I'm in a decorating tail-spin. Everything is out of control and I'm not sure there is an end in sight.
Has that ever happened to you. I've got too many projects going on and can't seem to get any finished and my house is a complete and total wreck. I'm serious. There is not a clean room in the house. In fact, it starts in the garage and just gets worse the further you go.
I have round dining table and four chairs in my garage that I've been working on for a couple of weeks. It's too hot to be out there now and I'm so frustrated with how it's going I've lost motivation.
Here's how they looked when they arrived in my garage (fifty bucks off craigslist)
Dark and gummy. Covered in scratches, crayon, nail polish, pen marks... you name it. Someone was not treating this set with much love. I could see beyond all that. What I saw were those curvy legs. That chunky (solid wood) top. The chairs are remarkably comfortable. Since the top is solid wood and quite thick, I decided to strip it and see how it looked under all that dark stain and varnish (and nail polish and grease).
It was amazing how easy the gunk came off. I applied some stripper and it peeled right off. I gave it a very heavy sanding, I wanted to get beyond the stain and see how the wood looked. I didn't mind the dents and scratches, in fact I loved them. I did not love the warm yellow, orange color left from the stain. Once I was able to sand beyond that was delighted at how the wood looked. Light and weathered. It made my heart sing. I was so excited. I cleaned the chairs well (or so I thought- we'll get back to that later) and sprayed them along with the table legs white. My plan was to give them a light distressing, give the top a protective clear coat and be done. Well. That hasn't quite happened yet.
The light distressing turned into this
as the white paint started coming off in sheets. This is way more chippy and distressed than I had envisioned. Not at all the look I'm going for. I'll have to completely strip all four chairs and start over. All four curvy, spindly chairs. Sniff, sniff... I'm not happy about this.
And the table. With the first swipe of the brush applying this, I knew it wasn't the look I wanted. All the golden yellow tones in the wood came to life. I'm not a warm golden type girl. I like cool greys, soft whites. I'm sure this would be beautiful to some, but not to me. Not today.
I'm not sure where to go from here. How to achieve the look I want. I want it to look like it did without any finish, but that is not practical for a dining table. Maybe I should sand it down good, give it a wash with a very watered down greyish white paint, then a protective top coat???
I don't know. I do know it's going to have to cool down some first.
I have plenty to do to keep me busy inside. Shall we go there? I'm not sure you want to and I'm pretty sure I don't want you to. Let me try to explain my way out of this first- try to give you some insight into my decorating insanity. Let's talk about it tomorrow, shall we? It could go long.