Let me introduce you to DIY TikTok.
When it comes to renovation shows, series like Grand Designs and The Property Brothers quickly spring to mind, but what if you don't want to wait 40 minutes - and endure needless waffling - to see the end result?
Yes, the viral video streaming app that’s been making headlines lately has a booming DIY and renovation section. Millennials and Gen-Z are pumping out stylish and creative video content that revolve around beautifying your house and decor. The best part? The clips are often only about 15 seconds long. Perfect if you have a short attention span like me.
What’s even better is that the results are often unexpected but in a pleasant way. When renovating furniture, it’s refreshing to see a modern take on old-school pieces like buffets and credenzas. These content creators often find their treasures on the sidewalk or at estate sales for ridiculously cheap prices. Over the next few seconds they lovingly restore it, show you the results, and voila! Satisfaction (or dissatisfaction, depending on taste) in an instant.
On some accounts, entire houses and rooms within said houses get transformed in either a single video, or spaced out over a few in case you desire more in-depth info. The majority of these clips are from America, where home renovations are often done speedily considering they work with plywood and not cement. No judgement, of course, since the results are spectacular nonetheless.
Just be warned: it becomes addictive swiping through endless renovations and DIY guides. But if it spurs you on to create your own masterpieces, then no harm done!
Here is a selection of our favourite accounts so far:
Maggie McGaugh (@maggiemcgaugh) is known for her super quick, one-shot reveals and modern takes on old pieces of furniture.
Christina Muscari (@pretty_distressed) describes herself as a “furniture refinisher” and her end results are always clean and modern.
Nik and Alivia Stophel (@nikandliv.diy) are renovating their new home and want you to follow along while they remodel.