If you spend any amount of time on Pinterest zooming down that endless scroll feature, you’re bound to see some pretty pretty pictures of DIY home projects and think to yourself “I can do that!”. I hear ya you crafty lady you. And you CAN do it! But in order for your project to not end up on a ‘Pinterest Fail’ list, how about checking out these 5 helpful tips for DIY home projects first? 🙂
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Whether you are reupholstering a chair, painting your kid’s bedroom, or putting together a new wardrobe, it’s important to be prepared. There are bound to be a few hurdles along the way, but you should probably at least try to avoid the hurdles so you aren’t pulling your hair out by the end of the project.
Get Help With the Kiddos
Rule number one: no children!
They will want to join in. They will pick up your tools. And they’ll ask a million questions. It will be mayhem.
Nothing can give you a heart attack quicker than the sight of a toddler wielding a dripping paint brush.
Not to mention, it can be dangerous, especially if you are doing something that requires sharp tools, which let’s face it, most DIY jobs do.
Ask your folks or a friend if they will look after your children, or wait until they are at school or asleep. Expect a few late nights trying to finish your project without kid interference.
Invest in Good Tools
They say a bad worker always blames their tools, but how are you supposed to do a job well if you are working with poor quality equipment? It always pays to invest in good quality tools. Pick trusted brand names and always keep the receipt just in case.
You can read reviews online if you’re having a hard time deciding, or check with an employee at the hardware store, they are usually very knowledgeable.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
We all like to think that we can do anything without the help of others. And these days Youtube can be pretty helpful.
But sometimes we get totally stumped and it’s best to ask for help rather than struggle along and potentially ruin the project.
You won’t look silly for querying something, but you will look silly when your house is falling apart because you refused to ask for help. Two heads are better than one!
Be Familiar With Your Tools
A lot of people dive right in with little consideration for the tools or materials they are working with. Don’t do that.
If you’re using a tool for the first time, I recommend doing a test run with it. Practice on some scrap materials to get the hang of it before you move forward with the project.
There are plenty of guides online explaining how to use different items, be it construction adhesive or a circular saw.
It only takes a few minutes to do a bit of research, and it can save you a lot of hassle and major frustration down the line.
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Take ‘Before’ Pictures
Trust me on this.
If you need to put something back together at the end of the DIY job, the best thing to do is take a photo of how it looked beforehand. This will make your life much easier!
If your project is particularly complicated, like reupholstering a chair, it’s helpful to take a picture at each step of the dismantling process.
You may think you’ll remember how to reassemble something but what if life gets in the way and it’s several days or weeks before you get back to your project? You may very well forget. Simplify your life by taking lot of pictures as you go.
Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for your DIY jobs around the house. If you do the preparation work and you make sure your children are out of the way, there’s no reason you can’t have a DIY success story to tell!
What’s the latest DIY project you worked on?