"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 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 …

How to Build and Install a Bat Box Oct 29, 2021

Learn how to build and install a cedar bat house. Bats have many benefits, including reducing the mosquito population and eliminat …

Can You Fix a Broken Window Seal? Oct 26, 2021

Find out if you should DIY or call a pro when your thermopane window has moisture in between the panes of glass.

How to Use Drywall Anchors, Molly Bolts and Toggle Bolts Oct 20, 2021

Secure items into drywall with confidence. Learn how to choose the right wall anchor to support framed artwork, shelving, mirrors …

How to Find Studs in a Wall Oct 5, 2021

Finding wall studs doesn't have to be a guessing game. If you're hanging something heavy on the wall, follow these best practices …

DIY Tips: How to Get Rid of Boxelder Bugs and Ladybugs Oct 4, 2021

This three-step process will remove, deter and prevent boxelder bugs from entering your home.

Nate and Jeremiah Deliver Six Meaningful Makeovers on Season One of 'Home Project' 20 Photos

In their new show, Nate and Jeremiah: Home Project, the designers marry exceptional design with family mementos and antiques. “Whe …

How to Make Hand Sanitizer Sep 27, 2021

An easy, essential DIY disinfectant to keep on hand — pun intended.

How to Get Rid of Lice Sep 9, 2021

Mitigate a lousy lice infestation with these easy and effective tips.

How to Get Rid of Moths Sep 8, 2021

Remove and prevent pantry moths and clothing moths from your home with these simple, effective techniques.

How to Build a Vertical Book Tower Sep 7, 2021

Short on space to display your books? You’ll certainly be able to fit this DIY bookshelf into your life.

How to Get Rid of Silverfish Aug 28, 2021

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

Our Favorite Before & After Fixes from 'Help! I Wrecked My House' 40 Photos

When the going gets tough, Jasmine Roth comes to the rescue! See how she helps ambitious and overwhelmed homeowners tackle tough r …

'Breaking Bland' Brings Big-City Style to Charleston in These OOAK Renovations 20 Photos

Designer Mary Welch thinks outside of the box when it comes to home renovations, making her a go-to resource for homeowners lookin …

How to Keep Cats Off Counters Jul 26, 2021

Cure a case of kitty counter-hopping with these simple training and conditioning techniques.

Darren Criss Designs a One-of-a-Kind Gift for his One-of-a-Kind BFF 20 Photos

Darren teams up with Jonathan and Drew Scott to surprise his manager and best friend with a new multifunctional space that include …

Gwyneth Paltrow Helps Renovate Her Assistant's Mediterranean-Inspired Home 20 Photos

With the help of Drew and Jonathan Scott, Gwyneth Paltrow makes stunning updates to the home purchased by her right-hand man, Kevi …

Kevin Hart Surprises His Trainer With a Midcentury Modern Man Cave 19 Photos

Kevin, Drew and Jonathan Scott roll up their sleeves and transform a damaged outbuilding into a one-of-a-kind destination for long …

LeAnn Rimes Surprises Her Biggest Supporter With a Renovated Kitchen and Outdoor Oasis 20 Photos

Drew and Jonathan Scott help LeAnn give back to her biggest supporter and confidant, Roger. Together, they transform his dated kit …

How to Get Rid of Fleas in the Home Jun 28, 2021

Nix the itch. Learn how to identify and remove flea infestations from your home and pets.

How to Get Blood Stains Out of Sheets, Carpeting and Other Fabrics Jun 28, 2021

Lifting blood stains from common fabrics and thread counts is easier than you’d think. When in doubt, give stains a good kick with …

25 Things You Can Compost (Some May Surprise You!) Jun 25, 2021

Did you know you can compost hair, dryer lint and nail clippings along with your kitchen scraps? It’s not gross; rather, it helps …

How to Clean Jewelry Jun 25, 2021

From fine heirlooms to modern metals and costume jewelry, learn how to clean it well so it lasts a lifetime.

Kris Jenner Transforms Her Best Friend's Property Into an Outdoor Oasis 20 Photos

Kris, Kim and Kendall team up with Jonathan and Drew Scott to surprise Kris’s BFF, Lisa. Together, they design the ultimate landsc …

How to Calm an Anxious Dog Jun 18, 2021

It isn’t always easy to identify pet stressors, but if Fido seems frightened, learn what options you have to help him overcome anx …

Makeovers We Love From 'Property Brothers: Forever Home' 31 Photos

The Property Brothers transform the homes of four more families who wish to turn their current homes into Forever homes. This fres …

How to Clean Window Screens May 28, 2021

Cleaning aluminum and fiberglass window screens helps them last longer and makes them easier to see out of from indoors. Get tips …

How to Wash Windows May 10, 2021

Our favorite window washing technique includes a secret ingredient: vinegar! Learn how to clean your windows inside and out with t …

How to Clean Velvet Upholstery May 4, 2021

Fear not — high-end upholstery doesn't have to be challenging to clean. Follow these tips to keep your velvet furniture looking it …