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How to Get Started with your DIY Project

DIY projects can be overwhelming and scary to jump into! The first DIY project I did, I had no idea what I was doing. I did not have any tools. I was still using the "tool box" I got as a graduation gift from high school. Yikes. When I decided I was going to finally start that project, I think I spent an entire weekend googling every resource I could find about painting or white-washing brick (struggling perfectionist over here).

The first DIY project I did was a fireplace makeover. I will share those project details with y'all soon, but I can confidently say it was a success! After tackling that project (and many more), I am going to share my three pro tips I have learned on how to get started with your next DIY project.

1. Start Small

As an overachiever and overcommitter myself, I tend to think I am Super Woman and can tackle the world's biggest projects right out of the gate. If you are planning your first DIY project, my advice is to start small. One day soon you will be able to create build your own cabinets and built-ins, but its important you learn the basics before jumping into a large scale project.

Here are some examples of small scale DIY projects that make the perfect project for the DIY newbie:

  • Painting furniture or a wall

  • Building a simple table

  • Adding board and batten to a wall

2. Build A Vision

Before you start any project, you need to have a clear vision of what you are trying to achieve and what success looks like to you. Spend time researching projects and developing a vision board. Pinterest is a great way to do this. Start searching on Pinterest for what you want to do. Once you have a vision board created, then start to narrow in on the exact specifics of the project.

3. Have a plan

The worst thing you can do when you a starting a new project is to walk into Home Depot without a plan. You will immediately be overwhelmed. Develop your plan before you get there. Here is what you will need to include in your plan:

  • Measurements of your space

  • Supplies needed with measurements or counts

  • Tools to complete the project

  • Timeline to complete the plan

If you follow these simple steps, you will be able to execute your next DIY project with success! Next I will be diving deep into each of these topics to give your more detailed tips on starting your project.


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