I am married to a DIY guy. He is a do-it-yourself guy all the way. Most of the time this is great. It is nice having a guy around who can fix just about anything, build something, paint, put in new flooring, etc., etc. If he can do something himself he sure ain’t gonna pay someone else to do it. Even if it is something he has never done before, if he thinks he can do it, he will.
On the flip side, he cannot bring himself to pay someone to do things he doesn’t want to do, like yard work. Neither he or I like yard work. We want a nice looking yard but we don’t want to do the work. He will not pay someone to do it for him. He feels it is a waste of money. So, our yard is never as nice as we would like it to be.
He always changed the oil in our cars. Talk about a pain in the butt! You have to recycle the oil. Thankfully, he finally started paying someone to do this, after more than 30 years of doing it himself.
Last year we bought new furniture for the family room. I found a few different end tables that I liked that would look great with the furniture we bought, but he wanted to build new tables. I gotta be honest here, when he told me that I cringed. I was picturing plain, ugly tables that I would be embarrassed by. I tried talking him out of it but he was determined so I had to back down.
The tables turned out better than I thought they would but admittedly they are still not what I wanted. I told him I liked them and let it go because it isn’t worth arguing about.
One other downside to a DIY guy is that sometimes their projects can take longer than they anticipate, or they may lose interest before they finish. This has happened a couple of times to my husband. I try to understand that he has a full-time job and these projects are in addition to that job, but when the project is a half completed deck that is sitting not getting worked on or walls that need to be finished painting inside the house, it is a struggle between your understanding and your patience let me tell you!
The upside to my DIY husband is that he has made us beautiful bookshelves and bed frames for our children which match the toy boxes my dad made them with their names on them. He has also saved us a lot of money over the years since we didn’t have to pay someone to do many of these things for us, or buy furniture at the store which is usually less quality than he can make. He has also been able to fix our washing machine, dishwasher and oven, and add a light to our coat closet. Why wouldn’t the builder put a light in there in the first place? Builders can be so aggravating, but that is a whole other story.
This is one of the bookshelves he built for our home, before he stained it. The cabinets underneath are great storage for board games.
So the good has definitely outweighed the bad for DIY projects in our home. Do you have a DIY person in your home, or do you wish you did?
Ecclesiastes 3:22 – Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion…