What do you suppose is the most important tool for a DIY blogger?
Monogrammed paint brush? Supersonic power drill?
What about Candice Olson’s little black book of secrets?
Nay, I say. (It’s fun to use the word, ”Nay.”) The most important tool in the DIY Blogger’s arsenal is the ever trusty camera. Yes, it’s true. The right camera angle, cropping and some creative editing can really transform a so-so project into something stunning. And maybe even hide a few unfortunate mistakes.
But, every once in a while, (Okay, a lot of the time.) there are mistakes that can’t be fixed by the magic of the camera lens. When you are in the business of doing it yourself, mistakes and project failures are all part of the game.
So, let’s move on to my most recent project failure. Quite embarrassing, I must confess.
I was planning on doing an extremely simple painting tutorial. A technique I’ve done many times. Just a basic way to paint a smooth line on a textured wall.
And the unfortunate victim in this project failure? An unassuming little art niche. Which, consequently, has been the victim of a previous project failure. (Poor abused, little art niche.)
I planned on trying out my new wavy painter’s tape.
I ended up taping random widths of wavy stripes.
Now, I planned on having the final look be a combo of black , gold and white waves. (A bit of a groovy vibe.) In order to prevent color bleed-through on the textured wall, I painted over the edges with the existing paint color of white. After the paint dried, I added the black and gold paint where I wanted it. And then, all I needed to do was remove the tape, sit back and view the finished masterpiece.
Oops! What happened? I was trying to show others the correct way to do this technique and I failed, miserably. You can barely even see the gold!
So, what went wrong?
Possible issues: I used a lightweight tape I had never used before. Instead of latex paint, I used gold craft paint and leftover outdoor paint from my front door makeover.
Possible solutions: Touch up the edges of the paint. Paint over everything and try something new. Cover the whole thing with a cloth of mourning.
Nope, not even a tricky camera angle can fix this puppy. (I vote for the cloth of mourning.)
So, what about you? Will you confess to any embarrassingly simple project failures in your life? Come on, you can tell me.