Top DIY Stories Of The Decade

Sixty Home Improvement Ideas In Sixty Seconds


For those who have an abundance of extra time on their hands due to the COVID19 isolation restrictions, which are keeping us at home, you may be ready to tackle those DIY projects after much procrastination.  Using supplies around the house or by ordering those online, time may be productively spent on brightening up our homes, making those safer, more energy efficient and more enjoyable to live in.  With a little ingenuity and creativity we can make some easy, low budget, long lasting, family-friendly changes. 

For those handy people who want to keep calm and carry on during the quarantine and like to tinker with tools, paint decoratively, spruce up kitchens and bathrooms, make better use of space or beautify their backyards, here are the best stories of the decade in the do-it-yourself home improvement category for inspiration from the experts.  We have written in a millennial-friendly style, for those of us with short attention spans, to include a lot of helpful information, 60 ideas in 60 seconds, easy to scan, like social media, with more information just a click away.  The slide show at the end may be an even quicker read. 

To help our clients choose formats that are getting the best results, North American Precis Syndicate ranks the top feature news stories of the year by the highest number of placements in media outlets nationwide.  We have compiled the results to show the top feature news stories of the decade, those that have performed brilliantly, way above and beyond what is typically expected. 

The most successful stories included attractive color photos or infographics, helpful advice from experts, celebrity spokespeople, the latest statistics, results from surveys, trends, time-saving tips, money saving ideas and other helpful information.  The stories targeted people across various demographic groups and related to safe, enjoyable and prosperous experiences, protecting the health, and assets, of the readers, their friends and family members. 

We are passionate about working on the kinds of stories that help millions of people nationwide with the news that is potentially life saving or can improve the quality of their lives.  To name a few, here are examples of the top DIY stories of the decade. These are from some of the best and brightest home improvement communications professionals for some of the most demanding management teams at leading organizations:

Save Energy:

1- EPA/ ENERGY STAR/ LED light bulbs: “Celebrate ENERGY STAR Day Every Day”

2- Osram Sylvania/ Lighting: “Five Tips To Help You Save Year Round”

3- IWFA/ Window Film: “Powerful Defense For Homeowners”

4- ODL/ Add On Blinds And Shades: “Do-It-Yourself Privacy And Light Control”

5- Rockwool/ Attic Insulation: “Upgrade Attic Insulation To Save On Energy Expenses”

6- Rockwool/ Sound Insulation: “Cancel Out Noise By Soundproofing Your House”

7- John’s Manville/ Insulation: “Bomb Cyclone Preparedness: Four Easy Steps To Prevent Water Pipe Damage”


8- WD-40/ The Right Tools: “Three Ways To Be More Efficient And Get The Job Done Right”

9- Bosch Tools/ Hanging Pictures: “Home Improvement On The Level”

10- Bosch/ Floor Covering Removal: “Single Multi Tool Replaces Many Hand Tools”

11- Tomboy Tools: “The New Do-It-Yourselfers”

12- Craftsman/ Tools: “Fun Family Project”

13- Energizer/ Hard Case Professional Inspection Light: “Essential Tools For Everyday Repairs”

14- Brother/ Home Sewing: “Crafty Ideas: Sew-A-Licious”

15- Aflac/ Accident Protection: “Safety First: Protect Yourself During DIY Projects”


16- Polaris/ Off Road Vehicle: “Tips And Tools To Make Chores Easier”

17- OPEI: “Green Is Good/ Your Yard Contributes To Your Health And Well-Being”

18- Thompson’s WaterSeal/ Deck: “Three Easy Steps To Creating The Outdoor Space Of Your Dreams”

19- Royal Purple/Maxfilm Spray Lube/ Lawn Equipment Prep: “Preparation Is The Key To DIY Success

20- GE Sealants: “Outdoor DIY Projects To Prolong The Life Of Your Home”

21- Bayer Advanced/ Weed and Crabgrass Killer: “How DIY Lawn Care Can Help You See More Green”

22- Bayer Advanced/ Grub Control: “Protect Your Expensive Landscape From Japanese Beetles”

23- Lutron Electronics/ Home Security: “Bright Ideas For Home Security”

24- / Home Security: “ Buying Smart Home Technology/ Ask Three Questions First”


25- PaintCare; “Hints For The Home/Don’t Forget THIS During A Deep Housecleaning”

26- Dutch Boy Paint: “Small Paint Projects To Transform Your Space”

27- Behr Paint: “Vibrant Colors Highlight Your Sense Of Style”

28- Behr Paint: “Add Style And Color To Your Home”

29- Akzo-Nobel/ Glidden: “Stalled In Your Room Makeover Project? Test Your Paint IQ”

30- Minwax/ Award Program: “Doing Good With Wood”

31- Zinsser/ Basement Waterproofing: “Avoid Damage With Basement Waterproofing”

32- Rust-Oleum/ Patio Furniture Retoration: “Give Your Home A Fresh Look”

33- Krylon/ Decorating: “Brighten Up The Long Winter Months With These Three Simple DIY Projects”

34- Krylon/ Paint Decorating: “Paint Their Way To Straight As”

35- Amazon/ “The Painted Home” Book: “Tips For Making Your Home Spectacular From Top Designer And Bet Selling Author”

Kitchen and Bath:

36- EPA/ Septic Smart: “Get Septic Smart To Save Money And Protect Water”

37- EPA/ Water Sense: “Saving Water As Easy As 1 2 3”

38- Lowe’s/Bondera/ TileMatSet

39- Lowe’s/ Modern Masters Countertop Transformations “Transform Your Kitchen Countertop For Less Than $275”

40- Lowe’s/ Pergo Laminate Flooring “When It Comes To Flooring The Bottom Line Is Value”

41- Marble Institute/ Natural Stone: “Natural Stone/ Affordable Luxury”

42- Rust-Oleum/ Cabinet Transformation: “Seven Inexpensive Ways To Update Your Kitchen”

43- Pfister/ Faucets: “Cooking Up A Kitchen Makeover On A Budget”

44- Squeeeeek No More: “Hints For Homeowners/ Three Steps To Quieter Floors”

45- Minwax/ Wood Projects: “Three Simple DIY Wood Projects That Will Make A Big Impact In any Room”

46- Minwax/ Wood Finishing: “New Wood Finishing Options”

47- Walmart/ Kids ‘N’ Pets Stain And Odor Remover: “Brighten Up The Long Winter Months With These Three Simple DIY Projects”

48- Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover: “Make Tidying Your House Easier”

49- HomeAdvisor/ Pro Finder: “When To Do Home Improvements Yourself And When To Call In The Pros”

Space Organization/ ClosetMaid Series:

50- Electronics Organization: “Technology Ties Families Together”

51- Home Office Kit: “Homework: Getting The Job Done From Home”

52- EasyClosets: “Tips On Organizing Your Closets Like A Pro”

53- EasyClosets: “Making The Garage An Organized Family-Friendly Space”

54- Garage Zones: “The Garage: Control The Clutter”

55- EasyClosets: “The Do-It-Yourself Dream Closet”

56- Selectives and Wire Basket System: “DIY Made Easier”

57- Dimensions: “Lighten The Load In The Laundry Room”

58- Cubeicals: “Living Large In Small Spaces”

59- Maximize The Wardrobe: “Shop Your Own Closet”

60- “Redesigning Your Dwelling With Budget-Friendly Do-It-Yourself Decor”

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