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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Where it all happens

HEY!

It’s been quite some time (about a month) since I have posted.  The reason for that is simple, I have had other things on my mind, and even though there were many times I thought I better post something, I just didn’t give it the time needed!  So let me tell you about my project last month.

MY WORKSPACE!!!

For many years I have had a nice size room where I was able to store all of my yarn, fabric, and other crafty things.  I worked in this room, but I always thought that one day I would do a makeover.  FINALLY it happened and I am so glad that it did!  I wanted something with a lot of color, flair, and enough space for my computer to make it into the space as well – that all happened and now I am going to share it with you through pictures 🙂  I also want to say that I found my inspiration from many different sources, including Pinterest, but mostly I just google searched if I had an idea and wanted confirmation on how to handle it.  So without further ado, here are the pictures of what I now am happy to call my workspace/office!!

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So, I guess that’s it!  It’s fun to reorganize and freshen up a space, but it’s even more fun to USE it!

TIME TO GET SEWING!!

With crafty love,

Cil