…while it lasted!
So I got this idea back in January. I had seen pictures of tall mosaics that looked like a series of houses one on top of the other, and they looked really cool to me. Immediately I thought “I can do that!” And, since there were several long two-by-fours in my back yard, well, you know the rest.It wasn’t long before I had spray painted one of them and started my design.Even though I had these chairs in the middle of my breezeway for weeks, I was pretty sure it was going to be worth it.I took a lot of pictures during the process (blog material, you know). I wasn’t sure it really looked like houses, but I persevered. The blue diagonal thingy at the top is a stream. Don’t laugh. (I’m not saying you were, but…)I used Liquid Nails to glue the pieces on the board. So far it looked good…Finally it was finished. It has spent the past few months on the patio by the turquoise grocery cart and the big plants. Note: in case you missed it, I found the shopping cart in my driveway. I did not steal it from a grocery store parking lot. Just making sure you knew that. Click the link if you’d like the full story.
I really liked the way it had turned out, even though it never really looked like houses to me, much less hills with a stream at the top.The blue at the top is supposed to be the sky with clouds.And here is the bottom part with the grout just started.Fast forward to today, when I decided it was about time to clean up my work space on the patio. I moved the house mosaic over a little to sweep around it, and when I put it back I noticed the two rows of green glass gems at the bottom had fallen off. Okay, whatever, I thought. I knew I had hosed down the patio before, and I thought maybe that part had gotten wet. I can fix it later, I said to myself. But the next thing I knew, more and more pieces started peeling off!
Now this was a surprise! I tried to keep the houses together the best I could, but for most pieces, the grout was too brittle. Even the top part was coming off! All I had to do was barely pull on a section and it would separate from the wood with ease. I don’t mind saying I kind of didn’t like this new development…but, it was blog material, so I took some quick photos. It was getting hot out, so I decided it was time to go back inside and look up why mosaic tiles would fall off of a wood background.Needless to say, I discovered that I had made several major mistakes, not the least of which was using wood as a substrate on an outdoor mosaic in the first place. You are also supposed to treat the wood with more than just spray paint. (Now you see why I put that disclaimer about this not being a “DIY” blog in my previous post, right?)
Oh well, at least my “workshop” is somewhat clean now. And for some reason I wasn’t as disappointed as I could have been. That’s one good thing about having a blog. If you can look at a project fail as “blog material” it isn’t quite as bad somehow.
I guess I’ll have to think some more before I try that project again!
15 thoughts on “It Was a Good Idea…”
Well it was pretty while it lasted! and I do like the pondering frog! 🙂 🙂
Thanks! I like him too. I got him at my neighbor’s yard sale 😂
And I love the base he’s sitting on! Certainly must be one of your creations? 🙂
Yes, it was going to be part of the yard art “pillar” I was making, but I realized it looked funny with the other pots being rounded and it being square. So I put the frog on it and I really liked the way it looked. 👍
Sorry for your mishap!!! But you are correct…it was good blog material! Thanks for sharing AND I love your idea…. looked like houses to me
Aww thanks! I’m glad you could tell they were houses 😊 I was thinking, thank goodness I hadn’t sold it to anyone😬
Yeah it was nice!
A well … life seems to me a constant trial and error process 😉
Yes that’s true! Thank you for your comment!
Oh shame, Debra! They looked so cool. But you try these things out so we don’t have to 😉
Lol that’s funny! I never thought of it like that but I guess you’re right! 😂😂
I love my mistakes! I learn the most from them and the errors I make really stick for the next project. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for your comment! Yes that is how we learn, whether we like it or not 😋
What a shame, it was beautiful! I hope you’ll be able to recreate it on a different backing. I love your frog on your mosaic in the last pic too 😊
Thanks! I guess I learned my lesson on that one! The bright side is that there were some good pieces of broken plates from it that I was able to use on another yard art piece that isn’t done yet. 😋
I’ve made some big mistakes lately too, but I’ve learnt a lot through it. I’m glad you’ve now got pieces ready to go for your next piece of yard art 😄