DIY Bloopers

A lot of my projects don’t always work out as planned. Today I am sharing some of my outtakes to show you that the world doesn’t end when DIY goes wrong.

Pic12I don’t know what it is about wall anchors but we just can’t seem to get along. Despite watching loads of ‘how-to’ videos on YouTube, talking to the guys at the DIY store, and asking friends and family, it just seems to be a touch-and-go thing for me. In this instance I had to call in the handyman to come and fix my mistakes (embarrassing).


This one is not strictly my fault – during my kitchen renovation the bench-top split when the builders cut it for installation. I did my best with wood glue and then had it installed in the least obvious place. It now sits at the back, covered mostly by the microwave. Nobody notices it – which kinda makes it seem like it’s not even there (he he).


I made curtains and obviously sewed the curtain tape too low down on the top hem. I also didn’t make the tape long enough so the corners are all floppy. I’m going to have to re-do it (cue eye-roll) but for now it remains on the to-do list.


This is what happens when you’re impatient, tired and grumpy and try to do a two-man job by yourself at 2am. I tried to move a 6-seater dining table around a corner and through a very narrow doorway by dragging it along the floor. It got wedged in the hallway so I forced it and, well, you can see what happened. It cost me $300 to get it fixed. So listen up people, if you find yourself contemplating doing something that you KNOW isn’t going to work, just… don’t.


I found it quite difficult to get angry about this one because it’s so darn cute (plus the carpet is due to be replaced in the next round of renovations so I’m not too worried about it). I painted my main living room floor white and clearly one of my darling cats took a shortcut through the house while the paint was still wet. Pets will go where they want to go.


OK, I’m laying it out for all to see here. These were supposed to be slippers. I know, I know, they look like what slippers would look like if they were a Quentin Blake illustration. Lesson learned? Sometimes it’s best to use the recommended yarn and needle size or they may end up too small! Go ahead and laugh (I did).


Well, I hope that was inspiring or at least doesn’t put you off giving DIY a go. Sure, not everything will work out but most things do. And even when they don’t you’ll have learned something which I consider to be an investment in future projects.

Do you have any DIY bloopers? If so, please share with the rest of us so we can all feel better about our duds.



Author: homemade and humble

Hi, I'm Ana. Welcome to my blog. I live in Wellington, New Zealand with my partner in a little cottage on a hill. We are working to build a life free from the rat-race, where we get to design our days around spending time together, enjoying good food and hunting for treasures for our home. We are both homebodies and prefer homemaking and cooking to outdoor pursuits and sport. This is where I share stories of our experiences as we set our course for a life full of warmth, comfort and beauty. I hope you enjoy it.

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