the ReFab Diaries

It is easy to feel like your home is stuck in a time warp. You walk in and half expect to see your parents or grandparents sitting in the living room. But there are some easy, sustainable ways to modernize your house and give it a more updated look.



Summer entertaining season is right around the corner, and if you're planning on doing any cooking outdoors, now is the time to start thinking about your outdoor kitchen design. No matter the size, there are a few key things to keep in mind when designing an outdoor kitchen, such as functionality, layout, and of course, sustainability. Keep reading for our tips on what to think about when designing an outdoor kitchen. 


Around here, we're all about repair over replace. Today, let's talk about garage doors! If you're lucky enough to have a home with an automatic garage door, then you know that it's one of the most used parts of your house. Yet it often gets forgotten when it comes to maintenance (and can then result in very costly repairs). From unexpected squeaks to a slightly off-track door, malfunctioning garage doors can spell trouble if you ignore them. So we've rounded up the nine most common reasons for needing garage door repair services so you can be prepared.  


Very excited to announce that I'll finally be showing my art in person - for the first time. If you're in the Chicagoland area February 3-5, come and see me! 

Metal items, both large and small, pose a challenge when they’ve reached the end of their useful life or they simply don’t fit with your home or your lifestyle. While recycling is an option, for many people hauling metal items to a recycling plant or junkyard that will accept them is a major undertaking. You might have to rent a flatbed or a trailer, and then there’s the lifting, securing, and unloading to consider.

Before you try to shove your old metal filing cabinets or chain link fencing into the back of your SUV for a trip to the recycler, consider these five creative ways to repurpose scrap metal.


5 Creative Ways To Repurpose Scrap Metal

When it comes to powering our vehicles, there are a variety of different fuel types available. Each has its own unique characteristics and advantages that can help drivers find the fuel type that best suits their needs. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the more common fuel types and discuss their properties in detail so you can make an informed decision when filling up your tank. We'll also discuss the environmental impact of different fuel types, so you can make an eco-friendly choice. Let's get started! 


 Happy first day of 2023! Here's some good upcycling news to kick of the year.


Maintaining a clean and healthy pool can be an incredibly challenging task. Not only do you have to keep up with the regular chlorine levels, filter maintenance, and other water treatments, but also need to ensure that your pool is eco-friendly and sustainable. With so much to consider, it’s no wonder many people feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of owning a pool. Fortunately, there are several easy steps you can take to make sure your swimming pool remains safe for everyone while also being more environmentally conscious.