Making the decision to buy or DIY a project or craft item can be left up to the person who has to do it. Many people are curious as to how I am able to tackle some of the projects that I do, yet some bigger projects I choose to contract out, and crafty ones I stay away from period. The answer is simple…I know my limits.
I would classify myself as more of a person who likes to build, rather than do cutesy, crafty things even though I love seeing it. I blame it on the fact that I have small fat fingers, so cute and crafty stuff does not work well for me. However, I love to tackle larger projects that I get to use tools and can imagine a big picture. While some projects I get exhausted thinking about doing, and just decide to buy. So the question is just because it can be DIY’d, how to make the decision of Buy vs. DIY:
I like to weigh my options when trying to decide a buy vs. DIY. If I determine that building or staining, or painting a project will take over a week, and I am working on it everyday, that is too long…for me. Even if it takes a week to complete and needs to dry or cure for longer, as long as it is done, then I feel okay. You may feel differently. I don’t like living in chaos so working on something for over a week makes my head spin. I would probably rather buy or contract it out. Of course there are different situations, but this is in general.
2) Know Your Limits
I definitely have my struggles with this one. But I have learned to embrace my limits. Its okay that just because I like to do things myself, that sometimes I just can’t. Let’s take my fireplace for example.
When I first moved in , my family room fireplace looked like this. Boo! We DIY’d the fireplace, because after planning and researching this project, we knew we could do it in a weekend because it required minimal work, just the use of a new tool, tile, grout, mortar and sealant. Plus it was much cheaper than contracting someone to do it. We are over three years in and the tile is holding up wonderfully. Totally worth the man hours:)
The floors were a different story. If you look at the old image of my family room, you can see the old oak laminate which stretched along my entire first floor. We wanted it to look professional and based on our level of expertise, and the time that we knew we could commit, we knew it would probably look a little bootleg. So we hired a friend, and he did a phenomenal job.
Then there were these chairs that I bought from the Goodwill which I just knew I would tackle.
Ha! I did one, saw how much work it was and gave up. I ended up donating them back to Goodwill:/ See how I wasted that money buying the chairs and supplies to do the chairs AND the time? Don’t do it to yourself. Lol.
They were supposed to be for my dining room, but I ended up going a totally different route, and I am happy that I did.
By sticking to what you can handle, you are able to save more money in the long run. Have you ever watch some of the HGTV DIY Network shows? People have attempted projects which they totally screwed up, which costs money, then they have to bring someone in to fix the job, which costs even more. Just stick to what you know will work for you:) Just because it is a DIY, doesn’t mean that it has to look like it:)
These two tips are all of my opinion and in no way am I an expert. I just wanted to put these things out there to think about. I think about them each time I decide on a project.
Also, buying does not have to be expensive when it comes to furnishings, or other décor. I swear by Goodwill, Facebook Online Yard Sales, or Salvation Army and Craigslist. I check all of those before trying retail. It pains me to pay retail.
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Until next time!