Friday, February 18, 2011

Winners and project FAIL

Howdy all! First of all, the two lucky winners of The Rusted Chain giveaway are…

Kaitlindsay from Brighter than Sunshine and Kristine from Random Robb Stuff.

Yahoo! Ladies, please email me at thriftydecorchick (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll get you in touch with Beki. :)

Well, all of my projects are not peaches and pink flamingos and fluffy clouds. Some fail miserably, and I try to show you the good and the bad along the way. (Coral and aqua cake anyone?)

:)

Anyhoo, I was SO bummed the other day, because one of my most recent (and favorite!! Pout.) transformations had turned into a total FAIL. And I knew I had to show you so you could avoid a similar fate. (Sniff.)

Remember my beautiful Goodwill pitcher?:

 Goodwill pitcher 

Well, I went to empty out the tulips and water the other day, and when I grabbed the handle, something crackled.

Crackle? What the heck? I looked down and saw a bubble. I touched the bubble and this happened:

painting ceramic

DUDE! I was so bummed out! My initial thought was that I could sand it down and respray it.

Then I looked some more and found these:

Little bitty crackley bubbles ALL OVER it. It looked like it had the mumps. :(

Like that wasn’t bad enough, I happened to put my hand under it, and noticed it was a bit damp.

Looked at my beautiful butcher block and it looked like there had been water sitting in a couple spots.

Curses! Shakes fists in air!!

I thought there had to be another explanation for it it, so to test it out, I placed the pitcher (filled with water) on a paper towel for a day. When I lifted it up to check later, I found this:

The darn thing was LEAKING. On my wood island countertop – for a week. Oh, you gotta be kidding me.

Thankfully, a little sanding and drying time and the spot on the butcher block is gone.

But now I know why the pitcher was at Goodwill in the first place. (SAD FACE.)

I primed that thing within an inch of it’s life, so I guess ceramic just doesn’t take it well in general. Any experience with this?

And of course, by then I was completely loving the idea of a pretty white pitcher on our island, so I was on the lookout for a new one. I found a HUGE selection at HomeGoods:

So many beautiful options! Aren’t they pretty? All were $9.99 but were about half the height that I wanted.

And then I remembered that a reader had mentioned one she found at Target. I don’t need to be told twice to take a trip to Tarjay, so off I went. And I scored this beaut:

Target pitcher

She’s not as wide as the other one, but she is taller. And still has a graceful handle that I love – all for $13. :)

I have now checked underneath it about 95 times, but all is well:

So…sometimes – once in a while -- thrifting bites you in the butt. But I’m willing to keep taking my chances. :)

Speaking of a trip to HomeGoods, last week I met two readers while shopping  – Valerie and Carolyn. They were just the coolest, and it was so fun to chat with them:

Well, that’s me and Valerie. Carolyn was taking the picture.  ;)

We ended up talking for a while, and it was absolutely insane what a small world it is…I graduated from the same high school as Carolyn, and turns out her brother was in my class.

SO CRAZY.

Carolyn wrote about our meeting over at her blog here. (They crack me up.) And I’m warning you – you’ll be swooning over her bathroom redo. Here’s a peek:

Ack! Gorgeous! (Jealous!!)

So fun. So if you think you see me shopping at HomeGoods in Indianapolis, come say hello!!  :)

The Organize It Party will go up Monday evening, so get those posts ready!:

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Have a fantastic weekend! I’ll be thrifting with some girlfriends at my very favorite spots in all of Indy – Midland Arts and Antiques. Can’t wait!!

P.S. Thanks to Click Studio for finding my linen closet light bulb! :) You can see it here.

P.P.S. I am working on finding out more info about the fabric I used in the living room. I’ll let you know next week!!

 

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66 comments:

  1. What a bummer about your pitcher! I'm glad you find another beautiful, non-leaky version. Those tulips look so pretty on your table!

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  2. Haha, I was just about to say that I saw some at Target!

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  3. Love Midland~ it's been too long since I've been there!
    Too bad about your pitcher~ seeing that pitcher sent me straight to Goodwill and for once, I actually found some things (I usually get excited to go and walk out with nothing)! Have a great, fun weekend~ can't wait to see what you come home with!

