Hilarious Home Improvement Fails to Avoid
Ever since the explosive popularity of YouTube and Pinterest, DIY fixes and repairs have become all the rage. While it's awesome to pick up helpful tips for simple replacements and installations, it's important to recognize your limits and know where to draw the line.
The do-it-yourselfers in this hysterical collection of home design and repair fails didn’t seem to understand when it was time to call in a pro. In between chuckles, think of the disastrous results as valuable life lessons for what not to do. Before you pick up that screwdriver, take a look at how to avoid becoming a DIY failure.
Innovative Plumbing Project
Thinking of renting a place in another state? Here’s a really great example of why you should never agree to rent a place sight unseen. Imagine answering a Craigslist ad for potential roommates who promise you a private half bath, only to be greeted by this setup upon your arrival.
Overly Ambitious Drawer Space
More is always better, right? Wrong, according to these cramped kitchen drawers. One lesson every DIY practitioner should keep in mind is that the existence of empty space doesn't usually mean the contractor was too lazy or cheap to fill it. There’s usually a really good design reason for those fake panels on cabinets. See!
X Fails to Mark the Spot
Ah, yes, the challenge of hanging your own frame holders. Many a DIY photo hanger has dealt with the challenge of locating a big enough picture frame to cover up their many embarrassing failed attempts to mount a promising hook.
Interesting Approach to a Ceiling Fan
Got a friend or partner who claims to be handy around the house? Here’s a look at the downside of taking them at their word before actually seeing their work. You should also be cautious anytime an acquaintance claims to be able to do the job cheaper than a professional.
The Stairway to Nowhere
Let’s just say this photo contains an important lesson in the art of DIY home design. Unfortunately, we find ourselves too baffled to offer any wisdom concerning what went wrong here, as we have no idea how such a design error could have possibly happened without the builder realizing the problem.
Monument to Creative Plumbing
"Just YouTube a plumbing video," they said. "It will be way cheaper." Feast your eyes on the reason all such suggestions should be ignored at any cost. This DIY plumber approached her water valve repair with nothing but grit and ambition.
No, Seriously. Call a Plumber.
Did we mention the importance of utilizing plumbers for plumbing demands? Here, things go from bad to worse as the old adage that duct tape can fix anything is put to the ultimate test. What exactly led to this ill-fated display? It’s hard to say, but it couldn’t have been pretty.
A Word About Labels
Among the most important rules for DIY home design is that before installing labels of any sort, it's always a good idea to actually read them. Such precautions, tedious as they may be, can prevent all sorts of zany mix-ups and confusion for anyone who needs to use the items in the future.
Placement Is Everything
At some point, you may suddenly find yourself struck with an urge to expand your current home. If such plans include building new rooms connected to existing ones, then the importance of forethought can’t be stressed enough. While there may be a time and place for "winging it," this is not it.
A Word About Home Decor
Ladies, if your husband or boyfriend ever asks you what you'd like for your birthday, it's best to avoid the topic of home decor altogether. Sure, you can try to be specific or even point out the exact piece you would like to have.
World's Worst Security System
Looking to strike fear into the hearts of would-be villains? Then this DIY setup is most certainly not the way to go. Its appearance alone is enough to raise questions over whether it could possibly be hooked up to functioning machinery of any kind.
Unsightly Fence Job
If you're an apartment dweller who highly prizes your privacy, then the temptation to install your own fence is understandable. When embarking on such an endeavor, however, it's probably best to consult your landlord rather than go all fixer-upper on it.
Duct Taped Door Opener
Yet again, we circle back to the question of duct tape and exactly what it can reasonably accomplish. While it has been revered virtually since it hit the market for its seeming ability to instantly solve any DIY dilemma, even the legendary tape has its limits.
Overly Stealthy Showerhead
God bless home inspectors. Their job is generally a thankless one, but thanks to homeowners like this one, it's never likely to be boring. It looks like this DIY pro simply couldn't stand the sight of his showerhead and found a creative way of obscuring it (mostly) from view.
