Whether it’s in the kitchen or crafting in the home, simple ingredients are what create the magic. I’ve fancied myself an amateur DIYer ever since my teenage years. Now that I have my very own yard, the possibilities are so exciting and endless. From planning ahead to budget balance, I’m going to disclose a couple key tips I’ve learned from numerous backyard projects.
The most simple and fun action you can take to get prepared is thus: find your inspiration. By viewing others’ beautiful craftsmanship you will undeniably get your creativity flowing. Getting excited is what you need to give you the extra push to get out there and finally do it! I can relate this to my putting off building a deck daybed and fireplace. I knew it was going to be a challenge, and I needed inspiration to give me the boost I needed. There are many wonderful magazines and websites in every niche to inspire you.
I finally pledged to myself that I was going to get started on my project. I also planned a rough deadline so that I would not procrastinate. I then dedicated several hours to making a supplies list for the daybed and fireplace. I wrote down a few keywords to keep in mind while I shopped, such as “rustic stones.” I made the mistake of not foreseeing potential setbacks. It’s a good idea to buy extra of whatever you’re getting. Plan future problems. Your DIY backyard project will be most enjoyable by being fully stocked and prepared.
Work carefully, while remaining inspired! It’s important to work mindfully and carefully, all the while not becoming too stressed or overwhelmed. When I first laid out the wood for my daybed and compared it to my project plans, my heart started racing and I was stressed out. The part to remember here is that you can do it! Don’t stop, just stop those feelings. Once you push through and take it one step at a time, you’ll feel so proud of yourself and you’ll gain confidence. It gets easier once you complete the first few steps of your project.
Enjoy the Process and Beyond
Making a huge stone fireplace and daybed in my backyard was a huge deal. It was the focal point of my deck, not to mention it set the theme of my entire backyard. Taking frequent breaks is pretty much required. I found I kept a clear mind by enjoying a refreshment while contemplating my work thus far. If you keep your mind in the moment, on each step, then you can fully appreciate your work and not become overwhelmed. Be mindful of your supplies and blueprints, and don’t let minor setbacks discourage you. I put off my daybed mid-process for almost a month because of a silly drill problem, don’t let that happen to you.
Soon enough, your backyard project will be finished. Congratulations, now your project is more like a lovely backyard fixture! I enjoy my deck daybed and fireplace nearly everyday, and it was so incredibly worth it. Once you have taken tips and put them to good use, you are a DIYer ready for anything. Since completing my deck, I honestly feel like I can take on any larger or smaller project. This hobby is addicting, and I want everyone to experience creating their own backyard projects and crafts.