Hacking your way to success
By now, we’re all pretty much familiar with the term “hacking”.
Applied to everything from redesigning a piece of furniture to make something new to maybe just swapping one set of handles for another, it’s one of those expressions that’s bordering on overuse.
Apart from sounding like it was invented this century (anyone familiar with the “make do and mend” approach will find this laughable), it’s such a catchall term, it runs the risk of throwing master craftsmanship into the same bracket as a bit of slightly dodgy DIY.
In this age of Facebook and Instagram where filters can make almost anything look good, it can be hard to tell the difference between the very clever “hack” and the truly awful “fix up”.
Indeed, I’ve seen some incredibly clever things done with Ikea basics such as its classic Billy bookcase or Moppe mini drawers, which are supplied in raw timber precisely so that you can customise them yourself.
But if creating a beautiful window covering was truly as simple as attaching a quilt cover to a curtain rod with rope, the curtain-making industry would not exist.
Because the reality is that without an actual skill set — whether it’s sewing, painting, woodworking or something else — hacks can look a bit rubbish and quickly fail to meet your functional requirements. It takes time, skill and patience to get the job done right so that those curtains open and close beautifully and don’t fall down on top of you in the middle of the night.
There’s a well-known saying called the Serenity prayer which goes along the lines of “to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
This could easily apply to hacking too.