140 episodes

Inspiring you to decorate, improve, and maintain your home with DIY, without compromising your wallet, the environment, or style.

The Thrift Diving Podcast Serena Appiah

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    • 4.6 • 25 Ratings

Inspiring you to decorate, improve, and maintain your home with DIY, without compromising your wallet, the environment, or style.

    What REALLY Went Down During That Epic Bathroom Makeover! - #140

    What REALLY Went Down During That Epic Bathroom Makeover! - #140

    We're  going behind-the-scenes to hear the complete story of that epic bathroom makeover that I just finished in my best girlfriend's bathroom! What makes this an inspiring episode is that my friend and I get vulernable about what it was really like to tackle a DIY project together. She lacked interest and confidence because she was a "DIY newbie," and I lacked confidence because I had never done a project in someone else's house before (only my own house).
    Listen as she and I share the inside scoop on navigating this project to turn out as amazing as it did, and how we filled our "confidence buckets" for what we are capable of achieving!

    //LINKS//
    See the "BEFORE" and "AFTER" pictures.HomeStyler - The online platform to create a free 3D model of your room online.Pfister Colfax sink faucetsPfister Colfax shower faucet handleEdmundo - For all your stone needs for your home improvement projects, contact Edmundo (E & C Granite and Stone at 301-968-5738)3 themes I talked about for the beginning of last year, 2023. - Episode #97

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Finishing the Interior of a "She Shed" Workshop! (w/Guest Diane Dains) - #139

    Finishing the Interior of a "She Shed" Workshop! (w/Guest Diane Dains) - #139

    I love hearing from other women who decided to make the leap and buy a "she shed" to  turn it into a workshop! Reader and fellow DIYer  in the Thrift Diving community, Diane Dains, did that very thing: she bought a huge 16' x 28' shed to use as a workshop, but she decided that she would finish off the interior herself. She even hired an electrician to be her "teacher" to oversee her interior wiring (and she had never done interior wiring before!) 

    Listen to this conversation about all the things to keep in mind when finishing off your own shed interior, including tips and tricks, and most importantly, how to speak up for yourself when dealing with contractors who think they know more than you do. Great episode you don't want to miss!

    See pictures of Diane's shed  here on Instagram!

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    This Bathroom Makeover Brought Me Closer to My Best Friend - #138

    This Bathroom Makeover Brought Me Closer to My Best Friend - #138

    In this episode, I dive into an exciting new challenge: renovating a friend's bathroom. This project is an exciting new path from my usual DIY projects in my own 1973 home! I partnered with BathWorks for this extensive makeover, facing unexpected challenges like COVID interruptions and the challenge of coordinating such a big project in such a small space!
    This project has been stressful, but soooo rewarding--from refinishing the tub and tile to choosing the right paint colors, to reconnecting my friendship with my friend! The process wasn't just about the physical transformation of the space but also about strengthening my friendship and pushing personal boundaries in DIY.
    I wrap up the episode by reflecting on the emotional journey and how we can all learn from this project that stepping out of your comfort zone is not an option, but mandatory, in order to move forward.  
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    • 41 min
    I Was Too Poor to Volunteer...Until Now! - #137

    I Was Too Poor to Volunteer...Until Now! - #137

    I'm sharing my personal journey of giving back with Habitat for Humanity. I reflect on my early desire to volunteer, the challenges of balancing work and family, and the fulfilling experience of joining Habitat. As a crew leader, I contribute to building homes for low-income families and highlight the impactful programs supporting new homeowners. I also share my participation in a fall festival, where I painted and donated a desk that was later sold for $175, contributing to Habitat's fundraising. Join me in exploring passions and embracing meaningful callings!

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    • 24 min
    Let's Set Our 2024 Goals! - #136

    Let's Set Our 2024 Goals! - #136

    This is my favorite time of year! I love setting goals for the new year. Last year, though, I didn't set goals, but rather, set "themes" for how I wanted my life to go in 2023:


    FlowConnectionSimplicityIn this episode, I share with you how those goals went for 2023 and what I'll be focusing on for 2024! I want to hear what YOUR goals are, too! Send me an email (serena@thriftdiving.com) or DM me @ ThriftDiving on Instagram to share your goals with me!


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    • 42 min
    I'm Doing the 75 Hard MENTAL TOUGHNESS Challenge! - #135

    I'm Doing the 75 Hard MENTAL TOUGHNESS Challenge! - #135

    I tend to DIY everything in my life, even my health and workouts in order to lose weight and get mentally stronger. I told you in a recent episode that I am doing the 75 Hard Challenge, which is a mental toughness challenge that requires you to do the following things every single day for 75 days, and if you miss ANY of these daily, then you must start over at Day 1:
    Read 10 pages in a non-fiction self-improvement bookTwo workouts each day, 45 minutes each, one of which must be outdoors.Follow a diet, any diet. But no cheat meals, and NO alcohol!Drink 1 gallon of water daily.Take daily progress pictures of your body.I'm on Day 54 as of the publishing of this episode! It's not always been easy. In this episode, I'm sharing with you how the challenge is going so far, along with some health challenges I recently faced that caused me to question if I am doing the right thing or not for my health.
    Send me an email (serena@thriftdiving.com) or DM me @ ThriftDiving on Instagram if you've got a question!

    RESOURCES


    Read more about the 75 Hard Challenge HERE.

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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Coach Carl Parker ,

I’ve learned so much!

I thoroughly enjoyed the DIY ride with this well-spoken guide! I almost spent $$$ at Wayfair for old “looking” furniture. Why?? Thanks for the inspiration!

Pursey Sledge ,

Thrift Diving

I absolutely love Serena. She starts out in episode one saying how her voice is horrible but, I absolutely love her voice. Her voice is very relaxing and she just sounds like someone you can carry a conversation with… a friend. She talks about her voice being harsh and scratching but, I don’t see that at all sometimes it does seem like is a little bit of a sore throat but, doesn’t sound bad. I just think she’s the most clever person I’ve seen, there’s nothing she won’t dry.

Fun1894 ,

Episode 61

Good content but lost stars for mentioning T#%^p name. A billion other examples she could’ve said.EDIT UPDATE Then she got political

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