One piece of advice I would share for anyone taking on their own blog makeover is to look to Pinterest and other blogs for Inspiration. I looked at some of my favorite blogs and took notes of things I liked from their blogs and then started to make a list of ideas/elements I wanted to include on my blog. I also found a color inspiration board on Pinterest that I totally loved to help me determine my color palette.
The great thing about finding this is I could open it in PhotoShop and match all of my colors to it. This ensured all of my elements were consistent in color. I also found some great fonts online which make designing a lot of fun and so much easier.
I say it's only 99% complete because I know I will constantly tweak little things here and there as I learn more. But for now it's working for me, and I love it! I'm definitly not a professional, and I still have a lot to learn, but if anyone has any questions feel free to leave a comment below and shoot me an email at email@example.com.