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Some Progress and I’m Still Here!

Hello Friends!

Time is flying by, amiright?!  Strangely, it feels like we jumped from March right into August and I, for one, don’t have too much to show for it!

Can you believe I’m still working on these gosh darn doors?  Truth be told, I have taken several months long breaks… but still!!  It’s like enough already!  The funny thing is that I’ve messed up SO many times and I’m just really annoyed with myself.  I literally look at the doors and shake my head.  Now I truly understand why some people would rather NOT do-it-themselves.  Lol!

The last time we chatted, I had tested the technique on one door and couldn’t figure out if I liked the color or not.  Guys, I freaking stared at that door for so long!  Ultimately, I did what any normal person would do and I sanded it to start over.

The thing is, that I KNEW I wanted it darker.  I just didn’t want to have to go into a crazy Home Depot to get darker paint.  So I waited and waited and waited… until I had to go to a crazy Home Depot for something else and THEN I got the paint.  I’m a disturbed person.

I had them add even more black to the already Frankenstein paint I was using.  This would be easy, I told myself…. new paint, some sanding, no. big. deal.

I got to work.  I painted all the doors this time, cause this was it, I tell ya!  And then I noticed there were areas where the paint did not adhere properly.  Ok.  So my dumbass didn’t sand properly??  Alright, alright.  I sanded AGAIN, then repainted AGAIN and then (drum roll) the F%$! paint did not adhere.

Oh hell no.

This may seem so obvious to you right now.  Why it was not obvious to me can only be explained by delirium or lack of brain cells or plain stupidity.  I don’t know what was going on with me, seriously!! Why did I not prime this mutha?!?!  Whhhyyyyyy!!?!?!?!?

Ok. Breathe.  Life sucks right now.  Deal with it.

Prime that shit.

I did.  Then I repainted AGAIN.  For the 4th time, I might remind you.  You can all relax, because the first coat finally looks good!  Hooray!  Hallelujah!  I can be taught!!

I’m letting it cure and hopefully, next week I’ll start with the black treatment.  With any luck, I’ll be done by Christmas.  Ha!

In other news, I made myself a spray painting tent!!  I have been working on reupholstering a 50’s patio set and fixing up some rattan pieces, which requires some painting and I’m trying not to stink up the neighborhood.

This peacock chair is now for sale in my shop and needed a repair on the leg.  This is pre-painting, obvs.

I mean, guuurrrllll, look at that weaving!  Oh la la!  My husband said, “I didn’t know you could fix that stuff.”  I responded with, “I didn’t either.”  But now I do, y’all!!  It’s pretty relaxing actually.

Then…. there’s some stuff going on in the back, back part of our yard.

We have this long, thin area behind the tennis court with a hillside that doesn’t currently have a purpose.  I have been pondering a sculpture garden on the hill and finally, I found my first piece!!  Omg, I’m so excited!  I’ll tell you more about it and show you photos when it’s in, but you can see that we’ve already started planning for it.

It is a set of 3 tall pieces that I’m putting together to form one shape.  My father-in-law suggested we use buckets filled with cement to install them – So freaking genius!  You can see the buckets there and the purchase of cement is what led to me getting darker paint.

I can also tell you that bright 4×4 tile has been purchased, but I have no idea how I’m going to install it.  I want modern, artistic.  What that means and translates into is still marinating in my brain.  If you have any ideas, please shoot them my way!!

Well, that’s it for now!  Nothing finished, but progress is happening and I guess I should feel pretty proud of that.

Faux Bois Musings and Attempt Part One

Hi Everyone!

Remember when I was inspired to turn my master bedroom boring doors into this?

Well, the process has begun and you guys, I REALLY NEED YOUR ADVICE!

I started by sanding the doors and darkening up some paint I had in the garage that wasn’t working for anyone.  (I did the paint fixeroo before the whole lock-down thing.)  Here’s where I started…

I think you already saw this.  Anyway, about a fortnight ago, I started taking my sweet ol’ time painting the base and that’s when it happened.

Friends.  I got really scared.

I started thinking that I was going crazy and that this wasn’t going to look good at all.  So, I painted one door, figuring that one door wasn’t too bad to fix up if I hated it later.

Right?!?!?

