DIY Dilemma: When Home Projects Fail

Last week I came up with the plans for what I thought was going to be the perfect little console table for the corner of my living room. After a trip to the hardware store, I spent an afternoon excitedly putting together my design. And when I was finished ... it was a big, fat FAIL!The table pictured above may not look like a complete failure but it is in fact a rickety, bow-legged mess. At first I was absolutely crestfallen — not only because I was forced back to the drawing board, but also because I had planned on blogging about my new super-cute DIY table this week! Double fail!

I went into the project with complete confidence. After Building DIY Plumbing Pipe Shelves in My Dining Room, I was confident I could build a table using the same supplies. So I drew up plans, took my list to the hardware store, picked up my supplies, and dived right into my project. It wasn't until I started putting the table together than I realized the table legs would need cross braces to make it sturdy. D'oh! I finished putting the table together anyway (hello, glutton for punishment much?) and then stood it in the corner and cursed at it for a few minutes.

So then what? It's kind of like falling off a horse — you just have to get right back on! I've gone back to the drawing board and put together a new design. Luckily, the plumbing pipes I purchased for this table are a standard size so I'll be able to exchange them for the supplies I'll need for console table version 2.0.

(Image: Jason Loper)

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