Entry #2761, August 18, 2013
Today, even gender is less of a defining factor for home DIY projects. Websites like Pinterest, Etsy, and personal blogs rule the web-surfing time of men and women alike. And for good reason: DIY projects can be a fantastic way to personalize your designs within your budget. The Internet makes any home project seem possible for less than the brand-new version, and completely attainable, too. Though it may be obvious that some people really know how to get crafty on a dime, that doesn’t mean you can save big by ‘pinning’ a home full of design projects to your to-do list. Do a quick reality check to make sure that DIY light fixture is really worth it.
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Big savings on your DIY project or not?
Before you rush to your craft store with a list as long as your favorite Pinterest board, take a second look at the costs involved. Unless you already have a well-stocked craft room of spray paint, cordless power tools, and yards of fabric, the expenses can add up faster than you think. Price out all of the items you need, including the cost of rarely-used tools you’ll have to purchase and then compare it to a new version. The difference for new and professional versus your sweat and raw materials may be less than you think! If the savings is significant, though, keep reading.
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Built to Last
Speaking of new and professional, sometimes an inexpensive DIY project just isn’t worth the sacrifice in quality. This is especially true of furniture, where high-quality pieces are like a simple trench coat in your closet: you’ll keep it forever. In the long run, you may save money by buying something that will outlast a homemade version.
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The step-by-step instructions are easy, right? Read instructions carefully, all the way through, and honestly evaluate the time it would take for you to complete. If you aren’t a seamstress, that ruffled apron isn’t going to happen in a day. If you’ve considered the money, value, and time required and the project is still a savings, then you’ve got work to do! Stay sane, and choose your DIY projects wisely. Happy crafting!
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