Taking Ownership: When a DIY Project Goes Wrong

Scotty Brown

Scotty Brown

Marketing & Communications Specialist


Have you ever had a DIY project that we were working on go wrong?

Well, I could fill a book with times mine have gone sideways.

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were working on a custom piece of furniture for my office. I got my black paint and brush and was ready to finish off my project. I made the decision to paint on the table so it would be out of the cold. As my wife is walking out the door to head to work, she makes sure to tell me to use the plastic drop cloth we just purchased on to protect the table.

I should give some background. About 10 years ago, my wife and her mom made a custom dining table for her first house. It was one of her first DIY projects as a homeowner.

It meant a lot to her.

Ok back to the story.

Instead of grabbing the newly bought package of plastic like my wife requested, I opted to go for the very thin old bed sheet that I had used in the past to paint. Nothing will go wrong right? Wrong.

So, I get to painting, I am super happy with how it is turning out and not thinking about how I set the feet of the piece (with wet paint) down on the sheet.

Well, you can guess what happened.

My wife came home and found that black paint had bled through onto her custom table. To say she was frustrated is an understatement.  

Instantly I knew I had messed up. They only thing to do was to take ownership of the mistake I made.

Our youth at Good Samaritan also have to learn to take ownership of their choices. 

When Drew first came to the Residential Treatment Program in Brighton he was extremely closed off and refused to discuss the choices he’s made as a result of the trauma he’s experienced. 

Through therapeutic sessions with our staff, Drew finally was able to take ownership not only of the choices he’s made, but also his own healing.

He is learning empathy towards others as he mends relationships and moves toward reunification with his family.  

He has come such a long way, and we can’t wait to see his continued growth. 

It takes a lot of courage to take ownership of your own healing. We couldn’t be prouder of the progress Drew has made!

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