THE DIY SHAME GAME

This “Art” painting is an example of the sort of DIY I like to do…projects that a 5-year old could handle. IMAGE: WILLIAM BRINSON

A quick search on Pinterest for the term “DIY” yields projects like (and this is only a teensy tiny small sampling):

· A DIY honeycomb shelf made with popsicle sticks

· A DIY dog collar that looks like a man’s shirt

· Extensive tutorials on how to paint feathers (yep, that’s a thing)

· And more ideas for crap you can make with wood pallets than you’ll know what to do with

But that’s my problem…I don’t know what to do with any of it any more.

Truth time: I’m an interior decorator, and I hate DIY projects.

In fact, I’d like to start a new, more inclusive movement in the world of design. It’s called: DON’T DO IT YOURSELF.

Just don’t.

The universal celebration and fetishization of DIY projects has grown to a fever pitch all across the lifestyle and design community. DIY projects are e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. They’re on TV, they’re in magazines, and they are alllllllll the hell over most design blogs.

There are DIY competitions…and TV shows built around DIYs. And DIY “celebrities.” I mean, there’s even an entire network called the DIY network.

And it’s not that I have a problem with the concept of DIY. There’s part of me that loves that this whole movement has brought the idea of improving your life through design deep into the mainstream consciousness.

And yes: one of the results of this DIY mania may very well be the formation of a pumped up army of project loving people who are gaining confidence, upping their design games, and high-fiving each other as they pass each other in the aisles of Michaels or Joann Fabrics. And these DIY ninjas truly do deserve our praise. Brava! I mean it.

But I’m also here to represent what I’m guessing to be the *true* majority: people who completely suck at DIYs.

Because our silent majority has been forced to hide in the shadows for far too long now.

The DIY shame game is real.

Most of us are not exactly proud of our remedial DIY status. We might still see projects and think “well, maybe I’ll try again just this once and I won’t feel like setting my glue gun on fire before I’m done.” Or “this one *might* not result in me crying in a puddle on my living room floor amongst a pile of copper pipes.”

NEWSFLASH: Nope.

And let’s get into some real talk, here: being a decorator and a blogger who sucks at DIYs is not exactly a nugget of information I schedule into my social media posting calendar.

Here’s the truth, when it comes to 99.9% of the DIY projects I attempt:

I don’t like glue guns, or craft stores, or power tools. Spray adhesive makes me want to gag, and I’m not even so hot with an exacto knife.

So I’ve recently decided: fuck it. I’m just not going to do DIY’s anymore.

This means: I’ve stopped pinning DIY projects on Pinterest, I’ve stopped clicking on all the DIY posts I see on blogs, and best of all, my new answer for any of my clients who ask me to DIY something for them is: hell to the no.

My life has become a completely DIY-free zone. And damn, it feels good.

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