I’m one of those people who hate-loves a do-it-yourself project. I love the fun of making something, fixing something, changing something into something new. And I hate the little obsessive/compulsive DIY monster I become. When the DIYer in me gets going: look out. If I’m not sketching (and re-sketching) a plan, I’m hunting the interwebs for stories about how other folks have accomplished a similar DIY mission. If I’m not Googling other folks’ approach to a problem, I’m on Amazon doing product comparisons and reading reviews. If I’m not on Amazon, I’m deep diving into manufacturer sites and reading product specs and consumer questions.
There’s more. So much more. Exhausting. Poor me! It gets a bit “make it stop!” nuts in my head. But it doesn’t stop until the project is done. And, oh, the glory of that moment when the project is done. Worth it? I can’t think of a time when the answer wasn’t “yes”.
I have benefitted time and again from OPK — other people’s knowledge. I really appreciate that people are willing to share what can be pretty personal stories. What I’ve learned over the years is that the devil is truly in the details when it comes to a DIY project. “But what type of saw blade cuts a brick?” “Do I need to put a layer of primer (which kind??) down on an already painted floor?” “Will the cement floor scrubber create a ton of dust?”
There’s so much to learn from the brave soul who actually did it herself — regardless of success, failure, or (we’ve all been here) something in between (otherwise known as “good enough!”). Sometimes all we need is a kernel of truth. The goal of this site is to supply fellow DIYers embarking on a new DIY journey with, at the least, that tidbit of insight that helps make their project feel possible to complete.
If I can help someone find their way to that glorious moment when a project is done, I will consider this cyber-DIY mission complete.
Thanks for stopping by. And good luck!
The Passionate Chump