I would love to tell you that every project that I work on goes like clockwork. That I never have problems, and I always know what I’m doing.
I could tell you that … but that would make me a pants-on-fire, nose-growing liar.
On almost every project I do, something goes wrong, and I have to try to figure out how to fix it. Whether the paint comes out clumpy, or the color isn’t what I thought it would be, or the paint just won’t stick, something always goes wonky.
As I told you the other day, I am working on a bookshelf for a client. I decided to put wallpaper on the back of the shelves. I went out yesterday and the woman a Lowe’s told me to use spray adhesive to stick it on. They recommended, so that’s what I got.
Last night I decided to go for it. I sprayed the back of the wallpaper, then quickly and carefully stuck it in place. There’s a very short amount of time to readjust it before it adheres to its final spot, so no pressure right.
First piece, no problem. I went back over to get another piece, and the studio floor around where I sprayed was ridiculously sticky. My feet were literally sticking to the floor. So I decided to get some newspaper to put down so I wouldn’t completely stickify my floor.
So I spray the next piece and walk it over to the bookshelf. The newspaper came with me! So I’m frantically trying to symmetrically adhere the wallpaper to the back f this shelf while the sports section is permanently drying to my feet. I tried to pull it off but the majority wasn’t budging. Awesome.
I got more newspaper, and repeated the exact same thing, except now the paper has several layers glued upon my feet and fingertips — the Wichita Eagle’s version of the tar baby. So after 5 times of this, I look absolutely ridiculous! I am shuffling around with almost the entire Sunday paper stuck to the bottoms of my feet and hands.
With two of the dogs attacking my crazed looking feet, I make it to the bathroom and start peeling off as much as I could. The part stuck directly under my feet wouldn’t come off! (On a related note, I’d highly recommend this glue.) I sat with my feet in the tub for 10 minutes and I was finally able to shed the majority of it, but definitely not all of it.
So I scrubbed and scrubbed and the newspaper all came off, but not the adhesive directly on my feet. So since last night, everywhere I go I stick. We have hardwood floors, and every step I take is heard all throughout the house.
On the bright side the wallpaper stuck … well, like glue. Too bad I did too. The bookshelf will be finished today so I will give you a peek tomorrow if I get the okay from my client.
One project I actually didn’t have any trouble with was this blue table. I got the table at a yard sale. I gave her a light sanding, painted with chalk paint. I distressed it, and gave it a coat of dark wax to give it that nice aged look. It would be perfect behind a couch or in an entryway.
Cass at That Old House says
Hi — nice table. (Sorry about the all caps – it just is happening, i don’t mean to be “yelling.”)
Did you look inside the drawers of that table for a manufacturer’s label or stamp?
It looks identical to a table I have in my vintage furniture booth, that is labeled “Southampton.”
It’s made by Southwood furniture, and is very high end.
Your table, if it is a Southampton, can still be bought from Southwood, but for a steep price, close to two grand.
So enjoy it! It just may be an aristocrat.
Best wishes, Cass
Well Cass, I checked for any type of marking on the bottom of the table but sadly there was nothing. Thanks for the tip though!
Cass at That Old House says
turns out the all caps is just in the composition area, not on the blog.
Gorgeous color! And such a cute table too, it’s the perfect size.
Judy Ainger says
What a great table and I absolutely love your color choice. So fun!!! Hopped over from Carter’s Cottage. Have a lovely week! ~ Judy
Ricki Jill Treleaven says
I love the blue of your table. So pretty!
Linking from Mod Mix Monday,
Rose :: Fine Craft says
Thank you for sharing this beautiful make-over with us at the blog party at http://www.finecraftguild.com We so appreciate it.
When you can, would be please be so kind so as to furnish a link back to our site. I might be overlooking it if you placed it elsewhere on the blog. I just noted the lovely icons at the bottom of the post … and 🙁 we’re not there…. (yet).
Hope to seeing you again at this week’s linky party, which should open tomorrow afternoon.
I love the color and it looks fantasticwith the gold accents!
that is just stunning! i love the style and shape and it was perfect for a bold color!
Carol Cook says
Your blue sideboard is stunning. I am looking for a similar piece for my entry and I might just have to go with blue when I find it.
Thanks so much Carol!
Hello Shanna! Just wanted to let you know I featured your post on My Monday Muse this week! Loved your story! This week is Gift-a-way My Monday Muse! Hope to see you link up again!
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says
Your table turned out beautifully – love the blue!
Peggy-PJH Designs says
Shanna I’m laughing so hard right now! Its good to know I’m not the only one that gets into sticky situations! Bless your heart you did a beautiful job on that table and I can’t wait to see the bookcase cause I know it will be lovely also. 🙂 I’d love for you to share at Totally Transformed Tuesday. You may hook up as many post as you like about anything you’ve transformed. http://pjhdesignsoneofakind.blogspot.com I hope you’ll drop by. Hugs, Peggy
Thanks so much Peggy! I just linked up to you!
Carrie This Home says
I love the blue paint you chose–it’s perfect! I’ve been a bit obsessed with all things blue lately. I am continually amazed at the difference some paint will make in adding life to furniture. Great job! I’m hopping over from Throwback Thursday.