Are you what I consider a D I Wifey?
My husband is a big man. Smart, active, strong. But he's not exactly Bob the builder. Don't get me wrong now we have bought our first house he is soooo getting in to that whole DIY thing blokes do but its certainly not imbedded in his genes.
Me on the other hand I'm a doer. I'm a get in there, get messy, have a go kind of girl. I'm handy. My friends call me "resourceful". I love creating but oh the things you could do with all the money in the world. Well that's not the case in our house a) because my husband would not sleep at night if I spent irresponsibly on exspensive decor. He's just not any kinds of materialistic plus he would still be happily eating on his little old cane chairs and table dining set if I didn't come in and scrub up his bachelor pad a little and b) I love nothing more than being given the mission of finding a bargain or doing it myself and that is another reason he loves me. Because to be honest I have so many people that think my house items are great (which is awesome) and some designer product, when really I got it on sale or made it myself from scraps, paints or recycled & modernized old decor.
I firstly like to start with the decor item I mostly desire be it any price, mostly the ones I cannot bring myself to spend that kind of money on. Then work from there to best match the look and style, keeping an opened mind as things change slightly to match your ideal budget.
I do DIY as much as I realistically can or hire in a handyman to help with odd jobs (this being my dad mostly;).
I like to keep things very simple and buy feature items.
Buy yourself a lady drill. Best tool I've ever bought! And it's light and girly lol just jokes it's dark green and from Bunnings. I framed my own mirror, I grouted and added my own feature tiles, used the saw on a gorgeous plank of wood that I drilled myself to make gorgeous feature shelves. I painted old pots to modernise them & use to decorate my kitchen and covered most of my pillows with my favourite fabrics. Installing your own blinds with your own drill is a money saver. Instead of entirely replacing your flooring you can lay laminate vinyl strips, gives it a fresh new look if you change your design theme. Searching on all sorts of website stores incl the good old eBay, gumtree, buy, swap & sells. eBay is really good for including postage. Gumtree is really good for company seconds or floor stock. Even with decorations I will try my best to DIY. I made my own phelt ball garland for my sons room and next will be recovering his toy box seat cushion. One of my favourites was renovating my front garden. Doing all the removal myself (well more like the hubbies muscle work pulling out the stubborn old bushes there) and just by talking about it had lovely Agave succulent donations from friends and neighbours, those things can cost a bomb from nurseries and also using and old had its days basket recycling it to house one of my plants. Looks fantastic. Repainted my front stairs and spray painted the latace to give it a fresh new look.
My best advice is to never settle for one option. It always seems harder than it really is to do. But in the end you need to have a passion for it. If not and you have the money to pay a tradie then you're laughing! :)
So... Are you a DIWifey? Hats off to you.