A few of my decorator friends were painting furniture and had talked of spraying instead of painting with a brush to get a smoother finish. Soooo back she went to the cottage, this time to the garage with a new sprayer in tow, to await her eventual transformation. I proceeded to cover surrounding surfaces in drop cloths then went to work prepping the original finish….sanding, cleaning and priming.
When I’m working on a project, I’m sometimes all about the reveal as opposed to the process. In this case though, I knew I had to get the spray to the perfect consistency. I’m NOT mechanically inclined…I really like doing things by hand…so I practiced…and then practiced some more.
Then I started to spray….it was awesome how the transformation was almost immediate as much of the surface was covered, albeit lightly in the new colour. I was getting excited….my grandmother, if alive, would have felt ‘discombobulated’ (her favourite word)…she would NEVER have thought, let alone attempted to tamper with a perfectly good piece of furniture.
As I was spraying layer after layer I was starting to fall in love with the colour. She was morphing from a vanity to a desk before my eyes. I was imagining this new and improved ‘desk’ in her eventual new home, with the new lamp that I had bought …accompanied by a funky chair that I hope to purchase to complete the ensemble. I kept spraying.
Now, does it really matter that the garage floor, the trailer hitch, a few hand tools and a snowmobile licence plate are all speckled in blue paint? I think not.
……isn’t she pretty and much more useful now as a desk than she was hibernating in the cottage basement.
Moral to this story….do not be intimidated to transform a piece of furniture by painting or altering it’s original function. The value of the piece is what YOU make it.