When you look at this bathroom, what do you see?
- Beautiful Open Shelves?
- Gorgeous beadboard walls?
- An open ceiling that exudes authenticity?
- Refined and inviting paneling on the tub surround?
Yes, yes, yes, yes… all of these and more are there. All combining to create one awesome bathroom you want to spend a little extra time in.
Do you know what I see, besides all of that? I see wood . Lots and lots of wood.
Wood Is A DIYer’s Best Friend
Beautiful. Easy. Very forgiving. These are just a few of the reasons I love working with wood.
- Don’t know how to finish drywall? Consider wood paneling.
- Don’t know how to cut and install tile flooring? What about a wood floor? (see photo again)
- New granite counters rocking your budget? Think about all the furniture you’ve had with a wood top surface!
There are four basic concepts to master when working with wood.
- You have to learn to measure and cut right.
- Learning to shape wood adds design flexibility and pizzazz.
- Nailing, Screwing, and Gluing are an art unto themselves.
- Ye must finish well. Paint, Stain, Varnish, etc. (and, argh, sanding!)
If that sounds like a whole lot, fear not. Baby steps. The first step is clear.
Master The Saw…Master Your Destiny
The average tool shed has 43,000 indispensable tools (rough guesstimate). Of those, only a few hold within them the truly sublime power to change your life and they all share the same name, with a few variations.
- Table Saw
- Circular Saw
- Reciprocating Saw
- Miter Saw
- Jig Saw
Master these. Make them, as you would a fine musical instrument, an extension of your very soul and you will find true joy in your life. Add a decent air nailer and it just doesn’t get any better.
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Tim got involved in blogging in 2009 and now focuses much of his energy on encouraging and inspiring people to dream big remodeling dreams here at RemodelingGuy.net, and as a writer for various publications in both online and traditional media.
Tim also helps his wife, Kim, with an inspiring and growing online community at her site, EverythingEtsy.com.
Tim and Kim split their time between their hometown of Tampa, Florida and the historic harborside town of Punta Gorda, FL. They have been married for 21 years and have two awesome sons.
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