Have you ever had that project where everything goes wrong? Well this is without a doubt the worst one for me ever!
It started off so well, I found this computer cupboard on ebay an instantly fell in love with it. I watched it for days and since I never have much luck on ebay figured I would probably lose it. In the last few minutes I fought off another buyer and ended up getting it for $71. Which was a bargain considering it was over $500 new. Oh was I a happy lass!
The entire time I was watching, this picture made me giggle, but rest assured, I love me some Amys! The first problem I had was that we got totally lost trying to find the place and when we finally did, the darn thing almost didn't fit in the back of my Mum Mobile (a ford territory (which is a 7 seater mini van type thing) I had Samuel with me for muscle and between the two of us we put down the seats and managed to get it in. Both of us close to tears, mind you.
Then came the painting. I used chalk paint, the bought stuff, first time using it....and it all peeled. Arrggh, so I had to sand it and repaint. Turned out it was a little hot. The weather somehow escaped my notice because the cupboard wasn't the only thing peeling the next day, I was cooked like a lobster.
Then I had the (not so) brilliant idea of making faux tin tiles using BBQ trays.
I cut and embossed them in the big shot and proceeded to glue them on. This was the next nightmare. I was just going to hot glue them but was worried they wouldn't stick, as hot glue has a tendency to melt around these parts. First I used super glue, the next morning they were half coming off. So then I tried adhesive spray, still no good. Then I got the silicone stuff...you guessed it, came off. Would you believe I got the glue gun out as a last resort, perfect!
I had the idea I would paint then distress, but the tiles weren't nice and crisp like I had wanted the edge were too rough. I carried on painting but the distressing was a joke, the only thing distressed in this project was, you guessed it, me.
So I finished it off and to say I wasn't too pleased is an understatement but I was happy to have a computer desk I could nicely pack away, so I put it in the craft room, and OMG it was way to big and just no good for the space. There it sat while I cursed and damned the thing to hell, then took some pictures.
DIY Delight or Disaster? The whole process from whoa to go was a complete nightmare, from the car trip to the very end. On the other hand it has been very useful for hiding Jack's crap so I am at least grateful for that, however I am putting it down as a disaster! I think down the track I will remove the "faux" tiles and start again. I will make it a little more manly for Jack but honestly for now my heart's not in it.
Have you had any disasters lately?