In between pandemic quarantines and shutdowns, many homeowners have become more interested in the idea of DIY home improvement projects. If you’re someone who enjoys tinkering around at home, is looking for a design change, or just wants to learn about how to DIY like a professional, read on.
Get inspired online.
One of the best ways to begin a DIY project is to use the internet for ideas. Between platforms like Pinterest and YouTube, you’ll be able to find endless ideas and blogs and vlogs like “here is what the best DIY pro’s do.” Start with a Google search for the type of project you hope to do. For example, if you’re hoping for a kitchen makeover, a Google search for “DIY kitchen design” or “DIY kitchen upgrades” will give you endless projects and “how-tos” you can use to inspire your project.
When watching DIY videos or reading blogs, be sure to have a notebook with you. You’ll need this to write down lists of supplies and tips and tricks for what to do. Soon enough, you’ll be creating projects like your favorite YouTuber or blogger.
Know what you’re getting into.
It can be easy to fall into the trap of taking on a project that’s more complicated than you’re ready for. The same way you might explore some of the reasons you should avoid DIY HVAC repairs if you had an HVAC issue with your AC unit, you’ll want to be sure you know what you’re getting into when you take on your project. For some people, a complicated project doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea to try but could mean enlisting the help of family members or friends with experience.
Maybe you’re hoping to repaint your basement but have never worked with painter’s tape and need to install baseboard. Contacting a friend or family member and asking for help is a good idea. Even if you intend to do the project yourself, asking for tips and tricks could help. While you might not consider using a drop cloth, a conversation with a friend about their last failed project might be enough to encourage you to take precautions you wouldn’t have otherwise considered.
Think outside the box.
One of the best things about any homeowner project is the freedom to make it your own. When deciding what to do for your next project, do what you can to be creative. Use what you have and come up with new uses for old appliances, for example. An old door could soon become a kitchen table, or a shelf could become a cabinet door. The ideas are endless if you’re willing to repurpose what you have for new uses.
Celebrate your style.
Finding your personal style is one of the best parts of the DIY project process. The truth is that style isn’t limited to clothing. As you take more projects on, you’ll soon find that you have your own unique style. Like any artist, finding this style takes time, but is something you’ll be glad you did when your vision comes to fruition. Trust your instincts no matter what others might say and allow your creative expression to flow naturally. You’ll be glad that you did.
In the end, there’s no exact science or right way to do any DIY project. However, by gathering information from the pros and looking for inspiration online, you’ll likely have better success. Best of luck with your project! Be sure to pick up the right supplies and post your final result on the internet for other DIY enthusiasts to find and be inspired by!