But by the time I got home with it, the vision was gone and fear had it's icy fingers at my throat. After the fear subsided, I went to my Pinterest board for inspiration and came up with my project. I had no idea how it would turn out.
I started with basic supplies: a paint brush, chalk paint, varnish and a sanding block.
I put on the first coat of paint. This is what I saw...
The image was bleeding through the first coat. So, on to the second, third and fourth coats. This board was mocking me, daring me to make something else out of it! I forged ahead. After the fourth coat, I could no longer see the image. I had a blank slate with which to work. But what to do? My vision was gone.
Several days later, I had another vision. This time I went to the eye doctor for new contacts. The board sat in our dining room floor, unfinished. The taunting continued. One day, I was so disgusted that I walked by and kicked it.
After additional Pinterest perusing, I made a decision. I went to Michael's to purchase a stencil. Any 5 year-old can draw and paint with a stencil, surely so could I. That's where you would be wrong.
It looks like a deformed bat! Yet, I continued. I removed the stencil and carried the board outside for some light sanding. When I was finished, the sanding block had holes in it. How does that happen? I showed my efforts to my husband. He was kind and held back a laugh. I asked if he could sand on it a little for me since I didn't do that great of a job. He hit it with the palm sander on the corners and edges, making it look much better. Sanding over the words was a great improvement also! After he finished, I wanted to age it. Unfortunately, I spilled coffee on it...on purpose. It left a wonderful aging stain across the letters, which also helped hide my 3 year-old painting efforts.
After it dried, I felt much better about this craft project. While it isn't great, it added the little something extra to my bedside table, a little vintage charm, if you will.
It looks pretty cute covered up by these gorgeous hydrangeas!
When I purchased this board, I purchased another one very similar. A true visionary, huh? I think I will sell it in our next yard sale. I will let someone else have a vision over that board!
What about you? Are you a crafty person who turns out stunning projects?
I've shared this post at the link party on Nifty Thrifty Sunday, From My Front Porch to Yours, The Honeycomb Home, Mila's Little Things, Thoughts from Alice