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7 Times DIY Became D.I. OMG Why?

By Katie Carlson on Aug 10, 2016
7 Times DIY Became D.I. OMG Why?

If you’re a DIYer, then you know all too well how easy it can be to mess up what was supposed to be the perfect project or addition to your home. You did your homework, bought the materials and made a plan, but things didn’t turn out as well as you had hoped.

If this is you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. If it’s not you and you’re not a DIYer it’s okay, you’ll probably feel better you aren’t after seeing these DIY fails. If you’re human and have a sense of humor, then these are DIY fails that we can all enjoy together.



What’s wrong with this picture? You guessed it, these homeowners installed a fence right over one of their windows and decided it was best to frame the fence around it. Interesting to say the least.

If you’re building a new fence yourself, it’s important to confirm the height measurements and take note of any possible interferences around the house, before you start the project. Then again, if this was on purpose, we advise ending the fence where the back corner of the house meets the wood. Also, we’re not seeing a lot of space between the fence and the house, which is definitely not good for the foundation and completely blocks off any sort of walkway.

Mason Jars

Mason Jars

DIY Mason jar herb gardens are a super cute way to spruce up your kitchen walls and grow your own spices. Unfortunately, the jars on the right seem to have lost their luster, are a bit dreary and far from what you might picture a flourishing plant to look like.

If you’re going to tackle this DIY project, think about using a darker stain of wood and give your garden lots of love so they grow tall and green. What else can we say, they tried.


Deck Stairway

I’m guessing this stairway is leading to a body of water, but I’m not sure you’ll ever make it if you use this pathway. We’re not quite sure what look they were going for, but it’s not exactly functional.

It seems as though these homeowners had a design in mind and when it didn’t go as planned, they just gave up. I guess not every DIY project can be a home run.



The room on the left is a rustic design with beautiful neutral patterned walls and hardwood floors. It’s put together quite nicely with matching curtains and wood furniture.

Regrettably, the blue room on the right missed the mark. The user who shared this photo stated that they felt as though they were in prison when they finished painting the wall. Not the feeling you want to have in your own bedroom!



Some of us bake and some of us don’t. These pictures are a good example of those who are challenged in this area.

Cookie Monster

These images were taken from Pinterest users who tried to replicate what they saw on the site but certainly missed the mark. I’m sure they still taste good (we think), but given their visual appeal they may want to enjoy them in the privacy of their own home.

Broken TV

TV & Leak

I have no definite confirmation of this, but I’m guessing that these two DIY projects belong to the same homeowner. This person decided it was a good idea to fix the power switch on their TV themselves using some wire and part of a light switch. What were they thinking? Or maybe the better question is, what replaced what was once a light switch?


We’re not saying this next image isn’t clever, but we’re also not saying it’s a good idea or socially acceptable. If you have a leak or broken pipe it’s best to hire a pro who can put your bathroom back together without it looking like a game of Mouse Trap.

Coat Hanger

Coat Hanger

At first glance, this looks like a nicely painted wall with a beautiful wall rack for hanging coats. But when you take a closer look you’ll notice the coat hanger was installed upside down.

Not the worst problem to have, but we all know how annoying and humorous it can be to make these mistakes when you’re not paying attention. It sure is a bummer when you complete a task and take a step back to admire your hard work, only to realize you’re going to have to start all over again.


No one ever said all DIY projects were easy. As you witnessed, many times they don’t come out looking like the picture, or you realize you’d be better off hiring a pro who can do it right. It shouldn’t stop you from trying again though. Completing DIY home projects successfully is a skill that takes practice.

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