Get inspired by the art of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. You’ll thank us later!

It’s a fact; we cherish the things we make more than the things we buy new. DIY restoration is a growing trend that can bring out the creative side in anyone. It’s a way to come together, have fun, and feel proud of yourself. This guide will help you design a makeover that will make your friends wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Finding Inspiration

Before you seek out a new project to take on, look at what other DIYers are doing for inspiration. Project examples, techniques, and materials will fuel your creativity.

Pinterest

Pinterest is a treasure trove of creative inspiration. Sign up and create a mood board to kick-start your next project.

Instructables

One of the best online resources for sharing and learning about advanced techniques and discovering interesting project ideas.

YouTube

Fall down the YouTube rabbit hole and discover creative projects from around the world. Watching other DIY projects come together can help you understand how much work is involved and what you’ll need to prepare yourself.

Getting Your Tools

It’s easy to discourage yourself from taking on a DIY project due to a lack of tools. The good news is that most of the essential tools you will need for most projects can be acquired for less than you might think. Lifehacker has some excellent suggestions for putting together a DIY toolbox. If your project requires power tools or other specialty equipment, do some research and see if there’s a tool library nearby. We also support borrowing from friends.

Shopping and Seeing Potential

When looking for furniture or other home décor items to makeover, try to see potential. Imagine each piece with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware if needed. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get your hands on great pieces to restore. Shop smart with these wallet-friendly outlets.

Thrift stores

Check your local thrift stores often to find used furniture for a steal. Popular choices include Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Value Village.

Garage sales

Garage sales are still a popular trend throughout Canada. Use Kijiji to find one in your community. Don’t be afraid to barter with your neighbours – they’ll appreciate your business.

Hand-me-downs

Ask family and friends for any home furnishings that may be taking up space. Freebies are always the best starting point for your project.

Flea markets

Shop carefully at flea markets because it can be easy to overpay. Finding the right piece at the right price could mean several hours of browsing. Bring a friend and make it a day trip.

Our last piece of advice is to share your work. It helps to inspire others and get constructive feedback for next time. Don’t be discouraged if your first piece doesn’t turn out as well as you had hoped. Every project is a learning experience and you will get better and better each time.

We’d love to see your projects! Be sure to tweet them at @AffirmFinancial. Happy DIYing!