Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mirror Mishap

I guess this is what you get when the first mirror of the week went off without a hitch. 
Dang it. 

I have been head over heels in love with this amazing pallet mirror ever since the moment I laid eyes on it and have vowed ever since to have something like it in my house.


Instead of using pallets I decided to use knotty pine boards and cut them to the length I wanted.  I will have a tutorial for you...if I ever finish.  This is more about the fact that this project is trying to break my will.  I said trying.  I am bringing in reinforcements this weekend (Shanna) to help me figure this thing out before I go nuts and throw the mirror across the basement :)  I smile but I am partly serious. There may have been actual fire coming out of my ears this past weekend and I will tell you why.

The day began with beautiful, fresh cut pine boards sitting in the basement.  It was like Christmas.  I ran downstairs ready to use my chop saw on my own for the first time.  Off I went, making these quick, stunning, 45 degree cuts and I was breezing right through.  I was on the last piece for the inside frame that would hold the mirror and SOMEHOW I cut the wood too short.  

I should start by saying this is not the first time I did that.  I actually cut one of the shorter pieces too short and had been to Lowe's once already.  I know, measure twice cut once.  I learned this the very hard way.  So off I went for trip two to Lowe's to get the longer piece for the mirror and then headed back home.  This time, instead of cutting the board too short I cut the angles on the wrong sides so the groove the mirror would sit in was on the outside....so, so stupid.  Seriously Jamie, what were you even doing!?  Yes I am talking to myself right now.  Alright, it's OK, deep breath.  I was flaming mad but decided to go back to Lowe's and get the board again.  Shanna told me not to do it, that I should do this another day, this was not my day and I agreed, until I sat on my couch for 30 minutes and decided to try again.

Back to Lowe's.  Came home.  Cut the board and I swear I heard angels sing.  It all looked like this:


I was speechless.  I did it!!  Everything lined up perfectly so now all I had to do was slip the mirror in and just add the outside frame.  This is where I got ahead of myself.  The mirror did slip right in but something SOMEWHERE is off.  I have yet to figure it out (I may have this morning but I will tell you next week after I conquer this project) but when the top piece goes on it looks a little something like this:

I would have shown you a picture with the mirror in it but I cannot get it in by myself due to its size and at the time I pulled it out so fast I didn't have a chance to snap a picture.  I can tell you it looked just like this.  No more angles matching up.  GRRRRRRRR.

I have decided to walk away until Saturday.  It is best for everyone that I do this.  I wanted to share this with you because most of the time we get to see the before and the pretty, pretty after and miss all the in between trials and tribulations to get that pretty after.  Projects don't always go according to plan and that is OK, it is all a learning experience, right?

Anyone have any project stories like this?  I will be sure to show you how this goes down over the weekend.

Happy Thursday!

See you swoon,

4 comments:

  1. Oh no! There are some projects that no matter how simple they should be, they never end up going well! I'm sure you'll make it look amazing! Can't wait to see the result.

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  2. Good luck! I'm sure that you and Shanna will figure it out. I can't wait to see the finished result.

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  3. I know exactly what you mean about the mishaps that happen in between the before and the pretty,pretty after. It helps to know that I'm not the only one who experiences them. I know it will look AMAZING when you're finished--can't wait to see it.

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  4. This project is seriously giving me a run for my money but I am glad to know I am not alone in project mishaps! I cannot wait to show you guys the end result, hopefully I can get it done this weekend to show you next week :)

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