8/15/12

A Pinterest Fail and a 2 Pin Win

I, along with most people in the world now it seems, have 1000+ pins saved onto my Pinterest boards. Out of those numerous craft-inspired Pins, I have actually attempted about 4. (Click here to see a few Pinterest-inspired projects Button Letter, Cork Letter, and Crayon Art)

In my defense, hitting 'Repin' is a heck of a lot easier than actually making/creating the Pin.

I decided that instead of continuing to add items to try 'someday', I should actually attempt some.

First up, Melted Crayon Art. I'm not talking about this-
 That is so 2011. (sarcasm implied)

I'm talking about the 2012 version via this Pin-
 Gorgeous. Unique. Cheap. Easy.

Or so I thought. My attempt turned out like this-
Hmm. It looks a little different than the inspiration pic.

It's not that terrible and well, it was easy and cheap, but it's certainly not great either. Luckily, I already had crayons on hand and I used a tiny canvas to try this out, so I was only out about $1 and 15 minutes. I had more crayons and a larger canvas but decided this was just not the project for me.

Pin Win #1
After that Pinterest Fail, I thought I should try something non-craft related.
I kept seeing this Pin-

and I thought this would be the perfect Pin to restore my faith in Pinterest and my overall ability to follow directions.

The banisters at the bottom of my stairs were in bad shape. Scratches from the dogs, furniture being moved up the stairs and general wear had caused some very visible scratches-

Oy! I grabbed some walnuts out of my pantry and got to work.

*If you purchase walnuts to try this, do not use 'chopped' walnuts. This was all I had on hand and although it worked liked a charm, larger pieces of walnuts would've saved my eyesight and sanity.

After rubbing the walnut pieces over the scratches, I ended up with banisters that looked new.

Sweet. I was on a roll.

Pin Win #2
The glass doors of my shower have been the absolute bane of my existence. Ok, that may be a tad dramatic, but my shower doors have pretty much NEVER been sparkling clean since I moved in. I squeegee the glass after I shower everyday every other day once per week and have tried seemingly EVERY bathroom cleaner on the market to get the hard water scum off my doors to no avail. Seriously. This includes: Magic Erasers, Method bathroom spray, Dawn dish soap, vinegar, 409, dryer sheets, and countless other 'tricks' that were supposed to work. None of them did.

I finally found THIS Pin that claimed to clean even the worst of lime and hard water stained showers.
The Pin linked me directly to a blog that demonstrated 6 different cleaning agents and their effectiveness on their equally scuzzy shower door.

The winner?

The tried and true, less than $2 a bottle Bar Keepers Friend. This blogger had actually found a liquid version. However, my local Target only add the original powder kind. Luckily, it still worked great. If you find the liquid version though, I would get it, as it'd be easier to use.

And now for the grossest and possibly most awkward photo to appear on this blog: my shower doors before-
 Which zoomed in, looks like this-
Gross

And now after!
Sparklingly clean and completely see-through. I cannot tell you how much this made my day.
Small victories people.

So, how about you? Any Pinterest-inspired wins or fails? Share them with me!
xoxo, S

6 comments:

  1. I LOVE Barkeepers Friend and always keep it stocked under my sink. That stuff works great on metal too....even jewelry. If you have silverware, works like a charm. It gives it a beautiful lustre and its best to wash the item with some warm soapy water after you use the BF...it will shine, shine, shine. I also use it on my glass stove top....stuff is great!

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  2. I LOVE Barkeepers Friend and always keep it stocked under my sink. That stuff works great on metal too....even jewelry. If you have silverware, works like a charm. It gives it a beautiful lustre and its best to wash the item with some warm soapy water after you use the BF...it will shine, shine, shine. I also use it on my glass stove top....stuff is great!

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  3. I LOVE Barkeepers Friend and always keep it stocked under my sink. That stuff works great on metal too....even jewelry. If you have silverware, works like a charm. It gives it a beautiful lustre and its best to wash the item with some warm soapy water after you use the BF...it will shine, shine, shine. I also use it on my glass stove top....stuff is great!

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  4. I LOVE Barkeepers Friend and always keep it stocked under my sink. That stuff works great on metal too....even jewelry. If you have silverware, works like a charm. It gives it a beautiful lustre and its best to wash the item with some warm soapy water after you use the BF...it will shine, shine, shine. I also use it on my glass stove top....stuff is great!

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  5. I LOVE Barkeepers Friend and always keep it stocked under my sink. That stuff works great on metal too....even jewelry. If you have silverware, works like a charm. It gives it a beautiful lustre and its best to wash the item with some warm soapy water after you use the BF...it will shine, shine, shine. I also use it on my glass stove top....stuff is great!

    ReplyDelete

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