Back in my early days of blogging, I posted a lot about DIY projects. When I lived in the States, I absolutely loved going to garage sales. Free box of books? Cheap solid wood furniture? Hey-yo! That was my idea of a good time.
I’ve really missed completing all of my projects, so I thought it would be a good time to reminisce about some great money saving tips when it comes to DIY and home design.
1. Even Thrift Stores Have Sales
People think that going to at thrift store means that you automatically get the best, lowest price. Not so, young grasshoppers. You can definitely check with your local store to see what days they offer 50% off sales or other types of discounts.
2. It Always Pays To Use Primer
I can’t tell you how many things I’ve spray painted in all my26 years. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, you always have to use primer. That’s true of painting the walls and painting furniture as well. DIY is supposed to be fun, so don’t rush the process. Plus, having to use multiple coats of paint is a money drain, so use all the right tools to begin with.
3. A Small Car Is Not An Obstacle
I am as stubborn as they come when I see something that I want. It can be on the side of the road or in the creepiest junk store of all time (like when I found my fabulous mid century desk!) If it can’t fit in my car, I will find a way to protect my treasure until I find a way to get it home. I’ve called friends with bigger cars, sent the hubs to a home improvement store to rent a truck, etc. Usually, the item I want is so awesome sauce that paying $20 for transportation still makes it a great deal.
4. Don’t DIY Everything
I love a good project, but you won’t catch me repairing roofing or knocking down walls. Some things are just better left to the experts. While I’d love to learn how to use more power tools and build a few more things, that’s definitely going to have to wait until we get a bit more settled!
5. Benefit From Other People’s Mistakes
One of my favorite sections of home improvement stores is the “oops paint” section. This is where paint goes to live after it’s been rejected by its first set of owners. Maybe the color was off or it just didn’t work out, so people bring bring it back to the store and get a refund. Instead of wasting it, stores will typically discount it, and if you’re not picky, you can probably pick up a nice neutral or some other fabulous color if you look hard enough!
So, those are my big tips. Sigh, I miss having a pile of projects to complete over the weekend! Do you love to DIY? How ’bout that yellow patio set in my picture? I scored that for $50 on Craigslist and sprayed it with sunshine yellow. Ah, c’est la vie!