Friday, February 17, 2012

When DIY is Just NOT Worth It.

Maybe I’m being cynical, but sometimes, it’s just better to BUY than DIY. I know I might get some flak for this but it’s true. Sometimes what you can buy in the store is more economical, easier and a better product than what you will make for yourself. Case in point… my curtain.

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OK, it’s not terrible. I’m not going to call it a complete failure. It’s just not right. It’s not what I had imagined in my head. Plus, I think for about the same price (and a lot less effort). I could have gotten a very similar product already made.
On sale from Pottery Barn for $33 (off of $70).

I spent $35 on the fabric and the lining for mine. I like Pottery Barn’s way more and I think it would works in the room much better. The color of the dark stripe is the same as the color of my bedskirt and the embroidery on the duvet.

Am I going to go out and buy the Pottery Barn curtain? Yep.

I’ve come to realize that there are times that projects just don’t come together the way you imagined it would. But that’s ok. That’s kind of the risk you take with DIY. It’s doesn’t always turn out right.

So in the end, I’m not saving any money on this particular project. If I had just bought the Pottery Barn curtain in the first place, I would have. And that is when it’s better to DIY than to BUY.

13 comments:

  1. I'm SO with you! I love DIY, but mostly because it usually saves money or I think I can do it BETTER (or more my style). Sometimes I have to laugh when I see people do these projects that I'm sure cost twice the time and money it would have to just buy it (I guess maybe some are just more dedicated than me). If the store can do it better AND cheaper, I'm ALL for it!!

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    1. Oh, and for the record, I'm totally jealous you found these for $33!

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  2. I hear ya! I only DIY if I'm totally excited about doing something and I know it will save me money. But, kudos to you for trying. I can't sew so making curtains would never even be on my radar. Hope you LOVE the PB ones!

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  3. Oh yeah! Fabric is so darn expensive! If I find it cheap, cheap then it's worth it. But...usually not. And at that price those Pottery Barn curtains are a steal! Thanks for linking up at The Stinky Linky Party. And my button looks so cool (You are the first I have seen it on :))...you rock!

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  4. 100 percent agree, especially with curtains!!!

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  5. I wouldn't even attempt to make curtains!! I love the Pottery Barn and I must admit, that when they run a sale it is usually a good one! I say "go for it"! Buy those curtains!

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  6. I agree whole heartedly with you. Sometimes stuff is so cheap you might as well just buy it pre-made.

    I'm arguing with myself about curtains right now - I need cafe curtains for the bathroom and I can't decide whether to make them myself or just buy the darn things!

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  7. totally agree....and, especially w/curtains - it's tricky to make them for cheaper!

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  8. i totally agree with you. if i think i can do it cheaper and still look good, than i will, but if it's some thing would be cheaper or look better to buy, i buy. i buy 90% of my curtains, you can get them so cheap, ikea has great ones. and fabric is so pricey. plus i'm not that great with a sewing machine.

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  9. I seem to always live in houses with odd, over sized windows so it's always cheaper to make my own. The problem I see with your bedroom diy's is the panel isn't wide enough. Panels gathered on a rod should be minimum 1-1/2 times window width, using a single panel pulled to one side you would want minimum 2x width or more depending on you fabrics weight/sheerness. The pottery barn pic looks to be a 2x width.

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  10. YES you're right. Sometimes it's just not worth it. Usually I don't realize it until I've already done the project though :)

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    1. Me either! I don't know when I'll learn. I try to figure out the cost difference ahead of time, and sometimes that helps...but other times, not so much.

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  11. You can know whendiy is not worth it. Useful post

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