PAINTING AS THERAPY

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Whenever I get stressed out, instead of grabbing a drink or something fattening to eat, I grab my paints and brushes and look around my house for something to paint.  In the past I used to paint the walls but as I have gotten older and less atheletic (I could have been in the Olympics as a long-distance painter….I could paint walls for days on end), I now focus on smaller things like couches and chairs and lamps.

I decided that this project was going to change up a really old bookshelf (I really don’t know what to call it, it was my gramma Tilly’s and she had knickknacks on it if I remember correctly but she died back in 1966 so my eye for detail wasn’t as keen as it is today….tho, often at night, I lay in bed and in my mind, I walk through people’s home that I spent time in as a kid, amazing the details I can remember and even the smells).

When I first inherited it back in the mid-seventies, it was that ugly blackish brown color….I don’t even know what it was called….I have a long library table in that same awful color that was given to us after Scott’s grandmother died and he refuses to let me paint it, so it must have been popular in the pre-1960’s.  My friend, Mary Beth, was kind enough to completely strip the stain off (tho she said she’d never do a piece like that again cause there were so many details in the wood that made stripping it a nightmare) and for years I just left it natural.   Then about 15 years ago, I stained it a   light purple and all was well in the world.

I needed a project and it needed a new make-over so here’s what I did.

I took a bunch of small pots of chalk paint and went to town just slapping the paint on.  I knew I was going to give it multiple layers so getting every nook and cranny wasn’t important.image

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i used Junk Gypsies brand of chalk paint (this is not the kind of chalk paint you use to make a chalkboard) I had gotten a bunch of small sample pots on sale and i wanted to try a new technique where I layered on the paint, let it dry for an hour or so between coats and then after I got three or four coats on, I took a wet rag and wiped off much of the paint layer by layer.  I started on one side and after putting on a couple of layers, I then painted the whole thing in the color I wanted to see the most of.  I let it dry a couple of hours and took the wet cloth to it.  I was surprised how easy it was to get to the lower layers.imageimageI really liked the looks of the sides but wanted to go with different colors for the shelves.  So I picked out three colors for each shelf to layer.imageI went with aqua, then red, then yellow for the top shelf.  Violet, royal blue and then red for the middle and for the bottom I did orange, royal blue and violet for the top.image

second layer’s on

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After I got all the color rubbed off that I wanted, I then took some Super Sparkling Mod Podge and painted that over the whole piece to give it a a shimmer and some glitz

imageI then took some regular glitter and Mod Podge and mixed it together and layered it on the knobs at the top of the bookshelf (anybody got a better word for this piece?)

I am over-the-top thrilled with how it turned out.   I put it out in my tiny home (aka Glamper) and was so inspired by how gorgeous it looked that I painted a whole wall like this and it is so stinkin’ awesome I just can’t stand it.

So tell me, do you love it or hate it????   I am going to be doing my huge hutch in layers but will skip the glitz (I think!!).  I am OBSESSED with this technique.

Off to sleep now out in my tiny home,

Your glitzy (and oh so ditzy) Queen

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About thelumberjackandthegypsy

The lumberjack is my husband and he owns Arrowhead Wood Products; Arrowhead Toboggan and Snowshoe; and Lake Superior Furniture Co. and is the exclusive manufacturer of wood shutters for Summit Hill Shutter Co. The gypsy is me, and I have a passion for teaching people to tap into their creative side, even when they think they don't have one! I did not grow up creative or artsy and I was in my thirties before I started sewing and creating things. I am a rug hooker; artisan teddy bear maker; painter (from pictures to large pieces of furniture!); knitter; doll maker; needle-felter, repurposer; sewer; decorator; blogger; glamper; reader; vintage jewelry maker; junker; and now a shop owner. But the lumberjack and I feel our greatest gifts in this world are our four grandkids and our daughter and her husband and our relationship with Jesus Christ. We have been married for more than 33 years and most of that time we have lived out in the country on a hobby farm where we have raised chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, pigs and beef cattle. We also homeschooled our only child for her entire school years. We lived out our dream of being like the The Little House on the Prairie and they were great times. I also have a personal blog: rantingsofamadqueen.wordpress.com where I tell stories of what life on the farm has been like and other things that pop up in my very weird mind. I prefer "quirky or eccentric" instead of weird (sounds more fascinating and less creepy)!

2 responses »

  1. I LOVE IT!!!! It’s amazing…even though, at first I was unsure, due to the fact that it may be an antique. But! I shldnt have doubted your taste, Auntie RaRa!!!! 😂

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