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Home Make-Over: How to Turn Mistakes Into Success

These past weeks, I had done a lot of makeover in our bedroom. It was a long time plan and it just recently materialized, through some changes in circumstances… and a little bit of pressure from my wife.

For a long time, I had agreed with my wife that our room needs a paint job. But with our plan to build a new home, I convince her not to push the makeover. We like nice home designs and decors and we would like it to apply our ideas in our home. Until recently, some changes had happened and we also have to change plans.

Last week, I started the room makeover with the painting. We search for nice possible colors for our bedroom through the internet and we picked dark yellow green. From the start I know it’s going to be hard because we have a lot of things in our bedroom and if we’re going to do some painting, we have to arrange things in order not to stain it with paint. By the way, we agreed that I’ll do the paint job my own for cost cutting.

I started the day with arranging our things, putting old newspapers on tv and other important appliances. I cleaned the wall with wet clothe to eliminate dust. And with the use of a chair, I started to paint the ceiling with a white paint. I chose the chair instead of a stair for its easy to use.

I know that I’m not going to accomplish the painting like a pro. There will be a lot of imperfections. But knowing that I accomplish something like this and did the room improvement myself, it is a great achievement for me. That’s enough reason to ease the tiring feeling.

The room painting took me a whole day. The reason? Ignorance. Not being knowledgeable. I feel stupid for not putting a rod on my paint roller. Not only it saves time, it also saves energy. I realized that if you’re painting a wall or a large canvass, you have to put a rod at the handle of the paint roller to serve as its handle extension. And I’m not going to be able to realize that if not because of my wife. Although the feeling of stupidity lingers for quite some time, I know I have to forgive myself for it, for the reason that I’m not a pro and it’s just my first time to paint with the use of a roller.

Another thing that I did for the room makeover is installing the window blinds. I also thought that things would be easy. But my drill made it double hard for me. I tried to drill a hole in my wall, and, guess what; I finished one hole in half a day. I thought that the wall was just tough. I called my wife to her office and informed her that I’m not going to be able to install the blinds before she come home. She suggested to do the installation with someone who “really know” how. Then they came to the house (I was outside doing my business) and the guy reached for the drill and saw the drill bit and asked Che if we have a bit for concrete. The bit that I’m using earlier that day was for wood. After he bought a bit for concrete, he finished the installation for less than two hours.

Thinking back with those mistakes that I made, I haven’t felt any regrets. Because I know, every mistakes have lessons to learn.

Recently, while I was searching for a news article to write for my news site, I came across with this news article about this site, www.DIYorNot.com . After re-writing the article and posted on the news site, I tried to visit the DIYorNot.com. I was surprised with what I discovered. The site is very useful for Do-It-Yourself house makeovers. The site also has calculator and provides cost information whether or not DIY is worth it or should you pay for pros.

There’s only one thing that I wish that I had made before doing my room project. I just wish that I researched the internet first before starting the project. Not only will it save time and energy. It will also save my face. 🙂