Blogs, TV shows, social media channels: Wherever renovations and embellishments are discussed, DIY looks like child’s play. But the fact is, even orchestrated cosmetic repairs can also go terribly wrong. In case of doubt, not only did the result fail, but you also lost time and money – or maybe even injured yourself during certain activities. Last but not least, large DIY projects, in particular, can fail due to a lack of permits or approvals.
As nice as it can be to redesign your home on your own and with your own creativity, you should still realistically assess your own abilities and limits and prepare yourself in several ways for the renovation project.
Not Everything Will Go According to Plan
Always expect the unexpected. This also (or especially) applies to DIY projects. Larger measures will likely go over budget. And it will take more time for the implementation than estimated. If you keep this in mind, you can prepare for it.
For larger projects or several projects, you should also plan step by step and only take on a second idea when the first is completed. When in doubt, multitasking only means that both plans do not work out as expected.
Do Not Paint without Preparation
The key to successful deletion results is preparation. Larger holes in the wall should be plastered, uneven areas repaired and the walls cleaned of dust and possibly cobwebs. Be sure to mask door frames, window frames, window sills, skirting boards, and sockets with painter’s tape. Depending on how big the wall or the room is, that alone can be a day-to-day task – especially because the best painting work can be achieved with sufficient daylight or floodlight. But because floodlights are an insane source of heat and not always easy to get hold of, you should postpone your deletion plans to the next day if necessary.
If the walls are not smooth or were previously painted in a different color, there is no getting around a primer. A uniform basic color makes the actual wall color even more and brilliant. You also need fewer paint coats, especially if you want to switch from a darker color to a lighter one. The primer also helps remove any unevenness on the wall, making the end result smoother and more even.
The painter’s tape is best removed when the paint is dusty dry – about one to two hours after painting.
If you want to paint kitchen cabinets and other furniture, you should be aware that it is a very time-consuming undertaking. Most of them have to be sanded down and primed beforehand. Then painted and treated with paint protection so that steam and moisture from cooking cannot damage the kitchen cupboards. Other furniture only becomes scratch-resistant and resistant with the final layer of protective varnish.
Don’t Be Afraid to Get Creative.
DIY projects are a great way to spark your creativity. Anyone who feels a creative urge should give in to their intuition and fully engage with their project. Don’t be afraid to experiment. It is possible that you do not like the result of your creative gadgets at the end of the first or second attempt.
Still, this dissatisfaction can also be motivation and impetus to get further involved and develop more creative solutions – until you create something that you like and that works. This also applies to DIY projects with individual photo wallpapers, for example. Here you should first analyze exactly the wall you want to fill in: incidence of light, size, things like that. This at any time with the photos in hand that you would like to attach in large format as wallpaper. This way, you can better imagine the result and find the desired image’s right place more reliably.
Try New Things, but Always Stay Safe
There are DIY projects for the creative side. But there are also DIY projects for home and craft enthusiasts. How far you should go with your project varies from person to person. Fitting a new lamp is rarely a problem. However, a new connection to fit an additional lamp should be left to someone who has ever handled electrical cables. New cables should always be better laid by professionals. The same applies to water connections and breaking through, tearing, or pulling in walls.