While most people want to pick outsourcing services to renovate the house, the cost of such a service is not really affordable. Hence the appearance of many DIY projects for home renovation. On one side, starting such a project often helps save money by avoiding licensed contractors. However, these projects sometimes result in completely counterproductive and become extreme disasters. Here are some of the most hilarious home renovation fails you might want to look out for.
30. Leave the toilet at the top of the stairs?
It is said that making an excellent first impression when entering a home is crucial. Consider joining your house and being greeted by a toilet. Yes, there is a bathroom. Dan Hagman, an Iowa home inspector, was the first to bring this next DIY fail to the Internet. “I have never seen this before, come in the side door and don’t even have to take off your shoes, and they like it!” he said on a home inspector’s forum. At the very least, it’s a good thing it’s on the back door rather than the front. Consider the perspective of the Amazon delivery person. Where, on the other hand, is the toilet sink? The answer is that there isn’t one. As a result, they reach for the doorknob to enter.
The cringe factor is at an all-time high. Take notice of the giant popcorn tin next to the dog food bowls as well. We sincerely hope that tin contains dog food rather than a snack when you get hungry while on the toilet. At the very least, the dog would have somewhere to drink if his water bowl runs dry. This would resell the housing complex, and the home inspector likely told them it needed to go. When you do a DIY project, make sure it will add value to your home, not take away from it.
29. A One-of-a-Kind Deal
It is always best to have more bedrooms when putting your home on the market. The more bedrooms and bathrooms your family have, the higher the rent or sale price you can demand. It is impossible to say where this meme originated because it’s been circulating all over the Internet. However, we believe we have located the original post, which stated, “They told me it’s a single bedroom with an attached bathroom.”
Oh, no! Who wants to sleep in the same room where they go to the bathroom? This reminds me of a prison cell. Unless they were desperate for extra beds in their apartment and had no other choice, it isn’t easy to imagine what this person was thinking. If the caption is correct and touring an apartment advertised incorrectly, it is almost certainly a real estate scam. It’s also an excellent example of why you should still see an apartment in person before agreeing to sign a lease.
28. Just looking at these bunk beds makes me nervous.
Youth hostels profit from cramming as many young travelers as possible into a single room. So it’s almost unsurprising that a few business owners have pulled this stunt. This appears to be a dirty little secret that hotels don’t want you to know about it. I’m sure it wouldn’t pass a health and safety inspection if a health and safety inspector came to look at it. Stacking these many bunk beds on top of one another isn’t a good idea. Consider what would happen if there was an earthquake, a fire, or another type of emergency. From a structural standpoint, this does not appear to be very secure.
There were a few of these photos circulating on Reddit, but one comment, in particular, stood out: “Yes, I slept in one of these.” And yes, it was a horrifying experience.” We sincerely hope that no one would do such a thing to their children. There were a few of these photos circulating on Reddit, but one comment, in particular, stood out: “Yes, I slept in one of these.” And yes, it was a horrifying experience.” We sincerely hope that no one would do such a thing to their children.
27. A DIY Nightmare Revealed by a Sagging Ceiling
Unfortunately, when you first buy a home, inspectors do not catch all of the problems. This new homeowner was doing repairs on his new home when he posted a picture of what he discovered on Reddit. “Before I removed the ceiling, I was wondering why it was sagging… There had been widespread re-framing, and I removed those joists. Everything about that house was wrong, especially major soil and structural flaws.”
The wooden beams that supported the ceiling were not correctly installed, as you can see in the picture. There are slots cut out of the timber that is not supported by a beam. The previous owner chose to do some DIY or recruit a low-cost contractor who had no engineering experience. When most people undertake a DIY project, their primary concern is to save money in the short term. They don’t always consider the long-term consequences or how it will affect the next home buyer. This is one of those projects that should never be attempted at home. Consistently recruit a specialist instead of trying structural work on your own.
26. Is it Stubbornness or Conservation of Nature?
Someone on Reddit chastised a neighbor for refusing to pay someone to work on his home because he wanted to do everything himself. “Instead of hiring contractors and people who know what they are doing, a guy in the neighborhood decided to build his own house. We watched in awe as they dealt with a variety of issues. They recently poured the driveway around a tree that partly blocks their garage rather than removing it.” Saving these trees does not appear to be motivated by a desire to preserve the environment. He chopped down one of the trees and left the stump because he didn’t have the right equipment to remove it, as you can see in the picture. He gave up trying to save the second tree. While it’s admirable that he built this house on his own, that doesn’t mean he has to do everything by himself.
