DIY Disaster....ugh....

March 7, 2012


Life at the Stonybrook House has truly been a little nutty.
These lovely magazine holders did not come out as planned, they took me on quite an adventure!

I wanted to do a cute little post, but it turned into a mess. 
Why is it that when you start something thinking this is going to be quick and easy and then it turns into a project that takes twice as long and becomes twice at hard.  
 Is there a life lesson there???
Anyway…. I have to admit I am a bit of a messy.  When you come to my house it looks pretty clean and tidy most of the time.
But…. Lurking behind closed doors or drawers or BASEMENTS…. 
It’s another story.  I’m a piler, a stuffer and a dumper…. 
So, I’m trying to stay focused on the office, right? I thought, “I know, I’ll work on my magazine piles” I literally  took pictures of all of the places I had piles of magazines.























How about 8 piles? Really?
So, I dumped them all in the family room and started organizing.
Say "Hi" to my kitty Arwen.


I had these lovely little magazine holders I bought a couple of years ago at 
IKEA (one my favorite places) I have a couple of orange ones and white ones.  
 Cute, I’ll just make them cuter by adding some stripes to them.  
 This is going to be easy! I put the painter’s tape on them and painted the white stripe. 
It was looking great until…. I started peeling the tape off.

What in the world happened?  Are you kidding me?  It started to take off the orange then just kept tearing EVERYTHING off…. UGH!   
Its painter’s tape, this isn’t supposed to happen!  This is NOT working, so I got a bit frustrated and took it out on those  poor magazine holders!  I started ripping off all of the tape.  I ruined them.  What in the world am I going to do now?  So much for a cute little post… Ha!  I must redeem these poor magazine holders! 

The next day I was off shopping.  What can I find?  I went to Hob Lob, Target, Jo-Ann’s.  I’m hunting for anything to cover these with.  Nothing, I couldn’t find anything I liked.  
 How close do you think I was to just pitch them? Well, very close….   
 I am so irritated with these things that I don’t want to even spend a dime on them.  
 To me they don’t DESERVE a dime to be spent on them.  What can I do?  Lord, help me!  What do I have in the “basement” that I could use?  Sheets!  I have sheets AND I have an adorable Martha stencil AND I have paints! Yes!

 I got to work that night!
I have to tell you, it took wwwaaayyy longer than I had planned. 
But I think they came out pretty cute.



 I have a few more to make to complete the collection.   
All of this for a few magazine holders? Really?  Oh well, they were practically free!  
  So, I’ll hang on to them, no fear of the trash can.
 
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Lori ~
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101 comments:

  1. I LOVE the magazine holders! So awesome!!! I would love for you to link up at my party going on now!

    Jill
    www.jillifyit.com

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    1. Thanks soooo much, Jill! I'll be linking up!

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  2. They came out really cute! I'm sure it was a frustrating process at first though. Megan

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    1. Hi Megan! You're right about frustrating... Oh, well... Thanks for the sweet comment!

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  3. I think they turned out amazing! I would love for you to come share this at my linky party!
    Amy@homehappyhome.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Amy! Thanks for the encouragement! I'll definitely be linking up!

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  5. I'll be featuring you tomorrow because this is EXTRAORDINARY!
    I hope you stop by and button-UP!

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  6. Hi Desiree! Thanks for the feature! I'll definitely grab a button!!

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  7. What a cute idea! Sorry that the project didn't go according to plan but in the end they turned out great!

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    1. Thanks, Mary Ellen! I sooo appreciate you stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment!

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  8. Very Cute- I have been wanting to make something like this- thanks for the inspiration!

    2ndstorysewing.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Shannon! I'm grateful for all the comments I'm getting!

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  9. This is AWESOME! I'd LOVE to have you link up your project at my party! XO, Aimee

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    1. Thanks sooo much, Aimee! I'd love to link up!!

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  10. Hi! Visiting from Sundae Scoop. Like the new magazine boxes! The color and pattern is awesome! I need to do this.. I have a ton hanging around!

    Im going to snoop around your site some more. I would love for you to share this at my Friday link party going on now.. oh and enter my week of giveaways too! You can win some awesome stuff :)

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    1. Hi Kelley! Thank you for the sweet comment! I'll definitely link up!

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  11. Love This! Thanks for the honest tutorial. I loved the pics of all the magazines!

    laura

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    1. Hi Laura! Thank you for the comment! What's funny is after I finished this post, I found ANOTHER stack of magazines... Crazy!

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  12. They are more than cute, they are adorable! I love diy disaster posts--thanks for sharing yours!

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    1. Thanks sooo much... Just trying to keep it real!

