Hi everyone! I've been meaning to write this post for quite some time. This is a reference/comparison post for my auth Bottega Veneta The Chain Pouch in the colour Plaster vs a $40 dupe that I bought from Taobao on 5th May 2020.
Ever since I discovered the BV chain pouch back in March 2020, I was absolutely obsessed. It gave me serious old Céline vibes, and at the time, it seemed like it might just be the new it bag. I loved how chic the bag looked, and I also adored the colour Plaster as I felt that the colour of the bag complemented the signature gold chain very well. I'm linking several influencers that
definitely influenced me to get this bag here and here.
Before getting the auth, I was browsing on Taobao and happened to come across a dupe. The reviews looked great, and the seller kept emphasising on how identical to the auth the bag looked. The price was only like CNY284 (including shipping) at the time, so I decided to get one in the Plaster (奶昔白) colour. I mean, even if it turned out to be terrible, I could just give it away to someone who wanted it.
The dupe arrived and well, I was disappointed the moment I took the bag out of the packaging. The colour of the bag looked nothing like the seller's pictures on Taobao and the chain felt really light and flimsy. Despite the seller's claims, the bag also didn't look like it was real leather. I basically decided to get the auth there and then.
A few weeks later, I went to the Bottega Veneta store and bought the auth for about £2650 (I can't remember the exact price), and not to state the obvious, but the differences between both bags were huge. I mean, it was a cheap dupe and I shouldn't have expected too much. The seller's claims felt too good to be true and I guess I got swept away.
But to be fair, the Taobao dupe does still look decent if you just wanted to get a dupe and you're not too fussed about accuracy. The Plaster colour of the dupe is a huge callout, but I guess if you got the black version it would be a lot less obvious.
ANYWAY, enough rambling. Please enjoy the pictures! I'll explain the di... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hi! 10 days ago, I posted my plastering/skim coating results here but it got removed cause I didn't fulfil the rules of posting so it was fair enough to be removed. I wanted to share more so I had to wait till I got new stuff for my room in order to repost!
These are before and after pictures of my walls and ceiling.
I got a new bed frame, beddings, bedside table, some plants and a few other things.
So since I was 10, I've been painting my walls very often myself and there were lots of tries and error which made my walls very uneven. Last August, I wanted to spice up my room by buying super cheap blue 3D brick wallpaper to stick on my ceiling and it didn't hold up well and started falling off after a week and left excessive glue on the ceiling which made it super ugly so I decided to plaster AND skim coat my walls :)
I originally wanted to get a professional to do it but it was super expensive (I'm not American but I'll be sharing the final price in USD).
-25kg of skim coat was rm21, 20kg of joint compound rm21, and tools all together was around rm15. i asked professionals the pricing and for my room size it would've been around rm1800-2300. so on average i saved rm1993 (489.38$)
Ikea trips costs a total of rm1477.8 (362.8$) first trip was rm957, second trip rm520
Budget was rm2500 but in total I only spent rm1834.8 (450.35$)
I used my own savings for this and I'm so proud!
P/S: Someone asked me to do their kitchen and living room next week after my uncle posted my results on his Facebook account! I'm so excited.
Thank you so much to the kind people that rewarded me and told me that I did a good job on my last post! I appreciate it so much.
If you have any questions you can ask me! I'll be happy to answer any.
 : its still not done, i have to put up posters and get a bigger carpet! my new wooden panelled ceiling fan is coming in on christmas too but it's cute for the time being ;)
This project was messy, but I could not bring myself to throw away that crown molding. One day I will post a picture of an entired finished bathroom remodel. In the meanwile, I'll do as much as I can when the kids sleep!
Edits for the mods
Briefly: Had to remove the dryer conduct hidden behind cabinets because it was a fire hazard (going from basement to roof!?!). Doing so, I was left with a 60cm plaster crown molding gap to repair in the corner of my 1st floor bathroom. I could not find a similar trim even in specialized stores (house is 70y/o) and professionnals price were scandalous. I managed to create a custom cast and replicate the original moulding.
Tools/materials: -Plaster of paris (CAD 5$ at the local hardware store) -Siligum silicone putty (CAD 30$ at the local craft store) -Clay (CAD 5-10$ at the local craft store) -Gorilla glue (CAD $5 at the local hardware store) -DAP - Alex flex moulding and trim sealant (CAD $5 at the local hardware store) -Wood and foam scraps
Total : 50 bucks
I chose this material because its what was available and it was the best combination I could find durability wise. It's not like they sell molding repair kits.
I wish a had bought more silicone putty to make a larger cast to spare me the headache of stitching it back together on the wall. If I ever do this again, I'll also try to use expanding foam instead of clay to add rigidity to the cast while keeping it flexible enough to work without it crumbling after 3-4 uses.
SPOILER WARNING: This character has not yet been shown in the anime! Gege Akutami and his team has done incredible foreshadowing and this is definitely one of them that I just noticed thanks to Villeneuve_ and _cinq101 for bringing the plaster work up!
Please check out Villeneuve_'s post here first if you haven't yet! >!Otherwise I never would have noticed that Toji Fushiguro's pose was a big foreshadowing of things to come in the same arc!!<
I am trying to mount a shelf on an interior wall. These plastic anchors were giving me a world of difficulty going into the wall themselves, and then when I was trying to install the screw, it was impossible. I ended up backing out the screws (which took the anchors with them) and am stuck with 1/4” holes in my wall.
I am going to use toggle bolts to mount the shelf, so fortunately I can work around this. But looking to the future, how difficult of a repair job is this going to be? I’m familiar with just wood filling/spackling a hole in drywall this size. Is this the same process?
Also, is this definitely a plaster wall, or could something else be going on? I am definitely not hitting a stud, I can feel the wall ends after ~1/2” back. There is not a cross beam behind the wall. The wall remnants left from drilling and screwing seemed a lot more powdered and sandy than drywall to me.
EDIT: Thanks for all the feedback guys. Looks like a few people are agreeing this is probably a plaster wall, and I would have been better served with a metal anchor if anything. I was able to get the shelf mounted with toggle bolts https://imgur.com/a/gX4QBUm and now know I can patch this just like any standard drywall hole when that time comes. Thanks!