The Impatient DIY-er and the Resulting Folding Screen Fail

Sigh. I have such good intentions with DIY projects.

Some history to this one:

A couple weeks ago, when Mr Timothy was out of town, I took it upon myself to “fix” our “guest room” which at the time was more of a closet. We live in an old house and our closets are truly terrible, so we had installed wire shelving to make the whole second bedroom a kind of dressing room. We just did a bad job. We put it in the most intrusive, ugly place. We also had literally no space for a guest! In our guest room!

So, tired of giving up our bed (and heated mattress pad!) for guests and sleeping on an air mattress, I decided to do something about it. This generally elicits uh-oh’s from anyone who knows me. I am very impatient and also somewhat lazy about projects. I’d rather get it done quickly and am always convinced I know exactly what to do to make it go faster. So I decided to move the wire shelving.

Little did I know, I was trying to drill into brick. Guess what? It doesn’t work.

Mr Timothy returned, dismayed at the holes in the first wall AND the second. But I painted the whole room a beautiful green! Finally, we decided on some tension rods and that solved the problem, but still left us with exposed clothing.

Then, Mr Timothy found this gem on the side of the road:

Diamond in the ROUGH

So, naturally, I see loads of potential and my genius starts to truly shine.

And yet, I battle my impatience. I knew I wanted to paint the frame a nice coral color, and I also knew I wanted a bold geometric pattern for the fabric. So off I went to Joann’s. They just didn’t have anything that I loved, but I found a black and white floral that was okayish. The fabric just seemed kind of cheap, and I am also not a floral person at all – more of a clean lines kind of a gal.

But, being ever the optimist and ever the impatient, I bought the darn fabric. I don’t sew, so I used Liquid Stitch to “hem” the panels. And here was the finished project:

...and she thought, "Hmm..."

Now… I don’t hate it. I LOVE the coral (which took like 80,000 coats of paint, y’all – again with the laziness, I neither primed nor sanded – I’m an idiot), but the fabric… just… it’s so not me.

So off I went to Hobby Lobby, after several man hours of making those gosh darn panels.

And I walked in and I saw this:

Greek key-inspired pattern

Exactly what I wanted

Bold, graphic, clean, sophisticated, modern… it’s exactly what I wanted, and at $8.99 a yard, I had to get it! (In the top right corner, you can see the other one I considered but nixed due to the off-white background. I love the pattern though.)

So I’ll let ya know how that works out.

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