, 2022

Wish you could turn transparent glass into opaque glass? Whether it's for privacy or style, or if you're a homeowner or a renter, …

The Best Spaces From Season 2 of '100 Day Dream Home' 20 Photos

Take a trip down memory lane and see some of the best spaces that Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt designed during season 2 of 100 Day …

Catch Up With Mika and Brian Kleinschmidt as They Embark on Season 3 of '100 Day Dream Home' Feb 23, 2022

In anticipation of the season 3 premiere of 100 Day Dream Home, we sat down with the couple to see what they've been up to since s …

10 Ways You Can Help the Planet on Earth Day — And Everyday 11 Photos

Love the Earth and make your home and neighborhood a better, healthier place with these landscaping, lawn care and gardening tips. …

7 Ways to Insulate Windows During the Winter Feb 2, 2022

Stay warm by learning how to eliminate drafts and improve window insulation. Plastic window insulation kits and other creative sol …

How to Choose Kitchen Cooktops Feb 1, 2022

By: Douglas Trattner and Emily Fazio

Consider ventilation, cost, personal preferences and fuel type when shopping for a cooktop for your kitchen. Explore new trends an …

7+ Ways to Clean a Burnt Pan Mar 22, 2022

Remedy your burnt kitchen pots and pans with these homemade cleaning solutions.

How to Clean a Humidifier Mar 25, 2022

Improve your home's air quality by disinfecting one of the most important small appliances you’re probably forgetting to clean.

How to Repair and Reseal an Asphalt Driveway or Walkway Nov 18, 2021

Keep your curb appeal looking sharp by performing regular maintenance to your driveway and walkways. Follow these instructions for …