One of the comments I often see on blog posts describing particularly difficult or time-consuming DIY projects is something to the effect of “Why?”
For example, recently Raine@Bucilla asked in regard to my mini side table, “This is a cool idea, and very ingenious, but wouldn’t be easier and simpler to just buy a mini side table right from the start ? :)”
That’s a good question, Raine. I’m glad you asked. (By the way, thanks for the compliment.)
When to DIY
There are many reasons to DIY. Below are some of those reasons. Let’s continue using the side table as an example.
Missing in the market
You can’t find a side table in just the right color, size, design, etc. to suit your needs.
You thought up a unique side table design that you want to try out. For example, I had never seen a side table like mine, and I still haven’t.
You want to put that old, rusted, plant stand to good use instead of sending it to the local landfill.
For the joy
You love working with your hands. Don’t underestimate the intrinsic pleasure in the creative process. Irma S. Rombauer didn’t title her book Joy of Cooking for nothing.
You have more time than money.
You can’t justify spending $1,000 on your favorite designer’s side table, so you figure out how to make you own for a fraction of the cost. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
I made it!
You relish the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction you get when you finish a project.