Has a smell or odor popped up in your home from seemingly nowhere? Recently, I noticed this funk coming from my bathroom... but I assure you it wasn't anything bathroom-related. One night I came home to this sour, metallic odor from the bathroom. Pretty weird combination, right? Because of how it smelled, I assumed something had gone wacky with the plumbing. Even though everything was still working properly, the smell wouldn't go away. I tried everything to mask the odor. No bueno. I sniffed around various spots in the bathroom---the sink, toilet, or shower. Still nothing. One day, something told me to smell the bathmat, and that's where I found my mystery odor. Continue reading to see learn more about my latest DIY fail--- a wood bathmat.
As you know, I’ve been making over my bathroom. After seeing how much this bamboo mat costs, I knew I could make one myself and save some dough.
I was pretty proud of this DIY mat, because my only expense was $5 for 2 wood placemats from Bed, Bath & Beyond (clearance!). I lined them up side by side to create one mat…
… and then hot glued them to one large sheet of cork. I also glued shelf liner underneath to prevent sliding on the floor.
It looked great and held up after a few days of showers, which was my primary concern. If it hadn’t been for the funky smell, I believe this DIY mat would’ve been a success. I still don’t know how such an odor came off of a wood placemat. I’m a pretty sensitive person, so I’m dumbfounded that I never even noticed the smell while I was creating it.
I even went back to Bed, Bath & Beyond, to see if the other placemats they had would be good for a do-over (they’re not). Thinking maybe there was a chemical reaction between the hot glue, cork, and wood, I smelled the other placemats. It was definitely the wood. They all stank.
I decided not to give this project another shot and will instead buy a similar bathmat from Target for $25. (Since I ran out of cork, the expense would be about the same.) Sometimes DIY doesn’t end up being the better option… which is OK. Half the journey is about learning. 🙂
Have you ever had a comical DIY fail? Do you have moments you find the benefits of buying something new outweighs the DIY version?