I'm really not a good DIY-er, even though I often come up with projects I think I'd like to attempt, which are probably pretty easy in execution. There are a few reasons for this.
A. I am a bit klutzy and I have sometimes questionable hand-eye coordination (I blame my parents for not buying us video games. Not really. Only a little.)
2. I'm a perfectionist. Relating to the klutzy bit, if I tried to do some of these things myself, I would never feel like it was "right," and I would constantly start over until the swearing became too much for others to bear or until someone stopped me.
D*. I'm a very impatient person. A perfect storm—all of my quirks (we'll generously call them) make me not a great candidate for doing large projects on my own, or even with my husband. We work really well together, except for when we have to do "work" together. Or navigate, but that's a different story.
I fully admit to being a person who would rather pay a professional to handle things like painting, wallpapering, putting in new backsplashes, or reno-ing a bathroom. I have painted several rooms though, so it's not impossible. But, I was very picky about it and after finishing, my eye targeted any visible streaks and I can always spot that stray paint brush bristle that lodges itself defiantly in the middle of the wall and you don't notice it until it's far too late.
So needless to say, when someone has done a fantastic DIY project, I'm in awe of their talent, creativity, and patience. While searching for other things, I happened to come across this ikat closet. It looks as though it could be wallpapered, but it's really a stellar DIY paint job.
This girl, Emily of Merrypad, is an experienced DIY-er. Though she did it all by hand, she did practice a bit before moving on to the real thing in her master bedroom closet.
Being DIY, it's not "perfect," and she admits as much, but when you step back and look at the whole design, it looks darn good.
I think Emily's work is pretty impressive. She had started to add a second color, but saw that it wasn't working and stuck with just the gold. I think she made the right choice.
Have you got any great DIY projects to show off?
all images via merrypad
*bonus points if you get my numbering scheme and don't think I'm a functional illiterate.
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