It’s best to recruit experts to remove a tree if you need it removed. They often need to use a cherry picker to remove the high branches before using chainsaws to bring the main tree trunk down. Because of the difficulty of the task, stump removal is an extra charge. Cleanup is also a significant concern, particularly if you don’t have the means to mulch or burn the wood that remains. Unfortunately, by keeping a tree in front of his driveway, this person only makes his life more difficult for himself. As the tree roots grow, they may crack the driveway, scaring prospective buyers away from purchasing the property.
25. Here’s Why You Should Measure Everything
Inspector Aaron posted this photo to his Instagram account with the caption: “Sometimes renovations need to be organized a bit better…” We could see that someone had installed a new oven without measuring to see if the door could open all the way. Not only is it inconvenient to cook with, but it also poses a fire hazard. A home inspection would never approve of something like this.
This is an essential lesson in the importance of measuring everything! Always measure the distance between the door and the cabinets before installing a new appliance. If at all possible, make sure you have plenty of room to stand behind it. Consider your culinary experience. You (or your children) will likely be burnt if you don’t allow yourself enough space.
24. These Stairs Are Hurting My Eyes
We discovered the following image on Reddit with the simple caption, “Someone made some stairs.” No way! This is a disaster. Uneven stairs are unquestionably a tripping hazard. This person, it appears, did not take the time to measure the stairs to ensure that they were all the same height. They don’t seem to be the same width, either.
Most of the time, you should delegate this task to a professional. If you’re set on building your stairs, at the very least, read Home Depot’s guide to constructing a staircase. They walk you through how to measure, cut, and install your stairs step by step. However, you will need to hire an engineer or a professional contractor to complete the project in many cases.
23. The Curtains Will Be Required to Hide the Shame
This story was initially published on Zabitat by Krista P. of Geneseo, Illinois. “After begging my fiancé to hang my curtains for days, I finally tried it on my own. Hanging curtains on two windows took me about 6 hours. It looked a little crooked when it was all said and done, so I made the curtains to hide it. I was pleased with the quality of my work. When my fiancé returned home from work in the evening, I welcomed him into the living room and showed him my hard work. At the same time, he opened one of the curtains and said, “Good job, baby.” The curtain and the rod both dropped at the same time, hitting him in the head. I was in such bad shape! The end of the big rod gave him a giant bump on the forehead.
Kristina is in such a dire situation! Rather than making a DIY blunder like this, watch a YouTube tutorial for step-by-step instructions. Hanging a curtain rod should only take a few minutes if done correctly. It’s a little perplexing that it took 6 hours and still didn’t work out. This is an excellent example of how you may need to wait for assistance if something appears to be too difficult. Alternatively, if your fiance ignores you, hire a handyperson! If he is irritated that you paid money for his assistance, he may be motivated to complete the task more quickly the next time.
22. How Do I Begin?
“Luxury trailer DIY living,” read the caption on Reddit. You might not notice anything wrong with this photo if you look at it quickly. Even some of the comments questioned why this was such a lousy DIY fail. But take a closer look. This vanity has two separate sinks, each with its own set of faucets. We apply a single coat of black spray paint unevenly to the wooden vanity. The owner must have been pleased with themselves because they took this photo and posted it online. But, in reality, it appears that they gathered everything that was on clearance and put it together.
If you’re going to do a DIY bathroom renovation, make sure you pick a color scheme that works together. Find sinks and faucets that match. Choose a suitable product for furniture, such as chalk paint or wood stain, to add color. Even if saving money for a project like this takes longer, it’s best to do it right the first time.
21. Does This Ensure That The House Is Haunted?
Robert Bulla, a tattoo artist, carved an ouija board into his shop’s hardwood floors. He found an antique hardwood floor underneath the carpet after tearing it up. He made a stencil with chalk paint and then went in with a wood-burning tool to add the fine details. When Robert shared this on Instagram, it quickly became a meme with over 22,000 shares. Let’s hope that going viral helped Robert attract more customers to his tattoo shop because this was a giant blunder in terms of real estate.
Sure, this would look great in a tattoo parlor. However, antique wood floors are incredibly costly and in high demand among consumers. So he’s squandered thousands of dollars by burning this perfect floor. Over-customizing your house is one way to devalue it unintentionally. Maybe this mural on the hardwood floor is cool to Robert and his clients. However, it will be a complete nightmare for the 99 percent of people looking to buy the property in the future. Unless they replace the floorboards entirely, there will be no way to fix this floor art.
