If you are a beginner to the wonderful world of DIY, there are a few things you should know before you start your first project. Starting out on the wrong foot could mean your project will never work out, and it might put you off DIY for life, which would be a great shame. Follow the steps below, and you won’t go far wrong.
Making a cool headboard is a great first DIY project idea
Let’s imagine for your first DIY project you decide to build a dolls house for your niece. This is a fabulous project, and something I am planning on doing myself in the near future – however, it is too advanced for a total beginner. My friend started out making wooden garden furniture sets, and needless to say it did not work out well. When first starting out you should select straightforward items to create such as a chalkboard, a simple garden table or a headboard for your bed.
You can never ask too many questions, and do not be afraid that you are bothering the staff at your local DIY shop – the staff at our branch LOVE answering questions and sometimes fight among ourselves for the chance to show of our knowledge. So never be worried that you are bothering staff. The best way to get the proper help is to take pictures if you are fixing something in the house or painting a damp wall. This way the staff will know exactly what you are up against and be able to give you more exact advice on the products you should use and the best tools for the job.
Be prepared to invest in decent tools – although you will find lots of DIY tools like hammers, screwdrivers, stanley knives and small saws in your local pound store, these will not help you do a good job. It is worth investing a few pounds more and having reliables that will actually saw, cut, screw and bang. Ooops – that sounded a bit suggestive, but I am sure you get my gist.
Lastly, always start your projects before noon. There are two reasons for this – the first is because in the morning enthusiam levels are much higher and you will get a lot further with your task than if you begin in the late afternoon or eveneing when energy levels are beginning to wane. Secondly, if you realise you need a tool or are missing a few screws, you have plenty of time to get to the shops and obtain what you need. If you start in the evening this is unlikely, and you’ll feel frustrated having to finish so soon after you begun.