Tuesday, May 29, 2012

DIY Trials and Tribulations

As most of us DIY homies know, doing it yourself sometimes means doing it (shittily) yourself, or sometimes scrapping the whole thing and starting over.

This is one of those times.

When I bought our amazing craigslist coffee table I knew I wanted to build a box wrapped in brass to make it taller. A lot of you said I should just leave it but we eat dinner at ours a lot so we need something taller.

We started with a box my husband built in the appropriate dimensions. I spray painted it with a gold paint that was supposed to look like plated metal. It didn't. Then I bought a roll of sheet metal from the craft store.

We covered the box in ultra strong carpet tape and cut the metal with an x-acto knife.

We ruined about half of the sheet trying to figure out the right method. Then we got it right and got one side covered pretty well.

The problem is since the metal came in a roll it doesn't look flat. Being rolled up created little bumpys which are hard to see in this photo but it real life it's less than ideal.

So its back to the drawing board again.

I got some shiny gold wrapping paper we are going to try.

Have you had any DIY trials and tribulations lately?

Please tell me I'm not alone.

P.S. I got sooooo much done over the three day weekend. Its amazing what one extra day off can do. I will have a few quick changes to share with you this week. Hooray!



Hannah said...

I've been meaning to post about my horrible DIY curtains that I finally scrapped and just bought some real pretty ones. Sometimes DIY can be so frusterating! But when you get it right, it's the best feeling.

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Sarah @ La Maison Boheme said...

Shoot... its always such a bummer when our best laid plans blow up a bit. It's going to look great though when it gets finished! You still have the coolest coffee table EVER.

Meghan said...

What about brass kickplates? Like these: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202634817/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=kick+plate&storeId=10051.

They come in lots of different sizes and price points!

Jessica {The Aestate} said...

Looks AMAZING in the pics. That coffee table is gorgeous.

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...

It looks cool to me but I am sure the little bumps are all you can see now! DIY nearly kills me every time!