Today Oksana, from the blog Order Matters, is sharing her realistic approach to creating a message board and a few key questions to ask yourself before jumping into your next DIY project...if you have any doubts about whether or not you are prepared to make it a success!
Have you seen the terrific piece on setting up a family command center in the first issue of House of Fifty? The command center in that article included a lovely bulletin board, which was created by the very handy Janell, the magazine's Founding Editor.
I have been needing this kind of bulletin board for a long time and the magazine article inspired me to create one. Unlike Janell, however, I would characterize myself as a "non-DIY inclined person". In fact, one of my posts, "To DIY or Not To DIY", shared my not so positive adventures in doing-it-myself and some precautions for others. With self-awareness of my own limitations, I approached my most recent project as a "semi-DIY". Which means: I go as far as I can and then seek professional assistance! What I like about this approach is that I get the satisfaction of accomplishing something myself and then learning from the pros on how to do something right. Here is my semi-DIY bulletin board journey:
1. I bought the STAVE mirror (in birch) from IKEA and removed the mirror from the frame.
2. I lightly sanded, primed, and spray-painted the frame in glossy green. A few coats of paint were needed until I got to this:
Dwell Studio Bella Porte Citrine fabric:
5. Van cut out a piece of plywood large enough to slide into the frame. He lightly glued a piece of 1/2 inch foam to the plywood.
What is your process for determining whether you can tackle a DIY? Before I jump into a DIY project, I ask myself these three questions:
1. Do I have the expertise and patience to tackle this project?
2. How much time will this project take and can I commit that much time to completing it?
3. What equipment and tools are required for this project to be done well? Can I afford the investment in new equipment or tools that I might never utilize again.
Thanks Oksana! What great questions to ask. While I jump in with both feet before thinking, that is my approach and it tends to work...but I know for many people projects can become overwhelming, with results that leave one disappointed or with the project simply being abandoned! So, if you are unsure, consider these questions before tackling your next DIY project.