Bring on the paint swatches and power tools: The coronavirus has been a boon to home improvement projects around the world. In large and small measures, many in lockdown are tackling items on their renovation to-do list or simply seeking ways to inject novelty into their work-life spaces.

“We were surprised at just how many ways Covid-19 has impacted home improvement activity,” said Fred Miller, president of Consumer Specialists, which released a study indicating that 57% of American homeowners are doing some form of home upgrade last year. “In terms of consumer attitudes and behavior, there has never been a single force that has so significantly shaped the home improvement market.”

While the wave of home renovations has brought joy to many, inevitably, some DIY endeavors go awry.