January 18, 2011

Doing it Yourself isn't always the Best Option...

I've always heard that DIY or "Do it Yourself" projects are a fun way to be creative, to reinvent, and to push your imagination to produce something fantastic that you're ultimately proud to show off!!

Not in this case.

After moving back home from college (this past August), there were some things that NEEDED to GO, and needed to be "re-vamped."  I cleaned out my drawers, threw away useless junk etc...

Then there's the big dilapidated tv stand...

Hott mess right?  It had shelves too, but I dno what happened to those, so there's a ton of books, dvd's, and VHS's thrown inside there... No bueno.  I also had this GINORMOUS tv (that I actually really loved, but was time to let go) that someone willingly took off my hands.  It was to be replaced by my plasma tv from my college apt that had been sitting in a guest room on the floor, lonely and unwatched.  SO I decided to find an inexpensive book shelf I could buy and customize (the DIY part), and could serve as a bookshelf/tv stand.  Good idea right???  WRONG.

This is what the tv stand was supposed to look like:

My plan was to spray paint all of the shelves before assembling it.

My friend Lei even came over to help create my vision!

Looks good right??  I thought so too!

Once the paint dried my dad helped me assemble it.  And here is where the FAIL part comes in very quickly....  As SOON as we start putting it together the paint starts chipping all over the place!  It turned out to be a lost cause.  It's still a little painful to talk about it, so I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.  

Final Results:

Not even 5 minutes after I took this picture, my dad tried to move it over some and the whole thing slants, almost falling apart entirely.  I attempt to push it back upright and place my plasma tv on it, and it starts shaking like it's going to straight up demolish!! 

So basically I had to bring back my dilapidated tv stand to replace my new dilapidated bookshelf HAHA!  Hott mess!!!  I'm actually laughing out loud at this point, this project was such a disaster!!  As Lei told me yesterday, "Your vision truly stayed a vision."  Yup Lei, it surely did.

One of my cats Akbar thought it was a jungle gym, so I let him play around... Might as well be useful for something!!... I only paid 20 bucks for the bookshelf... I guess you get what you pay for!  It's still sitting in my room, but I plan to take it out on trash day lol.

On a positive note, yesterday was the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday!  I went with my mom and her Sorors for a Day of Service on the holiday to a nursing home to hang out, take pictures, and play games with the residents.  It was pretty cool, I like participating in community service projects at any capacity.  It keeps me grounded and humble.

Let us always remember Dr. King's life, legacy, and the numerous doors he has opened for all of us!  Thank you Dr. King!!!  I love all of his quotes, but here is one of my favs:

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."


I'm also currently reading a book that I recommend all of you fashionistas read.  I absolutely am loving it!! 

Her story is so inspiring!  She is a strong, powerful, and successful woman, and the book is filled with great advice!  She talks about life, love, and how she got to where she is now.  Here's an excerpt:

"It's not enough just to listen to your inner voice and ask yourself the hard questions about who you are and what you believe.  Eventually you need to get strategic about refining and communicating to others who you are and what you believe if you want to succeed."

Tell 'em Kelly!!

She's also extremely hilarious and witty, so don't think it's solely a self-help book that contain pages of quotable words.  You'll really enjoy it, I'm sure!!

Btw, I have some really fun posts coming up which require your participation!  I'm pretty excited about them, I hope you're willing to participate!! ;)

I hope all is well,


P.S.  I smell a giveaway...... hehehe.

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  1. omg I'm so sorry about your book shelf lol. Maybe if you sand papered it first the paint would have stuck. Oh well, Its all in hind sight now. Anyways that book looks great, I loved the quote.

    xxo Tess S.

  2. Great post! This def gives all of us an inside to your thoughts and ideas. The bookshelf ummm yeah... I'm at a loss for words however it shows that all of our ideas won't go as planned. Co-signing with lei, although it was attempted it remains a thought The Vision remaines a vision.. Lol glad Akbar found a temporary play area before you aend it back to be recycled :D
    The book I'll add to my list of "To Reads...", it sounds really inspiring and interesting. MLK never ceases to inspire me. His quotes leave me basking in his words, meditating on what it means to me but hrateful for them and him for ALL that he did for all of "us" and beyond...
    Thanks for this post kris.. Today I'm gunna create from the seeds of my thoughts and read to be inspired:)
    Muahhhhhh Xx

  3. hahahaha oh well at least you tried! our DIY's were totally different. i think that your mistake was definitely using the wrong paint! spray paint is shiettt. otherwise it would've worked!

    F. (opinionslave.blogspot.com) x

  4. Yep, everyone does tend to go on about how great DIY is but I can't seem to bring myself to enjoy it :(. My DIY limit is making headbands.


  5. That really sucks that the bookshelf didn't come out as planned. I saw what you wanted to do though. Could it have been the quality of spray paint? But I thought that brand was one of the best. Idk. I've seen some people sand down surfaces before they repaint or spray-paint them.
    I always wanted to get into DIY projects but I'm so hard on myself with certain things that if it doesn't come out exactly how I wanted it, I'll just grunt and kick it lolz.

  6. aww that stinks!! the shelf would have looked soo great :(


  7. This woman is amazing! She gives you tough love. Maybe we can follow each other?

  8. O dear!....you paint after u assemble!!!! NO NO NO , but if at first u don't suceed at DIY, try try again, also may i suggest just buying one from a secondhand shop and going to work and make sure the paint dries in between coats....in this case, i think the damn thing would have came apart even if you hadn't tried to beautify it. take heart ok. it happens , sometimes, but you better not let that shelf WIN!!!! it is made of wood and well you are made of NOT WOOD, ok? :) better luck next time dear.

  9. @Tess: YES I should've sanded it first, my mom actually suggested that to me, AFTER the fact lol.... Oh well haha!

    @Francesca: Yeah I thought spray paint would've been easier... I clearly didn't have the right execution LOL!

    @Chomy Yeah I just DIY FAILED completely... I'm really going to try not to let this experience ruin all future DIY opportunities. And yes, a great idea would be to look for something at a secondhand shop! Thanks for the tip :D

  10. Yea so.. you gave a pretty accurate description. Perhaps it needed another coat? LOL.


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