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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Poufed Out!

Ever had a complete DIY flop? Usually if I have a huge glitch then I just go in another direction, or redo it...But this time, I did not even know I was about to have a major flop. So here is what happened...I found this great vintage footstool (future pouf), in the FREE pile at a garage sale. As usual I could not just leave it behind, so in the car it went...here is the original...
Dirty, but has potential!
I have seen a few people paint vinyl and leather, so I figured Why Not?  
One person somewhere on the blogosphere (wish I could find it), painted a leather chair with chalk paint and it looked great. That was all the encouragement I needed. I cleaned the leather with alcohol and got busy...
Before Cleaning
After Cleaning...looking better
2/3 paint with 1/3 sheetrock mud
Start the painting...
First coat
2nd Coat
I was really liking the look after the 2nd coat of chalk paint...who doesn't love turquoise, right? It was looking a little plain, so I decided to do a colorful pattern on the top. I love the little samples at Home Depot...only $2.49 for any color you want! Not bad if you only need a little paint, and you want a specific color. 
Here is what I used...
Yellow, Orange and Green 
Next step....paint some pretty circles...like so...


Yellow
Green and Orange
Here it is....I loved it!
The only thing left to do...wax and enjoy....or so I thought!
While preparing to wax I noticed a tiny spot where the paint had come off...just a little tiny spot...OH SAY IT ISN'T SO! 
It was so....the paint did not adhere to the leather. Aggghhhh! I couldn't have discovered this BEFORE I painstakingly painted tons of little polka dot circles? Of course not! I rationalized that maybe it was just a small area...or maybe it didn't have time to cure, or maybe.....it was just a flop! So, what did I do?.....
Are you one of those people that love to peel? If you are, then you know it...if you are not then you probably have no idea what I'm talking about. Well, I am a PWLTP (person who loves to peel), and so I made the best out of my disaster....I peeled ...with only a few tears....


No fair...sniff
sniff, sniff
I peeled til' I felt a little better and now I am trying to decide what to do with my failed pouf. I did learn that you should always prime, or use a leather paint. I guess I will also have to admit that Annie Sloan chalk paint must have something that my homemade paint doesn't have....I'm just all poufed out!
Sooo Sad!
Have you had a failed project? 
Did you fail early on or at the end? 
What did you do with it? 
Share all your failures...and successes. I would love to hear from you. 


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25 comments:

Country Gal said...

Thats a shame it looked great ! What if you used something like saddle oil on it or the oil that you use for baceball gloves or leather furniture oil or cleaner that might help protect it and keep paint from peeling and give the leather moister maybe the paint peeled because you used alcohol to clean it, sometimes using alcohol drys things out IE leather or wood ! Have you tryed craft paints for fabrics .I hope it works out for you ! I am not a DIYer Papa here is , a wood worker / handy man not to much flops with him he is very picky and searches info before he starts anything PSSTTT ! A bit to picky if ya ask me lol ! Have a good day !

Queen of Chairs said...

Try mixing some unsanded grout in with flat paint. I did a leather top drum table and it stuck to it?

Al@PolkaDotsandPaisley said...

I'm so bummed for your flop. I thought it looks so great when you had painted it.

Peggy said...

Lori - it looked so great! I totally understand a fail - I am still perplexed at how badly my slipcover for my wing chair turned out - maybe you could slipcover this little poof.....just don't take any sewing tips from me....LOL
Peggy

Lori Stokes Wright said...

What a bummer! It was beautiful. At least you were able to have some fun peeling it off, invite me next time, heehee.

Vicki said...

Oh wow and it looked great! So sorry it flopped. I am a new follower and love this blog. Btw, I tagged you in blog tag at http://vickisvault.blogspot.com/2012/02/blog-tagnow-youre-it.html.

Kim said...

I saw someone use Rub'n Buff on a leather chair. That looked really cool. The puff would be a good project to try it.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Oh dear--it did look great! That must have been frustrating!

Lori C said...

Oh, what a bummer! It was looking sooo good! We've all had fails, some recoverable, some not. I just recently painted a table, and put a transfer design on the top. HATED it! All my friends saw the picture of it and loved it (or so they said) But I eventually painted over all of it with a union jack flag, SOLVED!

Lisha @ 1house1couple said...

Oh my gosh! I loved it and then I saw that you were peeling it off and I almost had tears too! It looked so so cute with all the polka dots and everything!

and yes... I am a peeler... lol!

~Lisha

Our Delightful Home said...

I would love for you to share this post at my Linky party via: www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Mrs. Delightful
www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Maison Mutt said...

Such a shame since is was so cute. Love your attitude though, this is how we DIY'ers learn...trial & many errors!
Wags, Niki

Kristen Turner said...

Oh Lori! I'm so glad we found each other in the blogosphere! That sounds like something that would happen to ME! It looked beautiful. Will there be a second attempt?!

Erin said...

Hi Lori! Thanks for finding me in blogger land! I loved the pouf, pre-peel! I have a trashed furniture find that I have been trying to figure out for about 2 years now (my first try didn't work either). Thanks for inspiring me to get back to it!

Sara said...

This is just darling!! Absolutely!! Hope you can link this up at my turquoise lovin' party! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com

How to Nest for Less said...

WOW Lori!! Fabulous idea. And the final product looks fabulous!! Thanks so much for linking up this week :)

Cottage and Broome said...

Your project looked great so sad that it pealed off! I once tiled the top of a dress it was just plain ugly, sometimes this don't work out like you planned!, Thanks for stopping by will be following you, Laura

Transformations By Jacqueline said...

I just had a failed project with the top of a table that is leather too! Try again is the only way to have the glory! Good luck Lory!

Betsy @ Romance on a Dime said...

Awww...that's so sad. You have some great pictures of it! When you get it figured out you can do something similiar. I hope it works out for you.

Thanks for linking up to the Take it on Tuesday blog hop!

Cameron Meerdink said...

Oh man! That's the worst feeling - but at least you got to peel a whole bunch of paint with - I too find this to be strangely stress relieving. Maybe you could make a slip cover from fabric for it??

Erin said...

Oops, Lori, forgot to give you my link so you can see my furniture redo when I get around to it: wholelottalemons.blogspot.com

Thanks again for sharing!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

NOOO...it looked so good! hate it when an idea goes wrong!! thanks for linking up to Uncommon!
Bonnie ;)

The Shady Porch said...

I love that you are keeping it real and telling it like it is. Such a shame...your pouf looked great! Thanks for sharing at the Rock 'N Share!

Katherines Corner said...

Darn. Oh well. You tried and there is another project waiting for you. I'm had a few flops too. Thank you for sharing xo

Sherry said...

What A Bummer. Dang. All that work...all those dots. How disappointing! I have a leather chair that is orange and I'm happy with it now but envision growing tired of the orange eventually (craigslist deal) so I've been keeping my eyes peeled for a good leather makeover. Your next project will be twice as good to make up for this one!!!