Painting Furniture Adventures

It’s not really a secret to people that know me. I LOVE to paint. I paint walls, paint furniture, paint signs…basically I paint all the things.

Here are some samples of furniture that I have painted:

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As you can see, I have a thing for turquoise obviously. Haha!

So when it came to this next project, I really didn’t know that I was going to feel so completely annoyed with the whole thing. I mean it had occurred to me, but I didn’t think that I would have “painters block” so bad. What is this extremely complicated item that I can’t possibly enjoy painting?

Stools. Three of them. They were black, they could have stayed black, but I wanted to paint them so they wouldn’t be so dark in the space they are going. So I got out the chalk paint and started painting.

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I am painting the bottom white and the top a sea foam color. These are both requiring many coats to cover the chairs, even with chalk paint. Along with the extra coats, it’s just tedious work. Yesterday was a turning point though, and things started to come together.

While I was doing the sanding, I was thinking about all the waxing that had to be done, and it literally made me groan. So, I researched what others had done to seal the paint, other than wax. I know that it’s faux pas to even consider anything other than wax, but, I just wanted to try. After some research I decided to try a clear spray coat. Off I went to our local hardware store and came out with two cans of this:

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I am feeling really good about the decision. I am also curious about how it will hold up over the course of months, and years. Since I already have a distressed look going, for these pieces, I don’t think that it will matter all that much.

After a blog post with so much complaining, sorry about that, I am here to tell you that it was all worth it!! They are complete and the family is rejoicing that I won’t be talking about stool painting any longer. Haha!

Here they are, in their early moments, enjoying their new life in our kitchen!

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Happy crafting…er….painting everyone!!

Cil

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Months, and months, and months…

Seriously, it really has been a very long time since I have posted. I have been inspired to do a bit more blogging by my friend Sophie, over at Sophie Makes Stuff. I like to blog, I like to share, I even suppose there are times that I overshare. haha, but that’s simply me! 🙂

So, what have I been up to all this time away. Too much to really get into, but we have been on vacations, moved to a new house, remodeled our new house, changed my business name, stopped doing photography, started doing photography(again), got a new vehicle, got a new job, and have seriously been busy. I would say that is the shortened version.

Family Vacation!!
Family Vacation!!

This past week I made one of the biggest changes for our family. I started training to be in the food service at our high school. It seems to be the perfect fit, doing things that I already have been doing at home for the past 17 years…cooking, serving, and cleaning. I will work 4 hour shifts, 5 days a week. It will still give me the chance to get crafty at home and keep things straightened up, while giving us some extra income for fun vacations, and more house remodeling. I will also be able to be home and available for the girls when needed.

I am unsure yet, as to how this will affect my businesses and exactly what I will do with them. Recently, I was reading Sophies blog, and she was talking about letting hobbies stay hobbies. So much of that hit home for me, because as much as I love to do all the crafting, once you put it into a business format it becomes work. I am very sure that I will still sell some of my crafts, I mean I better, I have a whole craft room dedicated to it for pete’s sake. However, I won’t feel that constant pressure to produce or I won’t make money. Which has been a stress for me for years. It was  NEVER a stress that my husband put on me, it has always just been self inflicted. He has been completely supportive of me and every little crazy idea that I have had, and I can’t thank him enough for that!

So with all of that being said, I am also now going to try and blog more. Keep it updated. Share the crafty things I do and hopefully inspire others to get crafty themselves.

Have a great weekend everyone and thank you for still following this blog that has been quiet for over a year!!

Cil