Sunday, March 29, 2009

BEFORE & AFTER/ Learning patience


Patience is such a refining attribute, one that has been a continual lesson I've had to learn in life (sometimes the hard way). I've never been a fan of painting for the very reason that it takes patience to get it done the right way. As I sat there sanding all of the imperfections out of the new but old media cabinet I just bought, I thought about how much the whole process of re-doing this project paralleled with life. At first I just wanted to skip the steps of sanding and priming and just get right to the paint but I knew if I didn't set the foundation right it may as well be a waste so I decided to just do it the right way. I heard that when you spray on paint that you should spray on thin layers and then wait a bit before applying the next layer which is such a hard concept as I just wanted to spray it all on in under a minute. Again I reminded myself step by step, day by day, minute by minute, line upon line, precept upon precept. That's the way it is in life you know so why couldn't I just paint that way too. Sometimes I would get a little out of control and get all spray happy which would then create runs and drips. That was so painful because it put me back a bit but I was always able to sand it out and start over. Wow how many times have I messed up in life but was able to repent, move on being even more refined after I'd learned what I was supposed to. It actually took me a long time to get the cabinet finished and after enduring it I would say that all of the work was worth it. Ever heard of the saying, "I never said it would be easy I only said it would be worth it". TRUE, TRUE......



If all else fails paint it off-white. I seem live by that motto quite often. Why do I love white and black so much?



Look at this cute little antique silver dish I picked up @ the thrift store. It already had a "B" engraved into it. I guess it was meant to be mine.



Oh one more thing the below tape is my best friend. I tried my very hardest to paint straight black accent lines all by myself but then realized I needed a little help. This little black decorator tape came to the rescue. The stuff really made me look like a professional. You can't even tell that the black accent lines are tape.



P.S. - My next post will be my 100th. I can't even believe it. For someone who is a rebel by trade I sure have conformed to this blogging thing.

19 comments:

Briana Ward said...

Wow, That is beautiful, it's like you have the Midas touch!

Marian said...

oh its GREAT!! I'm very impressed.

Jamie said...

That cabinet is just lovely. I never would have thought to do that!

Mike and Debbie said...

It came out fabulous!! I love the way that the ring pulls are now the focal point of the piece whereas before they got lost in the color. Great job Chrissy..and the analogy is so true!

Shannon and Carey said...

STUNNING! I am so jealous. I am STILL working on the desk I got for Abigail.....FREE. But it had 5 coats of paint on it. It's gonna be beautiful.

Now off to hunt for a piece like that. lol

-Shannon in Austin

Liza said...

Woe baby, that DID turn out awesome! Way to go!

Melanie said...

Wow!!!! What a transformation!! It looks awesome!! Good job!

momof3girls said...

that turned out so lovely!!! I want one!!! Great job! and thanks for the tip on the black tape!

Whitney said...

I love it!!!! Under the Tv is the perfect spot for it and hello black accent tape. You rock my world!

bec4 said...

It turned out beautifully, and you were able to experience a little life lesson in the process, which takes a wise person!

Annie said...

Impressive, truly impressive.

The black tape is a great tip. I agree with Mom, you really made those rings pop. Seriously girl, you need your own show on HGTV.

Amanda said...

Love it! You truly see the potential beauty in all things.

Jessica said...

Hi friend. Thanks for your comment. We are still selling the Pediped shoes. We are actually placing an order this week so if there's something in particular that you want let me know and I'll order it for you.

Cheryl said...

It looks amazingly great painted off-white and I love the analogy too. Patience is a virtue!

Kacey's View said...

Oh my that turned out so awesome!! And the tape idea is genius. I think after my next paycheck I need a thrift trip with the one and only you.

Hayley said...

Hello. I came across your blog few weeks ago and have enjoyed reading it even though we don't know each other. Isn't blogging funny like that? I can click on one blog and then click on that person's roll and then I'm down a rabbit hole and reading for hours! I love what you did with the cabinet and I too love the black and white (and the old silver)! I also dream of owning a little shop so I enjoyed your post about that as well. Anyway, just wanted to say hello!

The Soladay Family said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! Unfortunately, I live in good old Texas, and I wouldn't have a clue how to mail bunk beds! Sorry! Love your blog!

Amy! said...

What a genius idea to use black electrical tape... Kudos to you :) It turned out BEAUTIFUL!!! Can I be you when I grow up?? FOR REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy your week lady :)

ammon & Kim Riggs said...

speaking of trophies....you'r my hero. Look at skills, i am sooo loving it & who knew....tape!