I DIY a lot. For home decor, for house projects, basically everything. I’d say my DIYs go exactly as planned maybe 2% of the time. The other 98% something invariably goes wrong, looks different from what I had in my head, or takes about 173,986 more steps than I planned. Your classic DIY fail, if you will. Its similar to the Pinterest fail, but not always a Pinterest fail. Y’all with me? The most valuable lesson I’ve learned in my DIY/home renovation journey, though, is to embrace plan B… and C… and D all the way on down to Z.
So here is my latest DIY fail and the plan B that saved it!
I had such high hopes for this little guy. I found it at Goodwill for 6 bucks and knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. The dolphins were going buh-bye despite how much Ava seemed to love them. This awesome DIY cloche from Lauren at Blesser House was my inspiration.
I already had all of the supplies I needed at the house (chalk paint, brushes and antiquing wax). I was ready to go! Ava finally went down to nap, and I set about separating the dolphin statue from its wooden base. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. After a session with my hammer… and my concrete stairs… only bits were broken off and the wooden base was splintering. Clearly this wasn’t going to work. DIY fail if there ever was one.
So I moved onto my plan B. I placed the glass dome on one of my small cake stands from the Target dollar spot and ta-da! I still had a cloche, and it went from being a DIY fail to the easiest DIY ever.
Moral of the story: Don’t give up after a DIY fail! Think outside of the box, be patient and push through. You may not end up with what you originally envisioned, but you will still end up with something awesome. Well…most of the time.
I’d love to know what y’all think! Let me know in the comments! xoxo