Do you have your DIY home project plan in place? Sometimes we can have the best plans and intentions for DIY home projects, but life happens and our plans get delayed. Have you ever had that happen to you? Well if you haven’t, I would LOVE to know your secret to success!
The truth is there are many success stories for DIY home projects that are wonderful. I have many myself. However, I also have many that are not quite considered a “success” yet! I want to share a few things with you that may help you have more success on your projects.
One important element of any do it yourself home project is timing! Be realistic when it comes to how much time a project will actually take. Some projects may only take a weekend, while others may take weeks or even months.
Do not get discouraged if a project takes longer than you had planned, just stay focused. I have many projects that are “on hold”. Sometimes, it can be very overwhelming to try to finish a project when other things arise in life that demand attention. Do not let timing stop you from completing projects!
Try to break up the project into sections. For example, if you’re working on a bathroom remodel project, try to get the most important part done first-which would be 1. water 2. toilet 3. shower/tub unit. Of course, these are important elements when working in the bathroom, so you want to make sure you have these first and foremost, although they may not fall exactly into that order for some people. Maybe this would take a day or a weekend if you have all the correct parts, but plumbing can be tricky so be prepared.
The next section would be the ceiling and possibly some painting. If you are just painting the existing ceiling, allow an overnight drying time for each coat of paint applied. If you are putting up drywall, allow that to set at least 24 hours before sanding and painting.
Allow time for primer (apply and dry) as well as your regular paint. Always let primer dry overnight as well as your regular paint. So, one night of dry time for primer and one night for each coat of paint you will apply. This may take 2-3 days depending on how many coats of paint you are to apply.
Now for any cabinets, shelves, or tables. This may take a day or possibly two. Go ahead and put things you have in place, just not mirrors, pictures or any decor. Leave the decorating for very last, of course.
Last, the flooring. Pick the perfect floor you want, and there are so many different ways you can go here from hardwood to the stained concrete. This can take several days, depending on which direction you choose.
Don’t blow the budget, right? Of course money is on everyone’s mind when they are remodeling. Just be realistic! Don’t think it’s going to take a $1,000 to remodel an entire kitchen. Chances are, people tend to under budget, which is why they usually go over budget.
True enough, there are some things you can get by with on the cheaper side and some things you cannot. But there are always chances to save money in a few places here or there along the way. A lot of great items you can also find on sale at different times of the year as well. After all, an item will still be great whether you pay full price or catch it on sale. If you are limited to a certain time frame however, this may be a problem to wait for the item to go on sale.
Try to search for the things you want in advance to save time and money. Comparing prices can sometimes be tedious work, but it can save on your bottom line of your project. Don’t wait until you are in the middle of a project to try to find items you need because this will prolong the project if you have to stop to find something you should already have.
You may not always get what you want, but are you going to want what you get? I am guilty as anyone on this, I guess. I have my mind set on something I really want and not getting it for one reason or another. I end up getting something different. I didn’t get what I wanted, but did I want what I actually got…..not really.
If you truly have your mind set on a certain thing, then you may as well get it. In my experiences, you will not be truly happy unless you do. I’m not talking short term here. You can make things work temporarily and be happy with them on a short term basis, I think we all have done that a time or two. I’m talking long term. Like, don’t install a wood burning fireplace when you wanted gas. Then you are going to spend the entire winter complaining about the dust, dirt, and dumping ashes when all you wanted to do was light a flame.
Be true to you, but be flexible as well.
I had to learn this one the hard way! And I still struggle with it! I am the type of person who wanted it finished yesterday, however; my husband is the more “pace-yourself” type. Does that make for a deadly combination…….sometimes. But I have learned a lot along the way, and patience is coming!
It doesn’t take long to figure out that paint has to dry completely before you can do anything else to it. There are some things you just can’t rush. If there is one thing I have learned from my husband, it’s patience! Ninety percent of that was while working on our home projects together.
Be patient with yourself and with those you are working with. If there is something you just can’t seem to get right, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your home project will go smoother and easier when you are not always rushing or in a hurry to get it finished yesterday!
DIY home projects will not be a success overnight, without some type of budget, while not being flexible and having little patience-that’s my take on it. It’s pretty impossible to do a project without them when you think about it. They may not be the only things you need, but they are pretty high on the priority list. And tools, lots of tools, paint, paint brushes, rollers, nails, hammers, lumber……..but that’s a whole other story.
Best of luck to you,