You Had One Job, Door
When outfitting your doorframe with a new door, the temptation to buy used or discount pieces may prove tempting. Perhaps you even have a friend who has an old door in the garage you could score for free. Before reveling in your good luck, however, certain measures should be taken — literally.
DIY Double Light Switch Cover
Got a broken double light switch cover? Why bother dropping that extra dollar at the hardware store for a new one when you can just use two single covers? This visual disaster is why. Although this idea undoubtedly seemed brilliant at the time, its execution has ushered in a whole new ugly reality.
The Importance of Paint Can Lids
If there's one thing you shouldn't cut corners on when planning a DIY painting job, it's the buckets you use to transport your paint. Although it may seem like the paint is heavy enough to stay pooled at the bottom of a large, uncovered bucket during transport, the laws of physics may have other plans.
Not So Impenetrable Fortress
Speaking of home security, can we all take a moment to marvel at the sight of this Cheeto lock? Hey, we get it. Sometimes, you just don’t have an extra bolt handy. Unfortunately, this manner of DIY brilliance is likely to result in little more than wasting a good Cheeto.
Poorly Planned Cabinet
While longing for a little more storage space in the bathroom is no crime, things can go horribly awry without proper planning. How anyone managed to complete the construction on this bathroom cabinet without sensing the implications is a true mystery.
There's something to be said for doing your part to make the planet a little more eco-friendly. While you may take pride in turning your aluminum cans over to your local recycling plant, attempting to upcycle them into common household items may or may not always be the best plan.
Honey, I Fixed It
While the porcelain used in bathrooms isn't an easy material to crack, it does occasionally happen. Rather than risk the unsightliness of an exposed toilet tank, our friend here has resorted to what he mistakenly believes to be a classier option.
Two Views for the Price of One
Even something as arbitrary as drainage pipe placement can go fantastically wrong without a little forethought. Not only do those odd metallic blinds stand a slim chance of ever closing again, but let's talk about that view for a moment.
Floating Garage Door
Notice anything peculiar about the double garage door on the house across the way? While taking security measures to make sure your car isn't stolen is an admirable plan, installing your garage on the second story of your home is likely to lead to a whole host of other problems.
A Drunken Lamp?
When preparing to put your home up for sale, there are many things to take into consideration. Let’s say, for example, that you once made the mistake of installing a large, looming light post in the middle of your driveway. Be aware that not all potential buyers will find your antics amusing.
Interior Design Gone Wrong
There's almost certainly a good story behind this interior design fail. (Ghost, perhaps?) Although we will never know the tale, it’s still possible to take a few guesses. For one, it may be a sterling example of why interior design isn’t always the best bonding experience to share with young children.
Fruitless Security Measure
We all feel the need to keep our homes secure from trespassers, but it's important to keep in mind that not all security measures are created equal. Unfortunately, investing in any one part of a fence may not prove effective if you aren't willing to spring for the entire thing.
Be Sure to Watch Your Step
The mystery surrounding this whole scenario is almost too enticing for words. Even if this homeowner installed an opening years ago when the ground was level with the house's floor, the size of the opening and the positioning of the door doesn't make sense.
Why Women Live Longer Than Men
Unfortunately, some strange part of male biology seems to intrinsically associate light repair work with manliness. That said, it's important to keep that part of yourself in check when you’re tempted to pull off stunts such as this. Generally, if you’re preparing to stack or balance a ladder in any way, it's time to step back and reflect.
World's Most Useless Handle
If you've ever floated through the aisles of IKEA in a DIY-fueled trance, then you already know the perils of constructible furniture. It may be tempting to grab the most obvious parts of your project and assemble them first, forsaking the cumbersome instructions in a zillion languages.
How to Know When It's Time for a New Sofa
In some regions, the rustic look is popular when it comes to interior design. In others, the industrial feel is making a comeback. Here we see what chaos results when the two are combined in a fit of DIY madness.