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  13. Such a brilliant idea! So cute!

    Jen
    athomeinthenorthwestblog.com

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    1. Thanks, Jen! It's funny how things just happen and fall into place!

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  14. What a great result though! I love the choice of colour.

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    1. Thanks a bunch! I am in LOVE with the color orange! I must have it in my life!

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  15. Ok, I have to tell you Lori that all of my projects start off with dreams of grandeur but often lead me on a wild rampage of things flying around, getting ripped apart and re-done. I am starting to feel like the process is just as important as the end project itself. I just try to embrace it and think about how much I have learned. I have some orange boxes from Ikea similar to what you have and you just gave me some great ideas on what not to do and what to do. If you want to get a good laugh come visit my blog and read about my Lucky I Lived Laundry Room Reveal! Thanks for a great post! Lesley

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    1. Hi Leslie! Thank you sooo much for your encouragement!

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  16. I love the laughs as much as the projects!! You did a great job, and they turned out beautifully. I think I like the ned result better than the idea of stripes. I feel your pain too, I've made MANY messes of things in my time crafting. Ahh, such is life. We learn and keep pushing, right? and sometimes you end up with something you like even more.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Lynn

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    1. thanks so much for the comment and the encouragement! I'm sooo new at this, and it sometimes is a hit or miss. Maybe more misses.... :)

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  17. I thought I only had those kind of "failures"!!! I love those stencils. The magazine holders look really cute. Nice job.

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  18. These are so cute! I love the color and the pattern you used! I dressed up a few plain magazine holders with some scrapbook paper and mod podge a few years ago.

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    1. Thanks sooo much for the kind words! I had to do something with those disasters...

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  19. Glad to see I am not the only one whose projects often take a left turn into "this is not at all what I had planned!" Love the final result.

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    1. Thanks sooo much! And I thought it was going to be a disaster.... I love it too!

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  20. I think your final project is even cuter than what the original might have been. I feel bad for you and the hassle though. I would have probably just pitched them.:)

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    1. Thanks!! I was tempted to pitch them.... I just have such a hard time doing that! I'm just glad they worked out!! :)

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  21. Wow these came out great! Love the colors :) Visiting from Addicted to Decorating. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! Isn't funny how everyone loves flub-ups... ;)
      So glad you stopped by!

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  22. Love them! they turned out Fantastic!

    http://www.remodelandolacasa.com

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    1. Thanks, Cristina! I sooo appreciate the encouragement! I'm going to check out your blog!

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  23. These turned out really cute - I think we all have projects that turn into lemons - the trick is to make that "mess up" into lemonaide! I think you did that.
    I hopped over from A2D - would love it if you hopped over and checked me out!
    Hugs -
    Carol @ arewethereyet

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    1. Thanks, Carol!! I am loving the lemonade! Definitely will check out your blog!!

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  24. These are PERFECT! I'm featuring you tomorrow! Xo, Aimee

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  25. The magazine holders look great - however, where are you going to put the rest of your magazines????? I ask this because I have as many or more stacks than you do, and 10 or 12 magazine holders already full of magazines. It's really a little sad. I have a stack 20 inches high of magazines I have not had time to read since I started blogging.... I think I just need to have someone come in and throw them away for me. I'm a new follower - would love for you to follow back.

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  26. I'll be honest, there are still some stacks. That disaster took way too long and I haven't gotten around to finishing the others. I definitely need more!

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  27. Looks like your persistence paid of. They look custom designed. Eh, they are customed designed.

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  28. Thanks, Mimi! Now I just need to finish the rest....

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  29. These are so cute... definitely worth all of the trouble :) I really love those stencils too!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! Now I just need to finish the rest. Isn't that Martha pack of stencils awesome???

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  30. Love this! I've been there too. Sometimes the things that we end up loving the most are the things that caused the most frustration because of all of the effort we spent making it just right. =)

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  31. Thanks, so much Arica! You are sooo right! I never thought they would have been such a hit!

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  32. Love these very cute idea. I love IKEA too. I am going to reveal a closet makeover soon with things from Ikea!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I'll have to check out the closet makeover!!

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  33. The look awesome! Well worth the extra time!
    Amy at www.brooksboutique.com

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    1. Thank you! Thank you! I stopped by your etsy shop.... very cute!

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  34. The magazine holders look amazing! And, I loved your story. Haha. I've had my share of DIY disasters, too, and in the moment, it's nearly impossible to laugh about it. You should feel great about how these turned out!

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  35. I love the new look - even if it was quite an adventure to get them that way. Thanks for linking up to Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  36. Those turned out AWESOME! Way to revamp the DIY mishap! I think they turned out even better this way!
    You do such great stuff!

