Wednesday, June 1, 2011

DIY Success... and Failure

As you know, I am blessed/cursed with "I can do that!" sickness.  I am both cheap and ambitious, which isn't always a good combination.  Sometimes it saves me lots of money and turns out exactly like I wanted.  I have made curtains, various pieces of "art", a headboard, and various spray paint makeovers to much acclaim (from my friends, anyway).  This week I'm excited about my new throw pillow covers that my mother in law helped me to sew using fabric I ordered from JoAnn's.


Total cost: $15 (the huge down filled pillows came with the couch, so I consider them free)

And in the spirit of full disclosure, I will admit that some of my projects are big fat failures.  My lucite tray decoupage disaster was a waste of $20 and two hours, and my idea for a Christmas ornament looked like I gave some fourth graders a piece of felt and some scissors.  Most recently, my abstract painting skills and leftover interior paint did not transform a $9 canvas from Michael's into anything very pretty.  I'll be repainting and starting over this week. With a stencil this time. 


I'm sharing the good and bad of my DIY adventures in hopes that someone will be inspired to give their project a shot (or another shot).  Have you taken on any DIY projects lately?  How'd they turn out? 

12 comments

  1. I really really wanna do something but all my free time goes to work, working out, cleaning ect. I need to make time for projects... I'm not good at it.

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  2. So random, but my post today is all about DIY that I'm going to try to do. It doesn't always work out, but most of the time it does! Good luck!

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  3. I had a failure lately...if you can count baking a cake as a DIY. I made an upside down pear cake in a springform pan...and all the syrup leaked out from the bottom of the pan because the springform didn't secure right. What a mess!

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  4. Those pillows look great!!

    I'm in the process of DIY-ing my bedroom art, and I'm really afraid of messing it all up. :-/

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  5. i love the pillows. we had a big DIY disaster trying to paint pots for our plants. ugh they looked awful and now the paints chipping. xoxo jillian:: enter to win a leigh viner print!

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  6. I am the WORST DIYer...I just figure its not for me...but am always SO jealous when I see the great turnout from others.
    I just look at it, as I am an economy stimulator since I buy everything already made at retail...oh well- you can't win them all.
    I do LOVE those pillows and would have totally bought them! lol

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  7. "I am both cheap and ambitious, which isn't always a good combination." Oh man! That is so me too! Haha!

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  8. the pillows look great!! i'm so nervous to start projects because i feel like most of them would be huge failures...i could maybe do pillows though :)

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  9. Love the pillows! And your artwork is cool too-even if it didn't turn out like you intended, I think it's cute!

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  10. Just found your blog via Walks with Bella and am loving it and these DIYs. Even the painting, I think with some pops of contrasting color you can salvage it into something beautiful. I have the DIY sickness too and just did a post on the ones I've been eying recently. Can't wait to read more!
    ~ Julie

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  11. I've had many DIY fails. Currently trying to make my own ikat.

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