Beginners DIY: 6 Tips if you’re new to home improvement

Beginners DIY

Let’s face it, starting out with beginners DIY can be a bit intimidating, especially for those of us who haven’t spent a lot of time with power tools. I mean, who hasn’t had nightmares about accidentally drilling a hole in their hand instead of the wall? No? Just me?

But fear not, ladies! DIY is a great way to tap into your inner creativity and take charge of your living space. Plus, let’s be real, sometimes we just want to show off that we too can fix things.

And let’s not forget the satisfaction that comes with completing a DIY project. It’s definitely worthy of a tiny victory dance every time you walk by that newly painted room or perfectly hung picture.

Now, I know what you’re thinking:

“But what if I mess it up?”

Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. Worst case scenario, you’ll have a funny story to tell at your next girls’ night.

So, grab your hammer, your measuring tape, and your best power tool puns (because let’s be honest, there are many), and let’s get to work!

Here are 6 beginners DIY tips if you’re new to home improvement.

Beginners DIY: 6 Tips if you’re new to home improvement

1. Start small and work your way up

It’s important to not bite off more than you can chew.

Start with a small project like repainting a room or replacing a light fixture. This will help build your confidence and allow you to learn the basics before moving onto more complex projects. Plus, there’s nothing more satisfying than completing a DIY project and seeing the results of your hard work!

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

It’s okay to not know everything, especially when it comes to beginners DIY.

When you’re just starting out, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Whether it’s from a friend or a professional, seeking guidance can save you time, money, and potential mistakes. Besides, who doesn’t love a little company and a good laugh while working on a project?

3. Invest in the right tools for beginners DIY

There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to complete a project with the wrong tools.

As a beginner, you don’t need to buy every tool on the shelf, but investing in the right ones can make all the difference. A few essential tools to start with are a hammer, screwdriver set, pliers, tape measure, and level. As you tackle more projects, you can slowly build up your tool collection.

Further reading: What to put in your tool box if you’ve never had one before.

4. Do your research and plan ahead

Before starting any project, make sure you do your research and plan ahead. This will help prevent mistakes and make the project go smoother. Watch some tutorials or read DIY blogs for inspiration and step-by-step instructions.

Make a list of materials you’ll need and set a realistic timeline for completion.

And remember, it’s always better to overestimate how long a project will take than to underestimate and feel rushed.

5. Don’t be afraid to get creative

DIY is all about creativity and putting your own spin on things.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and personalise your projects. If you’re painting a room, consider adding an accent wall or stencilling a design. If you’re building a piece of furniture, try using unique materials or adding a pop of colour.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to DIY!

6. Have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously

Last but not least, have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously.

DIY can be frustrating at times, but it’s important to remember that mistakes happen and it’s all part of the learning process.

Laugh at yourself, enjoy the journey, and don’t forget to celebrate your victories (no matter how small they may be). After all, there’s nothing more empowering than being able to say “I did that!”


In conclusion, household DIY doesn’t have to be scary, and women can absolutely rock it!

With these six tips and a little bit of humour, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a DIY diva.

Start small, invest in the right tools, and don’t be afraid to get creative. Remember to plan ahead, ask for help when needed, and most importantly, have fun! 

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Sally Love is a pseudo single mum author who has been writing about single motherhood, separation and divorce for 8+ years. She has been a single mother for 10+ years and has two daughters, one of whom she co-parents and the other she solo parents. Sally has experienced all aspects of single motherhood from legal, financial, parenting, dating, travel as a single parent, re-partnering and re-building a career. She is an integral part of the Beanstalk community chatting and helping single mothers across the globe, as well as sharing her expertise, experiences and genuine reviews with major national newspapers and appearing on nation-wide television shows.

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