Forgive me, Blogland, for I have sinned. It has been exactly 15 days since my last blog post.
Being pregnant is the greatest miracle I’ve experienced in my life. I do my best not to complain. But you can safely assume that when I go significant amounts of times without writing, it’s because things are a little rough.
But I’m writing today! So that means things are okay.
Except… I’m in a funk. Do you ever get in a DIY funk where everything you do seems wrong? And all I have to say about it is this:
I’m so grateful my blog isn’t big enough to be on GOMI, because they’d for sure be hatin’ on this junk-fest.
I used to not share my major failures on my blog. 1- I was too embarrassed. 2- I didn’t think most people cared.
But at Haven, I was in a class taught by Mandi of VR, Lindsay of Makely School for Girls, and Ashley from The Handmade Home. They each shared their worst DIY failure stories, and then had the room go around and share theirs. Hearing some of my big blog idols talk about things not going as they planned made me feel SO much better. It happens. Things suck sometimes. But we were all in tears laughing with each other. Because it happens to everyone. DIY bloggers are risk takers. Sometimes it’s more amazing than you can imagine. And sometimes it’s poo.
Here’s my poo.
I fell in love with this light fixture from Pottery Barn.
The price is $250. Which isn’t horribly unrealistic for a light fixture. In fact, I bought a more expensive light to hang over our Restoration Hardware table. (It hasn’t been hung up yet though, so you don’t know what it is!) But I like to play the high/low game. I feel like at times it’s worth being spendy on the things that need to last, and things in high traffic areas. But… this was just for a nursery. So I wasn’t really keen on the price tag.
I had every intention to knock it off and make my own version. I scored this beauty at Habitat for Humanity for $1. ONE DOLLAR. I spray painted it “Antiqued Brass” (which I am positive will be the new ORB… just wait and see!). I had the highest of hopes.
I started hot gluing some beads to the fixture… and it quickly turned into a tacky mardi gras necklace holder.
And then, all the tears happened. Because I was sad. And frustrated. And bummed. Honestly, if it wasn’t such a weird shape, I would have drop kicked it in my back yard… like I’ve been known to do with other failures. In my head, this was going to be the PERFECT knock off. Just like the glorious wingback rocker. The good news is, I was only out a few dollars. The bad news: we still needed a light fixture and I didn’t want to pay $250.
I ended up finding this light at Home Depot for $60 (it’s cheaper in store than online), and thought it was close enough to the same style without breaking the bank. And flush mount really was a better option for this room. Keep in mind that Aaron and I are VERY tall people.
Here it is, on the ceiling… proud and appealing. (Look out Dr. Seuss)
Still pretty. Definitely not as lush and divine as the Pottery Barn light. But I don’t think Evelyn will mind.
And if you think I’m done sharing my mistakes, you’re wrong. There is a part 2, which will be the next post I write. Lucky you! I get to make you feel better about yourself 2 posts in a row!
Now, would anyone like to step forward and tell me about a DIY flop?