a big fat DIY fail: if it weren't so awful it might actually be funny...

Last fall my sweet friends at church used these lovely wood slices as table decor for our women's retreat:
pic from my friend Emily :) I thought they did a great job making our retreat beautiful! :)
And I've seen log slabs like them on Pinterest too- they always look fantastic as centerpiece like this one:
fabulous source: Twin Cities Wedding from the Wedding Chicks
You know how much I love simple, gorgeous decor that's nearly free like that! After seeing those inspiring tables I was on the lookout for my own {free} log slab. About a month ago, I scored one of these from a fallen tree at my mom's place, and brought it home for my very own centerpiece:


I was so proud. :) I stacked a bunch of candles on it and called it a day. {It was free and I didn't even have to chop it down myself, so I figure it really was a good day!} 


Fast forward to a month later, last weekend- when our weekend guests were here {which I plan to tell you about soon, when my computer is working again}. I asked Rob to clear the table for the food to go on...

And.this.was under the log: 


My farmhouse table is now growing a centerpiece of its very own.


I'm calling that one a DIY fail.

Just a little. ;)

{I talked to my decor-savvy log-centerpiece making friends and apparently you're supposed to polyurethane them before you use them. I guess you can't just go get any old tree and put a chunk of it on the table. Ahem.}

Have you ever had a massive DIY/Pinterest fail? Please make me feel better, LOL!

23 comments

Cassie A. said...

Wow!! I was not expecting that! I hope it didn't permanently damage or mark your table!!

kelli said...

Thank you for sharing. You may have saved me, and others the heartache of a ruined kitchen table and a unwanted science experiment.

Anonymous said...

My DIY and Pinterest fails are all baking-related. Here is one I tried last year - when my out-of-town parents were visiting for Mother's Day and the dedication of our daughter at church. I wanted to have one of these cakes for each mother at the lunch after church. Didn't go as planned and I wasted a lot of time in the kitchen.
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Rebekah @ Living && Learning said...

Oh no! I haven't ever quite done that but I have brought some nasty ants inside the house from a pallet project. :(

Bekah said...

Oh my GOODNESS! I did NOT expect that. I confess to laughing - but only because this is something that would so happen to me!!!! Oh I hope you can get your table repaired!!!!

Rebecca W. said...

Oh no! I hope you can fix that!

Tambra M said...

I remember when my husband & I were first married, his mom gave us a simple cross tied with twine & made from sticks. I kept hearing a constant "crunch, crunch" from it. So so sorry mother in law, I no longer have that cross.
And then my friend told me how she brought home a log from a river & dumped an entire can of Kilz primer on it because she was convinced something would crawl out. Apparently you & I weren't aware of this brilliant method. :-D

Erin @ My Mommy World said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry that happened!! Who knew that could happen??

munsterman310 said...

Oh No! Hope it didn't ruin the table.
That is sooo something I'd do.

Crystal said...

Not sure if this will work or not, but you might try some orange essential oil on that. You can pick it up at GNC or places like whole foods. I have had plenty of DIY fails, probably none that have caused that much damage, but plenty all the same.

Dana said...

I had something similar happen once to a dining room table. You can put a towel over it and use the steam setting on your iron. Iron over it. It will take a lot of time but it saved my table. Believe it or not, the steam iron seems to draw out the moisture in the table. It took out warped water marks on my table. Hope it works for you.

Felicias Red Door Life said...

Oh no! Just now your DIY Fail will save so many of use from the same fate. I've been eyeing these too and thought I'd do the same with the cypress knees we are fixing to cut. At least now I know how to save my table.

Hope you are able to fix it.

tamtam6599 said...

The trick is to use a slice of seasoned wood that has been dried out for quite a long whie not green wood. Green wood the sap is still fresh in it. Also if you are not surer the wood is seasoned or green use a piece of plastic or possibly wax paper cut to that shape to create a moisture barrier.

Rosie R said...

oh dear! That is NOT cool! I hope you can save your lovely table! I havent had too many DIY fails (simply because I don't try stuff!) but I did accidentally allow a large stain to form on our table after a bottle of bleach tipped over and being in a hurry to get out the door I didn't pick it up. I thought it was ok since the lid was on. Apparently the lid is not very good and we now have a large bleach stain in my husbands home made timber dining table:( whoops

JK Creates said...

Before I clicked on your blog to read for the day... I was researching how to preserve wood slices. :) I'm really glad that I got to see what will happen if I don't treat the wood. Thanks for this post.
{{What I learned in my research this morning - You have to cut the wood in the winter. Then bring it inside to obtain room temperature. After that, you treat it. I have found several things that you can put on it so I'm not exactly sure which is the best yet. However, you do have to put several coats on it.}}
-Kristy

Courtney said...

My husband is a carpenter and has worked with all kinds of wood from fresh cut to store-bought. All kinds of things have happened!! Let me ask him when he gets home if he knows of an efficient way to fix that. I'm sure he does.

Anonymous said...

It looks like mold. You use bleach to kill mold. I would take care of it quickly because you or your family could get sick....

katharine said...

oh my lands -- i'm so sorry. i have way to many diy failures to pick just one. it did look pretty though.

stephanie t. said...

Ouch!

Paige said...

I was expecting you to reveal a cute little family of rolly polly's but NOT that. Oh I'm sorry. Lesson learned! I would have done the exact same thing though. I hope you can get it figured out!

Jen C said...

Um well I was making a cute board for my daughters room that had her name on it. Was totally finished and realized I spelled her name wrong! Say what!!?? Mom of the year right here :). I had a couple of other minor diy issues but that one tops it.

Jessica Johnson said...

Was not expecting that. Sorry that happened to your table :(

Brandi said...

Oh no! I hope your table was not permanently damaged.