Well, hi again, friends! Are you feeling a little downhearted, reading some gorgeous blogs full of wonderful projects, and maybe you're thinking, "Mine don't work out like that!"
Allow me to let you in on a little secret - mine don't always, either!
So, since it's all rainy outside and I can't blog from my Chaise Lounge on my deck (doesn't that sound all fancy? LOL), pull up a chair and a cuppa, and tag along for my lastest FAIL!
Let's go back to my daughter's Steampunk-inspired bedroom that I've been working on. Remember the awesome Desk Do-Over? The cute Posh Pet Bed Steps? The Pinterest-Inspired Pet Bed? Even the recent Free DIY Frame Matting trick for her beloved Johnny Depp poster? Oh, they turned out so well! I had my next project all ready to tackle - her window.
Doesn't that look great?!?! Yeah, well, don't get too excited. LOL Looks can be deceiving...
Here's what I did:
I got myself an inexpensive shade from K-Mart and knew white just was NOT going to cut it in my daughter's red, black, and gold Victorian steampunk room. So I headed to JoAnn's Fabrics with said daughter in hand, who proceeded to pick out this gorgeous black and gold lace. It was on sale (score!), so I let her get it.
I hung the shade up in the garage - or my workroom, as I like to refer to it, so people who don't FOLLOW MY BLOG! think I'm all fancy and stuff (did you like how I did that there? Hint, hint!!).
I grabbed some of my favorite black leftover spray paint and proceeded to paint the shade. I mean, I am already in on this project for the price of a new cheap shade and on-sale lace. Gotta cut the budget somewhere, right?
OK. That took more paint than I thought. I had to run up and buy another can of paint.
Grabbed my can of 3M spray adhesive, laid the shade out on my work surface (read: kitchen floor), and lightly sprayed the entire shade.
I applied the lace and carefully trimmed the edges. It was looking really good and the daughter was loving it!
I went into her room and installed the shade! It looks awesome! She's ectastic! It matches the lace on her antique top hat! (Yes, she wears an antique top hap - long story.) All is right with the world! Go, Mom! Go, Mom! Go, Mom!
I am an AWESOME MOM! Behold my glory!
Except for one thing - it won't open. Not a bit.
So I made this face:
It didn't help. Still won't open. It's a very dark, obstinate shade.
And the daughter was looking at me with a very dark, unhappy look. She was NOT saying, "Go, Mom!" any longer. And her face was significantly less happy than mine even. Uh-oh.
I left the room in shame. I couldn't take down the shade, because I had no quick fix for the problem. Heck, I don't even know what the problem IS! The daughter silently glowered at me and shut the door in my face. That was the end of my mom-glory.
My daughter is a terrifying short person when she's angry. I'm probably lucky I escaped with my shins intact.
Soooooo, now, I'm hunting for ways to fix the problem, so she will let me do more stuff in her room that I can blog about. If you have any suggestions, let me know! LOL Otherwise, I will *hopefully* be posting the solution soon - before my daughter turns into a cave-dweller!
What has been your most disappointing project fail? I'd love to hear about it! Misery loves company!
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