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DIY disasters that will make you cringe Part 1

 DIY (do-it-yourself) projects can be a fun and exciting way to add a unique flavour to your home.  Experimenting with creative design solutions can be liberating.  It can also be catastrophic.

These DIY disasters are prime examples of homeowners throwing conventional wisdom out the window and failing miserably.  Some are a result of laziness, and others, from getting a little too creative.

If you’re thinking of doing a DIY project this season, try to avoid the mistakes made in these DIY disasters at all costs.

Shopping cart shelves

A word to the wise: in no circumstance, in no room, is a shopping cart ever a good idea for a shelving unit.  This DIY project was a failure before it even began.

 

Overlapping light switches

It’s unclear whether this failure falls under the category of laziness or cheapness.  Regardless, this DIY solution looks terrible and automatically destroys any chance this room had of looking presentable.

 

Useless drawers (pt. 1) 

These DIY drawers have officially been rendered useless. Whoever designed this kitchen seriously messed up a measurement somewhere, and it really, really shows.  When doing a DIY project, always remember the mantra: “measure twice, cut once.”

 

 

Useless drawers (pt. 2) 

Whoever installed these drawers clearly didn’t think things through.  If you have a countertop with a 90-degree corner like this, consider installing a custom hinged corner cabinet or full-length cabinet doors, rather than making the same mistake as this DIY disaster.

 

Worst driveway ever?

Poorly placed tree or poorly placed garage?  You decide.

 

Spotted umbrella gone wrong

In theory, this DIY idea for an umbrella design sounds pretty good: add flowery stencils onto your outdoor umbrella with white paint.

 

Unfortunately, this project turned into a DIY disaster rather quickly.  The white paint soaked through the umbrella and ruined the stone patio underneath.  Even the umbrella itself looks bad—like it was the target of an aggressive bird-dropping shower.

Steps to nowhere

These outdoor steps are just plain dangerous.  This is another example of laziness getting the better of a homeowner.  Don’t fall into this trap when doing a DIY project.  If you’re going do it yourself, do it properly.

 

 

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