Time To Tackle The DIY Projects You Hate?

Even if you hate it with a passion, there comes a time when you really need to tackle the DIY projects you have been putting off for weeks, months, even years!

Go on, admit it – we’ve all got those jobs around the house that haunt our dreams and are always scheduled for the next bank holiday – and promptly forgotten about.

A room in need of renovation - DIY Projects

We have loads – a complete bathroom overhaul is on the cards, putting a hot water tap into the downstairs toilet, tidying up the garden and revamping Mat’s home office in the loft. I have started to share this work space but the lighting is incredibly poor.  It’s either too dark or else the sunlight dazzles the PC screen.  We planning some blinds from VELUX so that we can actually work without squinting.

I asked my fellow bloggers to ‘fess up’ about the DIY projects that just never seem to get done.

Tracey at Pack The PJs admits that revamping her kitchen is long overdue.

We know what we want to do, but it’s finding the time to get on with it that’s the problem. It’s all DIY-able we want to change the kitchen cupboard doors, add a new sink and tap – repaint in new colours with some furniture and lighting changes in the family room that the kitchen opens out into. It WILL get done this year!!”

For Emma Reed it’s the kitchen floor that is stuck on her to-do list.

Our kitchen floor is a cheap lino that was meant to be temporary… that was about 6 years ago! It now has holes but we can’t make a decision on what style to go for and thinking about moving everything out to do it makes me feel stressed so we just carry on ignoring the fact that it looks a state!

Alex at Better Together Home is avoiding tiling.

“Our bathroom and kitchen both need tiling but I’m terrified to try it myself and would resent paying someone to do it.  I wanted to get them done before the baby arrives in June but something tells me that won’t happen!”

Being pregnant is a perfectly good excuse in my book unless you’re gripped by the ‘nesting instinct’ which, 10 years on, I’m still waiting to turn up.

DIY projects - bathroom with stand alone bath

Bathrooms seem to be a particularly common place for DIY avoidance.

Becka at Mummy Est. 2014 needs to replace her bath panel and reattach the toilet to the wall after having work done on it but she says she doesn’t have the tools, know-how or confidence.

Bella at Documenting The Drews is in need of a new shower curtain pole thanks to her husband slipping in the shower and breaking the old one, whilst Debbie at My Chaotically Eclectic Life has put off redecorating her ensuite even though she’s had the paint and the towels for over a year.

Elsewhere in the house Laura at Dear Bear And Beany wants a gallery wall all the way up her staircase.  “It’s a big space and it would look amazing, but just the though of doing it brings me out in a cold sweat”, she says.

Meanwhile Pete at Household Money Saving. Com is avoiding putting up shelves in a downstairs cupboard because “the walls aren’t straight and it’s going to be an absolute pain”.

Laura at Waffle Mama is still tidying up after being conned by a cowboy builder.

“We have a huge list to do for our house. To make matters worse, we unfortunately got conned by a cowboy builder so after having new walls, decorating and carpet going down, we then had to have the whole lot ripped out back to brick and re done properly. Second time round and having a loan to sort it out completely kills your mojo! Hoping to finish our kitchen this spring at the very least.”

Outside, Christy at Welsh Mum is having problems with her garden shed.  She explains:

“My garden shed is falling apart and no longer watertight, but for a new one we’d need to lay a base of concrete and then erect it ourselves which terrifies me! It’s going to have to be done before the summer though as it really is a safety hazard.”

Terri at The Strawberry Fountain needs the guttering checked but isn’t entirely happy about asking the hubby to go on the roof because “the thought of him on our roof, well, it’s just an accident waiting to happen.”

Sara-Jayne at Keep Up With The Jones Family raises a very interesting point.  Her garden is on a huge slope and is a complete nightmare.  “Every year we say how we could fix it but we’re basically clueless. I wish we were more like my parents’ generation, more hands on without immediately calling for an expert!”.  

How many of us are still calling on our parents (now quite elderly in many cases) to help us out with DIY projects around the home?

But I’ll leave you with Nadia at Scandimummy’s dilemma – one which would send shudders of horror through quite a few people I know.

“We have a gap between our floorboards. My toddler has managed to drop an iPhone down there. Yes, an actual phone. For a while, you could hear it beep when new messages came in. We desperately need to get someone out to lift the floorboards and then seal them up afterwards.”

Sadly, Apple haven’t come up with an app for that.

What are the DIY projects you’ve been putting off?  Will you be off to the DIY superstore on the very next bank holiday?

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Ex marketing professional turned family lifestyle blogger. I live in Cardiff with hubby Mat, Caitlin (10) and Ieuan (8).

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33 Comments

  1. 25 January, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    I would love a summer house in the garden but the thought of all the work puts me off every year. Kaz

  2. 25 January, 2018 / 10:36 pm

    with them on the bathroom side of things – that is a room that we always avoid as the plumbing can just end up pretty costly!

  3. 26 January, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    I really need to paint my whole apartment from doors to walls. I’ve been living there over three years and still not done it.

  4. 26 January, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    my whole house needs doing up, but I just dont have the money for it. But next as got to be my hallway and stairs. They have never been done since we moved in 11 years ago!

  5. 26 January, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    I have been putting off a DIY project – We need to remodel our kitchen, but we are waiting until summer x

  6. 26 January, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    Oh gosh, some of these made me laugh a phone down the floorboards, you just couldn’t make that up!

  7. Bethany
    26 January, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    Need to tidy my bedroom if that helps lol. But dads been putting off kitchen reno for ages, me and mum are always on his case

  8. 26 January, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    I’m rented so thankfully no DIY projects needed on my end. Although I would love to do a gallery wall – and may well do so when we move next month!

  9. 26 January, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    Sometimes I think I am lucky living in rented property because I don’t have to do much DIY but I do have some jobs I need to do – some hanging of shelves and things like that

  10. shoshana
    27 January, 2018 / 12:10 am

    My heart goes to Laura who is still tiding up after being conned. That must be frustrating that she paid someone to do the job and now she has to do it herself

    • linda
      Author
      27 January, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Completely agree. I think the fear of being ripped off by builders probably puts a lot of people starting renovation projects. There are some excellent ones but it’s finding them that’s so difficult.

  11. 27 January, 2018 / 7:52 am

    It’s definitely the bathroom that needs attention in our house, it’s driving me mad!

  12. Rachel
    27 January, 2018 / 8:38 am

    We definitely need a new bathroom and have done since we moved into this placex

  13. Rachel
    27 January, 2018 / 8:39 am

    We definitely need a new bathroom and have done since we moved into this place x

  14. 27 January, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    I’ve got so much DIY I want to do round the house and no motivation after the kitchen last year…I know it’s time to tackle them though

  15. 27 January, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    There’s always something isn’t there? We are hoping to move this year so will no doubt inherit another load of jobs that need doing! 🙂

  16. 27 January, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Our whole house needs renovating! The kitchen is falling apart, the decor is outdated…. but there’s never enough time to even start!

  17. 27 January, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    Thanks for featuring me. We really need to get on with that shed! To be honest all DIY terrifies me but my husband insists on us doing it ourselves rather than hiring a professional where possible.

    • linda
      Author
      28 January, 2018 / 11:11 am

      Me too. I wander round B&Q thinking “I’ve no idea what half this stuff is even for”!

  18. Baby Isabella
    28 January, 2018 / 1:12 am

    We always shelve (excuse the pun) DIY jobs for days out and tend to have a list as long as my daddy’s arm of thing to do to our house. Wallpapering and making our YouTube room is taking the longest time!

  19. hannah
    28 January, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    One DIY job i cannot stand is wallpapering. It looks too much fuss

  20. 28 January, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    We literally spent 5 days decorating the whole house just before the arrival of my daughter a year ago and now I think I could really do with replacing our living room floor and redecorate the dining room! I’d love a new kitchen and bathroom though but we rent so I can’t see that happening any time soon!

  21. 28 January, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    I would love a new bathroom but I have no DIY skills to speak of, I much prefer to leave it to the professionals!

  22. 28 January, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    As I am only in a flat I can’t make bigger DIY changes so there’s nothing I’ve put off but I know when I’m in a house there will be x

  23. 28 January, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    We have one more project we need to do before we get our house on the market! It’s been hanging over us so really need to get it sorted! x

  24. 28 January, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    We have so many jobs we just can’t face at the moment. A whole garden renovation, two bathrooms and we want to get the loft conversion done. So much to do!

  25. John Milnes
    29 January, 2018 / 12:11 am

    There are certain types of DIY I now tend to avoid, mainly because my knees and back have given up, due to being a former carpet fitter. There maybe one or two projects we could try, but doing something which puts my back or knees at danger, I do void like the plague.

    John M

  26. 29 January, 2018 / 4:25 am

    I am renting my apartment so nothing needs doing but would love to get stuck in a diy project or two once I buy my flat

  27. 29 January, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    My Hubby used to hate DIY but now he knows what he is doing he quite enjoys it

  28. Dannii
    29 January, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    We moved in to our house about 4 months ago and we still have such a long list of things to do. We are going to start tackling them next month.

  29. 29 January, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    I really love doing DIY especially to our bathroom and master bedroom we can customize our own space and design.

  30. melissa major
    30 January, 2018 / 11:57 pm

    I and my partner enjoy doing DIY. We hope to get out own home soon and do more

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