We can sometimes have the best intentions, can’t we? We think we are perfectly capable of painting that room, building that piece of furniture and even putting up those floating shelves. But, more often than not, the skills we think we have in our heads don’t always turn into reality. This can be quite a cause for argument amongst some couples or friends. There may be a lot of “told you so” comments. But most of the time you end up laughing about those very obvious DIY disasters that take place. With that in mind, here are some of the things that happen most often when it comes to DIY.
Admit it! We have all been there, right? Putting up shelves and they don’t quite match. Or perhaps they align, but both seem to have a bit of an incline. It happens. Putting up shelves is tricky business. At the time, you may be infuriated with yourself or your partner if they did it. But over time, if it has been one of them things you have left, you will always look at those shelves and giggle. It’s a safe bet that many houses in this country will have its fair share of wonky shelves.
Let’s be honest, flooring is often a job that should be left to the professionals, but sometimes we can think it looks easier than it actually is to do. Fitting carpet is harder than it looks, and wooden flooring, where you need to think about each floorboard and gain a smooth finish with tools such as a spiral cutterhead planer. But yet we can all think we are more capable. By doing flooring yourself you may end up with floors that feel hard under your feet because there is a lack of underlay, and who wants potential splinters in their feet from dodgy floorboards? Not us.
You do all that you can to be careful with the paint. One false move and you’re a goner. Then it happens. The paint goes everywhere. It’s a real easy mistake to make, and it’s not something that’s down to skill either. Mostly, this will just be a simple error or mistake. Sometimes we can just have a bit of bad luck. While it’s something you will want to get cleaned up straight away,. However, in the future you will look back on that now clean patch and smile.
Flat pack furniture
The dreaded flat pack furniture. The ones with unreadable instructions and a million different pieces. The disaster being that you are so sure that you can put it together, without checking the instructions that you do so in the wrong way. You end up with screws and pieces left over and the furniture certainly doesn’t look like the picture. But, it’s more hassle than it’s worth to take it apart and rebuild than just leaving it how it is. It’s functional. It does a job. While you may look at it with anger or resentment at first, you will grow to become very fond of that piece of furniture in the future.
So there you have it, some of the common DIY disasters. How many can you relate to?