Everyone thinks they can do it themselves (and sometimes people actually can) but before you take on a DIY project for the first time, you may want to consider going over these few basics so that everything goes smoothly.
In this post, we’ll cover how to identify your skill level and what types of projects are good for beginners –just in case you need some convincing.
Start a DIY Project on a Budget
Many people love to DIY but not everyone has the time or money to invest in a project.
The right tools can help make it easier, but sometimes the best way to save money on a project is to do some research before you start. There are several great resources of information on the web that may have saved you time and money in the past.
For example, you can start by searching Google for: “how to refinish hardwood floors without sanding,” or “how to wallpaper kitchen cabinets without removing them,” maybe even “how to paint a room with leftover paint.”
What Materials You’ll Need
You will need a few basic supplies to make your own homemade projects, depending on what they are. If you are restoring furniture, for example, you will probably need to know which screws or fixings you need or how to use a drill.
If you are making a flowerpot, you will need some clay and containers. You will need some basics such as a large pan or pot (metal or plastic), water, paintbrush, and so on.
The Best Tools and Resources
The more complex the project, the more materials and tools you will need, but before starting a DIY project that you hope to sell, it’s always best to gather all of the materials and tools first.
Here are some examples of DIY tools: power sander, power drill, wood glue, wood putty, paint scraper, sandpaper (both wet & dry), carpenter’s pencils with an eraser on one end (to mark), straight edge for cutting lines vertically or horizontally.
Also, remember safety is key! Protect your eyes and ears if necessary. You may also need something like a basic tool belt to help keep your supplies close by while you work.
How to Get Started
So you’ve decided that DIY is the way to go, but don’t know where to start.
Maybe you have found a wonderful old piece of furniture at a garage sale or thrift store and want to restore it yourself. Maybe your child wants a dinosaur bed or your niece wants a fairy-themed bedroom.
Once you get an idea in your head, you may want to jump right into it and start making plans. Things are bound to change along the way if this is your first project!
Make Sure You Can Do It!
The most important thing is to make sure that you can actually complete the project yourself before attempting it (or asking for help!).
It might be tempting to try to tackle the project all by yourself, but it’s better to have a friend or family member give you a hand now than have to make a trip back to the store.