Are you someone who sees the acronym “DIY” and groans inwardly? Maybe it is because you don’t have the skill or confidence that it takes to roll up your sleeves and attempt some sort of home project? Maybe you just don’t have the time to enjoy this sort of thing? Perhaps you groan because you fear that such projects are costly and you don’t have the tools needed for most.
Well, the good news is that there are many projects, craft ideas and “how-tos” that anyone can do, and at a very affordable price. The first step is figuring out a goal. For example, are you someone who dislikes the looks of your yard and who would love to do some DIY gardening or landscaping? Maybe it is an indoor project, like a small upgrade to the living room or the kitchen?
Take time to map out what sort of DIY project you would like to tackle, but always with the caveat that it has to be within your level of skill and/or capabilities. If you have never done a DIY project, start with something small, and then work your way upward.
As an example, let’s say you want to start doing some gardening and think flower beds in the front of the home is the way to go. That is a great project, but first, why not do some potted plants and planters. Take the time to wander around the home and garden center, look at the different pots or planters and then map out a selection of seeds or plants that will work well. As you might guess, even something as simple as that could be tricky if you are new to such projects.
Get the Tools
Of course, it is impossible to do even the most basic project without also having basic tools for the job. You may want to take some time and look around at the DIY projects and tutorials for sites like Home Depot. There, you’ll see that they show you the materials, tools and even the amount of time you can expect to spend doing the work.
You’ll be surprised at the amount of mileage you’ll get out of an investment in good tools. For instance, most of the gardening tools you will use can come in handy for most landscaping work, too. You might want to put in a garden and lay a pathway. The tools and skills needed for both are similar.
What are some good ideas for the beginning DIY homeowner? We suggest:
- Interior painting
- Organizing and updating a closet
- Installing LED lighting beneath kitchen cabinetry
- Installing a new light fixture or ceiling fan
- Installing a flower bed (raised or traditional/edged)
- Install floating shelving in the kitchen, bath or living room
- Paint the front door
- Install new window dressings (including rods and shades)
As you can see, none of these projects are at all difficult or overwhelming and could be the start of your DIY career!