Gen Y will be responsible for a high portion of the $22.4 billion that will be spent across Australia on home renovations in the next 12 months.
Gen Y will be responsible for a high portion of the $22.4 billion that will be spent across Australia on home renovations in the next 12 months.

SOAPBOX: I swore I'd never do DIY again...now that's broken

COMMENT BY JANINE HILL

IT PROBABLY served me right for breaking my vow.

Years ago, I vowed I would never again be tempted to make one of those projects you see in the home improvement magazines.

My vow followed an unsuccessful attempt at a pair of timber bedside tables.

If you want to know what a difference 3mm makes, come an see the half-made bedside tables sitting in my dad's shed 10 years later.

In the tradition of my father, I swore a lot, and then vowed never again.

Some say time is a healer. I say it makes you forget stuff.

When a friend passed some used magazines my way, and I saw instructions for making a knotted scarf, it looked no more harmful than the macramé I learned in Year 4.

Unfortunately, the instructions in the magazine, which for the purposes of this article, I shall call Not-Necessarily-Better Homes and Gardens, failed to advise how to unravel the prescribed skein of sari silk ribbon.

The more ribbon I unravelled, the more it frayed, and the more it got tangled.

Eventually, I pulled enough apart to begin the scarf.

Unfortunately, Not-Necessarily-Better Homes and Gardens also failed to instruct how to macrame 4m lengths of ribbon fraying faster than my temper, and there were more knots happening than the square ones I was trying to tie.

As I stood back and looked at the prostrate maypole on the floor, I swore a lot. And then swore never again.


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