Starting a DIY project for your Bangkok condo
If this is your first home improvement project you’re probably eager to get starter but at the same time on really sure where to start. Before you rush off to Home Pro, or your favourite Bangkok DIY store you need to make yourself a plan.
Planning out your home improvement project can save you a lot of time and money, and also help you avoid any DIY disasters. Here are some tips to help you get started:
– Fix your budget! The first stage of making a home improvement plan is knowing your budget. Work out what you have to spend and stick to it.
– Now you know what you can spend you need to prioritise what you will spend it on. Set goals for what you want to achieve during this project. Rank the rooms of your Bangkok condo in order of what needs the most attention and divide your budget accordingly. Once you have a budget for each room you can also decide in what order you will work on the rooms. It’s far easier to tackle such a project one room at a time.
– Map out the job. Draw up a floor plan of your home, graph paper is a great way to keep things accurate and to scale. Such plans will be a big help when you are in the store buying furniture, paint, and accessories.
– Choose your style and colour scheme. Choosing the theme and colour scheme of each room can be a big task, but these are definitely decisions you want to make in the comfort of your home, rather than in the store. Get some home magazines and colour charts and take your time planning out this part of the job.
– Shop around. When you are ready to start buying your materials don’t necessarily rush out to yoru nearest Home Pro and buy the lot, take some time to shop around, especially if you are on a tight budget. Bangkok has a wealth of cheap family run decorating stores, check out what is available locally, as well as scouring the internet for cheap deals.
– Before you start tackling a room make sure you know the order of the work you need to do. Carpentry and electrical work need to be done before decorating. Decorating should be done from top to bottom, and should be complete before bringing in any furniture. Furniture should always be brought in and arranged before adding accessories and final touches.
– If you are struggling to afford coloured paint you could be creative. Buy a large container of pure brilliant white paint and stir in 2 or 3 tester pots of a colour of your choice (the stronger the colour the better the effect). This will save you heaps of money, especially if you need a large quantity of paint. Just remember to make note of the quantities and paints you use in case you need to mix more!
– Kitchen units can be given a new lease of life by simply replacing the doors and recovering or varnishing surface tops. This will work out so much cheaper then fitting anew kitchen, while having the same effect.
While a lot of these tips are pure common sense, the purpose of this blog is to get you planning. The more time and effort you spend on planning out your home improvement project, the easier and cheaper it should be. Good luck!