Edge Banding Fix

You won’t believe it but my co-host and I are both in the kitchen today!

But before we get into what we are doing in there, I would like to introduce you to this months co-host.

Meet my Co-Host:

Meg (half of) Baker.Blooms

Meg and Ash make up the kick ass team over at Baker.Blooms, and they have completely blown up this past year!

Meg is a hairstylist, who married her high school sweetheart. They have 2 boys and 3 dogs.

She is great at cheap and easy DIYs and just finished an Anthropologie dupe ladder for 80% cheaper than you can find online! Click here for the tutorial and make yourself one too… shit make a bunch and give them as gifts!

This right here is a prime example of the pretty pictures and cropped angles that I talked about on the original Fails To Fantastic post.

When I built the island I had a deadline of 3 weeks, from the day I started to the day I submitted the final photos. All while working full time so there were some things that admittedly did not get completed the way that I would have liked.

The edge banding being the main thing. I had never worked with it prior so I did a fair bit of research prior to even attempting the process. I was so proud that I was able to get 1 solid strip to wrap around the entire island instead of 4 separate sections so there is only one seam but after I was done applying it I noticed bubbles.

I assumed it was from the wood filler I had used to fill in the large holes in the plywood (under the Maple plywood). I thought that the glue just wasn’t adhering to the filler.

So I didn’t stress trying to fix it before submitting it. Because I thought that I would have to rip it all off and re-sand all of the edges to get the banding to better adhere.

But after the challenge I reached out to Ethan with TheBuildwithEthan after running across his YouTube video on edge banding. He didn’t hesitate to help, he suggested to slice open the air pockets with a thin blade, along the grain of the wood and reapply the heat.

He gave me this advise back in October! Yes it took me 3 months to get up the courage to slice into my kitchen island.

And after I did it, I have no idea why I waited so long! It was so easy and it fixed the problem a lot easier than what I originally thought I was going to have to do to fix it.

I am so pleased with the results!

What was Meg up to?

Meg decided change out the paper towel holder that she had previously built. It didn’t work as it should have but it also didn’t fit her design style.

She bite the bullet and made the cutest paper towel holder there ever was and showed you exactly how she did it.

And I had a blast watching Meg’s process. She almost.. almost.. had a problem near the end that looked like it was going to end badly but she was able to twist her way out of the tight spot.

I hope you all are enjoying this series and that you are learning something from it. I would love for you to comment below with some projects that maybe you need help with to make “fantastic”

As always you can find everything we both did on my Instagram highlight “FTF Episode 3”

Ombre Bathroom Wall

Jumping into the second episode my co-host and I both tackled projects in our bathrooms!

But before we get into what we did, I would like to introduce you to this months co-host.

Meet my Co-Host:

Sarah AKA RockyCanyonRustic

You may remember Sarah from the introduction of #FailsToFantastic (It was her vase I was trying to recreate), so it was only fitting that she join me this month!

Sarah is a Nurse Practitioner, who works part time and DIYs part time with a house full of boys.

She just got done with a Home Depot Partnership, where she completely redid her son’s walk in closet and it turned out amazing! Check it out HERE

So back in maybe March of this year I gave our master bathroom a face lift, and part of that face life included adding a feature wall of beautiful succulent wallpaper (you can see the before and afters here)

*Now remember friends that I had just started DIYing in February so wallpaper was no easy feat!

So I was what I quickly learned is that if you are going to do wallpaper in a humid environment (like a bathroom) you need to use higher quality wallpaper and not peel and stick!

The sticky stuff just cannot hold up to the amount of moisture and it started (very soon after installation) falling off the wall.

So I clearly needed to take the wallpaper down but I had to come up with a plan on how to make it “fantastic”.. just taking it down wasn’t going to cut it.

So I ran across this DIY on Pinterest and just knew it would be the perfect way to make it a proper #FailsToFantastic

So I grabbed my two new favorite green paint colors and got to work! Jojoba and Royal Orchard (both pair of Behr’s 2021 Color Trends)

I absolutely love the way it turned out! I still have a feature wall but no more peeling wallpaper!!

What was Sarah up to?

Sarah decided to take on a BEAST… the mitered corner! She also completed a bathroom facelift earlier this year and when she took those final photos for Instagram she made sure to crop out the not so “fantastic” mitered corners of her DIY frame.

*Don’t go getting mad at me for spilling the beans… she did all the spilling over on Instagram 😂

So she decided it was time to fix it! She tried to do new miter cuts and make a pieces to fit the ones that looked good but that didn’t end up working and at the end of the day she fixed her frame using good old butt joints!

What she realized in the process is that the picture itself wasn’t square… That is KEY to making those 90˚ angles match up!

As always you can find everything we both did on my Instagram highlight “FTF Episode 2”

Table Top Fix

Mistakes are going to happen.

Sometimes they are so small you don’t even realize you are fixing them while doing so, while others you know you made a mistake and there is something to LEARN from it. I want a few things from this series and I hope I deliver.

I want a few things with this series and I hope I deliver!

  • I hope we all learn something or take something away from each episode
  • I want to make you to feel capable of fixing things too
  • And have FUN!

Now onto the very first #FailsToFantastic

Meet my Co-Host:

Mak AKA homemakermak

She is a Senior Accountant who purchased her first investment property with her better half in 2018 (at the time she had no Reno experience.. she was going to be the JoAnna, while he was going to be the Chip).

Her first project was patching drywall in April of 2019 and now she is currently in the middle of redoing the plumbing on her SECOND bathroom renovation.

But what I love about Mak is she is willing to try any home project knowing she might fail and being OK with it. Oh and did I mention she has a heart of gold!

On to the fails!

So you might have seen that I have a DIY Custom Table Top tutorial on the blog… If not you show check it out 😊

Well when I was in the thick of making the table FOR THE CLIENT, I forgot 1 VERY important step *Don’t worry the tutorial didn’t forget*

I received a text 4 weeks after my client had the table saying that the table had started to raise and my heart sank! But I was scratching my head because I was sure that I had done EVERYTHING that needed to be done.

I forgot to glue the final pieces in… as evident below with easily the top pieces came out!

So I figured while I had the top sections out I would run over to my Father in laws house and use his planner, while the table was already taken apart.

Then I GLUED all the pieces and put them back in place and finished up the table as I had before (Early American stain and 3 coats of polyurethane).

So what did I learn? That I didn’t need to burn the table down and start all over (Yes that is one of the thoughts I had when I originally received her texts 😂) and that I need to SLOW down, because had I slowed down during the original build.. I “think” I would have caught this mistake.

But you know what they say… “You live and you learn”

What was Mac up to?

Mac went through all of the fails from her home office (the first room she ever redid) and showing you WHAT NOT TO DO.

From caulking tips to built in furniture placement (so you get the most out of your space). She went over things that you wouldn’t even think of.

Everything we both did can be found in my Instagram highlight “FTF Episode 1”