There is the sweetest lady that lives in my town. Her name is Pat Lee and she heads up an adoption agency called Children of the World (actually I believe she started it, and a really good blogger would probably get all her facts together before she starts writing, but we established a while back that I'm not a very good blogger so needless to say I didn't get all my facts together before I started writing). I do know that it is a wonderful organization and has helped many families, well, become families. Not only has she helped others adopt children, she has adopted a gazillion herself (okay, not really a gazillion, but several) in addition to her biological children. I'm a big fan of adoption, my only sister is adopted. (See my parents weren't supposed to be able to have babies, I'm kinda like a miracle baby - ha! There's more to the story, apparently I was conceived in a special way, but when my momma tries to tell me the story I just can't listen. I told her to tell my my husband in case I ever needed to know for medical reasons, but if she didn't mind I'd rather not have that image in my head - yuck!) (Yeah, I know TMI, but I thought you might find it interesting, most people do! You have to remember this was waaaaay back in the 60's before all of today's fertility technology.)
Well, I digress (again- imagine that!) so back to Ms. Pat. Well, she called me a while back and said she had this piece of furniture she wanted me to paint for her. So I go over to her house and she has the cutest antique vanity:
We discuss a few options (one of which being white suggested by one of her daughters whom I love dearly, but she likes for EVERYTHING to be white - get the picture??? although sometimes she does take a walk on the wild side and do gray). Now it would have been pretty white, but Ms. Pat is not a "white wall kinda gal" if you get my drift. In fact, she's quite the opposite, and several times she says "I like color" so I finally say "do you want me to do something really colorful?" and she says "yes" and then she says those magic words that make my heart go pitter-pat double time: "just do WHATEVER YOU WANT!" Oh yeah, I'm on cloud nine! a cute piece of furniture to do any way I want in COLOR! and she hands me this pillow that has all the colors she wants:
Well, I couldn't wait to get started!!! Here are some photos of what I came up with. Keep in mind that this is not the finished product, but I wanted you to see it before I took the next step.
Cute, huh! (sorry I forgot the photo of the ends with the diamonds that took me two days to figure out - who knew math was involved in painting furniture?) Well, after I did all this painting, then I got out the sander. Yep, I said sander! I have had so many people ask me how I can sand something after I put that much work into it. Well, so I can get it to look like this:
To be honest, the sanding is my favorite part! Especially on older pieces. I love to see all the layers hidden away underneath the top coat of paint. For instance, when I started sanding this piece yellow started coming through, who knew there was yellow underneath the coral??? Now get ready for lots of close-ups! I'm sorry there are so many, but there are so many different parts it was the only way to show you all of it.
I had so much fun with this!! I seldom get to do something fun and and colorful like this because most people want their things to be neutral, which I understand perfectly. Most of my own furniture is neutral. I mean who can afford to go out and buy new furniture every time you want to change your color scheme??? And there is nothing wrong with a neutral color scheme, it can be so soothing, relaxed and elegant at the same time. But every once in a while it is nice to be able to step out of the box and do something totally off-the-wall.
Now I gotta go call Ms. Pat and tell her its ready. I sure hope she meant it when she said she liked color... (and poor Emily is going to hate it! lol! I'll have to paint something white for her! lol!)
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