FOUR STEPS TO EPIC FAIL

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Today we are going to discuss the  
four classic steps to the perfect DIY EPIC FAIL. 
Let's begin, shall we? 



STEP ONE: THE IDEA

Suddenly, you have an amazing idea. 

"Hey, I think instead of buying a ridiculously expensive dining room table, I should just DIYsomething. I mean, why not? I've done something similar before……."

Enter the $20 yard sale find. 


I am planning to turn this baby into the Mid Century Modern minimalist table of my dreams complete with glossy red hairpin legs. I.can't.wait. 


STEP TWO: THE HYPE

I get right to work and start sanding off the golden oak colored stain. 



Now, for the HYPE.  
I think to myself, "OH.MY.WORD. this is going to work! I mean, it's going to work!!! How could it not, right?? I found this perfectly good solid wood table top for $20 at a yard sale. Sand this baby down and stain to my liking and I'm half way there!! Way to go, me!! "

Now, sit back and continue to hype yourself up. 

"This  DIY is going to work out perfectly, fit like a glove into my space and Domino Magazine will indeed be knocking on my door for a photo shoot by morning." 

Beep Beep. Consider my horn tooted.  


STEP THREE: EXECUTION AND FAILURE TO LISTEN

Have you ever had a little voice inside your head tell you not to do something? Of course, we all have. Do we always listen? Probably not. Here's what mine was saying to me….

"Tracy, don't use that stain. Don't do it. Just don't. Something bad is going to happen." 

So, I start to stain the top. 

"Tracy, STOP. For the love of all things DIY, you can still fix this. STAAAAAAAAWWWWP!" 

So, I put the rest of the stain on. 

WHY.AM.I.NOT.STOPPING????


STEP FOUR: HEARTBREAK/HILARITY= EPIC FAIL

What did I end up with? EPIC FAIL
A table top that was too dark and other serious issues. I have no idea what was wrong with the stain I used. It wasn't a new can but it wasn't that old either. I had used it for other projects and loved it. 
You can't see this in the picture but the stain on the table never dried. 
After a few days of waiting, it was sticky, almost glue-like. 
#messygaragephotobomb



When I started the long process of sanding it off, I went throughout a trillion sanding pads due to the sticky stain, gumming them up. 




Sometimes you just have to get mad, then laugh and then start over. 
Or listen to that little voice in your head in the first place.  

Here I am today, sanding like crazy, hoping that it will still turn out the way I picture it.


Keep your fingers crossed for me!


Please tell me you've had an EPIC FAIL you'd love you share! We'd love to feature you!

xoxo 

Tracy 

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