If you were to visit my room you would notice a few things: a messy bed, a messy closet, and a piece of wood with hundreds of nails sticking out of it. That little slice of murder is the subject of this week’s post.
This project started back in November when I came up with this idea to make a welcome mat out of nails. It seemed interesting enough so I decided to do it.
The stupid thing is that I didn’t know how to make it. It wasn’t like I could Google “how to make a welcome mat out of nails”. All I could do was make some educated guesses and hope that it ended up more pretty than janky.
My educated guesses led me to a welcome mat with over 3,100 nails that I had to install one by one. For some reason I thought this number was no big deal. That was a stupid assumption. And after 40ish hours later I can confirm that.
Check it out.
There are so many things that I would have done differently. I would have used a thicker piece of wood for better structural support. I would have used thicker strokes on the word “welcome”. I would have decreased the Nails Per Square Inch (NPI). All these changes would have allowed me to finish this quicker and improve legibility.
Nailing that last stupid nail felt great though, like waking up from a neurotic dream.
Some people at work saw the finished product and quickly pointed out what wasn’t working. I understand and appreciate their relentless drive to improve everything, but it was a little annoying telling me to fix something that I clearly could not fix. Surprisingly though I learned something.
People don’t care about the effort behind making an idea happen, the finished product is all that matters.