"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

Actress Taraji P. Henson Surprises Her Housekeeper With a Backyard Oasis Fit for Entertaining 15 Photos

Determined to transform the outdoor living areas and landscape for her plant-loving friend, Taraji P. Henson recruits the Property …

Derek and Julianne Hough Create the Ultimate Wellness Retreat on 'Celebrity IOU' 14 Photos

This fun-loving dancing duo knows their trainer needs a good pick-me-up — so they surprise him with a full kitchen and dining room …

Jay Leno Sets Out to Surprise First-Time Parents With a Much-Needed Home Remodel 15 Photos

Pivoting from comedy to home repairs, Jay Leno surprises his former intern and friend with an impressive bathroom and nursery reno …

Kristin Davis Delivers a Glamorous Home Makeover For Her Close Friend on 'Celebrity IOU' 15 Photos

Honoring a friendship that dates all the way back to when their daughters were in preschool together, Kristin Davis surprises Tiff …

How to Wash Shoes in the Washing Machine Jun 5, 2023

Machine washing is an easy way to keep your shoes clean all year long.

Glenn Close Creates a Backyard Oasis for a Fellow Mental Health Advocate on 'Celebrity IOU' 14 Photos

Overflowing with grace and gratitude, Glenn Close builds a peaceful haven surrounded by nature for her friend, Robin.

How to Get Rid of Wasps May 24, 2023

Identify and eliminate pesky wasp nests that affect your home and outdoor living areas.

Kristin Chenoweth Gifts Her Close Friends and Property Managers With a Home Makeover 14 Photos

To honor their 15-year working relationship and unspoken sisterhood, Kristen surprises her trusted property managers with a sentim …

Heidi Klum Transforms Her Housekeeper's Home Into a Chic Space Suitable For a Multi-Generational Family 14 Photos

Heidi Klum climbs to new heights to help the Property Brothers on HGTV’s Celebrity IOU. Together, they remodel her housekeeper’s h …

40 Stunning Historic Home Renovations 40 Photos

The past can be preserved in the most beautiful ways. These home designs from Seasons 1 and 2 of HGTV's Houses With History prove …

How to Weatherproof Indoor Furniture for Outside Use May 4, 2023

Indoor wood furnishings can easily be upgraded into beautiful outdoor features, but first be sure to add weatherproofing sealants …

Choosing the Right Heating System: Heat Pump vs. Furnace? Apr 28, 2023

Compare systems to understand the benefits for your home based on your geography and household needs. The right system will help i …

How to Get Rid of Spiders Apr 24, 2023

Learn how to capture spiders indoors and manage potential infestations with these simple, natural tips.

How to Clean a Bathtub Apr 13, 2023

Give yourself a spa-level bathing experience with these simple tips for deep-cleaning your bathtub.

How to Clean a Shower Jun 21, 2023

Here's how you get rid of soap scum and shower grime so that your once-sparkly shower can shine again.

Erin and Ben Napier's Best Kitchen Designs 24 Photos

Take a tour of our favorite kitchen remodels from Home Town. Custom cabinetry, backsplashes, reclaimed fixtures and one-of-a-kind …

Installing an EV Charger at Home Mar 21, 2023

Make the most of your electric vehicle by investing in a convenient, affordable home charging station.

How to Clean a Baseball Cap Mar 29, 2023

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

How to Use Drywall Anchors Mar 13, 2023

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

10 Ways Nate and Jeremiah Incorporate Personal Keepsakes into Their Designs 11 Photos

The Nate and Jeremiah Home Project hosts find creative inspiration in every home they redesign, but sometimes the most important ( …

5 Ways to Get Gum Out of Clothes While Protecting Fabrics Jun 22, 2023

Sit in chewing gum? Never fear! Whether it’s fresh and stretchy or a hardened glob, these fabric-friendly solutions for how to get …

How to Clean a Dryer Vent Yourself Feb 6, 2023

About a third of house fires are caused by clogged dryer vents. Protect yourself and your family by regularly clearing out dryer v …

How to Clean an Electric Coil Stovetop Feb 3, 2023

Prolong the life of your electric coil stove with these simple cleaning and maintenance tips. Whether you have burnt-on food or a …

How to Shrink Clothes For a Better Fit Jun 6, 2023

Right-size your wardrobe or repair stretched fibers with these tips and tricks for shrinking the size of your clothing.

How to Clean a Garbage Disposal Jun 22, 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 Mar 20, 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 Jun 23, 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 …