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  4. OK, I have dealt with ceramics all my life and once they are glazed and create a leak, you can reglaze them. You can buy glaze at any ceramic dealer and reglaze it and then take it back to that ceramic dealer and they can refire it for you. As for the paint sticking, you need to use an alcohol paint or glass paint. Regular paints won't stick to a glazed base. This is all just based on my experience as my mother owned a ceramic studio when I was growing up.

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  5. Sarah, I think the problem was that you had the water in the pitcher. It might not have done that if you didn't. I saw another blogger have problems with that this week and I suggested they do what I did. Check out my post.http://ms-smartie-pants.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-01-15T18%3A41%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=3
    By the way white pitchers/teapots are to die for!

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  6. So sad....I definitely had that pitcher on my list of things to try!

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  7. Oh no! I loved your gorgeous pitcher! But I LOVE your new one as well. Good score :)

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  8. aww that's really awful ! The pitcher was no nice after you painted it. And the fact that the pitcher leaked - well that certainly was the icing on the cake. Did you keep the pitcher or did you 'pitch' it out already. I was just thinking that you could put a narrow vase or drinking glass shorter than the pitcher, and you could put the water in the glass and then still use the pitcher. That is if you were able to get all of the bubbled paint off. Anyway just a thought -

    cyansoma

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  9. I have the exact same pitcher and I just posted a picture of it on my blog too! It's holding roses from Valentine's Day. I bought it for the same reason--it was a gorgeous white pitcher, nice shape, nice size. Gotta love Target.

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  10. Such a bummer that your beautiful pitcher leaked. But your new one is just as pretty! I am very jealous of your fresh flowers. We are still buried in snow. :(

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  11. oh man, what a bummer about your thrifty pitcher leaking. I had read that post you had about painting it with awe...but, now I heed to head to Target this weekend and hope they have that one in our stores. I love it

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  12. Sarah, so glad there was no permanent damage to your pretty butcher block island top. Love your new pitcher! Isn't HomeGoods the best?! :)
    Have a great weekend!

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  13. So glad that you found a replacement! Dang it! I was just at Target today...I have been looking for a pitcher like yours for my kitchen table! Oh well, just another excuse to go back :)

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  14. So glad to hear that you have project fails too!! LOL But that new Target pitcher is very pretty!!!

    xoxo
    Jen

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  15. I was all set to comment about dealing with ceramics, but then I saw that Crafters Window knew more about it than I did! Not all surfaces accept paint in the same way, so always check that you match the surface to the type of paint that will stick!

    Another thing about paint that has no relation to ceramics exactly, anyway paint will not cure properly if the temperature is too hot or too cold. If you paint anyway in the wrong temps, at some point you'll end up having to redo it or live with a crummy finish. Just sayin'.

    And to Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants, yep, it was definitely the water that made it leak! A dry pitcher hardly ever leaks!!!LOL! Funny lady!

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  16. I am glad your butcher block is okay! And I love to new pitcher too.

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  17. So glad you caught it before it damaged your wood! And thank you for sharing this with us so we can avoid the same thing - thats part of sharing the love - the good and the bad!! Love the new pitcher - I could have bought the whole rack!!

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  18. Hey Sarah! SO glad it didn't permanently damage your counter..OH MY, that would have been bad!
    I LOVE homegoods! I just got a $10.00 rewards card from TJ Maxx in the mail this week, so guess where I'll be headed today! :) hee hee hee
    Your new pitcher looks great, sorry about your other one. Glad you caught it in time!
    Have a great weekend and enjoy shopping with the girls! Hey, you should come down to KY sometime..we could do some serious thrifting! (I only live about 20 minutes from Traci (beneath my heart), we could have fun!
    Missy

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  19. Darn pitcher...but you got a pretty replacement...Keep thrifting..

    sherry ;-)

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  20. Sarah,

    You are brave to post about where you're going to be today. Aren't you nervous that Valerie and I might turn up there?? HA!

    I am truly overwhelmed by how many of your sweet readers have visited me and left such kind comments. What a wonderful surprise! Thank you.

    I was all excited to tell you that I had sat next to one of the NKOTB on a plane several years ago. But, when I googled to find out what his name was, I saw that he was a Backstreet Boy. Darn! Guess I don't know my boy bands all that well:)

    Hope you find something awesome at Midland. Have a great weekend!

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  21. I'm so sorry to hear that the project didn't quite work out :-( This was one thing I actually thought about doing myself and now I'm bummed too! Thanks for sharing what happened though so that I don't spend my time making one and end up with the same results!

