TAKING on a massive DIY job on your own can be a daunting prospect.
Even when you manage to keep to a budget, your time isn’t always free.
The bargain transformation didn’t come without it’s problemsCredit: citysage
The project was cheap to do, but took forever to completeCredit: citysage
Anne Sage, who is interiors and style whizz decided to completely transform her kitchen
“When we embarked on our DIY kitchen makeover last fall, I didn’t take into account the hidden cost of DIY: TIME!”
“Ever since we finished this space, I’ve been hesitant to start something new, despite the fact that there’s tons of projects I’d love to tackle,” she confessed.
She says she spent a whopping 100 hours on the project, but it was well worth it in the end.
Along with her partner, Ann transformed her outdated kitchen into a bright and modern space.
She painted the cabinets, and walls, added in shelves and it ended up looking like a totally different room.
“I’d still do it all over again, though — because having a lighter brighter temporary kitchen while we save for a full reno down the line has been key for my sanity.
“And when I’m ready for another big project, I’ll just keep my three biggest lessons from this one in mind.”
The first thing she learnt during the renovation process is to be prepared to dedicate a lot of time to it.
“Our kitchen was in a state of disaster for over a month, because usually DIY gets done in fits and starts, between day jobs, parenting, and other more pressing housework like laundry and cooking.”
She also joked to stock up on painkillers if you are a DIY novice like she was before taking on the project.
“Our bodies aren’t used to the bending, lifting, twisting, and gripping required.
“I’m a fit person who works out regularly, but I was BATTERED after spending 100 hours with a paint roller in my hands.”
Finally, Anne warned other keen DIYers to stick it out, even if you’re so over it.
“Those finishing details, touch-ups, and then the clean up are a real slog to complete, because you’re lacking the vim and vigour of starting something new, you’re physically tapped, and you’re sick of the sight of it.
“In the future I might even consider saving a little budget for a handyman to get me through the finish line.”
The finished room looks totally different and well worth the hours of workCredit: citysage