Friday, August 2, 2013

Bad Ideas with Radical Possibility

Do you ever start daydreaming about a project, and in your head you see the finished product, polished up and gleaming like it's the subject of a Domino Magazine spread? 

That's what happened to me yesterday. I had completed the flower wall in the office, was riding a cheery decor high, and wanted to spread that to the kitchen, and I was going to do that by making my fridge yellow. In my mind I was like "It is going to tie together so well, it's totally going to be so adorable that every motherfucker is going to want to pin the shit out of it. YEAH DO IT MEG, IT WILL BE GREAT!"

Delusions of grandeur

Well, I started doing it. And once I had one roll of contact paper on, it was not so great. The technique was actually awesome, it went on clean and gripped the fridge without any bubbles but still let the weird fridge texture show through so it didn't look like a wrapped Christmas gift. However, the yellow boxy fridge with the black handles was looking less "fun pop of color!" and more "leftover prop from when they cancelled Blues Clues." Or like I actually had any pride in my alma mater


I solicited friends' advice in case I was too close to the project and couldn't see it for the masterpiece that it was. However, they mostly confirmed that it was in fact really ugly. One person suggested going all out and making it a total pop art fridge, which would be awesome, but totally not my style.


I think I just need to slow it down for a minute. I'm in one of those moods lately where I'm like NOTHING ABOUT MY LIFE IS HOW I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE, EVERYONE ON FACEBOOK LOOKS HAPPIER AND MORE ACCOMPLISHED THAN ME, I NEED TO DOOOOOO SOMETHING!!! 


Can you at least kind of see what my head saw?? IT MADE SENSE AT THE TIME.

And while yes, it is true that working on projects distracts me and makes me happy, it also leaves me with a fucking hideous fridge. So maybe I'll take a break for a while and just cut my losses. 

I hope you have enjoyed this hour of Bad Ideas with Radical Possibility. Goodnight and good luck.

xo,
z

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29 comments:

  1. I think it could look cool if you just had the doors yellow and left everything else the regular fridge color maybe?

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    1. i wish! the doors unfortunately were the hardest part and don't look quite as neat as the sides. haha and then i felt like maybe it would draw MORE attention to an ugly fridge? at some point it felt like a project for the sake of doing a project and not because it was actually an improvement haha

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  2. i honestly dont think it looks that bad in photos

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    1. haha dammit, as i was putting them up i feared that it was photographing well and not conveying how bad it really looks. even andy, sweet sweet andy who smiles through all the weird things i do to our house was like "um....meg what is this" hahaha

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  3. I dunno, maybe it's hard to tell from the pictures, but I think it looks pretty cute! It would be kind of awesome if you just made the top door yellow and then you could have a yellow and white fridge.

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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    1. haha dammit, as i was putting them up i feared that it was photographing well and not conveying how bad it really looks. even andy, sweet sweet andy who smiles through all the weird things i do to our house was like "um....meg what is this" hahaha

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  4. idk girl, I think it looks good!! You should finish it :)
    Katie
    Katiemariev.blogspot.com

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    1. haha i swear this was not one of those posts where i'm like "look how terrrrrible this thing is!" so that i could get really nice compliments and be like "OKAY, YOU GUYS HAVE CONVINCED ME TO KEEP IT! :)"

      haha in real life it looks really bad. its like a weird cartoon fridge and the yellow is too yellow and its just all....not great. like, andy never says anything but nice things about the weird projects i do but even he was like "lets talk about what is happening with the fridge right now..."

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  5. I see where you were going (and I know exactly what you mean about bad ideas, have had plenty of my own!) Maybe if you could take the handles off and use a deeper yellow? Or just make the side yellow and leave the front?

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    1. i am so afraid of taking the handles off and fucking something up and having to buy my landlord a whole new fridge haha. also, contact paper comes in such a limited range of colors! :( hahah i think this one is just gonna have to be a wash.

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  6. I think the yellow DOES pick up the flower wall. We can't see the texture or badness in photos though. However, I think what throws it off are the black handles (bumblebee-ish). Thanks for posting what you think is a "fail" though--we all have those moments of "diy gone bad" lol.

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  7. Maybe you can just finish off the side? So the front can still look like a typical white fridge but you can still get the awesome pop of yellow. As everyone else said, the pictures don't make it look bad!

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  8. Hmmm... I definitely see where you were going with this. Maybe if you added some white contact paper shapes on top of the yellow, it would tone it down/break it up a bit? I'm seeing downward facing triangles in my head, like little chains. Kind of like this, but up and down instead of across: http://assets4.designsponge.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Triangle-plate.jpg?73626 ? Just an idea! I think it's definitely salvageable, you just need to step back from it a bit.

    I totally get the whole "I'm antsy and a bit confused about life so HEY I'M GOING TO PAINT THIS GIANT ROOM TONIGHT" (or some other ridiculous task) syndrome. Rest assured, you are awesome and there are people (self included) who totally admire what you're doing and want to be more like you. Thanks for sharing your ups, downs, and occasional "screw ups" with the internet. We appreciate the honesty.

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  9. I can totally see where you were going with this, but I don't think all is lost! Maybe try some white contact paper shapes on top to break it up/tone it down a bit? I'm thinking chains of white triangles, pointing down. Something reminiscent of this Anthro plate, perhaps? http://assets4.designsponge.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Triangle-plate.jpg?73626

    And I totally understand the whole "I'm antsy and super confused about how I feel about my life so LET ME PAINT THIS ENTIRE ROOM TONIGHT" (or some other random project) syndrome. But rest assured you have plenty of people (self included) who admire what you do and would love a piece of your creativity. Thanks for sharing your highs, lows, and occasional "screw ups" with the interwebs. We appreciate your honesty.

