I know that must be really difficult to believe, but it's true,
I promise you.
No, really! FLOPS!! Several of them as a matter of fact.
Take for instance, the re-purposing of old tires into tables. Saw it on Pinterest, loved it, wanted to do it!
I did some research, found some instructions online and started collecting my supplies.
I had the tops, thanks to a couple of garage sales where I bought those cute little wood accent tables (for 75 cents each, woot, woot!!), remove the legs and voila. The tops were the perfect size!
And I began!
I screwed the top onto the tire! It fit very nicely! Just as I thought, perfect!
I was so excited! It was going to be so cool to have this table sitting on my patio!
I began wrapping that rope around and around! It was going very well until...
Until 75 yards of roping didn't even cover half of ONE tire! It barely covered a third of the tire. What the heck?
I was more than a bit dismayed. That rope was not cheap! The glue sticks were not much better as far as cost!
I thought this was supposed to be a frugal recycling project?
Well, I guess I had two options
1- Go buy the rest of the materials and finish, even though that was going to cost me way more than I had planned for or imagined it would be.
2- Forget it! Just stop and not finish.
I decided not to do either one of those. Instead, I put it on my back patio and thought to myself,
"Self, let's just put it out on the patio and give it a couple of days and then we can decide what to do."
Now, that was a plan. Never make hasty decisions, especially when you are dismayed, that's my motto! <wink, wink>
Well there were a couple of things I didn't take into consideration when I made this fabulous plan, the weather and well, the weather.
- The temperature-Summer is hot! I know, you'd think I would have remembered that! My rope, after two days, was sliding off of the tire! Apparently, the heat of summer is not a good mix for the hot glue, so it simply melted right off.
- Rain- I didn't check the forecast, and therefore didn't realize it was going to rain the night I put the tire on the patio. After the rain, the top warped and started to mold in two days!
What I didn't know but wish I had:
- The tire projects I saw online were probably for indoor use and not meant for outdoors
- I needed smaller tires (don't use Blazer tires! Find tires from a small car)
- Use outdoor adhesive if you plan on using the tires outdoors
- Nylon rope, not twine, would probably be better for an outdoor table
- Don't set your project outside before it is finished unless you check the weather first
- Take everything into consideration before starting!The cost was probably going to be a lot more than I anticipated. I don't think I took everything into consideration before I started.
Not to worry though, I have something brewing in the background just waiting to be completed! Stay tuned because these tires will become something AWESOME!
Walking by Faith,