In my last post I talked about the three P's that sometimes prevent me from finishing projects. Two other things that used to (and sometimes still do) stop me cold, are boredom and difficulties. When a project is a big one, I can easily get bored. Other times I run into problems. Things don't work out the way I thought they would, or go badly wrong.
When that happens, sometimes it's okay to give up, but usually I just need to take a break. That's when I tackle a small, easy project. The satisfaction of finishing something, and doing it well, shakes me out of the boredom and gives me courage and renewed energy to take that difficult project back on. Stepping away from the big project for awhile lets my mind work on the problem subconsciously. Often, I think of a better way to tackle it and sometimes it leads me in a whole new direction.
One of the projects in my craft room fell into the difficult category. What should have been easy, wasn't. Things aren't going well. Here's a hint:
Yep...time to take a break. I pulled out a tray I picked up at a flea market for FREE.
I've been drooling over Rosemary's old world finishes at Villabarnes. I didn't have gesso, so I mixed up a cup of white chalk paint using Susan's recipe at Homeroad.
First I primed with dark gray primer leftover from my son's bedroom floor.
After that dried, I applied the chalk paint with a paint brush over the whole piece before rubbing most of it back off.
I. Am. In. Love.
Now I think I can go back to the big project, if I can stop staring at this tray that is. You have to try this finish on something...now! It is so simple, so fast, and so amazing! Thank you Rosemary for the inspiration!
Update: I didn't realize until now that I used satin paint instead of flat. I had about 3 paints out and grabbed the satin, but was very pleased with how it turned out. Also I did not use any top finish on it. I liked the way it looked and didn't want to mess it up.
This post was featured at Villabarnes, the inspiration for my tray. Thank you Rosemary. I am so honored!
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