20. Purple is out of date
A real estate agent called this photo, and she left a caption: “Stuck in this beautiful bathroom!” This is sarcasm, with smiley emojis. This is an example of trends becoming obsolete. There was probably a time when this bathroom decoration cost a lot of money! But after a while, these were clearly out of fashion.
I cannot imagine having a rug in the bathroom. If there isn’t any way to vent a damp bathroom carpet, chances are there’s mold underneath. If you have a home like this, I recommend doing some modern renovations before selling it.
19. Is this considered En-Suite?
Here’s another photo that has been shared by real estate agents many times. Many people have a private bathroom as part of their master bedroom, but often there are walls there to separate the space. It is hard to imagine what it smells like in the bedroom cum bathroom.
Hopefully, you guys will never try to redo this failed design. The reason why you shouldn’t do this is that it’s not aesthetic at all. The moisture from the shower can cause mold in your room, especially if it’s in your bedroom, just a few feet from where you sleep. It will also make it extremely difficult to sell a home to anyone else in the future.
18. No one can steal this car
The garage door image on the second floor was posted online with the caption: “Nobody stole my car!” We don’t know if this photo was taken seriously by the landlord or taken by a neighbor.
This is 100% a failure. No one seems to be able to come up with a rational reason for why this happened. Since this is a mountainous area, the landlord may initially think they will have filled up dirt on the first floor. It will undoubtedly become more difficult one day to sell this house.
17. Please do everything correctly
An Instagram account posted this photo and wrote: “Creating the concept of openness is everyone’s dream! Patching an old wall floor has never been easier with this patch compound tank! “You’re looking at the wall patch being used to fix a crack in the middle of the floorboards. Unfortunately, when you do it yourself, it’s not always possible to reuse the same materials for the part. And even if it’s the correct material, you can’t use wood putty to replace the actual wood.
If you want to do this job correctly, removing a wall and creating an open space will require you to make sure that the bottom floor is sturdy and of good shape. Next, you have to buy hardwood flooring to match what is already there. Wood putty is used to fill any small gaps between spaces. After that, the entire floor of the room will have to be sanded. Then the whole floor will be stained to make sure the colors match, and everything looks cohesive as if it’s always one room instead of two.
16. Maybe you need someone to help you
This was posted on Instagram: “My goal is always to get attention and make my work stand out from the competition! I have put together this same sample 3 times in a row, and it was this attention to detail that made me book two weeks in advance. Four rows will be too much! “I think he’s joking, mocking someone’s failure to do it themselves. But it’s understandable why someone could make a mistake like this, significantly if no one helped them out.
You always want the floorboards to go in the same direction. But when you buy a hardwood box or vinyl plank, it doesn’t always perfectly fit the room’s size. You have to measure those pieces and then use a saw to cut them to the exact length. If there are room corners around the closet, you may also have to cut off part of the floorboard. This is something that many people want to do for themselves unforeseen.
15. A Pittsburgh boot is more popular than you might think
Do you want to talk about weird toilet positions? This toilet is in the middle of the basement with no walls, sinks, or any privacy. However, this is very common in old homes in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. According to one real estate broker: “Since we are a steel town, they stay at the opening of the basement so that the steelworkers can get home from work, take a bath, get dressed, and use a Pittsburgh potty first. when going upstairs to have dinner with family. “
If I bought this house, I would get rid of that toilet or create walls around it, so I have a natural bathroom.
14. Do you know how pipes work?
A home inspector posted this photo on his Instagram with a sarcastic comment: “No problem with this, right?” This is a gutter and a drain that has been cut in half. Rainwater running down from the roof needs to be filtered through channels and down to the ground. Rainwater needs to be carried away from home to keep water out of the house.
We’re not sure if this was a DIY incident or just a lousy contractor who decided this was a good idea. Someone paid the experts to install their gutters, and they let it hang from the roof of our warehouse, instead of putting it on the ground … And this is a company they paid for 1,000 dollars to get the job done. Even so-called experts make these terrible mistakes.
13. The cat paws
This subsequent DIY failure was posted on Instagram by Toby the Cat, “Fun fact: As a kitten, I longed for a home repair career. That was cut short when the contractor and I parted ways due to creative differences. I want to call this masterpiece “Paws In Grout.” This is so cute. But when you are pouring concrete, always render your pets inaccessible to that space.
