I used to be going to call this put up, The DIY Tasks I Would Do Once more and a Few I Gained’t, but it surely was too lengthy. How’d That Maintain Up, just about covers what I’m sharing with you in the present day.
I’ve accomplished a whole bunch of initiatives right here on the weblog. I loved doing all of them, however for in the present day’s put up I’m solely going to cowl the initiatives that readers have questioned me about proper after I accomplished them, questioning how it will maintain up because the methodology I used was maybe a bit unconventional or a brand new product was used.
Painted with DIY Chalk Paint 7 Years In the past
DIY Adorning Tasks RE-Visted
Within the DIY world, high quality and longevity are essential when adorning, particularly after you will put time, cash and energy into them, you need to make certain it really works and can final.
In some HGTV reveals and social media – it’s well-known that the WOW issue sells. It’s all about getting the WOW response. I’m positive you’ve gotten seen the HGTV makeover reveals that rework a room in a day.
I bear in mind one the place the wooden ground in a eating room in a house was painted in morning and had the furnishings positioned again in by dinnertime so they may get the response of the home-owner strolling in after work and seeing their eating room remodeled in a day.
These poor owners, I’m positive that ground seemed terrible the subsequent morning when the TV crews have been lengthy gone they usually must cope with doing it proper all by themselves.
I don’t share something like this and by no means will.
Each mission that I’ve accomplished and posted about on the weblog is for my own residence. I would like it to final. For each mission I attempt to suppose and execute every one for not solely model and to suit my price range, however for high quality and longevity additionally.
Generally short-cuts turn into an issue, like after I hung a wall TV and positioned the wires behind the wall to cover them with out utilizing a TV wiring package.
Each electrician trolling the web got here after me. I took the put up down, however then wired the TV with a within the wall wiring package and reposted the put up. That was 7 years in the past. That put up is my #1 put up that brings me probably the most visitors each month. It won’t be the put up that my loyal readers go for, however Google and Pinterest searches convey new readers my manner.
Different instances a quick-fix, turns into a everlasting one and an excellent answer. Like after we expanded a small one door closet in our earlier house to a double door pantry closet.
We used doorways we had, however one of many door knob catches bought in the best way. I used scorching glue to maintain it contained in the door. It labored completely and did for years and nonetheless may very well be retaining the doorways functioning nicely, however I not dwell in the home to take a photograph of it.
The final questions I’ve acquired about some initiatives normally goes one thing like this…
“OK, Find it irresistible! It seems to be good now, however how will it maintain up with use?”
To come back again round in spite of everything these years to reply among the questions, I combed via my weblog archives, feedback and located the DIY initiatives which have lasted years and that I might do once more.
I additionally seemed for just a few initiatives that didn’t maintain up nicely and after I look again on the time, effort and cash spent doing the mission, I might not do it once more or use a sure product once more.
So right here is my record of DO & DON’T DIY decor initiatives. I’ll begin with those which have held up very nicely.
DIY Decor Tasks That Have Held Up Properly and I Would Do Once more
JUST COMPLETEDGOING ON 6 YEARS
IKEA BEKVAM Stool Makeover
This stool will get plenty of use. I preserve it in my kitchen now. Proper in entrance of the chalkboard wall.
The questions and feedback I acquired concerning the stool have been that the tape wouldn’t final and get sticky.
I lined this stool with Houndstooth duct tape again in 2013. It is occurring six years and remains to be going sturdy. No stickiness.
The tape has held up very nicely. It’s robust. It has worn on one nook of the decrease step and the white paint has gotten just a few dings on the legs, however general it’s in excellent form.
I might cowl a stool or flat floor with this tape once more. The tape is available in many various colours and sample and is one very cheap option to make over a bit of furnishings with no particular instruments or expertise wanted. You could find many patterns – right here.
Staircase Makeover in Earlier HomeLake Home Staircase Makeover
If a staircase in your house has carpet and you aren’t a fan and are dreaming of a stained step and painted riser staircase, then you need to take a peek at what’s beneath your carpet and get this mission began. Finishing the staircase in my earlier home made such a BIG distinction to the decor.
