In my experience, there are at least two common themes among DIYers– the desire for nice things/surroundings and the inability (either tangible or mental) to fork out wads of cash to do so.
For yes, declareth the masses– she embodied all that was Cheap and Skin-Flinty. But, lo, she couldn’t deny the appreciation of the expensive items she scorned. And I’m not talking Home Depot/Pottery Barn expensive. I’m talking custom-made, one-of-a-kind, hipster-magnet-boutique. I’m not a hipster, by the way– but the boutique stores I sort of adore can generally be found right smack dab in the middle of a hipster nest. More’s the pity.
My point is that in order to have many of the things that I want– and not out-price my neighborhood–I needed to learn how to do it myself. Beyond that, the raw truth is that I get off on these adrenaline-laced, disaster-turned beauty projects, because it breaks up the minutiae. I got off on these adrenaline-laced, disaster-turned success projects at my for-pay jobs, too. It’s how the ADHD brain keeps itself from pinging into neverland. Or something. All I know is that a bored me, is an unhappy me.
So, people shouldn’t eye-roll so much when I consider making my own pendant lamps because I kinda like these from Home Depot, but now they are sold at Home Depot which means everyone will have them… and… dude, seriously they are charging how much for various sized glass bowls, upside down with a light bulb? Re-alllyyy?
Okay, so the price picture blows– my phone has heard me talking about an upgrade and it is protesting in a most unbecoming manner. But the ones I liked best were $100 bucks each. I’m not paying that for a glass cake bowl and a light bulb.
Then I googled “how to DIY a pendant lamp” and there it is: Instructions. Inspiration. Originality. Done intelligently, the first one is inexpensive– just to see if you can, and the second one can be fancier. This DIY lesson, by the way, took several expensive failures to learn. For example, 2 years ago I bought a $150 worth of fabric, notions, pattern, etc. for an uber complicated renaissance faire costume. Yeah, it’s still waiting for me.
Anyway, I guess my point is that, yes, the internet is full of a vast amount of horrific misinformation. However, every yin has its yang, and that same internet also contains an entire lifetime of useful knowledge. Criminy, you can practically get a college degree via youtube videos. Essentially, if you can think it, someone on the interwebs has probably tried–and blogged– it.