Your Other DIY Toolbox

Your Other DIY Toolbox

Adrienne Breaux
Oct 1, 2010

It could be because we've had a number of friends buy homes recently, or because we drive through East Austin and spot lots of construction or even all the homes featuring it on this weekend's Austin AIA Homes Tour, but we just can't get the idea of renovation and DIY off of our minds lately.

Specifically, what someone needs before they tackle redecorating a room, a small DIY project or ripping a wall or two down. While there are certainly a number of physical tools one needs to tackle home renovations and d├ęcor changes, there are also plenty of tools of the emotional and metaphysical variety. We came across a blog post on the blog East Austinite that listed some of the other tools that the renovator of a 100-year-old bungalow in East Austin has discovered she's needed, among which she lists:

  • an understanding support system
  • a reliable handyman
  • the ability to laugh
  • patience (of course)

We've listed before our favorite actual tools to use in home DIY, like in Our Favorite & Essential Tools For DIY, but we loved some of the suggestions readers made in our post last week: Making the Decision to Renovate, like be prepared to do more than you think when embarking on a renovation. We'd also add guts, actual plans, fearlessness and a heaping dose of optimism.

What tools of the emotional variety would you add to your toolbox before attempting a major house redesign? What other tools did you discover you had after you started a project?

(Photos: From Before & After: Bright and Open Kitchen)

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