Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? I am still working on that one. I know what I am passionate about and what I love to do, can do all day and lose track of time doing--and that is creating home decor items from salvaged materials. I am still working on the making a real living part of it.
This past weekend while I was painting these two table (and a few other small pieces) I had a realization, or a better understanding about my passion.
I realized that repainting furniture that I have picked up at garage sales and thrift stores is NOT my passion. This may not seem like a major realization, but it really is for me. It is freeing because it means I no longer need to search garage sales, dealing with the competition. I no longer have to worry about everyone have furniture at shows painted in the same chalkpaint color. It means I don't have to repair furniture, fixing the wobbles.
I have been painting and selling furniture and home decor pieces for 15 years. In the past few years I have focused much more on building furniture from reclaimed wood. But it wasn't until I was painting these tables that it really dawned on me--painting old furniture is not my passion.
Now don't get me wrong, if there is a creative element to it I do enjoy it better, such as these table tops.
And seeing a cruddy piece of furniture transformed by paint is fun and rewarding. But, give me some old wood and let me saw and construct and build and paint with it and I am a happy camper. I love all of the possibilities.
So, while I won't completely give up painting furniture, especially pieces I don't build like dressers, I now know I want to focus primarily on the building part. Yeah for me, yeah for self discovery, yeah for better defining who I want to be if and when I ever do grow up.
For this little table I painted it all in Annie Sloan French Linen
and then stenciled the fun design in different colors.
We live in a college town and I am sure some college girl will snatch this up.
The other table was missing its insert so I added some wood, attached with screws from the underside.
The base was painted in the French Linen also.
I used the same colors on both, in case someone wants a couple of matching unmatched
What have you discovered about yourself recently?