Let’s hope the owner gets rid of Toby’s toenail condition right away, as things like these can cause permanent damage to your pet’s skin. According to the CDC, “Wet concrete that comes into contact with the skin for a short time and then thoroughly washed off will cause minor irritation. But constant contact between skin and wet concrete allows alkaline compounds to penetrate and burn the skin. When wet concrete or mortar sticks to the skin – the consequences can be degree 1, degree 2, or degree 3 burns. These wounds can take months to heal, requiring hospitalization and possibly skin grafting.”
12. Fix dock by yourself
This next photo comes from IMGUR, where a user posted this photo with the caption, “So my uncle” repaired “his dock.” This is a substantial DIY failure. Those wooden planks do absolutely nothing to help the situation. Fixing a dock is no joke. If you live on the water, you should hire professionals to get the job done. One wrong act and someone could drown.
Depending on the dock’s size and the water’s depth, repairs can cost anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. It is understandable why this man’s uncle tried to correct it himself. However, the dock is one thing that you need to update every year before it all collapses. And if you’ve ever sold the property, it’ll almost certainly be something you’ll need to repair before selling it to a buyer who wants to enjoy the lake.
11. Fan failure
Another failure is when a person forgets to measure the fan’s distance to other objects. Patching the ceiling and moving the fan aside won’t be any easier. This could lead to more issues in the future. They could quickly fix the case with a large ceiling stick and some cracks if they moved it just a few centimeters in a situation like this.
It probably goes without saying why this DIY failure was a disaster. You should never damage the load-bearing part of the house to install accessories. Always be sure to measure the space in advance or hire an installation specialist for you. Installing a ceiling fan isn’t too expensive, and some companies will even include it in a package deal when you buy their fans.
10. The Real Question Is…WHY?
On an Instagram account owned by Inspector Aaron, he posted this picture with this caption.“Ideally, a plumbing duct can be vented to the outside. We have one venting into the attic, and all the hot water evaporates up the vent, causing moisture damage to the attic. Also, the attic smelled awful as a result of it.”
There’s an explanation why plumbers are expected to complete an apprenticeship before obtaining their license. Despite this, many people believe they will work it out in one weekend. Plumbing is one activity that you can stop doing on your own because it can result in long-term harm.
9. That Isn’t How You Look For Studs
“I knew the stud was in there somewhere,” Randi captioned the photo on Twitter. “Follow me for more DIY projects,” she said. No, no. This is a major do-it-yourself blunder. Those holes would have to be filled in with spackle and then repainted. When she lives in an apartment, her security deposit could be deducted if she isn’t patient.
Find studs in the wall without a stud finder by following this guide. If you have the cash, though, you can purchase a stud finder. If you intend to do more DIY ventures in the future, this will come in handy. If you want to keep the walls from getting riddled with gaps, it’s worth it.
8. First and foremost, empty the closet.
Someone thought it would be a brilliant idea to paint their closet doors from brown to white in this next Reddit DIY fail. However, just because you’re painting the outside of the doors doesn’t mean anything inside is safe, mainly if the doors are slatted! The white paint went right through to the interior of the wardrobe, as you can see. Unfortunately, stains like that are impossible to come out of the wash if they didn’t know it until after the paint had dried. If you ever find yourself in this situation, use this guide to learn how to strip dried paint from garments.
If you’re going to paint stuff, make sure you get rid of everything in the region first. It’s impossible to predict if the paint would spill and ruin anything nearby. Often use a drop cover, wear old clothing, and secure something you don’t want to get soaked with paint tape. Usually, please make sure the family members know any wet paint in the building to take precautions.
7. Don’t Hesitate to Take a Peek at the Ceiling.
I gave a picture of someone constructing wonky and rough stairs earlier in this list. Unfortunately, even though you meticulously calculate all of the measures, everything else might go wrong… The altitude. Even if you’re a short guy, bear in mind the tall people will need to use the stairs as well. Often calculate the head height on a stairwell’s angle to ensure that anyone above 6 feet tall can ascend the stairs safely without hurting their head. The gap in the picture above seems to be too little, but that might not be possible in that home.
You would not be able to solve a problem like this in an older house. People used to be much shorter than they are now. Whether you’re working on a new home or doing modern updates, though, there’s no reason for this DIY disaster. When it comes to building a staircase, much like anything else on this site, you want to hire someone who knows what they’re doing. If done incorrectly, this can be a very costly and risky error.
6. Not Every Door Is The Same Dimension
When you visit virtually every middle-class home in America, you’ll notice that they all have the same entrance. It’s the four rectangular panels on the white particle board door. Home Depot and Lowes are also good places to shop for these. Understandably, some people think all entries are the same, particularly if they seem to come in a modern stand. However, this is not the case. Door frames come in a variety of sizes, but you’ll have to weigh them first. Never presume that a door is a suitable size only because it looks the same.
