Doing It Yourself: A Primer for the First-Timer

Now this is a piece of advice for those of you who are just about to make your house a real home by going out and improving it with your first “DIY” (i.e., do-it-yourself) project.  We all know that your house, apartment, condo, or duplex is not really a home until you make it yours by doing some work that will show your personal touch on the place.  Before you even begin to swing a paint brush or hammer a nail you should first identify the tools and materials needed for the job.


This requires forethought.  For one thing, you must know the amount of material you need.  You can’t imagine how many people have been frustrated by purchasing too little paint or stain, or the wrong size wood or not enough nails etc.  So a good idea is to measure the size of your project, and then calculate the amount of material needed to do the job properly.  I recommend that you purchase a bit more than your estimate. This way you won’t be caught short if the wood soaks more paint or stain than estimated.  Or if you encounter a situation where additional material is needed to cover a spot.  When laying a floor or installing paneling you want to have the same material, because it is almost impossible to find the exact same pattern or color as the one you begin the project with.  To make certain you are doing the job properly I recommend you attend one of the many seminars or free DIY sessions they hold at Home Depot.  And while at the seminar don’t hesitate to ask questions.

The next concern is acquisition of the materials for the project.  There are many places to get supplies in bulk.  But if you want to be confident about their quality, use a Groupon coupon or promo code so you can get your material at one of Home Depot’s major discounts.  This way you can be assured of the quality of your product while taking advantage of their great prices.  And you can use a code online or instore and if you order some materials online, you can pick them up for free.   While you’ll still be “DIY-ing” it, you certainly needn’t be ashamed of having an invisible helping hand from Home Depot.…