Sherry Turner Guest Columnist
Heather Middleton is a self-proclaimed do-it yourselfer. Heather “geeks” weekend home improvement projects and has met them with relative success. I found her enthusiasm for such projects inspiring. She recently tackled a complicated wallpaper removal project where layers of wallpaper had been painted over.
Of course when she began, it did not appear to be as complicated.
I think this scenario is what causes many of us to shy from circumstances that might be tricky in any way. We may think we will get too deep into a simple project that we can’t get ourselves out of financially or physically.
The successful “weekend warrior” tends to do their homework, watching multiple YouTube videos, pricing out costs, weighing all options and methodically implementing a well-thought out course of action.
Demonstrations make a project appear effortless and it probably is if you know how to use the tool involved. Have someone show you how to use a drill for example. Tools take getting accustomed to their vibration and power. If you can focus and have the strength to manipulate one safely, you will do great.
We all know neighbors and friends that are tool champions, don’t hesitate asking them for help or the place you purchase the tool from to demonstrate how to use it.
Some people are innately driven to be independent and insist on doing everything themselves. They actually would lose sleep to pay for any task that they could do themselves. In general there is a trend now to convert from “let others do it for you-er” to ”do-it-yourselfers” out of financial necessity.
In prior generations, practically everyone performed minor home improvements themselves. Adults had children assist them and thereby taught their youth just as a matter of course as routine maintenance and improvements were made to the home.
As salaries increased so did leisure time and there was a steady increase in paying others for these services. The youth grew up not watching someone making the repairs. Fewer people knew how to complete projects themselves with any degree of confidence nor were willing to forfeit leisure time to complete them.
Today, one can attend free workshops at places such as Lowes and Home Depot on any given topic. Workshops are also available for children. The children take pride in the projects they complete and learn techniques at the same time. Check their websites for registration and workshop listings. There are even some workshops specifically for the “Do-it-Herselfer.” Workshops are great because you can ask questions specific for your project.
So examine your surroundings, be brave, be thrifty, commit to a weekend project and become a weekend warrior “do-it-yourselfer.”
The Clayton County Library System has these books that will inspire weekend projects that make every home that much more enjoyable.
“52 Weekend woodworking projects” by John A. Nelson
“Weekend decorating Projects” by Better Homes and Gardens
“Simple Handmade Storage: 23 step-by-step weekend projects” by Philip Haxell
“The weekend handmade: more than 40 projects +ideas for inspired crafting” by Kelly Wilkinson
“The family handyman weekend improvements: over 30 do-it- yourself projects for the home” by Reader’s Digest
“The Weekend woodworker’s project collection: 40 projects for the time-challenged craftsman” by the editors of Popular Woodworking magazine.
“Step-by-step outdoor stonework: over twenty easy-to-build projects for your patio and garden” by Mike Lawrence
“Weekend makeovers: easy projects to transfer your home inside an out” by Taunton Press