I would love to tell you that every project that I work on goes like clockwork. That I never have problems, and I always know what I’m doing.
I could tell you that … but that would make me a pants-on-fire, nose-growing liar.
On almost every project I do, something goes wrong, and I have to try to figure out how to fix it. Whether the paint comes out clumpy, or the color isn’t what I thought it would be, or the paint just won’t stick, something always goes wonky.
As I told you the other day, I am working on a bookshelf for a client. I decided to put wallpaper on the back of the shelves. I went out yesterday and the woman a Lowe’s told me to use spray adhesive to stick it on. They recommended, so that’s what I got.
Last night I decided to go for it. I sprayed the back of the wallpaper, then quickly and carefully stuck it in place. There’s a very short amount of time to readjust it before it adheres to its final spot, so no pressure right.
First piece, no problem. I went back over to get another piece, and the studio floor around where I sprayed was ridiculously sticky. My feet were literally sticking to the floor. So I decided to get some newspaper to put down so I wouldn’t completely stickify my floor.
So I spray the next piece and walk it over to the bookshelf. The newspaper came with me! So I’m frantically trying to symmetrically adhere the wallpaper to the back f this shelf while the sports section is permanently drying to my feet. I tried to pull it off but the majority wasn’t budging. Awesome.
I got more newspaper, and repeated the exact same thing, except now the paper has several layers glued upon my feet and fingertips — the Wichita Eagle’s version of the tar baby. So after 5 times of this, I look absolutely ridiculous! I am shuffling around with almost the entire Sunday paper stuck to the bottoms of my feet and hands.
With two of the dogs attacking my crazed looking feet, I make it to the bathroom and start peeling off as much as I could. The part stuck directly under my feet wouldn’t come off! (On a related note, I’d highly recommend this glue.) I sat with my feet in the tub for 10 minutes and I was finally able to shed the majority of it, but definitely not all of it.
So I scrubbed and scrubbed and the newspaper all came off, but not the adhesive directly on my feet. So since last night, everywhere I go I stick. We have hardwood floors, and every step I take is heard all throughout the house.
On the bright side the wallpaper stuck … well, like glue. Too bad I did too. The bookshelf will be finished today so I will give you a peek tomorrow if I get the okay from my client.
One project I actually didn’t have any trouble with was this blue table. I got the table at a yard sale. I gave her a light sanding, painted with chalk paint. I distressed it, and gave it a coat of dark wax to give it that nice aged look. It would be perfect behind a couch or in an entryway.