Let me first preface this by telling you that I am a big planner. I am the type that puts things on lists just to check them off, creates a plan for most everything in my life, and loves a project plan like a love a good bottle wine. So, I believe that creating a plan before starting your DIY project is critical to the success. It also helps you not want to stop your project half way through due to frustration.
Here's what you need to create your plan for your next DIY project:
1. Measure Your Space
Ever heard the phrase "measure twice, cut once?" Well isn't that the truth! If I don't measure twice, I always regret it, and I end up having to redo cuts several times. It is important that you have the exact measurements of your space before you gather supplies for your project. Also, remember that your walls are not even (anyone else live in 50+ year old house?), so if you are building built ins or trying to fit your project in a specific space, measure a few different spots on the wall to make sure you get the best fit possible.
2. Get Your Supplies
Once you have your measurements, then you can start getting your supplies. Most supplies that you need can be found at your local hardware store. My favorite place to get DIY supplies is Home Depot, but any hardware store will have what you need to complete your project. If you are looking for special finishes, then you can find awesome door knobs, paint, wallpaper, etc. online.
3. Have The Right Tools
Every DIYer needs a tool box..well any functional member of society should have one as well. But the DIYer needs a good functioning tool box to start their next DIY project. Make sure you toolbox has a strong hammer, a philips head and a flat head screwdriver, nails, and screws. If you are getting started on your DIY journey, there are two extra tools you should have in your toolbox. First, a level. A level is key to making sure items are hung and built evenly. Second, a power drill. I love a good power drill and it will make your life so. much. easier. Invest in one and you won't regret it.
4. Have a Timeline
If you are like me, you have a hundred projects and plans going on at the same time. I function best in chaos, so I always have something going on. I stay organized with timelines. For smaller projects, I plan my timelines out on a to do list or my calendar. My bigger projects take several weeks or even months to complete. So I plan those projects using an Kanban tool called Trello. This tool allows me to visually see where my project is and how much progress I have made.