Craft Fail

Have you checked out Craft Fail yet? It’s great, it chronicles peoples adventures epic screw-up’s in crafting/DIYing/cooking things they found on internet tutorials.

As you may know by now, I often get an idea in my head and insist on trying it out. (Like when I cut a hole in the wall.) Sometimes it turns out to be an awesomsauce idea and sometimes not so much…

So this weekend I wanted some bedside table lamps for the Guest Room, but I couldn’t find what I wanted for the price I wanted. So I started looking around the house for stuff to make lamps with. We have two of these $9.99 Ikea Grono table lamps just sitting around collecting dust. It’s like the sad Ikea lamp commercial all over again…

Ikea Grono Table Lamp

I also happened to have two of these pretty white vases.

I thought it would be a brilliant idea to make lamps out of my vases using the lamp hardware from my Grono’s. All I needed to do was cut a hole in the bottom of the vases…

Turns out, glass drill bits are EXPENSIVE. And both El Grant & I were convinced I would bust the vases all to hell while trying to drill holes in them. So Instead I thought of all the hipster ahhem cute painted mason jars out there, and decided I should just PAINT the inside of my Ikea Grono lamps with white paint instead.

So I broke out my white chalk paint and gave it two coats. It It was all uneven and streaky. I then thought I maybe should have poured the paint into the lamp instead of painting it. So I taped off the bottom hole, poured some chalk paint inside, swirled it around, then tipped it upside down and let it dry.

THIS is what I found the next day.

Whats that? Oh its all my paint PEELING off

An aerial view to show more of the epic failing going on

Today’s lesson: Sometimes you FAIL HARD.

6 Responses

  1. david
    I would like to purchase the ikea grono lamp, even just the glass part if you still have them. sincerely, david
    • Hi David, we still have one lamp left (I recycled the paint disaster, but had a second lying around). Send me an email at if you'd like it.
  2. Big fails are just evidence that you are thinking creatively!
  3. Chris: both useful ideas! Although I don't think I'll be trying this craft again. I think one epic fail is enough for me this week! I might try doing something I know will work to build my confidence back up ;)
  4. Oh no!! Lol...awesome fail tho!
  5. Chris
    I will buy this fine piece of workmanship for 3 doll hairs! I know etching cream is not cheap, but I know your hubby has used it. maybe that would help the paint stick? Or a special glass primer (if that exists?).

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