Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mod Podge sucks! (a.k.a. Bookcase Upcycle)

I learned 3 things today:
1. Working with Mod Podge sucks!
2. Those crafty bloggers out there that make it look so easy to work with and have no wrinkles in their projects are LIARS!!
3. Plain bookcases might not be so bad.

I just spent 2+ hours on another Mod Podge project. It was a bugger!  That saying "Practice makes perfect" does not apply here.  It is full of wrinkles and bare spots, but I do have to say it is very cute!  And of course, it matches the brown cart that I did a few weeks ago. 

Presenting the old-tan-Walmart-put-together-with-a-million-pieces-bookcase (yes, I forgot to take a 'before' shot!) UPCYCLE! :

Bravo! Bravo! (yes, I am cheering for myself because this was such a BUGGER!!)

It may, in fact, be my last Mod Podge project.  At least for quite a while.  I'm hatin' the stuff right now.

I also completed two more projects this week.  Here is a shot of a brown desktop officey type box (I don't know what it's called!) that I painted:

Now, yes, I realize that the 'after' shot is in front of the 'before' shot, and it should be the other way around, but work with me here.  I'm new to all this.

Here's the lampshade I re-did:

Yes, you can see that I had already started painting it when I remembered to take a 'before' shot!  But at least I remembered.  And I got the 'before' shot first this time.  Now, we are not going to mention the fact that it didn't occur to me to put the shade on the lamp and turn the lamp on to see if I had enough white coverage so that the pink gingham wouldn't show through before I did the polka dots and flowers....yeah, we're not going to think about that.  It looks cute even if I don't actually USE the lamp, right??

(I realize that the second to last sentence in that paragraph is really long and probably a run-on sentence [bad teacher!], but it's late and I'm tired, so just deal with it.)

We'll see ya next time! 


  1. You need to get a brayer to help with your mod podge projects. It's like a mini paint roller.

    1. I've never heard of a brayer. I will have to check into it. Thanks!

  2. I used Mod Podge for the first time last week! I was feeling your pain in the middle of it. In fact I was ready to toss the whole project out the window, but when it dried, it really didn't look too bad at all. So, now I'm thinking I love it. Probably a love-hate thing. I'm your newest follower.
    Totally Terrific in Texas

    1. Hi Colleen! Thanks for following! I've used it again since this project and I have to agree--it's a love-hate thing, for sure! Good luck on your projects!

  3. A tell it like it is girl, I love it! That is probably how every post of mine would be if I actually started my own blog. Deal with it would be after every paragraph and run on sentences, hmm let me see how long I can go with this one to make you feel at home. :)
    I love seeing the modge podge crafts on pinterest but I will not attempt it. There has to be easier ways and if there is believe me, I will find it! I would probably have just used spray paint and stencils to put designs on it. I'm not lazy in anyway but surely after 20+ years I've learned not to stress myself out. How did the 2nd MP project you did go?

    1. Hey, Michelle! Thanks for the comments! I've actually done a few more MP projects since then (did one today!), and they all end up the same--wrinkly. Oh well. Maybe I'll get the hang of it one day! haha

  4. I just tried MP today. I'm pretty sure I don't love it. Mine is a wrinkly mess too. How does everyone else make it look so easy?