You want to get your DIY game on, either brushing up on your home improvement skills, or learning them from scratch. Where do you start? Try these five ideas.
Hoping to hit the ground running with your newest home improvement project, but don’t know where exactly to begin? Fear not—every DIY guru starts from humble beginnings. It’s normal to run into a lot of questions, concerns, and even mistakes along the way.
Luckily, you’re far from alone when it comes to fixing up or remodeling your home, as the world of DIY spans a virtually limitless community of like-minded bloggers, hobbyists, and grizzles veterans (along with a seemingly limitless number of home improvement super stores).
The following guide will provide some go-to tips and advice for budding Do It Yourself novices and semi-pros who are hoping for long term success in the realm of personal projects, renovations and beyond.
1. Put together an essential toolkit
The most important step in ensuring a successful DIY experience also tends to be the most obvious—before committing to any project in full, you’ll want to make sure you go in fully prepared and ready for unexpected complications to arise.
The best way to do this will almost always be to have the right tools on hand to account for stripped screws, tricky wall hangers, and more—a tenured DIY aficionado will soon have the prowess to handle mid-project complications without breaking a sweat.
2. Collect painting supplies
Along a similar line, a room renovation will almost always include a necessary amount of painting and priming, whether it be due to scuffed walls, or even furniture requiring a more modern overhaul. Accumulating a decent collection of painting supplies, from brushes and rollers to sanders and scrapers, will pay off in spades in the long run and save you a great deal of headache when taking on new projects.
3. Branch out
Believe it or not, your local community will almost always house a great deal of equally experienced and like-minded DIY lovers. Making the effort to network with others will not only mean that you’ll be in touch with a wider circle of people to share knowledge with, but you’ll most likely pick up on the experiences (and mistakes to avoid) from their projects over time as well.
4. Be prepared to make mistakes
Whether you’re a home project beginner or have been a construction connoisseur for decades, anyone in the game will be quick to tell you that mistakes and complications will come up almost every time you take on a project.
It’s important to remember that there’s no way to learn the ropes without making constant mistakes along the way—it may even be more important to learn how to work around the mistakes that come up than it would be to simply avoid them.
5. Final products always differ
You’re not psychic—the finished product of most DIY projects will inevitably look different than the exact thing you had in mind when you first set out. Remember that you never truly know what to expect when it comes to a new project, and be willing to surprise yourself with your final products. You might even end up liking how a room turns out more than what you originally had in mind!