We share a lot of projects here on our blog. We've showed you all kinds of DIYs we've tried and loved! Today is NOT going to be one of those days... I'm going to keep things real, and show you a complete and utter Epic Fail. Ready?? Just remember, don't try this at home.
Ombre Door Disaster
Ombre Door Disaster
So ombre everything entered the scene in 2011 and it looks like it's sticking around for most of 2012. I love this ombre hair (and if my blonde roots keep growing in, it will look like I'm heading in that direction)
I also love these ombre striped curtains.
So, when I was thinking about what color to pain the interior of my foyer door I started thinking maybe I'd do something a tad "out there" and go with ombre! I found these four colors and thought they would be awesome to create the unique look I was going for!
I bought a sample of each color at Lowes. These colors make me so ready for summer!
See my blah foyer door? (The grainy pics make it look even bleaker than it really is.)
I also have plans to add some graphic art above the door, that's a DIY for another time!
In my mind, this project seemed really simple, so I grabbed my trusty helper and got measuring. I made each section increase in size.
I was just using the tape to give me a line to mark a pencil guideline and then I removed it.
Here's where it all started going downhill....
I painted the lightest color first and then went to the next darkest tone.
These two colors blended fairly well, so it was onto the next color. Then came my dilemma... how to blend the remaining colors. I could have left them with a clean line, but that would have been more like color-blocking than ombre.
I tried using a wet brush, a dry brush, sponges... I tried it all. Epic Fail.
Look at that hideously awful, splotchy door! HA! It's really, really terrible isn't it? The hubs said we could add a wooden seagull cutout and it would look like it came right out of a cheesy seafood joint.
Here are my lessons learned (So that you don't have to make my mistakes):
1- Don't try decorative painting on a door with indents and grooves. It's nearly impossible to make things perfect.
2- When going for an ombre effect, get ONE color and then achieve your gradations by adding white paint. That way you won't have 4 very different colors that you're trying to blend. (This was my biggest mistake, and I should have known better!)
3- Don't be afraid to try. Although this project might have driven me a wee bit crazy, it took all of an hour or so and hey, now I can at least say I tried an ombre door once!
So there you have it... we might have been given the title, "Nate's Favorite DIYers," but we still have a major flop once in a while. I plan to paint my door solid yellow in the next few days, but until then we'll keep pretending we live at Larry's Crab Shack!