3.27.2014

unsuccessful diy adventures

The title post has this sounding quite dramatic and it really isn't. But man things have not gone as planned lately. That's the world of diy, huh? Our first frustration comes with this knife rack we found on Etsy. I fell instantly in love with the fact that it was a warm wood but still magnetic.

"knife rack"

We love it but we don't love the hardware it came with. It came with two long screws that are threaded for the majority of its length except the final centimeter near the head. Then the rack slips over top of the remaining screw. But I'm not happy with just a screw. I don't think it's enough to hold all of my knives and am afraid of everything collapsing when I pull one away. But the screws don't fit properly into any anchors we've found. So... we have about ten holes we've had to patch and we've both given up at this point. I just need a breather until I try again!

We have these cuties as well but are waiting for another coat of paint in the bathroom to dry before we can put it up.

"towel holder"

We are kind of obsessed! It uses a marble inside to keep the towel up and it's just so sleek. I am a little worried because there's basically a 3M adhesive on the back. Hoping it holds up over time!

There have been toilet woes abounding. We used a wrench to tighten the bolts of our toilet bowl to the floor. Big mistake. We knew you could over-tighten them so we tried to be careful. And everything seemed fine until we noticed cracks in the bottom a few days later. If we would've resisted the temptation [and just screwed the bolts with our hands] we would've been fine. This time around we bought some plastic toilet shims in case we get the rocking back and forth that caused us to re-tighten them in the first place.

Not only that but when we went to replace the toilet in our master bathroom we learned the hard way about measuring. And assuming. And I so knew better. I knew. But ... I assumed. It was a shameful day for me.

Ya see, you're supposed to measure from the wall to the middle of the hole [or to the floor bolt if the toilet is in place]. Apparently, in full bathrooms it's almost always a 12 inch rough-in but for some odd reason, ours is a 10 inch rough-in. So our standard 12 inch toilet did not fit. I was luckily [and I'm stretching the meaning of that word] able to use the base in the other bathroom where it had cracked but it was a big bummer.

A 10 inch rough-in is something that is special order so we ended up looking online. We ordered it and it took about a week but unfortunately it's shipped in multiple packages. So we have the bowl and are waiting for the rest.

Something that's kept me happy in the mean time is this tiny little sign. I found it here for a mere $7. I used liquid gold to paint the top of it and placed it above our bathroom door. It's an iPhone photo but it really captures the contrast of that wall color with gold. I'll never get sick of it! The bathroom area that has the vanity will have the same dark color.

"hello sign"

Definitely helps on days when things don't go right! Here's to a more productive week.

17 comments:

  1. I hate when things don't go as planned. Step away and try again! Usually works for me. Love the knife holder though.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. fingers crossed for a better week! although with the rain this week I have to say I'm having a hard time getting off the couch :o

      Delete
  2. oh i love that little sign! and i say the same thing- step away then come back to it refreshed!

    ReplyDelete
  3. The wood tones on the knife and towel holder are so good! Hate when small things keep adding up on you! At least the sign is a big win! Hang in there!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I know all about bad DIY weeks. It happens to the very best of us. Hang in there. The hello sign is totes adorbs.

    ReplyDelete
  5. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Gracious, you've had a rough go. Toilet woes are the worst. I love the wood knife holder and towel rack. The color is so rich and beautiful. Yum. I also wanted to share that I nominated you for a Liebster award. Check it out: http://www.thehonestroom.com/2014/03/liebster-award.html.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Ashley! I'll have to post that later this week :)

      Delete
  7. The knife rack looks like a good idea, I hope you figure it out soon.
    I like the blog layout,

    ReplyDelete
  8. I hate it when DIY projects do not go as planned. You put in so much time and effort. I do like the look of the towel rack. It is very sleek and modern.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Bummer! I hope your week got better. Love that sweet little "hello" sign!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way

    ReplyDelete
  10. A big giant ARGH on the 10" vs 12" rough in. What kind of sadist comes up with these differences? I mean can't we have a universal toilet to wall distance ratio that everyone can follow, like morse code or Greenwich mean time? Better luck to you next week. -Caitlin

    ReplyDelete
  11. I am loving ALL of your etsy finds lady!!!! I think I need to order me that "hello" sign! I hope your luck with the projects has turned around!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jenn... win some lose some huh?!

      Delete
  12. What a darling little sign. I want one. Right now :)
    I see it's not a bamboo hook now... :) Still love it :)

    ReplyDelete

Drop me a line! I monitor all comments just to make sure we keep it fun and light :]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
 
the diy nurse © 2013.

Design by The Blog Boat