Look! Unexpected Outcome for a House Tour-Inspired DIY

Look! Unexpected Outcome for a House Tour-Inspired DIY

Colleen Quinn
Sep 25, 2009

From Apartment Therapy DC reader Catherine, in her own words:

"Hi! You guys always feature lovely DIYs that appear effortlessly perfect, so I wanted to share one that went tragically, but hilariously, wrong (and one that turned out kinda cool). Surely I'm not the only one to have a DIY turn out...not quite right...

The beginning of this folly was Haldane Martin's house tour and its gorgeous feather pendant light (pictured above). I loved it so much I looked it up - $$$ cha-ching!!! Surely, I thought, with no design experience, I can recreate this. And the entry way of our Adams Morgan condo (two roommates and a dog) had an awful recessed can flood light just screaming for something.

So with the help of this handy can light converter(ensuring this project wouldn't cause permanent damage), I went to town. Unfortunately, or fortunately from a hilarity perspective, the finished product skews a little less "sophisticated feather fabulous" and a little more "hanging carcass" (and it is even creepier lit up). We call it Pidgy the Angel Pidgeon, Patron Saint of Drag Queens. Fortunately it makes us happy for now, and we'll remove it when embarrassment overcomes amusement.

Unexpected upside: while shopping online for feathers, I discovered these placemats and used them to cover our otherwise boring black painted fireplace surround, which turned out kind of cool. (This is removable too - I cut hardboard for a tight fit, feathered it, and popped it in. Next time I might do it with fabric or leather.)

Anyway, I think Pidgy might also be the Patron Saint of Apartment Therapy-Inspired DIYs Gone Wrong."

Thanks Catherine- for your enterprising DIY spirit, and your wonderful sense of humor about the sometimes less than perfect outcome, we commend you. We love that you were inspired by one of our posts, and are delighted you shared the not-quite-perfect results. Probably the key to Haldane's light is the large scale of the fixture and the feathers, hard to recreate on a budget. As for the fireplace project- tres chic!

We always love to hear from our readers- drop us a line if you have a project you'd like to share with the Apartment Therapy community.

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