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POSTED: Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 11:51am

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 4:05pm

Planning a home improvement project this year?

If so, you're not alone.

The remodeling industry has shown solid growth for the past two years and there is no sign it's letting up.

Homeowner Sarah Saucedo fell in love with the look of black-painted interior doors after seeing pictures online.

"I love DIY. I love projects. I thought this one would be really simple. I've painted doors before. I use spray paint all the time and this was going to be really simple, maybe an hour long project that turned into a huge mess."

Saucedo had removed the grid on the door and took it to the garage for priming, but when she returned she found her glass atrium door shattered in a million pieces on her back patio.

"All of us will attempt DIY projects at some point in our life. Let's face it, it's fun, it's your house, your going to enjoy things to make it a better place, but you need to know whether you are getting in over your head. If it's a project you've never tackled before you might consider consulting with a professional. People don't realize that the pros may offer some advice."

"I think the reason DIY is still so popular is because there is so much media attention. there's television shows, magazines, websites, all show how projects can be done but sometimes consumers get themselves in over their head."

When it comes to DIY repairs, Angie's' list says don't settle for temporary fixes.

Skipping steps or forcing things together may provide temporary solutions to short term problems but they don't last.

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