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!
    --Katie

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    1. Katie, I'm overwhelmed by the encouraging responses I've been getting! Thank you! So glad you stopped by to visit!

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  37. These look so cute after you covered them! Loving the colors! We loved having you at "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope to see you again soon! -The Sisters

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    1. Thanks so much! I'll definitely be linking up something again!

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  38. These look awesome, great rescue!

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  39. I absolutely love it.... first off I love your mess... that's so me!!! I think it's going to go all smooth and wham.. hiccup after hiccup some days... I could so relate.. and I LOVED how you magazine holders came out.. they're lovely! Really wonderful !


    Carri
    simplydonewright.blogspot.com

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    1. P.S. I forgot to mention I'm a new follower- I found your blog on 52 mantels... and I am so glad I did... have a great day! =)

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    2. Hi Carri! It's so nice to hear how people can relate!! Thank you sooo much! And your following?? Yay!

      Blessings,
      Lori

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  40. Trust me, we can sympathize with the painters tap mishap (check out our chevron vanity post)
    But we love how you found and even better way to dress these up! Great job!
    Thanks for sharing this at our "Beautify It Monday" Party! We hope you'll be back again next week!

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    1. Hahaha! Thanks! It was my pleasure to share! I'm sure I'll definitely be back!

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  41. Nice save! Sometimes I give up on my disasters....sometimes not! Glad you didn't on this one!

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  42. What can I say that everyone before me didn't. I love it, and very creative. Love the color also. Disasters happen for a reason. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay!

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! Love your new blog look! My pleasure to share!!

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  43. haha...I have magazine piles too BUT stopped with the subscriptions till I could get a handle on things...it's been almost a year and I'm almost magazine free, weeeee! :) Great little boxes, love the cloth look, even if it wasn't what you had in mind when you first started out!

    www.dabblewithdawn.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Dawn! Good for you! I just can not give up some of my magazines!! Thanks for the sweet comment and for stopping by!

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  44. Nice! I love it.. I have found the same solution for my pile of books and magazines and letters too. :) I love what you did to the organizers, the color looks wonderful..
    Thanks for linking up at friday fun party.. Have a great weekend

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    1. Thanks, Hani! I still need to make a few more, for the few other stacks I found! It was my pleasure to link up!

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  45. Sometimes failure breeds brilliance!
    Kim@reposhture.blogspot.com

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  46. Thank you for linking up to craft, create and inspire ...

    Hope to see your projects from this week!!

    This week s linky in now up!

    Claire x

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  47. I have had projects like these all too often! They turned out just perfect in the end! Thanks for joining us this week!

    Take care,

    Trish

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    1. Thank you so much! It's funny how the things you think are ruined turn out better than you thought!

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  48. I have a couple of these from Target.. and have had lots of DIY Disasters.. so you are not alone.. LoL! :)

    THanks for linking up at create & inspire. :)

    Angie

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    1. Thanks, Angie! It's funny how things turn out!

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  49. I'm sure that it was very frustrating. Failed craft projects always are. Next time, try to Mod Podge some scrapbooking paper if the tape doesn't work. They turned out pretty good though.

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    1. Don't you know it! The scrapbooking paper is a good idea too! Thanks! Glad you stopped by!

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  50. They are so cute! I love them and I also love the fact that you showed how much of a challenge it was, lol. That's the life of a real crafter ;)

    Visiting from Sugar Bee Crafts

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    1. Hi Kristin! Just trying to keep it real! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  51. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - - you were featured today!!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  52. I made something similar years ago but I used cereal boxes and soap boxes. I covered them with contact paper I found at the thrift store so they were nearly free. I have quit subscribing to magazines, now just trying to get ahead of what I already have. I just found your site and love it. Thanks!!

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    1. Nearly free is good enough for me!! Thanks for reading! I want to drop some of my magazines, but I HAVE to have my Better Homes... :)

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  54. Super cute... if you ever want to go the striped route again, they make really awesome colored duck tape( sold at craft stores) ,so you could measure out the placement and pot the tape on it and never have to paint at all! hope this is helpful for future projects!:)

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  55. Thanks for the inspiration, the craft project as well as the perseverance! Just wondering, did you cover the inside of the boxes too, and if not, how did you finish off the inside edges? I'd love to give this a try with some (super ugly!) magazine holders I nabbed at a thrift store.

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    1. Hi Jenny! No I didn't cover the inside of the boxes. I figured they'd be facing the wall and filled with magazines anyway!
      Thanks for stopping by!! :D

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