It’s kind of funny; people who know me now think of me as a home improvement type girl But, if you had known me just 10 years ago, you would have fallen off your stool laughing at the thought of me touching a power tool!
However, when you are a single mom, on a tight budget, and wanting a pretty home, you learn some things. Philippians 4:13 says that I can do ALL things through Christ, who gives me strength!!! That gave me courage to go ahead and try. I love cute homes, but there was no way I could pay to have someone do all the work for me, and since I had no husband, it was up to me!
Periodically, I will highlight some of the things I have done to my home on this site. I will give you a close estimate of how much I spent, as well as a realistic time frame. Trust me, it won’t be as quick, easy, or cheap as it appears on TV!
I have 4 pieces of advice if you want to start tackling some home improvement in your house:
1. Whatever you decide to do, realize that no matter how meticulously you plan, it will take 3 times longer than you planned, and it will cost twice as much. hahahah – no, seriously.
2. Youtube is your friend. You can find a video on just about anything you need to do in your home. Don’t bother buying books! They are usually somewhat limited with their information. The internet can give you endless options.
3. The guys at Home Depot and Lowe’s will not take you seriously, at first. There are two ways to play this. First, you can dress up and do your hair and look cute. Chances are, they will wait on you, but they won’t believe you know what you’re doing. Second, you can go in there in paint stained clothes, no make-up, with your hair in a ponytail. It may take a while to get someone to come over, but they will assume you have a little knowledge. You may have to go this route until they get used to seeing you. After that, looking decent and talking the lingo works best. heehee
4. Invest in some tools. Yes, they are expensive, but you can usually get them on a pretty good sale. You obviously need a good hammer and a set of basic tools. Then, you will want to get power tools. First, get a power drill – it will change your life. If you can, get one in a set with some other power tools (sometimes it will come with a saw or something else). I don’t get hung up on expensive kinds. They are probably better, but I’m not building a house…just doing some small improvements. Next, you will want a compound miter saw. Go in to Home Depot or Lowes and see what they have…play around with them a little (they aren’t plugged in – or if they are, they won’t have a blade). Then, decide what you want and how much you want to spend. I do not have a sliding saw – and I have yet to need one. I found mine on sale at Home Depot for less than $100. I LOVE it. Finally, you will want to buy a brad nail gun and an air compressor. Brad nail guns make putting up moldings and the like SO much easier…and you will need the air compressor to power it. Plus, as time goes by, you may pick up other tools that require the air compressor. Buy other tools as you need them, but the ones I just mentioned will get you though a lot of improvements!