Do You Have a Winning DIY Fail?


This post is sponsored by U.S. Bank. All opinions, as always, are my own. 

DIY Fail

I adore watching HGTV and the DIY network. If it weren’t for my kids and work, I would have these shows on all day long. And if I didn’t have 100 other responsibilities, I would also spend my days online admiring before and after shots of home remodeling projects. Sadly, as I’ve shared previously, my own DIY skills don’t go much beyond assembling a bookshelf. My husband dreams of flipping houses (thanks again, HGTV), but because our own home improvements never go all that smoothly, I’m pretty sure we would end up putting any profits into marriage counseling. Here is our latest DIY Fail involving our fence…

DIY Fail Fence

Yes, that wooden rod is actually holding up our fence. And truthfully, that rod actually belongs to our next door neighbor, because it’s in HIS yard holding up OUR 17-year-old fence. We assured him the fence will get the attention it needs next spring, so now we’ve bought ourselves a few more months to figure out what we need to do with this aging structure.

There are two reasons for a propped up fence (as well as other temporary fixes inside our home)…TIME and MONEY. Neither of which are in abundant supply in my household these days. But some projects can’t be ignored much longer, so we will need to tackle them. And by “we” I mean finding a way financially to get professionals involved. 

If you’re all too familiar with DIY fails or simply want to take your home improvement projects to the next level, consider applying for a U.S. Bank Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) to help you make the big, permanent fixes you need. To learn more, visit U.S. Bank’s Home Equity Line of Credit FAQ page.

Enter the #DIYFails Photo Contest

In addition to applying for that HELOC, our partners at U.S. Bank want to give your next DIY project a jump start with one of FIVE $500 VISA Rewards Cards! All you have to do is enter their #DIYFails photo contest.
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Submit a picture of your “DIY Fail” via the U.S. Bank Facebook page by November 8 (11:59 CST). This could be anything from an improperly installed cabinet to a lamp repaired haphazardly with duct tape. Let U.S. Bank and their HELOC service help you finance your most ambitious fixes and home improvement projects! 

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Jen is a Type A introvert who is continually learning {in large part as a result of motherhood} that she can’t control it all and that everything is better with chocolate. After spending most of her life in Minnesota, she made Portland home a couple of years ago along with her New York native husband, Phil, and their lovely littles, Connor (November 2010) and Brielle (April 2013). Jen quickly fell in love with Oregon and, along with her family, is determined to explore all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. At their current stage of family life, she and her hubby give every adventure a 50/50 shot of succeeding without a child {or parent} meltdown.