To DIY or not to DIY?

I admit it. I'm a little lazy. Not always, but often. And that means I haven't been doing much DIY lately in my home. So I understand when clients and friends tell me that they don't want the  $#% DIY instructions to create a home they love, they just want the sources for where to buy what they need!

Fair enough, but sometimes all we need is simply to take a minute to conjure up little creativity for big savings in cost and a big payoff in a unique sense of style. However, the DIY decor I undertake must always be super simple and not take much time or I'll end up right beside my clients in the aisles of HomeSense

Of course, it sometimes doesn't pay to do something ourselves so we need to be mindful of when to DIY and when not to. For example, unless it's super simple, electric and plumbing jobs should always be left to the professionals. Flooring and countertops too for the most part. But decor, wall art, painting, even backsplash tiling - all of these things we can take on ourselves when we want a change! 

So here's my big list of posts to use as a resource on how to DIY vs. how to "source-n-shop":

DIY Tutorial Posts:

DIY Round Wood Hanging Shelf

DIY Living Room projects

DIY Coffee Can Lamp


DIY Hens & Chicks in a Shallow Tray

DIY Garage Sale Nightstand Upcycle

DIY Lightbulb Terrarium

DIY Tin Can Planters

How to Clean, Prep & Install A Wood Plank Wall

How to Paint Kitchen or Bathroom Cabinets

The Full Archives of DIY and Sourcing Posts

So are you a DIY'er or do you prefer to purchase what you want for your home and/or pay a pro?

If you need a little personalized help to make your home your haven, please hire me for design coaching! It's as little as $100 and I can help you figure out how to DIY that project you've pinned, arrange your furniture, choose wall colours, and source what you need. It will save you time and money by making the best choices the first time. I work every month with clients around the world (FaceTime and Google Hangouts are wonderful things), and I bet I can help you too. 

Kelly Anderson

Refreshed Designs

A re-designer focused on natural, sustainable and holistic design.