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Hello, I'm a new homeowner that's trying to basically do all I can myself. I'm not much of a decorator but I definitely have a style. I'm here to learn all I can and save even more. I'm looking forward to learning from you all.
 
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Welcome to the forum Mayjoy. If you have questions about a particular project please include as much information as possible. There is no such thing as too much info. Pictures also are a big help and this site makes it super easy to post them. Also include your state so answers will be relevant to your area.
 
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Hi,

Welcome to the forum from me too. :)

Good advice from Doug.

None of us were good at anything until we tried and made the many mistakes which is the learning curve; those who say "I can't do that" are correct and they never will. Go ahead and make lots of mistakes; ask what appear to be silly questions; if you ask you'll find out and by asking it can save tears and wasted time and materials. We're all still learning; I've been doing DIY for over 50 years and it seems the more I do the less I know; I still make lots of mistakes often the same mistake a number of times but to achieve success is not to quit.

Decorating is a huge subject on its own; just looking at materials can be overwhelming to a novice but a bit of practice and a few early successes will soon bring confidence to tackle bigger projects; don't be put off by people with negative comments who tell you a certain job can't be done; go ahead and prove them wrong; safety is paramount not only to yourself but to others around you so never take risks; electrical safety is so important; water and electricity don't mix so be careful working around electrical fittings; if in doubt simply turn off the electric at the mains.

I was bottom of the school in woodwork but I love all aspects of woodwork now; my woodwork teacher was a bully and I detested woodworking classes hence my initial dislike; encouragement goes a long way and here on the forum you'll get the encouragement you need.

Never be scared to admit and share your mistakes or things that go wrong; no one is perfect but sharing helps others.

Buy good quality tools and materials; expensive when handing over the money but the money is soon forgotten and you'll build up a tool kit to last you a lifetime; it's surprising what can be achieved with just a few good quality tools and persistence. Go for it and enjoy what you're doing; don't regard something a chore turn it into a project then you'll look at it differently; it works for me. I've rambled on enough so good luck in your endeavours.

Kind regards, Colin.
 

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