Pinterest Fail

I am a pinterest addict.

It’s true. I fantasize about waking up at 5am, brewing some coffee and pinning home decor and projects until my kids awake. When that kind of morning transpires I’m a pretty happy momma. However, I’m starting to think pinterest should have some kind of warning like “Your projects will never be as stunning or functionally useful as the blogger portrays them.” With that bit of reality I think pinterest would be a happy place for all. So today, I’m going to share my worst pinterest fail to date. I’m still really mad about it.

So here is the story. I found this fun little mirror project on one of my morning pinterest explorations. Perfect, I’ve been dying to do something with the plain builder grade mirror in the downstairs bathroom. The materials were under $20 so this also fit the budget. (this was pre-China adoption, the budget no longer allows for projects that cost money!) I ran to Home Depot for the supplies and picked a paint sample for the project. Who else loves the $3 little paint sample jars?? They are an amazing way to buy a small amount of good quality paint for projects like this. Paint and Primer in one!

Materials were gathered and I went home to complete my project. I painted my pieces and followed the directions exactly.


20120724-132752.jpgThe result was SOOO cute! I skipped away from the guest bathroom pleased as punch.

20120724-132815.jpgUntil that evening when the entire thing fell down. I re-read the directions. I used all the right materials and used painters tape to hold everything in place! I tried, and failed miserably, to salvage the cute little mirror frame but nothing worked. I grew more and more frustrated until I literally ripped the entire thing off the wall and threw it into the garage. My sweet patient husband just smiled and provided moral support. I’m quite thankful for not being judged in that moment of pinterest fail.

I don’t even have pictures of how ugly the mirror was post-fail. It was horrid. I had to scrape liquid nails and hot glue off with a razor blade and it took forever. This may have been a good lesson about appreciating a good mirror when you have one. The naked builder-grade mirror suddenly seems quite wonderful after the whole framing charade.

All this to say… use pinterest with caution and low expectations or you too may find yourself ripping things off the wall and throwing them.

About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.


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