That’s right, folks. This blog does not encompass the common “how-to” steps that will lead you to a perfect home décor item that looks like it belongs in a Pier 1 Imports catalogue. Instead, I’m going to take you through my journey of a big fat DIY Pinterest fail. Please use my “what not to do” lessons to save yourself from a similar fate.
Prior to the epic fail…
That’s me. So young, so naïve.
The original plan was to revamp a Goodwill lamp using spray paint and gift-wrap paper (an idea found on Pinterest, of course). The final product was supposed to look like this:
Courtesy of: Home of the Barkers
Looks simple right? However, rather than sticking to the original plan, I chose to take on a more challenging Pinterest project – my first mistake. I was going to create a shabby chic rosette lampshade.
Courtesy of: SimplyCiani
Kudos to Jennifer for making this, because (as I discovered) that is one extremely difficult, time-consuming DIY project. To be fair, she did give fair warning that the lampshade would take forever to make, but I was fully confident that my attempt to imitate the shabby chic rosette lampshade would be a success. I gathered all of my supplies and started gluing – WITHOUT taking the time to measure the amount of fabric that would be needed to fully cover the lampshade – my second mistake. To correct it, I decided to buy a second color of fabric and construct some kind of an ombre lamp. That, as it turned out, was a terrible idea.
After hours of tedious work and burning myself with the hot glue gun 75,785,678,654 times, my final product came out looking like this:
Not so chic. This picture illustrates the lessons to take from my DIY fail. As you can see, the purchased giftwrap paper was not put to use. A lesson here – stick to the original plan. Furthermore, if you decide that you’re up for the lampshade challenge – PLAN, PLAN, PLAN! Measure and use double-sided tape to block out your rosettes before doing anything permanent. Had I done that, the lampshade may have turned out to be “chic” instead of “eek.”