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    1. Sorry to post twice - I didn't see it go through the first time... eheh.

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  10. New reader here. :) I think it's a little too much yellow, if you know what I mean. What if you finish putting the contact paper up then draw with black marker some cute pattern or even something abstract? A little more black would definitely break up all that yellow. :)

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  11. I don't think it's so bad (maybe bc I love yellow) and I'm sure you could paint something cool over it. Have you seen what nick olsen did to his refrigerator in Domino? http://houseandhome.com/blogs/house-home-daily/vintage-decorating-magazines
    He wallpapered his fridge.

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  12. I'll be frank, it doesn't look so good to me. I've been wanting to cover my boxy fridge with contact paper too (wood effect), but i'm always too lazy. Contact paper can be a bitch to put up. I don't know if you used the same yellow i had, but mine was kind of more transparent, not as heavy, so much harder to hide imperfections. So what i'm trying to say is congrats to you for having the courage, and i get your feeling of "not as perfect as in my head".

    What i think is, you could try making horizontal stripes with your yellow. (something is this vibe http://www.loveandlaceblog.com/2011/08/painted-stripe-curtains.html). Maybe paint the handles, or twist some yarn around them...

    By the way i just love your blog, been reading it for not so long. You always make me smile.

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  13. Meg, this weekend a crowd of us are staying at a rental "cabin" (read: rustic mansion) and the fridge is covered with mosaic tile! Like a backsplash. I was overcome with envy! Not sure it's right for MY kitchen, but I'll never look at old white fridges the same way again. Some of us had seen it on Pinterest...

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  14. Sorry it didn't pan out! I totally see where you were going with it. It's not photographing terribly, but I understand how contact paper makes things look if it's textured underneath.

    I do want to say that I am a recently new reader and I love your blog and that it's AN APARTMENT FOR ONCE. I stole your polka dot wall for my own apartment and I am in love with it! My apartment is not nearly as cool and fun as yours, but I'm working on changing it from horrible to decent, and maybe, one day, to a place that I love.

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  15. Sorry it didn't pan out! I totally see where you were going with it. It's not photographing terribly, but I understand how contact paper makes things look if it's textured underneath.

    I do want to say that I am a recently new reader and I love your blog and that it's AN APARTMENT FOR ONCE. I stole your polka dot wall for my own apartment and I am in love with it! My apartment is not nearly as cool and fun as yours, but I'm working on changing it from horrible to decent, and maybe, one day, to a place that I love.

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  16. Oh Meg, you make me laugh, a lot.

    The yellow fridge is definitively NOT GOOD. But are we sure this same project could work with a more muted/sophisticated tone? Something that picks up on other colors you've got going on nearby? Or even red that would tie into the red of your flowers might be ok?

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  17. i SO wished this would have worked for you! i have a fugly, half-broken fridge that i'd love to decorate. or light on fire. the yellow is really cool. i have a yellow front door! :D

    what if you were able to do a smaller amount of yellow on the fridge? like cut a design out of the contact paper, herringbone, or flowers, or zig zags...

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  18. I like it! What about making the bottom part all chalkboard paper? That might tone the overall look down a bit. Or you could do a design with paint/stencils/decals on the yellow part to help diffuse the amount of yellow if it is just a matter of it being TOO MUCH! But I honestly think it is cute. Like you said, you probably need to see it in person to get the full effect.

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  19. I really think it could work if you just did something with the handles. Maybe made them gold? or even white? they are just too jarring. Also don't give up maybe a different color would flow better?

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  20. OK - so I actually like the yellow. In fact, I like the yellow with the black handles and the pop of white. Perhaps paint instead of stick-on stuff would have looked more finished for you? Don't give up ... it's a great idea and has me thinking of trying it on a few appliances in my life!

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  21. Finish it, it's great!!! The inspiration fridge had retro cool chrome and shape that let the yellow color stand on its own. Your boxy fridge needs some embellishment to tone down the yellow. Maybe some signature red lips (like yours!) cut out of vinyl or other high gloss material. Some sassy or inspirational quotes in jet black, gloss red, turquoise, etc. Use some of your thrift store frames, painted black, and use double stick tape to attach them to the doors. You could put photos, drawings, paintings, dried pressed flowers in themto tie in your office wall.

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  22. Finish it, it's great! It just needs some embellishment to compensate for what it lacks that the inspiration fridge has (great retro shape, chrome, and faded hue). Maybe a pair of signature red lips (like yours!) cut out of red vinyl or similar high gloss material. And/or sassy or inspirational quotes in jet black, high gloss red, turquoise, etc. Or use some of your thrift store frames (painted black) and attach them to the fridge with double stick tape and fill the frames with photos, drawings, paintings of flowers and even pressed, dried flowers.

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  23. Finish it, it's great!!! The inspiration fridge had retro cool chrome and shape that let the yellow color stand on its own. Your boxy fridge needs some embellishment to tone down the yellow. Maybe some signature red lips (like yours!) cut out of vinyl or other high gloss material. Some sassy or inspirational quotes in jet black, gloss red, turquoise, etc. Use some of your thrift store frames, painted black, and use double stick tape to attach them to the doors. You could put photos, drawings, paintings, dried pressed flowers in themto tie in your office wall.

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