When Your DIY is a Big, Fat Failure

9-30-14n 013 Chandelier Fail @ CharmingZebra.comOn DIY/ Home decor blogs, there is a tendency to show only pretty, fully completed projects.

The successful ones.  The ones to inspire.  Because that’s sort of the point, isn’t it?

But what about all the failures?  The mistakes?  The learning curve when trying something new?

Doing It Yourself sometimes means lots of redos, readjustments and a bit of frustration.  And sometimes it ends up being just a big old mess.  An impossible failure.  

Restoration Hardware Orb Chandelier editedI’ve always had a thing for the Orb Crystal Chandelier from Restoration Hardware.  Those lovely iron circles.  The sparkly, shiny crystals.

It’s a tad on the pricey side though, so I’ve been content with just admiring it from afar.

9-25-14n 078 Chandelier Fail @ CharmingZebra.comI’m grateful to have my very own vintage crystal chandelier hanging above our kitchen table.  It belonged to my grandmother back in the day.  She and my grandfather purchased it brand new in the 1950’s.  I remember it hanging in their dining room when I was a wee lass.

Now, I briefly thought about doing a similar DIY as the Restoration Hardware version, using my chandelier as the base.  I looked up other DIY’s and tried to figure out the best way to craft the metal rings.  The main problem was, that I didn’t want to remove the chandelier from the ceiling.  When I inherited it, I had it re-strung and installed it myself.  I wasn’t about to mess with removing and installing it all over again.

Vintage Romance Restoration Hardware Orb Chandelier editedAnd then I came across this chandelier DIY by Teryn at Vintage Romance Style.  She recently posted the full tutorial at Remodelaholic.  Her light turned out great and she was able to make it without removing the chandelier from the ceiling.  It seemed fairly easy to make so I excitedly decided to give it a try.

9-30-14n 002 Chandelier Fail @ CharmingZebra.comI ended up buying a smaller coil of wire with a slightly bigger gauge, but I thought it should still work.  I first cleaned the crystals (they needed it) and removed the light bulbs.  I then did my best to put together my very own spectacular orb of light.

9-30-14n 027 Chandelier Fail @ CharmingZebra.com Well, apparently the wire had its own vision.  And it didn’t have anything to do with being a part of a great DIY project.  No matter how hard I struggled with it, I just couldn’t seem to make it work.

9-30-14n 020 Chandelier Fail @ CharmingZebra.comA bit of a mess.  It looked as though a bunch of angry wire hangers went into attack mode.

Orb Chandelier Collage 2 RHNot quite.

9-30-14n 030 Chandelier Fail @ CharmingZebra.comSo unfortunately, my attempt at creating an amazing Orb Chandelier was a complete failure.  sigh.  Oh well, at least the crystals are bright and shiny again.  Hooray for small achievements! 

I need to add it to the list of project fails like the Darth Vader Art piece and the Wavy Black Stripes fiasco.

And what about you?  Have you ever experienced a slightly disappointing DIY failure?


All-Things-Windows-on-Remodelaholic editedAll this week, Remodelaholic is featuring tons of wonderful ideas all centered around windows.  Join me there on Friday when I share a new tutorial of my Ridiculously Easy No Sew Blind.

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  1. I think I fail at trying to create a knock-off more than my other DIY projects. My last major fail also involved wire (it does have a mind of its own!). I was trying to make mushroom shapes for the garden and let’s just say I couldn’t get them to look much like mushrooms… I’d keep an eye out for orb like objects you can use to create the chandelier. Wire is tough!

  2. hahaha I loved seeing this!! It’s so refreshing to see that I’m not the only diy blogger who experiences diy fails. That sucks it didn’t work out because it was such a great idea. I love those orb chandeliers too but man are they pricey. So this is definitely an idea I would have jumped on too. On the upside though, your chandelier is gorgeous just the way it is! Thanks for the laugh and for keeping it real!

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