Do You DIY?

4.18.2012


Danika Herrick of Gorgeous Shiny Things does.  Here she gives a tutorial on a DIY Chiang Mai Dragon mural.  

And here she shows not only all of the slip covering she did herself, but in the background you can see the DIY amazing wall she painted.  She has a whole section of her blog where you can see all of her DIYs.  Oh, and one of them is a DIY de Gournay wall.  So yes.  She's a DIY goddess.

I met Linda, of My Crafty Home Life, when she won one of my prints in a giveaway.  She posted about this DIY custom frame, and I was impressed.  I started following her and saw that she can do upholstery, crown molding, carpentry, gardening,  and the list could go on and on.  It's fun and interesting for me to visit her blog daily to discover the new skill/knowledge/ability that she has that I hadn't known of.

Here's a glamourous IKEA hack from Sadie+Stella.  One of the talented Lindsays was obsessing over a dome lamp and just decided to make her own.

And have you seen this?  Janell Beals posted this DIY tray on Isabella & Max.  She has so many incredible DIY projects on both Isabella & Max and House of Fifty.

These are four of the many talented DIY goddesses all over the blogosphere.  It's easy for someone like me to be deceived, deluded, encouraged to believe I could DIY, too.  I've been working on my daughter's room and decided that a tray on each of her nightstands in green would provide a helpful pop of color.  I shopped all over online and couldn't find a plain green tray that was the right size.

I saw this tray at IKEA for 9.99 and the size was perfect.  In only came in white, but that wasn't a problem.  How many DIYs have I seen where spray paint was involved?  The tutorials show how easy it is.  It looks like anyone could do a spray paint project.


Except for me, apparently.  Here's one of the trays after I finished.  No need to do a tutorial or share materials, since the trays were a giant fail.  It looks okay in this photo, but look at the one below.

The crater in the paint is where I picked out a dead bug.  All of the particles you can see in the paint represent the horrible allergens of Dallas.  Which leads me to a couple of questions for the DIYers.  Do you spray paint outside?  If not, do you have some kind of respirator?  Or, do you not have wind where you live?  Or bugs?  


So while I'm obviously a DIY disaster, I'm thinking I may also be a slow learner.  Because this project looks so easy..... and I need some things to put on those trays.

What about you?  Do you DIY?  If you have any fail stories, I'd especially love to hear : )






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17 comments :

Meghan @ Wishful Thinking said...

I’m probably one of the world’s worst DIYers so I can totally sympathise. I have too many fails to mention but the most epic was trying to put a gallery wall up with so-called industrial strength tap (we rent so no holes in the wall), needless to say it all fell down in the night. I haven’t given up hope though, they say practice makes perfect!

The enchanted home said...

Well...not lately. I am pretty creative and a risk take so have tried things in the past but not in a long long time. I have my eye on a few projects for hopefully start sometime over summer and no where but blogland can you find so many ridiculously talented people! Geez...its overwhelming sometimes (but inspirational too)!

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

Oh no! Those trays are so cute. You could try to sand out the bits with a medium to fine sandpaper and paint again.
It is always windy where I live. I have spray painted in the garage with the door part way open but I am never neat enough to satisfy my husband. He even got mad when I got paint on the grass,lol! Last week I used spray paint on out vintage outdoor furniture. I wasted a lot of paint because it blew away before it even touched the chair. There was a good bit on me though. At least I won't rust!

My Crafty Home Life said...

Hahaha....thanks for the mention, Jennifer! Yes, I spray paint outside...and yes, I wait for a wind-free day. As for the bugs, we have all been there. I find a dropcloth on my driveway in the first half of the day works great. Bugs seem to be lees active in the morning?

Danika Herrick said...

Holy cow! What a great surprise! Thanks so much for featuring me today,
I am in seriously good DIY company here with these ladies.

PS-I need to post an updated photo of the mural with the banquette recovered and the client's new table. So much better with out the stripes!

xo
Danika

Sadie + Stella said...

You are so sweet! Cannot wait to actually show where her stylish home will be and not just on a table full of moving junk! Glamazon.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

I do, but I fail as often as I succeed. Spray painting can be difficult. I just remember to spray thin coat, using steel wool in between. Be sue to clean before applying a new coat. I learned the lesson about spray painting inside in my twenties, lol. You paint everything.
Happy Wednesday.
Teresa
xoxo

Beth Connolly said...

I am the complete and total opposite of a DIY. I don't even wash my own hair.

Sanity Fair said...

Danika always impresses me with her amazing projects, but for myself I'm always impressed at how HARD these are to do :) I've definitely had a few projects where I ended up painting more than the object I was covering - not intentionally.
-SF

The Pink Pagoda said...

Ha! I love it!

The Pink Pagoda said...

On no! I bet that was a shock in the morning! Thanks for sharing!

The Pink Pagoda said...

You've hit on the source of my failure. My ADD/patience level prevents me from the sanding between coats and thin coats. I have these intentions, but not the follow through!!

Beth said...

I did not inherit the crafty gene at all. I live in the Dallas area. Late last spring, after the cottonwood had finished flying around, I attempted to take a gold framed mirror just like one that Kate from Centsational Girl has in her home and paint it like she did. Kate gave me private email instructions and the colors of paint used. It didn't turn out as lovely as hers. The upside was that my 8 year old and I had a great time trying our only diy craft project. The downside is I don't want to hang it anywhere in the house.

I bought that same IKEA tray but in a silvery/pwetery finish. I love the finish on it. I think I bought last December though.

If I tackle anything else

Anonymous said...

Every DIY I've ever tried looks less than professional, so I've given up! I think your green tray looks great -- you wouldn't notice the imperfections unless you really examined it!

Junell said...

Many DIY fails....
painting the living room sofa with latex paint - it was like sitting on cement fabric...
hanging the wallpaper upside down...
Gluing my right buttock to the floor doing a black & white tile glue down with some seriously strong adhesive - phone was nowhere in site, sat there for 3 hours... 911 sent firemen (for whateva' reason they are always hot looking) once their hysteria subsided had to use a chemical solvent to unglue me. I have a hideous scar.
9 stitches trying to DIY ceramic tile- Seriously - DO NOT try that one @ home.....
Off to Home Depot; I want to try installing an apron sink....

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

I LOVE all of Danika's projects! And, I just painted glass jars coral using the tutorial you featured at the end of your post. It was actually really easy and turned out well, which was kind of shocking because most of my DIY projects have NOT been turning out well lately. Too much rushing and not enough patience!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I love a good DIY. I've scored on a few, but certainly have some big bombs. Like some lampshades I decided to paint. They looked...OK until I turned the light on. Then they looked like a crime scene. Dexter could use them I'm sure. Total bust. But then I tried painting again, next time just the insides gold metallic and it turned out great. Try and try again I say. I love Danika's projects btw. Especially that ottoman. I think I might have to try out your painted glass jars as well!

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