So, I had this great idea.
One that was amazing…
knock your socks off amazing.
Have you ever had an idea like this?
You know… the kind where you envision this super unique piece at the finish line?
it all comes to a screeching halt.
What you envisioned at the finish line is not at ALL what you thought it would look like.
Well, I am there. Stuck! Let me explain.
Do you remember when I found this little bench?
I knew it wouldn’t be that difficult to paint and reupholster –
I also had the perfect spot for it.
I gathered my supplies…
Annie Sloan paint and petroleum jelly.
At Haven, Miss Mustard Seed and Perfectly Imperfect talked about the resist process.
I liked the results, so I chose the petroleum jelly route.
I cleaned off the wood and added it to areas knowing paint would chip off and give me great results.
Then I painted the piece Pure White.
Then Duck Egg.
I was liking this so far.
Then the entire piece was dry brushed with French Linen.
(Sorry, I do not have a photo to show here).
I took a damp rag and began to rub.
As I was rubbing to distress,
the paint kept chipping and coming off and I kept saying,
I don’t have pictures here as panic was ripping through my body.
I went with it and kept rubbing.
I thought this little bench was going to tell me how it should end at the finish line.
Once I was done…
it was dark outside, late, and I was tired.
I decided to sleep on it.
You know, sometimes that changes thought processes.
Let’s face it, sometimes it’s best just to walk away.
Even though it was late, I traced and cut thick foam
and wrapped white fur around it to get an idea of the end result.
When I saw her (the bench) the next morning, she was kind of playful and fun to me.
Not a piece I would typically do, so it forces me to expand out of my comfort zone.
Well here she is…
(remember, I used her for the perfect gift).
If you were to name her what would it be?
Would you call her, chippy meets glamour? fuzzy mess? cow hide gets spunky?
Or would you throw in the towel and paint right over her?
Let me know.
Have you worked on a piece that wasn’t what you expected at the finish line?
This little bench is packed away now,
but will come out again at the new house.
If you missed the series of how I got my home ready to sell you can see it here.
Every. Single. Moment.