Monday, March 26, 2012

The Tale of a Robin's Egg Blue Dresser

Priorities . Perfectionism . Procrastination 

Three words, three P's in my pod, three things that hold me back.
before glazing

These three things are what often hold up my projects.  The first, priorities, can't be helped.  My family needs to be fed, the house needs to be cleaned now and then, emergencies come up. Believe it or not, those things take priority over projects.  Imagine that!

scary glazing process - gulp!

The next two, perfectionism and procrastination, are under my control, although it often seems the other way around.  Yes, I am a perfectionist.  I do fight it and I'm better than I used to be.  

I used to be a perfectionist, but I'm trying to improve. - Fray Pascual 

I still struggle with it though.  Do you ?  Do you create something, then not post it because it's not perfect, or because you think it still needs something,  but you don't know what?  My name is Deborah and I'm a recovering perfectionist.  

Perfectionism then leads to Procrastination.   Because it's not perfect, I put off posting it.

Don't procrastinate. Put it off NOW - author unknown

Other times I just get burned out by a project, or it just doesn't go well.   When that happens I shift gears and move on to something else. 

Before, I rarely got back to the original project.  I've learned to discipline myself a little better now though.  Now I make myself go back and finish my projects.

I use that little break to get a high, if you will, from creating something smaller, finishing it, and putting it to use, or on display.  That sense of accomplishment spurs me on to return to the original project and finish it.    

So how about you.  What unfinished projects do you have lurking in your closets?  Care to share?

You wouldn't leave a girl sticking her neck out here all alone would you?  Surely I'm not the only one.  Say it isn't so!

Anyone?  Do I hear crickets chirping?

This has been the tale of Jamie's Robins egg blue dresser, that was supposed to be teal blue, but she likes anyway, but I wanted it to be perfect, and I still want to do something else on the front, so I didn't post it because I'm a recovering procrastinating perfectionist (RPP)...whew!  My name is Deborah...

I've linked to these great parties:

Creatively Living

Todays Creative

The DIY Dreamer


  1. I'm with you. I have a picture of a table that I need to post! You have inspired me! Did I see your project featured over at "It's So Very Cheri"?


  2. So pretty--you have done a great job on this. Love the color!

  3. Very pretty! I love the color you have chose.

  4. You put into words how I feel all the time about my projects. I even have an antique dresser exactly like yours that I want to paint but am procrastinating about because I want to make sure I pick the perfect color. Yours turned out wonderful.

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    1. Thank you! I used Ace Satin Wall & Trim in Brighton Blue, then glazed it with Minwax stain in Provencial.

  6. Your dresser looks lovely!

    One of my unfinished projects is a quilt I started several years ago. Of course, paperwork is always something I'm working on. It wants to take over my life.

    You're not alone. My sister is a perfectionist, too and it was always hard for her to start something because it had to be perfect. I say "get in there". It's better to try than not do anything.

  7. LOL -- we are two "P's" in a pod. I have several projects that I feel need "tweaking" before I think I'm finished with them! I love your blue dresser and the finish you put on it!

  8. that turned out so beautifully! i love the color, knobs and details! and you ar enot allowed to look in my garage and see.... severan finished projects, several started and then inspiration lost projects, and a few gettin' nowhere projects!

  9. I think it turned out lovely! I love the robin's egg blue. I think you must have wrote this post about me!!! I, too, am a perfectionist...but I haven't made it to the recovery stage yet!

  10. I'm in LOVE!!!!!!!! This is FABULOUS!!!! The blue is perfect!!!

    Thanks so very much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

  11. I'm so 'with you' on all you said... I make it, look at it and think UGH no way I'm posting that... or get half way thru something and put it away... I have a room full of this stuff...
    LOVE your furniture! Love the antique / glaze look! It turned out great.

  12. No crickets chirping :) I have the EXACT same 3 P's! It's awful! Except for the priorities, of course. My friend finally came over to "help" me and found 4 projects in my garage that just needed to be "Stressed" (in her words) and sent off to my booth for sale. I was just not happy *enough* with them to take them for sale. Your dresser is gorgeous! You should be proud. Following via Linky & GFC for good measure.

  13. Hi
    Just found you on Vintage Farm House!!!
    I really enjoyed your post & the dresser is beautiful...
    I invite you to visit my world as well!!!
    Blessings Lori

  14. That turned out completely gorgeous!!! So beautiful!

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!

  15. Deborah, the dresser turned out beautifully. Yes, I am a perfectionist, and yes perfectionists are the ultimate procrastinators. I LOVE the quotes you included - so awesome.

  16. Perfect color! It looks amazing.

  17. I am so with you!! Those three P's match me as well. I have been prioritizing family, and procrastinating on a couple of projects. Sometimes I don't like to even get started on a project until I have this "perfect" idea.

    But hosting Take it on Tuesday has helped me to move past procrastinating a little bit. Though sometimes it will push me into starting a project, but not finishing it right away (as is in my moss wreath situation). It will get done soon though....I hope.

    Thanks so much for sharing who you are in this post. :) Thanks for linking up to Romance on a Dime!!


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