Captain’s Log | DIY Journey:
In this life journey, I’ve added another DIY to my log. At 40 years old, I started a business handmaking vegan nail lacquers @relaunchnailpolish. Now, at 41, I’ve decided to learn woodworking and become a tool belt diva -learning how to operate power tools and DI-trY around my home.
First up, I’m replacing a baseboard I originally paid someone to do for me almost 7 years ago. Now I know everything has a time limit -even baseboards. However, when not in a high traffic area and seldom being bumped by the vacuum cleaner, this baseboard should have not looked as damaged as it did!
I chose to do the baseboards as my first DI-trY because I wanted something that would give me a chance to practice cuts with my Dewalt miter saw and practice nailing with my Ryobi brad nailer. I was extremely afraid of the miter saw, particularly the thought of losing my fingers. I also wanted a project cost friendly. All in all, I spent approximately $25 on trim and materials. You can always rent the saw and brad nailer, but I knew I had other projects on my list. Overall, here’s what I learned:
Youtube University is your friend: there are so many baseboard videos out there. I mainly wanted to figure out how to do angled cuts.
Properly measuring and cutting was a challenge for me. Maybe you’ll be okay, but I had to creep into the cut -meaning I would rather slowly cut from a piece too long than end with a piece too short.
Take your time. You’ll see other DIYers swimming through a project -making cuts, painting, and then on to the next. Be gentle with yourself. I had to tell myself this multiple times. All of this was a learning curve, and probably will continue being a learning curve. The point is to start, learn, and pace yourself.