DIY can be exhilarating for some and overwhelming for others. Here is a breakdown of the steps to follow before tackling a painting project of your own. I’m a firm believer in working with what you have first. So, there might well be a piece of furniture in the back of your garage or shed or spare room that isn’t being used.
1. Identify the Gap
This is the first step before tackling anything. Deciding where said piece of furniture is going to go in your home. Is there space in the living room or gap between kitchen and passage OR, does something need to be shuffled around to incorporate the ‘new’ piece? OR Do you need a specific need fulfilled? Keep this mind!
If your space is not limited, then you can skip right over this! If not, then get your measuring tape out and measure the ‘new’ piece from left to right and back to front. Take things like knobs and wider legs into consideration if the space you have identified is potentially a tight fit. These are usually the most important measurements, but if there is a height requirement or restriction like a low ceiling, bulkhead or staircase then you may need to measure from top to bottom as well.
Armed with these dimensions you can check if this ‘new’ piece will indeed fit in the identified space. Remember to take the skirting boards into consideration so, measure the floor space rather than wall space. Also, assess your access to plug points if you need them or consider an extension lead with neatly placed and accessible multiplug.
At this point, you will know if the furniture will fit into the identified space. If you don’t have a suitable piece, then keep the measurements to one side for now.
3. Assess your need and the furniture’s purpose
Identify what you needs are – storage, day-to-day use, coffee station, office space etc.
If the furniture will fit into its new space, the next step is to assess whether it meets your needs with or without the intent of potentially re-purposing it. If it suits your needs as is then you can move onto Step 4.
However, if repurposing is required, give thought to the following: