the satisfaction of a job well done

By Louise Sukle
Editor & Publisher
Woman Newspapers

DIYers are not just crafty housewives with a lot of time on their hands and a Pinterest board. I think most of us are driven to do DIY projects because it’s empowering and because we enjoy the creativity.
What drives me to tackle projects that professionals could do with ease? I’m going to try to keep it simple and to the point.
When I was young, a relative found herself without a husband. She was helpless, not even knowing how to take care of the most basic things to run a household. I can’t even imagine how it would feel to be so helpless. That’s a feeling I never want to experience.
When I began, like most DIYers, I did it because I had a very tight budget. Even when I lived in my first tiny apartment, I wanted it to be cozy, comfortable and feel like a home. My landlord allowed me to paint the dismal walls, so I jumped in with a can of beige paint, a borrowed paint roller and no experience. I discovered a new-found love of makeovers. I was hooked.
Over the years, I found if I am not creative, I am bored - and I tend to get bored easily with design and decorating. I have a hard time letting things just be. If it hasn’t been changed up in a while, I start thinking about new ways to make the space better. I like a good challenge.
Above all, I love the process. I think to myself, “I’m starting with A, and my goal is B, so what steps do I need to take to get from A to B?” What tools will I need? What materials do I need? How much time will it take? How much will it cost? Math doesn’t come naturally to me but when it’s part of the problem-solving process for a DIY project, somehow I’m able to work it out! That’s incredibly satisfying.
There’s something so empowering about not having to rely on someone else to do things for you. My hope is that every woman reading this edition of Woman, no matter what her circumstances, can know that she, too, can feel that same sense of empowerment, not having to rely on others to do things around the house for her - even if it’s something as simple as painting a chair.