That sounds a bit dramatic.
At the very least, Pinterest was no help with my “flooring issue.”
In the recent months, I’ve become infatuated with Pinterest. I don’t love it enough to commit to it, but I’ve driven by its house several times, winking at it. Fleeting moments of lust. And then I realized, Pinterest is trying to ruin my marriage.
Pinterest is an online bulletin board filled with beautiful arts & crafts projects, DIY ideas and just generally cool shit.
In our quest to save money, we decided to opt out of the Rosewood Ebony Flooring in the halls (and, subsequently, throughout the remainder of the house) mentioned in our first post. It’s beautiful, but I just wanted to look around a bit to see if there was a more cost-effective option. Let’s remember, the bedroom project was our first-ever DIY project and we didn’t skimp on all the costs.
Pinterest has an array of options on flooring: Paper bag flooring, stained concrete floors, plywood flooring made to look like hardwood, etc.
My eyes lit up with excitement! “Pinterest, you genius! I’ll go mention to Danny that I met a new friend! Then, I’ll introduce you guys. It’s cool – we can all be friends.”
I really liked all the ideas, but Danny wasn’t fond of the stained concrete option or the paper bag option. (I did manage to cover our dinner table with the paper bag – I will post on that soon). So, plywood it is. Easy-peasy, right?
Danny rolls his eyes. I can read the look on his face. “Here we go again. Another crazy-ass idea Lauren’s come up with that’s about to occupy the rest of my week.” But, the words that come out of his mouth, “Ok, babe. If you think we can do it, let’s try it.”
Super – except for one thing. We don’t have a table saw. And when I make cuts with our circular saw, it looks like I gave up halfway through and my cuts aren’t straight. I’ll have you know that I did not give up halfway through. But, when your husband is sick on the couch and you’re determined to get stuff done, you make do. So, I did. And failed. Miserably.
Let it be known that I am not blaming Pinterest entirely; I am partly to blame for this disaster. But, as dating sites have been blamed for causing rifts in marriage, Pinterest is not innocent in this endeavor. It’s encouraging me to click links, re-pin posts and figure out ways to turn tub-drain hair into a rare, art piece to put on our wall for all to see. It’s called upcycling, folks. Get green.
To spare you a long, unnecessary story about these floors, I’ll just say they didn’t work. Aside from the fact that none of the cuts are straight, the “construction adhesive”, aka Liquid Nails, was not sufficient to hold these suckers down. We placed heavy buckets, numerous paint cans and Danny’s amp on top to weight them down so they’d stick. They are still popping up on the ends. Where was Pinterest then? Where was Pinterest when I looked online for hours searching for an adhesive that was strong enough to keep these things attached to the floor? Pinterest was not interested in my problems. Pinterest let me down. Pinterest had moved on.
Fortunately, the attempted project only put us out $30. Unfortunately, the Rosewood Ebony flooring we decided to finish with wasn’t in stock at our local Home Depot, so we had to order it and wait… Very tough for me considering I like things to happen the same day the idea pops in my head.
So, Pinterest, next time you think about batting those pretty eyes at me, keep in mind that although you are so enticing, I can resist you, as hard as that may be.
I can make a patchwork day bed with wood chips and twine…and I can do it without you!
Has Pinterest seduced you? Have you ever had a tough time with Liquid Nails not sticking? Have you tried the plywood flooring?