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  22. Yeah...sometimes it's just better to buy the real deal. I've learned that lesson as well. Your new pitcher looks beautiful, it's much more functional, AND it was still a good bargain. :)

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  23. Sorry to hear it didn't work out but glad you found what you wanted. Failure happens to us all sometimes, glad you let us know about it!

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  24. I went through a making ceramics thing a few years ago. I know once you find a cool ceramic store you are going to be hooked!! They are really cheap and you can make them any color you want. Plus, you can sit there in the studio and talk with folks while you work on your treasures.I made several pitchers, blue, yellow, pink, white. Now, you have reminded me why I love them. I'll dig around and put them out again.

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  25. White pitchers and vases are da bomb! I use mine throughout the year for many holidays and season changes. Can't go wrong with the color!!

    I'm having a giveaway today for my followers. As soon as I reach 300 someone will win a green khaki jacket and it's really nice. Come see...

    Di

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  26. I'm glad I'm not the only one to finish a project and love it, only to have it flop a few days later.

    I had no idea you were in Indy. I grew up there (graduated from Pike in '89) and my family is still there.

    Fun!

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  27. Thank you soooooo much for sharing your mishaps as well as your successes! Great info...

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  28. That new pitcher looks identical to the other one! How great is that?!
    FYI - while pretty, irises will stain clothing, walls, and butcher block counter tops. (Just sayin...)

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  29. Oh what a shame the one pitcher leaks. I had one that was leaking and wanted to use it for display or dried flowers. I did sand it down with a painters scotch brite and then spray painted it with the colors I wanted with light coats. No primer. Then I put stain on it to give it an old look. When dry I just sprayed it with crystal clear and it looks fabulous. Your new one is super. Hugs, Marty

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  30. don't give up on the oldie - as another reader suggested, you can still use it for a dry display! would primer help?

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  31. Sorry to hear about you pitcher. I also have the one from Target, and I love it. I put my flowers in there that i get when my hubby screws up, and fake ones in it the rest of the time. We had to wait several months to get it as they were always out of it at all the targets around me here in utah. Love your blog by the way!!!!

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  32. Ha! Thanks for sharing. You don't even want to see my first Gorilla glue experiment! ;) Um...it EXPANDS...duh...
    LOVE the new pitcher, Have a great weekend!

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  33. Just wanted to let you know that I posted a link to your blog as one of my inspirations for DIY. The problem is that I didn't succeed very well with my endeavor, which I can assure you is not a reflection of you, but instead is a reflection of my poor decision choices and even worse execution. However, I thought you might enjoy reading about my disaster! Yours truly, a faithful reader!

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  34. I'm glad your counter top was ok. I have taken "aquarium sealant" before to waterproof the inside of tin containers I wanted to use as planters. Maybe smearing some of that around on the inside would help...?

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  35. i had the same idea with a goodwill ceramic soap pump that i spray painted black to "de-countrify" it. it looked perfect for a while and then i too noticed bubbles in the paint. it wasn't too long after that the whole paint job was peeling off. it ended up int the trash. i thought it was the soap that ruined it but now i see it was that the surface didn't work with paint. live and learn!
    judi

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  36. wow, its beautiful, its on my trips to shopping and other places that i seek such beautiful and unique items that could liven up my home!!

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  37. Man! What a bummer! AND double bummer (is that right?!) because I can't find pitchers like that up here ANYWHERE!!!! Glad you found a great one though. :)
    Shannon

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  38. Okay SO I have adored and loved you blog for a few months now & JUST REALIZED that you live in/close to Indianapolis!! I live in Indy too & just wanted you to know how awesome that is to me. I always read blogs of ppl that live in New York and Cali and other "bigger" cities... the fact that you live here, makes me feel encouraged :) Going down to check out Midland ASAP! [I didn't even know it existed!!] Exciting :)

    -Jess
    [nileandjess.wordpress.com]

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  39. I totally saw you at HomeGoods on Weds! But then you turned a corner and I got distracted with something and that was that :)

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  40. As a someone new to the crafting/design blog world, I LOVE that you are willing to share when a project doesn't turn out just right!

    I love the new pitcher!

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  41. I love the quaint touch of the pitcher vase! Glad you were able to get a non-leaker!

