What Lessons Do You Learn the More You DIY?

What Lessons Do You Learn the More You DIY?

Adrienne Breaux
Sep 7, 2014
(Image credit: Dabney Frake)

As much as I write about, drool over and pin about DIY projects, I don't really get to doing all that many of them. But, when I do finally get my hands dirty to make something myself around the house, there are always a few steadfast truths that arise. The sort of lessons that always seem to ring true, no matter what kind of DIYing I happen to be doing.

For me, there are four lessons that always seem to be true for me — and that I always seem to forget.

1. Always the read the directions.
No don't just skim them, actually read them all the way through a few times before starting. (Cause like, sometimes I'll just read step one and get started and then realize I missed some vital component by not reading everything through first).

2. Patience isn't just a virtue, it's a DIY necessity.
I'm always in a rush to finish and get to my completed project! Patience not just with mistakes, but with the process, is key to making sure you actually like the finish result (but I'll let you know for sure if I ever find some patience!).

3. Walk away when you're mad.
If you're the kind of person that will keep trying something until it breaks, you might be the kind of person who needs to take a break, take a walk and take a breather when things get frustrating while DIYing.

4. Everything looks better under glass.
I always have high hopes for the DIY art project ideas I undertake. And because of my limited art skills, am often left wanting. But, throw that puppy under some glass and surround it with a frame, and darn if it don't look half bad.

What would you add to the list? What lessons have you learned the more DIY projects you've completed (successfully or not!)?
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