When Nothing goes to Plan!

I wish I could say to you that everything I do goes perfectly to plan, that somehow miraculously everything works out, but it doesn’t. When I fail at something I can do it quite spectacularly, I really make a show of it, who wants to be the person who does something without fully committing? Today’s furniture project is a failure….a project that did not go to plan…..at all. Not at one point did anything I planned for this project work out! I wanted to throw it out at one stage and just call it a day. There are projects like that, and days like that also!

Colour Saturated Life | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Duck Egg Blue & Old White

When I bought this I was so excited to get it as it had beautiful curves to the drawers and the amazing timber veneer and I just knew it would look beautiful. That is where the excitement stopped. The “original” plan was to strip the top and leave some of that gorgeous wood exposed, which I painstakingly started to do and when I get tired of it my Hubby tried to finish. I do not know what was on this dresser but it was not any substance known to man….it was super-human and refused to come off! I was really disappointed! I wanted to have a beautiful wood top and paint the rest in MMSMP in Grain Sack and attach new antique glass knobs…..it was going to be elegant and understated.

So I left the top and started on removing the handles from the drawers so I could fill the holes and make new holes for those Antique Glass knobs I bought. Well, the handles wouldn’t come off! I was sensing a theme here, nothing wanted to come off! At some point someone had GLUED the handles in place and no amount of force on my part would budge them. I was getting to that point you get when you are angry and sad at the same time when you get really angry and you just cry instead. So I just sat on the concrete in the shed and cried and stared bitterly at these drawers. I hated them at this point, absolutely despised them and regretted the day I bought them.

So I had to come up with plan number two which was to paint the drawers and handles with MMSMP in Linen and the rest of the dresser in MMSMP in Eullalies Sky. I mixed up the Milk Paint with bonding agent as I always do and started applying the paint….then it happened. The paint wouldn’t stick, it kept coming off, as in the wet paint would pull back off the dresser. I had never encountered this before. So I walked away. I left it for a week. I ignored it, I wanted to give it the silent treatment so it knew just how much I hated it.

After a week I had cooled down enough to come up with plan number three. Chalk Paint! Easy plan, simple, chalk paint sticks to anything and if any project warranted the use of chalk paint it was this one. So FINALLY I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue & Old White then distressed and waxed. It was DONE!!! And to be honest I still hated it, on so many levels, it was boring and not what I had planned at all. Sometimes this type of thing happens, you just cannot control when projects go wrong and nothing I did would have changed the outcome, it is what it is!

Colour Saturated Life | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Duck Egg Blue & Old White

Colour Saturated Life | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Duck Egg Blue & Old White

Colour Saturated Life | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Duck Egg Blue & Old White

Colour Saturated Life | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Duck Egg Blue & Old White

Colour Saturated Life | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Duck Egg Blue & Old White

Colour Saturated Life | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Duck Egg Blue & Old White

Colour Saturated Life | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Duck Egg Blue & Old White


Colour Saturated Life | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Duck Egg Blue & Old White

Colour Saturated Life | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Duck Egg Blue & Old White

Colour Saturated Life | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Duck Egg Blue & Old White

Colour Saturated Life | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Duck Egg Blue & Old White

Colour Saturated Life | Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Duck Egg Blue & Old White

I know it is not hideous or anything, it is just not how I pictured it at all and that disappointment mixed with all the frustration it caused makes me dislike it, I am not sure I could have done anything to it in the end that would have made up for what it put me through. You would think though that experience like this would put me off using Milk Paint, but it really hasn’t, Milk Paint is known for its unpredictability and while it didn’t work for this project it works for others and I continue to love it (maybe if I wasn’t emotionally exhausted by that stage and completely over the project I would have made the Milk Paint work but I was really looking for an easy solution). This isn’t the first time a project has failed and I doubt it will be the last, sometimes you just need to forget it and move on. Have you had a project fail and couldn’t wait to get rid of it?




