Since we bought our home almost a decade ago, I’ve been constantly remodeling. It’s not that the house has needed a renovation. I just have so many ideas tumbling around in my mind. So, I am happy if my design ideas last a year or two before moving onto a whole new theme.
For our most recent remodeling, I decided to try a bit more DIY in the process. Financial security is not a reality in 2020, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on great decor. The thing is, DIY is no simple matter.
Technically, you can give way to your imagination and you will be creating effective DIY home projects. However, if you don’t want it to look like a craft project, there are some things you need to know.
This is where to start with DIY remodeling, hopefully with tips from DSCENE editors:
Clean out and upcycle
Sometimes, big ideas are not necessary. Many people have parts of their home that they are not putting to good use. This may be a storage room with junk you will never use again, or a nook that is not the most practical size. Before settling on any ideas, go through your house and clean it up.
You should be left with a lot of junk that has no use. Some of it will need to be discarded, but certain objects can be upcycled. Upcycling is taking a second-hand item and turning it into something new. For this reason, the junk you are left with may actually dictate the direction you take your DIY decor.
It might also be worthwhile to ask whether you really need a dedicated guest room, or if your grown childrens’ bedrooms need to be preserved. These spaces could be the perfect starting point.
Build a statement piece
Not all remodelings need to be comprehensive. Sometimes, your living room just needs a shake-up. When times are tough, buying new sets of furniture is just not realistic. Building a full set of furniture that looks decent is also not an option for anyone but expert carpenters.
However, you can build a statement piece. This could be a chair, piece of decor, coffee table, or anything else that draws the eye. It is not meant to be subtle, as it elevates everything.
A good statement piece can really change how the interior of a room feels. Since it doesn’t need to be totally practical, you can sacrifice comfort or longevity for aesthetics.
Do some test runs
One reason many potential DIYers end up leaving their projects for the pros is that their vision does not come to life. They realize they don’t have the skill to make it look the way they imagined, or that what they imagined just doesn’t work in real life.
If you want to be successful at doing a DIY remodeling, you are going to need to consider your first few projects test runs. This is difficult to do, as you will spend a lot of time on them, along with materials you could have used for something else. But the reality is that any good creation needs practice.
Your first attempt might turn out great, but don’t place pressure on it to be perfect. Doing so is a surefire way to lose heart early on.