Yesterday while I was banging my head against the wall from all the wrong things I was doing staining the butcher block, I asked myself “Why do I DIY?”. I mean seriously, a lot of us who do, can pretty much pay for the work to be done. Think about it, how many times have you made a mistake on a DIY project and had to start over? And then you eventually could have taken the money you paid originally, plus the money you had to pay to start over and just had it done yourself. So while I was whining on Twitter last night to my good friend Tricia about how terrible my BB was looking, I started to doubt my title as a DIY’er.
For some reason, I couldn’t figure out why the stain was making the wood look black.
Then I figured that I really should not have skipped the wood conditioner. So I flipped the BB over and started fresh, this time adding the wood conditioner before the stain.
Guess what? The same thing happened.
So while I was contemplating giving up on the entire project, I figured I’d read the label on the can of stain again just to see if I was doing things right.
Well I’ll be. Does that say stir the stain thoroughly before use??? Oh I hollered so loud in this house last night!!!
After I FOLLOWED THE DIRECTIONS, things started to turnaround
before being wiped off
after being wiped off
I get frustrated easily when things don’t go as planned. And when I say frustrated, I mean to the point of tears. But then I realize that I can’t do anything but laugh at myself because usually the project turned out wrong due to my lack of patience.
After waking up this morning and applying another coat of stain, I realized why I DIY. I DIY because when the projects turn out the way I envisioned them, it feels so good to say I did it myself and that I saved so much money in the process!
WHY DO YOU DIY?!