In truth I’m not too sure how I feel about the end result of my project… I asked Rob and he agreed it’s not my best work but I just can’t make myself dislike it. The effect I got was not the effect I was ultimately looking for but that’s just the way things go with crafts. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. And, yet, I still don’t know if I think this works or not.
We really didn’t even need bookends but when I saw these in Target and after having some trouble with the price scanner (it was ridiculous, we looked like morons) I finally saw that they were about $10 and so I carried these things around the store since we didn’t get a handcart or buggy so that we wouldn’t buy things we don’t need. Um, that worked out well :)
This project was rife with problems and setbacks and I guess that is a part of why I’m sharing this with you. I think I’d normally chalk this one up to a loss but it’s good to show the good and the bad. And while I’m not quite sure this is bad, I’m still not quite sure it is good, either. There are definitely big problems and ones I’m not even sure how they happened (like crazy overspray, ugh) but here we go anyway. And be sure to tell me what you think in the comments if you want to. Do you love it? Hate it? Not sure, either? Have an idea to make these guys better? I’d really love to hear what you have to say!
So I got these bookends at Target and not long after I got them home Carly chewed off the tips of the horns. Perhaps this project was doomed to fail from the beginning! Ha! :)
I started off the project by trying out a new to me stain. This tube promised no drips and no mess which wasn’t 100% true. I made one heck of a mess! You basically rub this stuff with the consistency of a gel in with a cloth. The worst issue I had was getting the application even. In some places it soaked right on into the wood and others it just sort of slipped across. I wound up going over these SEVERAL times in the really light areas trying to make them look like one stained piece and it took forever. Like this occurred over days to allow the stuff to dry in between and I had hoped this would save time.
After allowing the stain to dry for a few days I taped it off so I could prime and paint the rhinos. Now this stain should have been good and dry but I was having the most difficult time getting masking tape to stick. And you can also see that these things are starting to come apart. Luckily that little piece shoves right back in but you can also see how weird it looks where the stain wouldn’t take. I think it might be glue or something acting as a mask and blocking the stain from getting into the wood but I couldn’t sand it away so I have no clue what is actually occurring here. I came back a few days later and tried to tape off again and finally said to heck with it and kept on.
Since over-spray is such a bad issue I taped these guys UP. After all the hard work I had put in up to this point I really wanted this to work out well. I used store bags taped around all of the stained wood to seal it off.
I hit the base with white primer to cover up the areas that accidentally got stained and allowed it to dry. Then I smeared different colors of paint onto the rhinos and used a pouncer to give some of the paint depth and actual texture. The goal was to have a texture similar to a rhino hide, or something. And I wanted lots of colors to peep out behind an aged white coat.
So after that colorful paint dried I went over the rhino ends with white chalk paint and then sanded the excess away once dry. And as it turned out I couldn’t get much color to show through EXCEPT for the pink and a little bit of blue here and there. Womp, womp.
Now at this point I wasn’t sure what to do and I asked Rob who didn’t really know what I should do either. Do I put the wax on and seal the fate of this project or do I leave it and give myself an easier time if I come up with a new idea to fix them? I wound up going with wax to seal them off after hoping that the paint job would actually look awesome against that brown wood.
But when I peeled the bags and the tape away I found that despite my best intentions, the spray primer got up under the tape and the bags and made a mess of my hard-won staining job. Ugh.
At this point I decided I was over this thing as I was frustrated by the quality of the thing and the lack of end result I was hoping for and I just left it be. Maybe in a few weeks when I’m less irritated by the project I can sand away the over-spray and try something new but for now they are done.
Now tell me, what do you think? Awful and beyond saving? Not that bad? Hmm. I’d love to hear your thoughts!