This isn’t easy as there are plethora of blogs out their showing off their work, their DIY successes and their beautiful homes… but nobody is devoid of failures and misses. So here goes!
90% of our home is decorated with vintage… Garage sale, op shops (thrift stores) and vintage on eBay. It’s a rare case that I find lamps with shades I already like. And it’s way better to buy the lamp base rather than the lamp for the shade!
And since my shades have been impulse, sale-on-now-stop-the-car! purchases, a few of my shades aren’t sized for my lamps hehehe
Lesson 1: ALWAYS cart along all lamp bases in your boot so you can perfectly match size for size!
I SUCK at hanging pictures/items on the wall. With the 3m hooks, we’re good… but wall hooks, I’m horrid. I’m too impatient, too non-perfectionist to get it right. I don’t take out the ruler, pencil, eraser and level like the MIL does. I get a hook and a hammer and eye it.
That’s why while the round clock adds a nice different shape to the small collage above, it and the Ikea Ribba frames should have been measured to be evenly spaced out.
See the picture below I made for my husband for Fathers’ Day? I love it. He loves it. Hannah loves it.
But when Husband saw it hung, he shook his head with a resigned grin. Why? It’s crooked. And because it’s typical of me. Because I grabbed hammer and hook. And left the level, pencil, eraser and ruler far, far away.
Lesson 2: Know what isn’t your strength.
For me, this means waiting for the Husband to get
off the lounge home to help with hanging anything.
Counter your impatience by baking a cake, clean the bathroom… anything to avoid hanging that picture despite the $4 spirit level the Husband just gave you.
I love painting walls. I’m quick… I painted that master bedroom in a day, with primer and 2 coats. Myself. Husband hates painting… but I’m not the most… neatest… Oh I don’t mean splatters on the floor. I rarely get that. I mean I am not the most perfectionistic painter. I didn’t bother to tape off the trim because I also meant to paint the trim white… but I lost steam.
Lesson 3: do a diligent job and be more-than-yourself-anal about detail.
Just in case you lose steam painting the trim… or have a hungry family to feed… and don’t want to sand the cream gloss on the trim to repaint it white gloss.
Just a few…
What are your duh-duh-whoopsies?