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4 Common DIY Myths

We understand the feeling all too well. DIY projects can sometimes appear more daunting than the beautiful images you see on your favourite DIY Instagram accounts. While you strive to recreate those amazing results, it may not always turn out exactly as expected. In our own DIY journeys, we've come to appreciate that it takes a bit of patience and a willingness to learn from a few mishaps.

However, we've also experienced the many benefits that come with DIY: it's often a budget-friendly option, provides a great sense of achievement as you create or transform something with your own hands, and offers a unique creative outlet where you are both the designer and builder, tailoring the project to your specific tastes.

We're of the mind that the more you know, the better. Below, we're digging into those DIY myths we've all heard and sharing the solid facts you can trust.

Myth 1: DIY Takes Too Much Time

Fact: Some projects can be completed quickly, while others require more time. Your time commitment depends on the project's complexity and your experience level. Proper planning and time management, such as using a scheduler to plan out the days can save you hours of set up and cleanup time, and can make DIY projects efficient and more enjoyable.

Myth 2: DIY Requires A Lot of Experience

Fact: You don't need to be a pro to start a DIY project. With the instructions, resources, and guidance, you can learn as you go. Start with small projects, gain experience, and gradually tackle more complex tasks.

Opt for materials and tools that make your life easier, such as pre-cut and pre-primed wood or using MDF boards that can be cut with a hand saw instead of using wood slats that require a mitre saw. These choices can simplify your DIY journey and enhance your project outcomes.

Myth 3: DIY Can End Up Costing More Than Hiring a Professional

Fact: In most cases, opting for the DIY approach can result in costs significantly lower than those incurred when hiring a general contractor. The key lies in the careful selection of tools and materials. By developing a well-researched shopping list and making use of substitutes that you already have in your home, you can achieve substantial savings, potentially totalling hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

Myth 4: DIY Decor Never Looks As Good 

Fact: DIY projects often provide your home with a unique and personalized look, setting it apart from the uniformity of mass-produced items. For example, instead of purchasing the same Ikea headboards as everyone else, you can create your own, tailored to your style and preferences. DIY also extends beyond home improvement; it can also include DIY art, DIY crafts, or even DIY home decor. It's a versatile way to express your creativity and save money in various areas of your life.

Remember that DIY isn't just about the final result; it's a journey of learning, experimentation, and personal growth. Whether you're embracing DIY, in a craft, an accent wall, or something larger like a DIY bathroom renovation—we hope that you remember the facts about DIY and embrace your creativity and learning.

Happy DIY-ing friends!

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