If your local store does not have the right size door in stock, you will need to put in an order online. But believe us when we say that the wait is well worth it. Otherwise, if you don’t want to have one awkwardly unique door that looks out of place in your home, you would have to fix any entry in the building.
5. It seems that a lot of people keep their ladders stuck forever.
One of the most popular DIY Fail photos we’ve seen while researching for this article is people locking their ladders inside the thing they’re trying to install. People have had their ladders stuck in TV satellite dishes, plumping, wood walls, and various other places. It boggles my mind that anyone might cause this to occur. However, it appears that this is a widespread problem. The best way to remedy the situation is to reverse everything they’ve done and start again.
When you use a ladder, you should always have a spotter there with you. A spotter holds your ladder to keep it steady. They are also nearby to make sure you don’t make mistakes like wrapping your ladder around a wood beam. Spotters are also necessary to make sure if an accident does happen, they are there to help you. Think about it. If you were on a ladder working all by yourself and fell, you would most likely be unconscious. And the impact might break your phone. According to the Industrial Safety and Hygiene News, 500,000 people fall from a ladder and injure themselves every year. It’s no joke and something you should never take lightly.
4. Drywall is Tougher Than It Seems
Many sources say that hanging drywall is simple enough to do on your own. But, as this DIY fail demonstrates, it’s a lot more complicated than it seems. “How can I even piece together this puzzle?” the poster wondered on Reddit. It’s impossible to know if this person was trying to use up all of the scraps from other parts of the building or if they were having difficulty covering anything with an odd shape. As you spackle and paint this, it will not look fine. There is no way to remedy this problem, and, remarkably, they stuck with it for so long.
It’s easier to pay a licensed worker to hang the drywall during your home renovation, even though it costs a couple of hundred dollars more. They are capable of completing the task rapidly and effectively. In most cases, at least two individuals must collaborate on the project. This is particularly valid if a piece must be raised to the ceiling. Drywall and sheetrock are much thicker than you would expect. And if someone has a lot of experience, doing this on their own is risky.
3. Which Doesn’t Go In
Major facepalm right now because of the following DIY fail. Spray foam was sprayed through a brick wall’s holes by someone who felt it would be a brilliant idea. Sure, this may be a temporary cure for their draft problem. However, it would not be structurally sound. All of the spray foam oozing out of the wall still looks pretty unattractive. It’s impossible to know if a foundation problem causes the break at the bottom of the wall or if it’s the result of someone trying to slather plaster all over the fence.
Repairing brick and stone walls as a DIY home renovation project is more difficult than it seems. It isn’t complicated, and everyone can learn it. However, it would help if you first were shown how to do it by someone with experience, or at the very least watch a few YouTube videos. Depending on the age and color of the original wall, you’ll need to use a mortar that suits it. Since it can get a little complicated, it’s probably best to recruit someone who has done similar work before.
2. Getting Rid of the Mistakes
Consider putting up a brick wall in front of your house to make you feel safe from the highway just outside your driveway. And, just a few hours later, a car smashes through your cinder block wall, crushing everything you’ve created. They then exit their vehicle and flee for the woods, terrified of being arrested for drunk driving. You now have a car parked in the front yard. Maybe this homeowner foresaw what was going to happen. It’s a good thing there was anything there to prevent the vehicle from entering this person’s home!
This image was shared on a sub-Reddit devoted to people who have struggled at DIY home renovation. It’s amusing that, rather than discussing how bizarre it was that an unknown human smashed through the building, everyone is focusing on the bad craftsmanship. “It wasn’t going to last long in the first place.” “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to these people,” he adds. They will now recruit someone to do it properly.” It seems that little was placed between the blocks to make them hold together, based on the wall’s appearance.
1. An Unfortunate Circumstance
“Good if you just want to see half of yourself,” if you look at the image above, do you find anything wrong with it? This type of home renovation will make it harder to sell the house, and no one wants to live with this regularly. People like symmetry and the ability to see themselves in the mirror when brushing their teeth or to wash their faces. It would become tiresome to move from side to side. This is a DIY disaster since no experienced home builder will ever plan a bathroom in this manner.
Space may also have an odd shape that makes it impossible to deal in. You could have avoided the dilemma if the homeowner had installed a more petite bathroom vanity in the space between the two windows. They should have then bought an additional piece of furniture to act as storage. They might also use the corner of the room to show a basket of towels, herbs, and several other objects to enhance the room’s appearance.