If youâ€™re a regular â€œDo-It-Yourselferâ€ and youâ€™ve notched up some considerable experience by way of the DIY projects youâ€™ve completed, even you are not exempt from one or more projects going horribly wrong. First-time DIYers always have the possibility of their DIY project going wrong, so theyâ€™re perhaps better prepared to deal with the disappointment that comes with things not quite going according to plan or not working out altogether. Itâ€™s all good and well writing it off as a learning curve, but when there are some serious costs involved and when the DIY project entails something a bit more crucial which needs to be done, when things go wrong itâ€™s more than just a little frustrating.
What do you do though when a DIY project clearly seems to be going wrong, especially if starting the whole thing over is out of the question and you perhaps have a looming deadline to meet?
Have a comprehensive plan from the beginning
This may appear to be some obvious advice, but this is perhaps the biggest reason why DIY projects donâ€™t just go horribly wrong, but turn into really expensive mistakes which could have been avoided by some proper planning. The portion concerning proper comprehensive planning Iâ€™m specifically talking about is that of knowing when to put your foot down at the various stages of the progression of the project. Even if youâ€™re not involved in a hands-on capacity, most DIY projects need some form of direction with clearly distinguishable milestones you can explicitly define along the process. Spell it out explicitly — I mean if for instance youâ€™re having a few custom bases each built for every special Tempur Mattress you have, within a few hours into the project the structures which are being built need to start looking like what the finished product will look like. At the same time you donâ€™t want to can the entire project too early, but you need to have some explicitly defined milestones which if they arenâ€™t met, some serious changes to the entire project need to be implemented to avoid total disaster.
Re-purpose the project
Re-purposing your original DIY project is much easier than you may think, especially if youâ€™re a more experienced DIYer and if youâ€™re in touch with other DIYers or you have a good working relationship with suppliers of DIY materials and tools. A wall-unit-gone-wrong for instance could very well be broken up again into smaller units, with each of those smaller units perhaps acting as some sort of support-structure or extension to bathroom storage units, for example. Thereâ€™s often no DIY-project-gone-wrong which a few tweaks can fix in addition to a fresh coat of totally different paint than what was originally planned for, so long as the main parts which are often the biggest parts of the item being built are kept intact.
You can even bring your network of DIYers into play by perhaps negotiating to swap and trade what are DIY projects which have gone wrong, but can perhaps be salvaged and repurposed by someone else who may have a different plan for them.