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  • […] at Color Saturated Live shared her project fail although for a fail, it is still pretty […]ReplyCancel

  • Kyla @HouseOfHipsters - July 5, 2015 - 5:37 am

    Gurl, you crazy! I think it’s absolutely darling. Yes, it’s quiet and soft, but I think that is what makes it darling. Ya know? But I know how disappointing it can be when a plan like this goes awry. I think when the frustration passes, you’ll learn to love it =)ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 7, 2015 - 9:15 pm

      Thanks Kyla….love it when you stop by!ReplyCancel

  • Queen Patina, aka Rachel - July 1, 2015 - 12:09 pm

    And good riddance! It’s so HARD when that happens, and sometimes I then question my abilities/talents as an artists…maybe that’s why it’s so hard. In any case, though it doesn’t jive with your original vision, it’s still lovely. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 3, 2015 - 9:24 pm

      Thanks Rachel! The lady who bought it loved it but I was happy to see it go!ReplyCancel

  • Carol @ CAD INTERIORS - June 28, 2015 - 12:59 am

    I know it wasn’t how you originally envisioned, but the dresser turned out beautifully! I’m just sorry about the process you endured to transform the piece. This project actually has me wanting to try chalk paint on a thrift cabinet find. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - June 28, 2015 - 10:39 am

      Yes, give chalk paint a go it is so versatile! Have fun with your project and thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany from The Southern Couture - June 27, 2015 - 3:11 am

    I absolutely love this. I know it didn’t turn out the way you expected but I think using two different colors for the drawers and base works great. Thanks for sharing at the Motivational Monday Link Party. I can’t wait to see what you are up to next week.

    Bethany from The Southern CoutureReplyCancel

    • Gilly - June 28, 2015 - 10:38 am

      I love the two-toned look also! Thanks BethanyReplyCancel

  • Hannah@SeeingtheLovely - June 26, 2015 - 12:40 am

    Good for you finishing the project and writing about it even thought it didn’t turn out the way you wanted it! It can be hard to try something when you really wanted it to be a different way, but at least you finished it!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle James - June 25, 2015 - 10:03 pm

    I know you hate it but it really does look very nice. The distressing is my favorite part. I really want to distress everything. It would have been beautiful if your original planned had worked out. Maybe you can eventually find another similar dresser and use that plan and sell this one or something. Nice job though! I love it.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - June 28, 2015 - 10:21 am

      Thanks Michelle, I actually do sell my furniture and this was sold to a lovely lady who is thrilled with it which is probably the most important thing. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - June 23, 2015 - 6:18 am

    I know you’re still mad at that dresser but I really do love how it turned out 🙂 I’ve had numerous project fails so I totally get it. My ugly bedroom furniture wouldn’t take chalk paint and I was completely offended by both the dresser and the paint for awhile. I’d love to share this project next weekend on my weekend features post if you’re ok with that.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - June 23, 2015 - 11:13 pm

      Thanks Jenna – feel free to share anything of mine as long as there is a link to the original blog post.ReplyCancel

  • Thistle - June 22, 2015 - 11:04 pm

    I love the handles in the same color! They are so pretty! And glued in place? Seriously. What were they thinking!

    Happy day friend!

    • Gilly - June 23, 2015 - 11:14 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Karianne! I love it when you visit!ReplyCancel

  • Naomi @ Plaster & Disaster - June 22, 2015 - 1:36 pm

    Oh I have TOTALLY given projects the silent treatment before, too. Doesn’t seem to do much good but it sure is satisfying!

    Your pieces are always so amazing, thanks for sharing a story that didn’t go well! I think this turned out quite nice and sweet but I see your original vision, too. Great post!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - June 22, 2015 - 2:08 pm

      Thanks Naomi, so glad I am not the only one who does this! Makes me seem less crazy!ReplyCancel

  • Darrielle Tennenbaum - June 22, 2015 - 10:26 am

    I think the dresser is darling, but I totally know the feeling of being disappointed when the vision in your head does not happen in real life.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - June 22, 2015 - 2:08 pm

      Thanks Darrielle, I get so attached to my ideas that is it so hard when they don’t work out.ReplyCancel

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