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What Mules & I Have In Common
craft & DIY Sunday, March 01, 2015
I can be stubborn. Like a mule. I can start a project and come hell or high water, I will try my best to accomplish it.
Like in my oil cloth project. A dud. I worked on this for 3-4 days. Trying to cover my counter tops in the kitchen and the back splash.
You see, right after my surgery, when I was getting around on the scooter, the handle bars came just over the edge of the kitchen counter. In order to turn the water on or off, I had to lean in. It tore up the black contact paper I applied there.
So I ripped that off. And somehow the black and white contact paper on the back splash, well, it seemed to get caught on it and off it came too.
I was faced with a dilemma. Put more contact paper on, which just about drove me round the bend. Or come up with a new idea. My idea was oil cloth. Seemed like a good idea.
So I set about trying to make it work. Unfortunately, my idea to adhere it to the wall and counter was to use my hot glue gun. I was just going to put it around the edges.
But that didn't work. Bubbles, waves. I couldn't think of anything to do but razor areas where there were bubbles and waves and squeeze more hot glue inside. Burning my fingers in the process.
Things just got out of hand somehow. So much hot glue was used. And lots of little snips of aloe vera were used to squeeze onto my burned fingers.
So I ended up with a patchwork sort of thing. And about 15 sticks of hot glue on the surface behind it.
Today I finally decided to call it quits on that idea. So I ripped it all off. And was left with lots of squiggles of dried hot glue. Everywhere.
I googled how to get it off. The answer seemed to be to take a cotton ball and put rubbing alcohol on it and rub it over the hot glue. Naturally I gave up on that fairly quickly. It would take me weeks to cover all that. So I graduated to a sponge.
I scrubbed and pulled till my fingers and knuckles were bloody from the effort. I tried sanding. Didn't help much.
Now what? Nothing seems to work because the counter tops and back splash are textured. As in raised. And nothing wants to stick to it. Not contact paper, certainly.
Visualize a textured surface with lots of hot glue. Not a pretty picture.
And in my efforts to get the hot glue off, I also pulled some of the surface off, whatever it is.
Back to square one. Again. Note to self: Know when to admit defeat.
Posted by Brenda Pruitt at 7:48 PM
Hi there! I'm Brenda. I live in a patio apartment with my two dogs. I write about living big in small spaces on a budget and enjoying the simple things in life.