And then the rubber hit the road and there were times when I chickened out.
Until I realized that I really could do just about anything.
If you’re going to do a DIY project, you have to have confidence.
This was my first big DIY project:
I tore out the corner cabinet that was in our breakfast room. The cabinet was small and two of the shelves were broken, so it wasn’t effective storage. One day, I just decided it was time for it to go.
I took a sledgehammer to the shelves and pried out the sides. I only damaged the drywall in one or two spots.
And you know what? I patched the drywall myself.
Had I patched a big hole in drywall before?
Did I successfully patch the hole?
I had always wanted to tile something. I decided to start small – the backsplash in my laundry room. Here it is (sorry for the poor photo quality!), finished:
Had I ever tiled anything before?
And I survived. And had the tile backsplash I wanted.
So much of DIY’ing is just getting up the gumption to do it.
For example, tearing the carpet off the beautiful wooden stairs. I had thought about it for years. I just needed the confidence to up and do it one day.
Which leads me to the toilet in the title.
Yesterday, we had a clogged toilet. It had been clogged for almost 24 hours. I plunged and plunged, hoping against hope that it would resolve itself. It didn’t.
The last time we had a bad clog, we called a plumber, and he charged us some terrible amount of money to use an augur to resolve the clog. He mentioned that you could buy one at a hardware store, but that “they didn’t work as well.” Sure. Right.
When the toilet was still clogged after plunging and hot water and dish soap didn’t work, I decided to get my own augur.
And yet, for some reason, as I approached the hardware store, I was reticent. I was actually kind of nervous about it.
In fact, when the greeter at the door asked me what I was looking for, I told him I was looking for a plunger. I guess I was afraid he might talk me out of buying the augur, or look at me like I had three heads or something. I have no idea what I was thinking, in hindsight. After all, people go to the hardware store all the time to buy an augur, so it would be perfectly reasonable for me to do the same thing.
Seriously, it was the best $8.78 I’ve spent in a long time.
You should go buy one. Just sayin’. You might need it one day.
Anyway, I got home. I followed the instructions. I did EXACTLY what the high-priced plumber did. And you know what?
The toilet gave me a happy gurgle and flushed.
All it took was $8.78 and a little backbone.
Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl always says, “If a human being can do it, there’s a 95% chance you can do it, too.” I heard that in my head as I found and bought the augur, and when I jumped for joy when I fixed the toilet.
I am grateful that I have the confidence to try new things, to do hard things, to tackle projects.
What have you tried lately with a little confidence?