Home » Blog » DIY Fails of 2015 on Kaydeross Creek

Drop cloth upholstery - Life on Kaydeross Creek

DIY Fails of 2015 on Kaydeross Creek

So I recently got my hair cut and said to the girl, I’m going to a Christmas party. I’m pretty sure what she heard me say was I’m going into the military! It’s sooooo short! It’s my own fault  because I wear it short anyway and I said it grows so fast so she thought, well OK, we can take care of that. It’s fine, it’s only hair, it will grow back and I will go back to her again.

There is a point to this, I promise, and here it is….. Things don’t always turn out how you think they are going to. This goes for a lot of things including decorating and DIY projects. So today I thought I would share a few of the projects, my DIY Fails, that didn’t make it even into the blog.  Drum roll please….

#1. I bought a cute little stool for $3 at my favorite go to thrift store and thought I would be clever and use a piece of drop cloth to cover it. I tried using paint to create ticking stripes. Not so much…



The stripes were awful and I didn’t use enough fabric medium mixed in with the paint so it was crunchy. FAIL! I bought fabric (several times, actually) and finally ended up with this…


DIY upcycled stool - new life for an old stool - Life on Kaydeross Creek


In the end it turned out OK but what started out as a simple inexpensive project took forever and cost more than I wanted. It’s pretty but all I see when I look at it is frustration.

#2 – The almost too awful to share DIY fail, word Christmas tree.  The thought was I would use dictionary pages with the words that represented Christmas like Jesus, celebrate, family, peace, etc. and make a tree shape and then decorate it with cute little cut outs of ornaments and twine for garland. No, just no. Are you ready?



I still think the idea is there with the book pages. Maybe someday I’ll find it.

#3 The wooden disc wreath. I have seen these on Pinterest on some of the blogs I follow and thought. How hard can that be? Apparently harder than it looks. I can’t seem to get the pieces in the right spots or maybe I don’t have the right size pieces. Not sure but I had step back from this one for now.
wood wreath project - DIY FAil - Life on kaydeross Creek


There are other DIY Fails but I won’t share them all. I will say this though, I can’t tell you how many times I used the wrong color, bought the wrong size, the print didn’t work, the glue didn’t stick, I cut it too small, or it wasn’t level. I was in a hurry to get it done and didn’t take my time.

The thing is, I learned something with each project.  Try and try again; new colors, new prints, new paint techniques, new ideas. Decorating and DIY is trial and error and I will try these things again at some point and when I do, you can be sure I will share it with you!

Happy DIY’ing (wins and fails alike), 🙂



  1. Lisa says:

    I am a new subscriber (LOVE your house!) , loving everything I am seeing. The wood disc wreath…you are on the right track, there is something about what you have in the photo that calls to me. Others I have seen didn’t catch my interest enough to even read the text about them. I little stool is adorable, the fabric is “to die for”! I would love to have that fabric in my bedroom! Thinking pillow shams, bed skirt, window valance….the possibilities make my brain hurt.
    I am excited to begin following you to see what comes next. I hope you have a safe and peaceful Christmas.

    • Colleen says:

      Hi Lisa!

      Welcome and thank you so much for the kind words! I’m so glad you found your way to my little piece of blog world and can’t wait to share the new projects we have planned for 2017. Merry Christmas to you as well!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *