I love having before and after pictures of all of my projects. Some of them are really challenging and I felt like giving up in the middle of it. Once it’s finished I like to look back at how crudy it looked before and I feel like it was worth it.
Here’s my problem…I can never remember to take the before picture! I get excited about starting something new and once I have slapped a coat of paint on it, I remember that I forgot the before picture.
Look what my husband put on my studio wall to help me remember. You would think that would be enough to help me remember right? Nope. I have still forgot at least 4 times since he put that on the wall.
I need to focus. With a teenage daughter, all her friends, a cat and three dogs running around here sometimes it’s hard.
This table is another great garage sale find for $4. It is a pretty, three tiered, really old table. I painted this one a hundred times. The original stain kept bleeding through. I have found that on some extremely old pieces that will happen. Sometimes they have had some water damage and that makes them bleed.
I painted it a really pretty aqua, distressed it and when I glazed it, it made the paint start peeling off for some reason. Uh Oh! I was half way through glazing so I couldn’t stop then. The longer the glaze sat on it the more the paint peeled off.
So I decided the only thing I could do was move fast. It was the fastest I ever glazed before. Once I was finished it still looked really good. Yes, it was maybe a little more distressed than I thought it was going to be due to the paint peeling off, but it turned out to be a really sweet little table.
In the beginning, when I started a project, I would have a vision of what it would look like in the end and I would freak out if things went wrong. I am starting to learn that things happen. Paint doesn’t always look the way it did in the can. Glaze can turn your paint pink. Paint can glob up and you have to start over. I’ve learned you just have to roll with it, and sometimes (most of the time) the project turns out better than I thought.