Monday, June 2, 2014

Where Are They Now - Hit and Miss Projects

When I check out other blogs and they showcase fabulous projects, I sometimes wonder if it was a quick fix or something that will last.  I thought it would be fun to revisit a few of my past projects to let you know how they have held up.

Transforming a Closet With Contact Paper

Back in March, 2012, I transformed my husband's white melamine closet using faux wood grain contact paper.
The closet took many hours to complete and I made sure each piece of contact paper was placed perfectly without any air bubbles.

The whole makeover cost around $100 which included other accessories and baskets for the closet.  More than two years later the closet looks as good as the day I installed the contact paper.  I definitely had feared that it wouldn't hold up...but it has.  I would still give this project an A+.

Painted Door and Stairs

I painted our garage entrance stairs and door back in September 2013...less than a year ago.  I loved how it transformed our garage entry way.  It looked so much better than the entry before.
Unfortunately, the door and stairs haven't held up as well as I would have hoped.  First mistake was using a flat paint.  I should have used semi gloss, but I was using paint I already had on hand.
Our garage entry is the entry we use day in and day out and clearly the stairs must not be that deep that the risers get kicked and thereby have these scuff marks.  The "K" fell off within the first few weeks and I have already touched up the doors and stairs with more paint a few weeks ago, which has also not held up so much.  I'd give this project a B-.  I still love that I did it, just wish it was holding up better.

Have a great day.



Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love the closet, it looks amazing. I really need to do something to give ours a fresh look. The paint probably won't last all that long on a hard used area, so it still turned out fine.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Glad to hear about the updates, Judy. Many times you see a project and wonder if it will hold up over time. I'm sure the garage door/stairs project also has daily use going against it. In the long run, it was a great project.

NanaDiana said...

Fun follow ups- That contact paper really does hold up beautifully. Great job.

You are right- a semi-gloss paint would have probably held up better-but it is nice to use up what you have- xo Diana

Gina said...

Both were wonderful projects!

I would have never thought the closet would hold up so well. That's great! Time well spent.

The's hard, you know? Getting a lot of use, and of course, our NY winters, don't always work to our advantage on that kind of thing.

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