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  42. That was a real bummer, especially with the work you put into it. Been there, done that, with a few of my own DIY projects. But, you just gave me an idea of how to get a basin that is missing it's bowl, due to a moving accident, to better match my decor. Why did I not think of painting it before now?! Duh!

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  43. You were @ HomeGoods Wednesday?? I was there too! Too funny! I got some great deals. I've actually been looking for a pitcher at Goodwill but now it looks like I will just buy one.
    And ok, what's Midland? Sounds like somewhere I need to go!

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  44. Oh I'm right there with you Sarah, it's so frustrating when a project fails! Ugh! Loved the pitcher and love your new pitcher too!
    Cheers!
    Cyndy

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  45. I am going to comment on probably the one thing no one else thinks about...cuz I am weird like that. The fact that someone randomly runs into you at Home Goods and you look really good! I would have bad hair, no makeup and my ugliest coat on....ha! But you look adorable! :)

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  46. I'm excited to see that there's another blogger from Indiana!:-)

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  47. I'll make a mental note to test all thrifty pitchers for water-tightness before using them for liquids! How disappointing that it didn't work out, though, because the pitcher did have a really nice shape!

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  48. Good ol' Tarjay! Love the new pitcher...

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  49. Love me some HomeGoods! Perfect replacement... Your kitchen is beautiful!
    ~Whitney

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  50. OH no, but I am so glad you managed to fix the small bit of butcher block damage.

    I love Homegoods we don't have one near me though :( I think white pottery is so sleek and charming & I see several pieces I would of bought in that picture you posted :)

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  51. I have a white pitcher too. I bought mine at Michaels on sale. I have it in my bathroom full of lavendar. I love it! Too bad on your redo. :(

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  52. Well that is not a fun surprise at all! Ugh. The new pitcher is lovely!

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  53. Yes!...another Indianapolis-ian! I'm going to check out Midland Arts & Antiques soon. Any other favorite places to visit in the area? My new favorite place is Salvation Army near 86th & Michigan (they just redid it and the prices are amazingly-low).

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  54. You are so sweet to share your "fails". Thank you for keeping it real! Love, Me
    www.youaretalkintoomuch.com

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  55. The paint bubbled because there may have been crazing..small crackle like cracks in the surface of the glaze. Sometimes you can see them, other times you can't. Next time, you can test for water absorption by filling the pitcher with a mix of 2 to 1 of vinegar and H2o. If you can follow the water line outside of the pitcher after 24 hours, then you know it will not hold even the best primer & paint!
    Kudos to you for the post! Some wouldn't think twice about not sharing their misfortune! BTW, love your blog!

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  56. just curious - what brand primer & paint did you use? I once used Kilz primer & Valspar paint (both spray) and my ceramic project looked great for about a week and then bubbles started appearing and the paint just peeled off. I still like Kilz, but Valspar & I don't mingle anymore, at all. I have never had good luck with any Valspar.

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  57. as a florist i'd always put a lining of cello (stuff you would wrap around a gift basket) in an old or untrustworthy vase as a back up...you just can never tell !!

    But when all else fails you can always count on Target :) great pitcher!

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  58. What a bummer about the pitcher...glad you were able to find a suitable substitute that wasn't too expensive! The new Target vase looks great!

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  59. This is such an amazing blog. Your writing is very helpful to others.

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  60. Too bad about all the work you did on your pitcher - it looked so great - but as you said, thrifting is what it is and you never know what you'll get. I picked up some of the same pitchers your saw at Homegoods - we have a similar store in Canada called Homesense - and started a bit of a collection with them. You can't beat the price! love your Target pitcher :)

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  61. haha been there, girl. Sorry for your loss. At least you found a wonderful replacement? ;) love that you went back and showed the fail. I need to show more of those. hope you are well!

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  62. Ohhh...I understand the frustration of a failed project. Reminds me of my battle with gel stain and hot weather (by the way, the two do not mix well!!). Thank goodness it did not damage your counter. Love reading your blog as I am also quite devoted to thrifty but attactive solutions for the home.

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  63. I went to Target last weekend and missed the pitchers! Looks like another trip is in order :)

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  64. Bummer about the pitcher, but the new one looks great! I'm wanting to do a PB inspired chalkboard-on-white-platter kind of thing. I'm hoping it takes ok!

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  65. I bought that same pitcher yesterday. I was going to put it in another spot but when I set it on my island I fell in love with it there. I can't wait to add flowers and bring a little spring to our house in ND.

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