When Good Projects Go Bad

It's been FOREVER since I've had a DIY post and I'm so sad that my first one back is a fail. As in major fail. Let's take a walk down memory lane.

After doing the kitchen and dining room I decided to wrap one other little project - the powder bath. It's a really ugly little space. It has great floors (extra from my bath remodel) but other than that, it's terrible. 

For years it's stayed like that - mainly because I didn't know what I wanted. Then, the wonderful Tera Janelle posted this pic from a show home in Atlanta.

Isn't it gorgeous?! I instantly fell in love with the wainscoting so I decided to go for it (there will be a tutorial on it when I wrap the bathroom). The only thing I wasn't sure about was the paper. After searching for a while I found the ones:

Notice I said the ones? I couldn't decide which I wanted. Actually, that's not true. I loved the black and was ready to go - until the hubs said he didn't want the black. Sigh... so I ordered the white.

When it arrived I was giddy. You see, this wallpaper is EXPENSIVE. It's run around $180 for a double roll and I needed two. Yikes. As luck would have it, I had a gift card to the site selling it and ended up only spending $80 total. Woo hoo!

I opened the package, excited to see this gorgeous wallpaper and BAM! I didn't like it. Although it is supposed to be white, it wasn't. It was gray. What's wrong with gray? Nothing! I love gray... but it's not what I wanted in the room. I decided to give myself a few days to think on it and finally decided to just put it up. That was my first mistake.

The color really wasn't what I wanted. For lack of a better word, it looked dirty.

So I stopped working on it. I told myself I stopped because I needed to work on the lighting but the reality was, deep down, I knew I didn't like it. My hubs will tell you, if a project I am excited about stops for months, it's because I don't like something. For instance, I finished the wainscoting in a weekend (and I do love it). 

For months it has sat half-finished. Then tonight, after a day of cleaning, I decided dang it, I'm going to finish. How did that go?

Yep. I ripped it down. I was putting a couple of pieces up and they ripped. They also would not stay on the wall (something I had to deal with the first time around). Then I went to clean the glue off a piece and the sponge turned the paper black! It was a non abrasive sponge (on the soft side) and it turned the dang paper black. Sigh... I sat back, looked at it and then said "screw it" and pulled it down. And that, my friends, is where it is now (I did clean it up). Now I'm back to surfing the web to see what I can come up with. One day I will learn to go with my gut. The gut that told me I wouldn't like the color. One day.