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April 16, 2011

My DIY Fail

You know I've been getting closer to finally hanging my silhouette collection (which, aside from two my Hubby gifted me, has never, EVER been hung).  I've blogged about silhouette arrangement inspiration twice (see here & here) so that is a good clue as to what is brewing in the townhouse.  I thought the collection would look more sharp if I painted some of the random, tacky frames (see pics below) black so they all match in colour, but differ in texture.  And, it would save some bucks (as opposed to buying new frames).  I even bragged about the saving money part to Hubby.

Before - all different frames
Here's a close up of one of the offending frames

Pouncing on a rare warm day, I set to work.  I sprayed and sprayed and sprayed.  I'm no stranger to this kind of project but I tend to only buy Tremclad paint as I typically paint metal surfaces (like the base of my DIY'd desk).  But this (new to me) brand did something weird.  From afar the frames look okay:

But close up, the surface has turned all bumpy in some areas.  Perhaps the weather wasn't warm enough (the instructions suggested 10 degrees celsius + and it was . . . ), or the can was defective.  Anyway, take a look at the damage:

DIY gone wrong.

They would pass in the dark with a shove, but I just gave up & bought new frames to replace the damaged ones.  I even found the perfect sized round frame for my newest silhouette

BIM - Bought It Myself

Next up: I finally found a frame for my magnetic chalkboard project.  Let's hope I don't goof this up too.

P.S. Hubby was so cute: he thoughtfully helped me pick out new frames and never once laughed about my genius plan to refurbish the old frames.  He didn't complain that I stunk up the garage for no reason, or got paint on the floor, or left him with a pile of random junk to deal with when the project & I decided to abruptly part ways. 


  1. i am so glad your story has a happy ending. LOL
    at least you tried but I love the BIM!!!
    Ane the random pile of junk discarded and the paint on the floor, totally me too!!
    Have a great night

  2. I usually sand imperfections to give them a " shabby chic " look.
    You did more than I did this week! Unless you count eating 20 Oreo cookies doing something.

  3. Oh. What a shame. I wonder what was up with that paint? Your collection is looking good and I really like that last frame. xx

  4. Sad that your DIY, but loving that you are keeping it real and sharing it with us! I think the journey is way more interesting than the destination! BTW, love, love the collection and can't wait to see it up! M.

  5. Meant to say, sad that your DIY didn't work out!

  6. Hi folks: thanks for commiserating with me. Lesley: unfortunately, sanding resulted in a gunky mess. Otherwise I would have rocked a "vintage" look. And yes, eating oreos totally counts as work. Those oreos won't find their own way to you - you have to buy them, bring them home, lift them to your mouth - all "work".

  7. This is such a cute post! You were just honest in showing what happens with all of us at one time or another. Your husband sounds like a real sweetie.Look forward to seeing how your magnetic chalkboard project turns out!

  8. great post, thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog :)

  9. What a bummer on the paint job. Love the cohesiveness of the all black frames. this is going to look great!

  10. such a bummer! sometimes paint reacts with whatever finish or chemical is on the surface of what you're painting and looks like alligator skin. this happened to me once when i spray painted a metal day bed when I was a kid. it took HOURS of sanding, priming, and re-painting to fix!


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