Thursday, September 13, 2012
Weather or Not to Paint Your Furniture
Ask my husband and he will tell you: I have a problem. Actually, don’t ask him…he will probably give you a list. He and I do agree on at least one of my vices: I like to collect “projects”. They sit in the garage, or the basement, or some nook or cranny, and collect dust while waiting for me to work on them. I have been known for this slight defect since I was just a kid. My father used to huff and puff over my latest clump of weeds drying upside-down from the shed’s rafters or the rolls of barbed wire I had carefully collected and piled in an organized heap behind the shed. This collecting might be okay, except that only about a quarter of my projects ever see a completion date.
One of my success stories is a baker’s rack that I found on a curb in our neighborhood. The owners no longer wanted it, presumably, because it was wobbly and it looked as though a mad dog or hungry child had gnawed on one of the legs. However, I saw the rack as a diamond in the rough and promptly loaded it into the back of the truck and hauled it home. Where it sat. In the garage. For two months.
Then, one day, I overheard my husband offering my rack up to a friend of his. I knew that if I was to save it, I had to act quickly. A week later, I had sanded, crackle painted, and antiqued the rack so it didn’t even resemble the dilapidated former version of itself. I still proudly display that rack in our home, and now other wood furniture pieces are waiting in the garage for the same treatment.
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