We caught up with Becky from Flipping the Flip to ask her about her DIY experience!

Where are you from?
I’m from Chicago, Illinois.

Is DIYing your full time job?
For the most part, yes, DIY’ing is my full time job.  I freelance for an architect part time for my DIY funds.

What’s your earliest DIY memory?
Great question and it’s hard to say.  I’ve always been a crafty creative DIY person as far back as I can remember.  I used to build cities out of brown paper grocery bags with my brother as a kid, sew clothes for my stuffed animals or there was woodworking class in fourth grade.  Maybe one of my first big DIY attempts was changing out the radio on my VW when I was 16.

What is your DIY motto?
Don’t be afraid, just get in there and try as you’ll be amazed at what you can do; mistakes are nothing more than a learning tool.

Why do you DIY?
I DIY for many reasons: it’s important to keep learning, I’m terrible at being idle, DIY’ing is fun, it’s enriching and very satisfying when things come together, I’m defiantly self-reliant, it’s a great sense of accomplishment, plus it can be a money-saver.

What project stands out in your head and why?
Currently the project that stands out for me is the bathroom that is featured.  I spent a great deal of time on it, whether actually doing the work or thinking about it, or thinking about how I need to get in there and get the work completed.  The project took many unexpected design turns; it’s not how it was originally planned which I think is great. I love the way it turned out plus it’s one project in the house that’s actually finished!

What is your biggest DIY fail? What did you learn from it?
My biggest fail….I’ve had so many fails.  Probably installing a whole house humidifier on our furnace was the biggest one.  It was a tough project, a bit over my head.  The product itself was insufficient so in the end, I had to have it removed and returned it.  I learned many things about furnaces, humidifiers, and such but I also learned that I can push myself further than I thought.  I’m not good at taking no for an answer so one way or another, I will find the right path to make something work.  This was the one exception which ended up definitely feeling like a major fail.

What do you like to do when you aren’t DIYing?
I like to spend time with my husband Mike and our big weirdo dog Finn as much as I can.  Baking is a big thing for me.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you?
I can’t drive stick shift.

What advice would you give to a DIYer who is just getting started?
My advice would be to take your time, learn as much as you can about the project at hand first to build your confidence, then just go for it.  The great thing is you can always redo it if necessary.  Most of all, don’t be afraid to try new and different things.

What are your 3 #rideordie DIY supplies (supplies you just can’t live without)?
Cannot live my life without my DeWalt cordless screw gun, hands down.  Next would probably be the internet as it’s a tremendous learning tool.  Lastly might be my miter saw; I’m not sure how I got by so long without one.


Becky from Flipping the Flip is such a talented DIYer!

Be sure to check out her Hometalk projects here.
And visit her blog here!