Home Improvement: 3 Things to Remember Before You Tackle a DIY Room Makeover by Stephanie Mallory
I’ve wanted to paint and freshen our bedroom for about a year. It seemed simple enough: a new coat of paint and pull up the old carpet to let the wood floor show through. But what was a three-day project (at most!) in my head took my husband and me over a week. As we worked through the project, I gathered some insight I thought I would share for the weekend DIY warriors out there:
- HGTV is a television station that airs shows, not real life. In an hour show, you rarely see the 10th run to the hardware store, the hunt for the hammer or the discussion if the rug should be vertical or horizontal. Make sure you have a realistic view of your project.
- Things always take longer than you want them to. While I would just throw some Spackle at a crack, my husband wanted to fix it correctly so we wouldn’t have to do it again in three years. That took two trips to the home improvement store and 24 hours to dry the patches. Schedule enough time to get things done.
- Have some wiggle room in your budget. Now that the trim is a nice bright white, the ivory window treatments need an update. And, my bedside lamps look a little outdated. Keep some cash aside for these types of fun updates.
We love our new warm gray room and cozy wood floor. I hope these tips will help you enjoy your next DIY project!
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