Diy jobs and I often have a love-hate relationship. I love the excitement I feel when I start the job, and the accomplishment I feel when I finish. I love learning new things along the way and getting just a little better at each job as I go. But sometimes after the excitement wears off, the task at hand seems daunting! Sometimes people don’t really get to take a look at what goes on behind the scenes and miss out on some diy tricks. Here’s a look at how I often start a Diy and job and the steps I take to make it seem a little less scary.
The Kitchen Remodel
Bryan and I officially tore down the kitchen last April. We’ve been working on it on and off since then, some months working on it much more than others. I’ll write some posts about the different parts of the kitchen remodel later, but for now, I’ll just give you the basic details. The kitchen was old and very outdated. All appliances needed to be replaced as well as the tile ceiling, wood paneling, lights, floors, appliances, counters, and cabinets. For those of you wondering why it’s taken so long. That’s why. Basically, every part of the kitchen has been replaced.
By the time we got to the end of August, the kitchen was workable and just about every part of the kitchen was finished. But we were still working on some of the basics. The part that I’ve put off the longest, is the floating shelves. I’m not sure why I waited so long to do them, but it just seemed like it would be a difficult project. (And I wasn’t wrong)
Starting the Floating Shelves
The hardest part of this entire kitchen remodel was starting from scratch. I needed to plan out exactly where everything would go, if it would look nice all together, if water lines would reach, if electrical would be in the way, if the cabinets would look straight with our house’s old crooked structure, and a seemingly endless checklist of other possible problems. And, I’ll have to do all of the same things with the floating shelves.
Diy Tricks That Helps Me Visualize the Outcome
I’ll tell you all about each of the little steps I’m taking to build the shelves later when you can see the end product. But for now and for this post, I want to show you how I often visualize the way something will look before I put any holes in my wall. I used to draw pictures of layouts etc., but it became too time-consuming and in the end, I didn’t have the clearest picture of what I wanted. Drawing pictures can be helpful when you are starting a brand new kitchen and want to have a rough estimate of how the layout will look. Now that I have most of the kitchen finished, and just a few little things to add, I can use something a little easier.
My favorite design tool
I use Powerpoint! Basically, all I did for the shelves was, take a picture, send it to my computer, drag the picture into photoshop, and insert brown rectangles into my picture to serves as the floating shelves! It took me literally 5 minutes, and all of a sudden I started having a clearer picture of what I wanted and the options I had. This method would also work really well for designing a no nails gallery wall, like in this post!
After that, I held the shelves up to the wall and had Bryan take a picture. The picture is not perfect but it at least gives me an idea of what it might look like.
Now of course, after I pick my favorite option, I will need to make sure that I will be able to hit 2 studs while installing the shelves. I’ll also need to be sure that nothing else is interfering. All that will be in a post soon when the shelves are finished!
What’s your favorite?
Now that I have the three options up, I’d love your opinion! What option do you think I should go with? Option 1, Option 2, or Option 3? Leave your opinion in the comments below!