What do you do about DIY home repairs? What about DIY home improvements? Do you do them yourself, or do you give your hard earned money to someone else?
- Do you have a leaky faucet or a backed up toilet?
- Maybe a tile or two in your floor is coming loose?
- Is your carpet starting to bunch up?
- Maybe you want to change the look of your kitchen cabinets or backsplash. Do you even have a blacksplash in your kitchen?
- Is the wall color boring?
- Is there something in your house that you want to keep, but you want a change?
A lot of times a small thing happens, and we immediately call a professional to fix it. We end up spending LOTS of money on them. Believe me, I know this from personal experience.
Or we are looking at something, maybe it is something we REALLY like, but we are tired of it? I am not talking furniture here. I am talking small doo-dads. A lamp, perhaps? Maybe your kitchen need a little pick me up in the storage section? Again, do you want to spend $$$ to replace something that works just fine, but you are bored with it?
There are certain things a handywoman goddess can do herself, without any help other than maybe a reference manual or tips from professionals.
The best source for determining if you can do something yourself, or if you have to pay $$$ is go to Home Depot, Lowes, or any home improvement type store in your area. Tell them your problem, and they will direct you to the right section. They will tell you if it is something you do need to hire a professional for. But they will also let you know if you can do it yourself and what you need. If you can do it yourself, they get any money from you to complete the job, instead of it going to a professional. You are then a true handywoman goddess. These stores will have books there for you to purchase (from various companies) on:
- Tile installs
I highly recommend a book by Black and Decker called The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair. This saved me a lot of time and money when I had a sink that would not drain. I had several “self-proclaimed experts” tell me what to do to fix it, and none of the ideas worked. I looked in this book before I called a real plumber, and I was able to fix it myself with a little elbow grease and two items everyone has in their home.
You would be surprised at how much things can change with just a new coat of paint. Or some embellishments. Or turning something that you don’t use into something else that you will use.
Maybe you want to create something, let’s say a wreath for the front door. What am I hearing? Easter is your favorite holiday? Why not make a wreath specifically designed to celebrate bunnies? Or you want to put together a special memories package together for a special occasion. Or maybe you have information on your computer that you really wish you had in book form, but can’t find it in book form?
Check out my Interior Design Goddess section. I am always changing things around in my house. I have made bookcases. I have created resource books that look good enough to be on those bookcases. I am starting to transform my kitchen from a 70s look to a 50s look, without having to spend big bucks to buy retro looking appliances (that would run me probably thousands of $$$). I am just adding accent pieces to bring retro to my kitchen.
It is about time you started taking control of your house. Before you spend lots of cash, you could be saving cash for a desperately needed major remodel of that master bath, see what small jobs you can handle yourself.