The Do-It-Yourself lifestyle has been climbing at a steady, upward angle for many years now and shows no evidence of slowing down. Especially with the popularity of Paint and Sip Workshops. Why not grow a mini kitchen garden instead of buying herbs at the store? Google Consumer Insights explains the “number of DIY shoppers may have increased thanks to the economic downturn, but as the economy picks up it’s clear that our love affair with home improvement is here to stay”. Don’t lie, we know this puts a smile on many of your faces.
The DIY demographic is another interesting topic to understand since there is no specific category we all fit into. Venveo, a digital marketing company, released a free report explaining the trends in DIY Consumerism and explains this demographic anomaly. They say,
“Nearly 50% of DIY Consumers are female. Until recently, this market was dominated by men. With the accessibility of online training materials and how-to videos, women are venturing out even more into the DIY scene.
52% of DIYers are 24 to 44 years old which means the majority of DIYers are from two different generations: Millennials and Gen X. Most DIYers in this age range are taking on DIY projects because of a life-changing event such as buying a home, getting married or having a child.
DIYers ages 35 – 54 are often times driven by the desire to increase energy efficiency.
Consumers aged 55 and over are taking on DIY projects for things like household repairs, and preparation for growing older in their homes”.
Pretty interesting, eh? But let’s be clear, DIY doesn’t mean you have to do it ALL yourself. The above demographic also reported planning to hire a contractor over 50% of the time for finishing touches. Maybe you tear up that old, sparkly laminate flooring but hire a contractor to finish it and that’s ok!
Living in such a connected society, it is easy to find someone with professional training to fix or build whatever you may need. So what is the attraction of this lifestyle and why do we love it so much?
For some- it is about saving money. We have consulted many experts and they assure us this is completely true. However, this is not the sole reason, nor the most common. The same study by Venveo shows “that only 39% of DIYers are DIYing specifically to save money”. People are drawn to the DIY lifestyle because “they feel like they can handle the task and just because they enjoy the work”.
Google released a report DIY’s Digital Makeover: Understanding Today’s Do-It-Yourself Shopper stating that “47% of home improvement projects were done” simply because people enjoy it and we agree! There is a great deal of satisfaction looking at the ceiling light knowing you replaced it yourself and didn’t have to spend $$$ in labor costs for someone else to. This is also excellent news for home improvement supply companies and media outlets who have “seen such a rise in demand (like HGTV, The DIY Network and even aspects of Martha Stewart‘s brand). People want to have a positive home improvement experience which means they are willing to pay more for products that will help make this happen”.
Environmental safety is less considered when discussing the DIY lifestyle but very prevalent and important nonetheless. For many, living an economic lifestyle is critical. Being less wasteful makes the planet happy, after all. So being able to fix your refrigerator instead of throwing it out and buying a new one is a good idea! Not only are you saving space at the local landfill, you’re also saving earth’s resources to build another.
If you haven’t heard about the Tiny House takeover, you must be living under a rock (we are jealous, rocks are cool). They are indeed tiny but the movement is making a HUGE impact on how people live, consume and create.
The Tiny Life explains “it is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in. The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet. Tiny houses come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, but they enable simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space.
People are joining this movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons include environmental concerns, financial concerns, and the desire for more time and freedom. For most Americans 1/3 to 1/2 of their income is dedicated to the roof over their heads; this translates to 15 years of working over your lifetime just to pay for it, and because of it 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck”. Remember a few paragraphs ago we mentioned the DIY life is cheaper? We weren’t lying.
Now, we understand this minimalist DIY life is about cutting back on the unnecessary but we also believe art is critical to survival so having a little color on the walls is important. You guessed it- there has also been a do-it-yourself art decor takeover to compliment the lifestyle trend.
A great deal of DIY art how-to’s on the internet also use recycled or scrap materials, which should make you environment-friendly ones jump in joy. Not only is doing it yourself artwork cheaper than anything in the stores, it’s also significantly more fun.
Do you have random scrap wood, tile and other materials left over from that Tiny House you just built? You could make an accent wall like this! Coasters are another common DIY project that never fails to look amazing. Also, all of this beautiful scrap wood wall art! Making furniture with broken tile is another favorite of many. Everyone needs plants, tiny home or not. Why not make them a cool pot to live in?
We could go on for days…
Find Your DIY Style
Not too confident in your DIY skills yet? There are tons of community Paint and Sip-Style Workshops you can attend. Leading these paint and sip workshops are trained instructors, well-versed in the art and DIY world. They walk each student through the process clearly and efficiently. So, if you are ever in question of your talent, don’t worry- these teachers will help!
These workshops also provide materials and ample space to unleash your creative self. Not to mention, they let you bring snacks and drinks! Friday night date night? We think yes. These paint and sip style wood sign workshops are a great idea to get out of your tiny home and spend a night with friends and your kids, too! Especially in the winter months when we all start to get a little cabin fever, why not get out and do some art.
Not sure how to decorate your small space without things looking too crowded and cramped? Apartment Therapy has spent hours searching through small interiors with the best designs, decorations, and colors to use on the walls and throughout. Check out this article by Sarah Dobbins and see what you love most!
Tight budget? These DIY workshops are often significantly cheaper than buying completed art from the store or gallery. Not to mention you make it yourself! Here are some other ideas for decorating on a budget.
With many project ideas available in any of these paint and sip classes, you’re bound to be inspired by something. You don’t even have to limit yourself to painting (unless you want to, of course). The project roster for these workshops are seemingly never-ending and you can make custom requests to those who allow it. Get a few of those projects under your belt and you will be ready to take over the DIY art world!