Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Good, The Bad, and The Darn Right Ugly!

I said when I first started my blog that I would share all of my DIY stories...the good ones, the bad ones, and the darn right ugly ones and this is definitely one of those that turned out BAD!

This project was inspired by this pin that caught my eye on Pinterest...

The pin reads:  vases, rubber bands and spray paint.

Well...that seemed super easy and a cheap way to create vases with supplies that I already had on hand.  I decided to use beer bottles instead of vases, dug out some rubber bands from my junk drawer, and grabbed some metallic spray paint and went to work.

It started off great!  I cleaned the labels off the beer bottles, put on the rubber bands and started to spray, using the spray paint technique that I talk about here.

I waited for them to dry...

and when I took off the rubber bands this is what I ended up with...

I couldn't believe what was happening!  I tried to save them by sanding down the peeling spray paint and putting on another coat for a solid metallic look, but it wasn't working at all so...I trashed them!

But I didn't give up!

I took three more beer bottles [yes there is a lot of drinking going on in our house ;-) ], cleaned off the labels and this time NO RUBBER BANDS, just a little vintage white spray paint, some metallic spray paint [for a little sparkle], and them some antiquing glaze and Martha Stewart chalkboard labels.  I asked my two year old daughter what I should write on the labels and she pointed to each one individually and said....A, B, C. 

So ABC it is.....

Again using my spray painting techniques
  •  Skip the cheap stuff and splurge on the $5-7 quality stuff.
  • Always keep the can moving.
  • Keep the nozzle about 8-10" away from whatever you're spray painting.
  • Always apply thin mists of spray paint, applying heavy coats makes everything wet and drippy.
So...whatcha think?  Any suggestions on what I could have done differently to make the rubber bands work without the spray paint peeling?

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  1. Girl, this is something I would do! We've all been there.

    Maybe use thinner rubber bands and stretch them as far as you can, the snip them with scissors before the paint dries and they'll fly off?

  2. I thought about that Jamie...I also thought about using yarn instead of rubber bands. I may attempt this one again!

  3. I have to say I like the 2nd attempt best! But in looking at the original, it appears they used wide flat kind of rubber bands since all the unpainted spaces look about the same width. Maybe the larger gaps make a difference? I would love it if you would share it on my linky party Tout It Tuesday!

    1. Thanks! Shared this on your linky party today!

    2. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

  4. What a great way to save them! I have tried this before as well and had the same problem as you did. Bummer. but they look fantastic the way you did them! Great job! Thanks for entering this into the Project Pinterest Challenge! Best of Luck to you!