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Ever had grand ideas for a DIY, only to have it end in disappointment? Follow these three steps the next time you tackle a home decor or renovation project to up the chances of making all your DIY dreams come true.

Prepare. It’s the least fun step, which is why we often skip it or rush through it. But it’s also the most important. A repainted piece of furniture isn’t going to turn out well if it isn’t sanded properly. Treat every DIY like a piece of furniture and don’t skip the sanding.

Don’t Give Up. DIYing is all about problem solving, so don’t throw that “failed” project away. Give it another try. Can you fix it? Can you turn it into something else? Sometimes the best DIYs are the ones that end up somewhere unexpected.

Improvise. Don’t think that every time you start a DIY you need to go out and buy a bunch of materials. Look around your home and see what you already have that might work. It’s a great way to save money and exercise your creative muscles!