How many of you are do it yourselfers? Do you try to fix, create, or do things on your own first? Or do you call in the big guns from the get go?
I'm personally a do it yourselfer (at least for things that seem easy enough.) I recently bit off a bit more than I could chew with ceiling repairs...but I'm determined not to spend thousands of dollars on something I can do myself. We had a leak last winter and it caused the paint on my ceiling to bubble (the previous owners must have used latex paint.) Like an idiot...I poked it causing a hole in the paint. Then I poked some more. Now I had a pretty sad looking ceiling and there wasn't much to do but get out the scrapers and begin getting rid of all the bubbled up paint. In doing so...I discovered some mold under the latex paint. So...I had to cut out sheet rock...put in some new pieces...tape and re-spackle. My husband was quite impressed!!! LOL
I now just have to paint the ceiling and I am painting my walls as well! I will show you what it looks like when I'm finished. Unfortunately...I didn't get pictures of the bubbled up paint...but I did take pictures of the icky ceiling once I tore it apart..and my sand/spackle job! LOL