Just try something once advises Jaime Lyn Rostin, whose DIY projects have earned local fame for their clever creativity.
“Once you do your first project, you’ll be feel proud and ready to tackle the next one and the next one,” she says. “It is addictive, and you never know where it will lead.”
(A gallery of some of her recent projects appears below.)
“I always wanted to make things,” Rostin says. “I was always good at placing things and choosing colors, but I would sit at home and feel too intimidated to do anything.” A stay at home mom of three, she says it wasn’t until she had a talk with her husband about going back to work that she knew she could be missing out on a great opportunity. “I wanted to continue to be a stay at home mom, although the kids are a little older now. I figured out that even if I just sell one piece a week, it would make up the income from being in an office.”
Using that conversation as motivation, Rostin soon took the initiative of learning how to use common tools. “I asked my uncle to show me how to use everything, and now I have the freedom; if I want to make something, I just do it.”
While she loves working on all of her projects, a particular mudroom hall tree bench, “got a lot of buzz.” Rostin found three old shutters that were being thrown in the trash outside of a neighbor’s home. After sanding them down, Rostin coated the pieces with her own homemade chalk paint and attached them together using brackets.
Next, she took an old buffet apart, cutting down the legs and re-engineering the sides and back into a bench, before painting and refinishing it. Finally, she attached the new pieces together and added details and hardware.
Rostin admits that while she doesn’t always think in advance when she crafts her pieces, she does try to solve the home decor challenges that she herself faces. “I know when I walk in my house the first thing we need is some place to put our shoes and hang our school bags and coats,” she says. “So, I even attached some hooks on the side of the hall tree, because with three kids I know the more hooks we have the better.”
Rostin advises anyone who is interested in DIY home decor to get started right away. “Do that one little project, maybe it is just using a glue gun. Once you complete it, you feel proud and you can’t stop,” she says. “Who knows. It could lead into something new.”