Oh no we didn't...Soundhorn please edition

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

We have Divya from Sound Horn Please today!

Hello Designwali readers, I blog over at Sound Horn Please, featuring design talent from South Asia, a few DIYs and really anything beautiful that catches my eye.

Sundeep e-mailed me asking me to do a post on a design faux pas that I live with. I moved home a few months ago, and I'm still in the process of finding new places for well loved items and shopping for new ones to fill up the empty spaces. But our previous home had a design faus pax that we had to live with for over 6 months and one that my husband couldn't wait to get rid off when we moved.

So here goes the story....

A couple of months ago, after a long day of work on a Friday evening I felt the urge to do something apart from the usual Friday evening 'unwind with friends at a local bar' routine.  I've always harbored a secret desire to paint furniture, but could never quite muster up the courage to go ahead and wield my brush. So, I sketched designs that I thought would look 'Oh so perfect on that cupboard door', but always chickened out at the last minute.

So, getting back to my impulsive Friday evening. I looked at our cheap Ikea black bookcases and noted how one held all our books and the other held my husband's burgeoning DVD collection. And I decided to paint one of them in a movie theme as a surprise for him. The next 3 hrs went by in a whirl of impulse...

The husband came home late from work and struggled to keep a straight face.

Me: What do you think?
V: *Grunt*
Me: I didn't catch what you said? Love it don't you? <eager happy expression on face>
V: Uh-huh... Is this because I love.. uh.. chess?
Me: Chess? What's that got to do with anything? Did you stop by the bar for a few beers on your way home? Its a movie reel running between your DVDs! Duh!
V: Why don't you take a step back and look at it again?
 Me:  Nooooooo! <frozen horrified expression>

All I have is a hastily badly taken picture from 2 days before we moved, so pardon the bad quality. It was just a quick click to remind me of my crazy Friday evening. So, here is my 'Oh no I didn't... ' moment!

My 3 hrs of obsessing over painting perfectly spaced alternate squares resulted in a checkerboard design that didn't look like 3 hrs went into it at all! And it didn't even come remotely close to looking like a movie reel.

A close -up:

To make matters worse, I lost my appetite to paint the other bookcase and they sat on a wall facing the huge living room couch with every guest who sat on the couch wondering about our mismatched bookcases....

Well, design takeaway- DON'T paint furniture on an impulse. Plan, sketch, plan some more and relegate your impulse to a canvas!


Hope you are having a ball and I seriously wish I was in your shoes. Hope to read all about it soon!



tina / half of what I say said... [Reply to comment]

Hilarious story! Love the conversation between you and your husband.

Ambika said... [Reply to comment]

Lol, I can see such a conversation coming at my home very shortly! How true the proverb is, think before you paint ;-)

Sudha said... [Reply to comment]

it doesnt look that bad though..but loved ur write up Divz..lol

Kamini said... [Reply to comment]

I actually think it looks great! And if I had seen it when I walked in I'd have known INSTANTLY it was a film reel you had drawn! Duh!! MEN!!!!
Good one D!

Meera @ firstsense said... [Reply to comment]

Aww, it was a sweet idea! I think it looks good, even if it turned out different to the original intention.

Anu@MyDreamCanvas said... [Reply to comment]

hmmm...I actually like it :-) Keep it up.

Sound Horn Please said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you ladies! If only my husband could appreciate such finer artistic sentiments :)

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said... [Reply to comment]

I was laughing through this one! I painted some bookcases once, in a moment, and let's just say they are no longer with me!! Yours is far, far more attractive :)

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