Setting off on your DIY journey is all very exciting. You’re eager to make things from scratch, which will save a lot of money and give you a sense of accomplishment. I’m sure you’ve seen countless posts or videos of people giving DIY a go. Some of the things they make are absolutely outstanding! Seriously, it blows my mind when I see what seasoned DIY pros can do.
Unfortunately, you’re not a pro – not yet, anyway! So, you need to start with some smaller ideas. Three projects are listed below, but they get progressively harder. Start with the easiest, move on to the next and so on.
Shelving is always a great place to begin your DIY journey. Anyone can make a shelf – you literally fit some brackets to a wall and stick a plank of wood across. It doesn’t sound that great, but you can find some really gorgeous DIY rustic shelving for low prices.
The reason you start with this is that it gets you used to some DIY tasks. You learn to measure things, screw stuff into walls and there can be a bit of sawing or cutting. Also, shelving is great for progression. You can start simple and get more complicated and unique as you grow in confidence.
Another favourite DIY idea of mine, yet one that’s good for beginners looking to try something a bit more fiddly. Here, you need to measure the wall and mark out where the panelling is going to go. Then, you need to get your panelling, cut it however you like, and stick it down with some strong glue.
There’s a lot of preparation needed before all of this, such as stripping the wall of any paint of wallpaper. After everything is stuck down, you need to paint it back over. Again, it’s something that starts off very simple but can quickly become elaborate and fancy.
We’re getting into slightly more advanced ideas here. Building a garden shed really helps you learn and hone different skills. Start by purchasing a shed that comes with the parts and you have to put everything together. This teaches you how to fit panels together, how to install a small roof, etc.
Then, you can think about building your own shed from scratch. Mark out where it will go, dig the trenches for the shed bases, figure out the shed material and get it all cut and ready. It’s a big project – your biggest yet – but the feeling when you finish it is amazing. Once you’ve built a garden shed from scratch, you can pretty much graduate from the beginner DIY university.
Give any of these ideas a try if you’re keen to get involved in DIY. Being able to do things yourself is so rewarding and fulfilling. Plus, if you can add little DIY things to your home, you’ll save an absolute fortune on interior design or home decor products. Remember to start small and gradually build your confidence up to try the bigger tasks.