For someone who loves do-it-yourself just for the love of learning something new and overcoming challenges, those exceedingly popular DIY shows may be inspiring, but they are also totally annoying.  There really is no such thing as do-it-yourself for a true amateur, so those shows are total false advertising-making it look like you can overhaul a bathroom in one weekend with zero experience.  Give me a break!

First of all, DIY should really be called DIWYP:  Do-it-with-your-peeps, because it takes them all to make something really come together.  Someone you know is a design diva, another a master shopper, another has more than a few carpentry skills, and the slew of internet writers provide not only design ideas, but also all that necessary how-to.  Then the folks at Lowe’s, Ikea, and wherever else, are occasionally able to help you pull it all together with as much enthusiasm as you yourself have for the project.

So, while I’d like to say the new kitchen was DIY, let’s tell it like it really is, DIWYP.   There’s an incredible satisfaction knowing not only did you save a fortune by not hiring professionals, but also every time you are in that room you can say, yep, we did it– Damn We’re Good!  So hats off to all of us, because my new kitchen cost under $2,000, and as you can see, it takes the expression a bang for the buck to a whole new level!

The old ugly kitchen

The old ugly kitchen

The gorgeous new kitchen!

The gorgeous new kitchen!