If you are planning on doing a bit of DIY around your home for the first time, you might feel a bit nervous! The last thing you want to do is make a mistake that ruins everything - trust me, I have done this MANY times before! To make sure you don't slip up; read on to discover some handy DIY tips and some mistakes you need to avoid when starting your projects..
1. Prep – No matter whether you are doing a little bit of gardening, painting a wall or putting a shelf up, if you do not prepare the area properly you are only going to get problems later on, prepare the area!
2. Less is more – This is one I need to constantly remind myself, surprisingly! It is one of the most common mistakes rookie DIY-ers make. It is so easy to go overboard with fancy finishes because you want to include loads of different styles into your home, and everything sounds great on paper… or on pinterest. However, when you put things together it is a different matter, and your home could end up looking messy and confused. You don’t want that!
3. Don't neglect easy fixes – Yes, you want to dive right in and go for the big show-stopping project! But if you haven’t dealt with the little, easy fixes first, what’s the point? Again… problems!
4. Use tools and materials that work – It does not matter whether you require the use of a drill, a screwdriver or you are looking for glue dispensers for your DIY feather lamp shade (cheeky plug), you need to work with the right tools, equipment and materials if you want to experience results that won’t collapse within a minute, or injure you. I once tried use my hand as a hammer when building my room and ended up with a burst vein...morale of the story - use a hammer, not your hand!
5. Using the wrong paint – Painting a wall is definitely one of the most common DIY projects. However, if you’re impatient like me, many people rush the process and don’t think twice about what paint to use. There are many different types of paint and you need to choose the right one. For example, you should only use flat paint when painting the ceiling. This is because this type of paint is not as washable as those with a satin or eggshell finish. (I did some research, I’m not just making this up haha)
6. Protect other surfaces – Last but not least, this is another mistake a lot of people make when attempting DIY for the first time, and they definitely live to regret it - talking from experience here. No matter what task you are carrying out, it is vital to protect your surfaces. One key example of this is using masking tape to tape off areas that you don’t want paint to go!
If you use these tips, and avoid the mistakes that have been mentioned above, you can ensure that your first DIY experience is a positive one. Any other tips for DIYers? Leave them in the comments below! Help a girl out!