I equate painting furniture projects a lot like my little Lily trying to ride her bicycle, the more you ride the more comfortable you feel.....and the faster you take the training wheels off.
Of course the first few pieces are daunting, perhaps even scary but surprisingly after your first few projects it's as though you have been riding without those training wheels forever.
Like this table in my Keeping room. The first table I ever painted. Here's the before~
My one true table love. For more click here.
Then this cute little goodwill table that I found for next to nothing.
Since I really loved the top of the table but didn't want the 70's vibe that came along with it, I decided to just paint the base and restain the top.
Best decision that I could have made with this piece.
Click here for more transformation details.
I think I begin to question (and tremble) my decision to paint, when it comes to expensive or sentimental pieces.
My mantra is "Paint now, ask for forgiveness later"
Years ago and before kids, this piece set us back a few more dollars then I would spend today. Since I love the chest and wasn't going to part with it, I needed to make it work in the room so I transformed it with a little paint.
I have never shared this 'version' of the chest before and will be sharing more on this beauty soon.
However nothing makes my brow sweat more then painting 'fixed' furniture pieces. There's nothing like the thought of screwing it up, and having to walk by it every single day of your life with your head down in shame.
During lunch one day I decided to throw a little paint on my fireplace mantle. I figured if it was unplanned and quick, I wouldn't have a lot of time to back out.
Here's the before~
And the after, which by the way was the prelude to my biggest furniture makeover....ever.
For more click here.
The cabinetry in my breakfast room. Yes, my biggest painting project in my life.
And the after.
Click here for more of this transformation.
Luckily I can walk by both of these pieces with my head up and proud....and not hear husbands "I told you so". And although my husband is equally happy with the outcome.... it did take some serious convincing because he would prefer wood over paint in
all most cases.
And speaking of sentimental ...I always knew there was a reason that we hang on to some of those pieces, like this dresser that my husband acquired before we got married. It was in storage until I transformed it into my office credenza.
Here's the before~
Hard to believe my husband had a life without me....kinda like this credenza.
You can see how I took the bachelor out of the dresser here.
And if the outcome of any of my painting projects is not as positive as I would like, it's just like I tell my little Lily when she takes a fall off that bike of her's.....just get up and
paint try again.
What's the last piece of furniture that you painted....or have you not taken your training wheels off yet?
PS- Other then a bruised ego, Lily was fine and training wheels will be coming off shortly.
PPS- For more of my painting projects visit my project gallery here.
Preservance and determination and being able to instill that in my kids.
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