-And have a beautiful home and wallet in no time
When it comes to upgrading a part of our lives, whether it be our home, our car or ourselves – physically, emotionally, or professionally, there always seems to be an inevitable looming expense hanging over our heads. That doesn’t always have to be the case. A swish of one’s favorite lipstick, a slice of cake or an afternoon with family members and friends, especially those with paws can make us feel fabulous in no time.
The same can be applied to revamping your home. If you DIY your own furniture, not only do you get to determine the direction and theme of where your pieces should be going, but you can also use what you already have laying around the house or in the attic. Hence, you save money, skip going to the stores and instead, you can rummage in your storeroom for a bookshelf that can easily become the greatest bench ever.
1. Get over your fear of DIY and choose a project that fits your time and expertise level.
Perhaps the scariest part of beginning a DIY journey is deciding to do it in the first place. Perhaps you’ve never used a power tool. Or you have no idea how to work safely with wood. And the mere idea of performing handyman jobs can seem daunting! In short, it all seems like mastering a foreign language without a dictionary.
Fear not, many ideas are available and virtually anything can be transformed from mundane to magical in no time at all. For those who have always dreamt of the picturesque walk in closet or simply want a nicer dresser to store the vast shirts, shorts, and scarf collections they have, there are plenty of ways to get started. First off, it’s important to have a vision or a project. These can be found through books, magazines, and the Internet [read: Pinterest :)], or perhaps you’ve been looking at a dusty old lamp sitting in the corner wishing it has a different look? Whatever the case you can start small and take on more extensive projects as time goes by.
For this to really work and your imagination to do your project and your skills justice, let go of inhibitions, rethink the furniture layout of your home space to make sure all your new creations will work within your home and start discovering what exactly you are going to be making first!
2. Establish what you have and what you’ll need for your DIY Furniture Project.
Depending on the project you’ve chosen you’ll most likely need some sort of supplies. Things like paint, new handles for a dresser or even glitter and of course the essential tools such as a drill, screwdrivers, sanding paper, measuring tape. Some of these will be investment items that you’ll use for ever more in your DIY Furniture projects. Others will be specific to a given project. You might even need the ‘project’ item itself. If for example you really want or need a new dresser for the kitchen but you don’t actually have one. Second-hand stores, Estate Sales and the like can be great places to source these cheaply.
3. Set a budget for your DIY Furniture Project.
Now it’s time to determine a budget. In order to keep your wallet smiling, make sure you know how much you are willing to spend on this project. You’ll already know what you need in order to make the project happen and hopefully, you already have most of those investment pieces [drills etc] and will not need to factor those in. If you don’t have them and this is your first dabble into a DIY Furniture Project it would be a good idea to borrow any tools you can from family or friends. Until you know DIY Furniture is for you 🙂
4. Remember to think how your DIY Furniture Project fits into your overall home.
To DIY is to be given full control over your home’s decor and the opportunity to reimagine anything from what it is to what it could be. While you are on your mission to reinvigorate your home with new shades of color, don’t forget to prioritize organization to ensure that both your home and your life flow smoothly.
DIY is more than just a trend, this trend ensures that while you breathe life back into old unwanted pieces, you are also saving money, helping the environment and creating your ideal home. Therefore, why not start DIYing today? I know I have.
Author Bio: Today’s post was written by Sarah Jones, ever since she started DIY projects at home, she has never felt better about her decision. Now she shares her thoughts and the techniques she learned on her blog The DIY Hammer.