Not that anyone wants to redo crap 1000x’s.  Sigh.

Finally (after much hemming and hawing) I mix-up the topping, Black Magic from Home Depot, in there premier satin with clear glaze, and then I DID IT.

Oh ya!  I did a few tests first, which turned out surprisingly cool, and propelled me to take on more.

I only did the back of the door, because again, I am a weak, little sissy.

I got SOOOOOOO SCARED!

But what do you think??

The men in my house think it’s awesome and that I should keep going.  But what say you, my decor friends??

I did some cut and paste for fun… here’s the motif on the main front doors…

Here is an option on the right if I darken it a tad…lower the contrast a bit?

GAH!  I’m so torn as to what to do.

I think I like it… though there are a few things I will do differently, (like pull the tool longer before making knots, since it looks a little too pine-y), but should I stay with the lighter gray that I have or risk it all to get a darker gray base paint??

I think you know where I’m leaning, and less contrast would be a bit more modern but (hahahaha delirious laughter) our friend Corona is standing in my way.

Then again… contrast is bold!  The indecision is real.  And I feel like after two months of quarantine, my will to paint is less each day.  (That’s only because most of my energy is going into strong arming my kids to do classwork each day!!)

What to do, what to do?

Help!

PS  Hang in there!!  And don’t lose that sense of humor =)

Faux Bois, Anyone?

Hello my friends!

I am here!  Alive and well!  I have just been keeping busy with the boys, work and selling a gang o’ stuff. It’s been fun and I can’t even believe it’s freaking March and that the world is falling apart.

How about we just pretend all that other stuff doesn’t exist and talk about boring, non-important things like what I’ve been cooking up?

A few weeks ago I bought the beauty below.  I found it on an auction site and paid… wait for it… you will die… it’s coming… a whopping $22.  Overall, the cabinet is in really great shape except there is a chunk missing on the top corner.  Who would buy a cabinet with a chunk missing?!  THIS GAL!  No-one will ever see that chunk, yeah baby!  It’s most likely from the 1980’s (like duh), made in Italy and it’s made of birds-eye maple that has been heavily shellacked, as was the way in those days.  I forgot to photo the sides, but they are lovely!  They’re the best part actually.  They have a wavy detail and the whole piece is in an oval shape.  You may be thinking, “Yak! This thing is ugly” but I see so much potential as a bathroom cabinet.  Can you just imagine her stripped down, re-stained perhaps, with legs and a marble top?  Probable some new handles too =)

Right now she is sitting in my master bedroom.  Oh vey.

But before taking the cabinet apart, I’ve decided to tackle a different project!  Wow, remember when I used to do those?!  Ha!

I have this cut-in area with 4 doors that leads to the master bathroom, from my bedroom.  To the left is a sauna (which my fancy ass uses for treasure storage) and to the right is my closet.  This wwwwhhhhooollleee thing is really boring and no fun at. all.  The doors are just flat, hollow doors and I would LOVE to change them out, but that’s a pain and probably not necessary in the grand scheme of life.  For now I’m thinking (and I’ve been thinking for a few months now) that I’d like to try to do a treatment on them.

I’m pondering a cerused oak look… ala something like this…

Can I do it?!  Who knows!  Will I try!  Yes, I will!

I found this article from Bob Vila and it doesn’t look too difficult.  Of course, starting any new project is ALWAYS way more than you expect.  As of today, I’ve only sanded the doors and already I’m pretty annoyed…. I didn’t think about removing my mirror on the inside of the door and basically sanded into my closet.  I’m the bestest.

It’s hilarious because I waited until the day before our cleaning lady came so that I could make a mess and only half clean it up.  Pat on the back for laziness!  She hasn’t quit on us yet, but stay tuned because we are a house full of lazy dirt balls!

Right now, the doors are sanded and the base coat is mixed (I had some left over crap in the garage).  I need to patch up some holes and get that paint on there!  It’s a 2 week cure time before I can apply the glaze, and now that I’ve actually done something, I’m itching to faux bois!  But something is telling me that I may have some time on my hands next week…. call it a hunch.

What do you think??

Any advice?  I’m not optimistic about getting a realistic wood grain while the doors are hanging, but I really, REALLY don’t want to remove them.