Turning Anything Into A Headboard
Headboard DIYs have been VERY popular for awhile now, using everything from shipping pallets to recycled shutters and window frames. Many of the finished projects are seriously cute, but with something as important as the headboard – the focal point of the bedroom – it’s best to opt for something that you’ll still love next year and not the latest passing trend. If you crave character on a budget, shop local thrift stores and flea markets for antique beds and unique pieces that may only need a touch of TLC. Remember – it’s amazing what a coat of paint can do.
DIY-ing Your Own Countertops
File this under projects that are best left to the professionals. If you regularly search Pinterest for kitchen reno DIYs, you’re probably familiar with a host of projects that claim to be simple and worry-free. The latest trend is covering existing countertops with a concrete overlay. Professionals who work with concrete will tell you that concrete in particular is finicky and true artisans have spent many years perfecting their trade. And, with a project as major as your kitchen countertops, this is definitely a DIY that you want to get right the FIRST time. Still not convinced? Consider this – kitchen countertops regularly come in contact with food, making it that much more important to ensure that every material and chemical used is appropriate for such an application. Bottom line – let the pros handle this one.
Using Mason Jars For Everything
This one is simple: because it’s been DONE. Don’t get us wrong – we love mason jars, we really do! It’s just time to seek out a new DIY crave. (That said, this mason jar herb garden is seriously cute, so just one more project, okay?)
Check out this DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden.
EVERY IKEA Hack
We love a good IKEA hack. Who doesn’t? But variety is key to a rich, curated design so shake things up! And if this idea is stress inducing, start small – there are plenty of awesome Target hacks out there, too.
(Some) Real Marble DIYs
There are many gorgeous tutorials out there for using up any leftover marble. You can even purchase small pieces of white marble online for various DIYs or crafts. But, be warned – marble is especially porous and prone to staining. Some fabrication shops even require homeowners to sign waivers stating that they understand this before installing white marble into their kitchens. For this reason, unless you are prepared to seal the finished product well and often, avoid any DIYs that would introduce your DIY to substances highly saturated in color, like red wine. Coasters, coffee tables, and breakfast trays are popular right now. Instead, consider a chic faux version, like this amazingly realistic breakfast tray created with high quality contact paper.
Check out this DIY Faux Marble Breakfast Tray.
An Accent Wall in EVERY Room
The beauty of an accent wall is that it imparts an unexpected pop of color within a space. But, when there’s an accent wall in every room of the home, the look tends to lose its ‘unexpected’ appeal. If you must work in feature walls, switch things up – rather than having a painted accent wall in every room, try wallpaper or tile in another. (And, can we talk about how AMAZING this dark teal color is in this bedroom?)
DIY Concrete Floors
Because concrete is much more complicated than it sounds. Self leveling, staining, etching, polishing, honing – who knew there were so many options? Professional installers practice for years to hone their craft and consider concrete an art form. Achieving the desirable finish, color, and texture takes a well trained eye and is definitely NOT for first-timers. Need more convincing? The professional equipment required to properly prep and install a concrete floor is expensive and generally rented by the day, meaning there’s no room for trial and error. And, once concrete has set, correcting or removing any mistakes is way difficult at best.
Anything Related To Electrical Or Plumbing
This should be obvious, but it can be tempting to tackle these kinds of jobs with so many encouraging internet tutorials out there. Just remember that there are two very good reasons for leaving these projects to professionals – safety and residential building codes. You don’t want to be surprised by a list of costly not-to-code repairs upon inspection if you put your house up for sale.
Yes, DIY sunscreen recipes are out there. And to this we say JUST DON’T. Skin cancer is a serious issue and it’s important to know that your sunscreen actually works. Save the DIY remedies for masks and oils when SPF isn’t an issue.
Repurposed goods are great! They reduce waste and lend a personal touch to your home and decor. BUT, you don’t want your space to shift from creative to kitschy. Instead, pick and choose the repurpose DIYs that speak to your most – like this genius way of using a cake stand for organizing perfume and cosmetics.
Projects Involving Reclaimed Painted Wood
Unless you know the exact origins of the wood, there is a good chance that any wood painted before 1978 contains lead, which we all know to be highly toxic. Never take chances with lead paint, especially when kids and pets are present. It’s also important to note that these pieces should never be burned, either. Contact local authorities to determine how to properly dispose of such wood in your area safely.
Anything You Haven’t Price Checked
Most of us DIY to save money, but you should never assume that a DIY will be the least expensive option. ALWAYS run the numbers before beginning any project. Have you also factored in shipping costs, availability of materials, whether items must be special ordered, and the value of your own time? You may find that the finished product is the better buy. Just-for-fun DIYs (like this flameless fire pit) do not apply, obvs.