I used to be offered after doing it for the primary time in my earlier home that after we moved to the lake home, one in all my first massive initiatives was making over the lobby staircase. It’s not an costly mission, however does take a while effort, however as soon as you might be executed, so price it.
Toilet Rework for $265.00
Of all the house DIY decor initiatives I’ve taken on, this by far is one in all my favorites. From the $10 vinyl ground colour repair to the ornamental tub entrance molding, I had enjoyable giving this builder grade bathtub a colourful and really price range pleasant makeover.
What Would I Do Otherwise Now: It has been eight years since I remodeled this bathtub. If I have been to do it in the present day, I might use all PVC boards across the tub. Once I did this, there have been only some sizes of the boards.
This banquette is one in all two issues I miss from my earlier home. After we moved I wished to take it with us, however because it was custom-made for the area and built-in, it needed to keep. My dad constructed it with some assist from me. After he handed away, it took on an entire new that means for me and that his loving arms have been nonetheless embracing each time I sat on it. 🙂
It was so nicely constructed and “good” in each manner. I might like to construct one in my kitchen now, however there isn’t sufficient room to create the “L” form that made the banquette good for cozy dinners in addition to bigger gatherings across the desk.
DIY Chalk Paint
Once I first began making, utilizing and posting about making my very own chalk paint I had no thought how a lot I might start to adore it. Again in 2012 there was solely Annie Sloan that was costly and solely got here in a handful of colours. Should you didn’t like the colours or worth, you didn’t have an possibility. Once I made my very own chalk paint, it was very cheap and I might make any colour I desired.
These days, each paint model beneath the solar has a line of chalk paint that is available in many colours and worth factors. I purchase extra of the prepared made paint now as a result of it’s so available and inexpensive, however nonetheless make my very own after I desire a sure colour.
Kitchen Counter Carrara Marble Portray
As you’ll be able to most likely think about, this mission is the one I obtain probably the most questions on.
I painted my darkish brown Formica kitchen counters utilizing a Granite Countertop portray package. I didn’t desire a granite look and used the paint to create a Carrara Marble look as an alternative. This was virtually 2 years in the past. Now they make a Carrara Marble package.
I couldn’t be happier with how nicely the paint not solely seems to be, however has held up. This isn’t to say, the end is ideal. Over time there are just a few flaws.
JUST PAINTED1-1/2 YEARS AFTER PAINTING
The counter floor seems to be just about as good because it did after I painted them, however there may be some put on alongside the sting that has simply begun to point out up.
SEAM – NEWLY PAINTEDSEAM – AFTER 1-1/2 YEARS
The most important flaw is the seam within the Formica that’s over the dishwasher. The warmth from the dishwasher has raised the seam and the paint within the seam has cracked a bit. It’s nonetheless adhered and it not peeling, however it isn’t easy.
NEW COOKTOP ADDED RECENTLY
Just lately we bought a brand new cooktop. The classic JennAir had some electrical points and had to get replaced. When the installer got here to take away the previous and set up the brand new cooktop, he needed to reduce the opening within the counter bigger and used a jigsaw to do it. This made marks within the paint as you’ll be able to see from the photograph above that the brand new cooktop didn’t cowl.
I’ve a plan to repair this. As soon as I do, I’ll put up about how I went about fixing the paint in order that it blends in nicely with the prevailing paint.
NEWLY PAINTED UPHOLSTERYPAINTED UPHOLSTERY AFTER four YEARS
This little chair is the chair that might… it rocks and swivels and is on the petite aspect, so it suits nearly wherever. I not have it. My daughter wished a rocker for her condo and this match completely, so I gave it to her.
I used material medium and paint to color the chair and would do it once more if I ever got here throughout an upholstered piece that was the best dimension for me wants, however not the best colour.
Since portray this upholstered chair, I’ve seen upholstery painted with chalk paint and sealed with a lightweight layer of clear wax. It seems to be and wears nicely, you’ll suppose it was leather-based.
After we moved to the lake, the chair took a beating and did get scuff marks on one of many entrance pleats. I used to be in a position to wash most of it off with a scorching sudsy rag.
Eating Room Brass Chandelier
That is the opposite merchandise I wished to take with us after we moved, however I knew I wouldn’t have a room to make use of it in so it stayed with the home.
Making over the easy builder grade chandelier was an affordable mission that I did over just a few days time as I needed to let every layer of paint dry earlier than making use of the subsequent so it will tackle an aged look.
What I Realized From This Challenge: To not be afraid to color one thing. Have the boldness to maintain going. I had nothing to lose since I didn’t just like the chandelier because it was. After the primary few coats of paint, I nonetheless didn’t prefer it, however I stored including extra till I favored what I noticed. Including the crystals actually made it have the model I used to be searching for.
In my earlier home, my studioffice was opened by a double huge doorway to the household room. We seemed into getting bi-fold doorways to cover my mess, however they would wish a observe put in and we didn’t need that.Two doorways didn’t fairly match proper.
When purchasing at an area Habitat retailer I discovered three light-weight bifold doorways for just a few a bit. I added wheels to the underside of every door, hinged them collectively and painted them white. Once I hooked up one aspect to the body of the door and added a deal with, I had a singular rolling door for about $25.
If I did this once more, I might do it the very same manner.
The DIY Adorning Tasks I Would NOT Do Once more.
Make Outside Wall Artwork
This was a enjoyable mission that I did for my sister, but it surely didn’t final very lengthy – the wooden frames warped within the humid air. 🙁
Lesson Realized: When doing outside initiatives, understand the weather are going to take a toll on the objects so don’t spend plenty of time or cash on them. Alternatively, after I painted outside resin planters utilizing DIY exterior chalk paint, they’ve held up for over three years now, even within the southern brutal summer time warmth and humidity.
NEWAFTER 5 YEARS
I like this tray, though it seems to be like an vintage one now. It suits completely on the little chest of drawers I take advantage of as an evening desk.
I lined the within of the tray with black and white clock face scrapbook paper and used a product referred to as EnviroTex to seal it. It’s actually thick and dries like a sheet of glass. It’s a actually cool product, but it surely does yellow over time, plus it was costly and tough to make use of.
The Repair: Attempt to discover the identical scrapbook paper and place it over the floor. Use Minwax Polycrylic in a gloss end over the paper. Since it’s water-based it is not going to yellow over time. The end will not be as easy and glass like because the EnviroTex, however will give me the look I’m after.
Lesson Realized: Don’t use oil-based sealers of any type over white or mild surfaces – they are going to present darkening or yellowing over time. They’re solely OK over darkish colours.
I did use this similar product on these drawer pulls they usually haven’t yellowed as a lot.
Deck at My Earlier Home
We used a model new product referred to as Deck ReStore 10X to refinish the getting older deck at our earlier home. I adopted the instructions each step of the best way. All seemed nice for a couple of yr after which…. all went south with the paint developing in sections.
The Repair: Lease a drum sander with the roughest sandpaper possible and work for two days straight sanding and scraping the paint off in order that we might then apply conventional stain over the newly sanded wooden.
Lesson Realized: By no means once more will I ever use a model new product on an enormous mission. Take a look at on a small mission first.
With so many initiatives accomplished, it’s regular that some didn’t come out as deliberate, however all in all I’m fairly pleased with my success charge.
I’m not afraid of failure and can attempt absolutely anything after doing a little analysis to realize the boldness to attempt one thing for the primary time. I don’t dream… I do… DIY… so the home in my head doesn’t keep in my head, however involves life!
Questioning about another initiatives I’ve executed? Simply ask within the feedback.
What initiatives have you ever executed round your home that you’d do once more and what ones wouldn’t you do once more?