Friday, April 15, 2011

White Spray Paint Defined



I tried really hard to not do this post.

When I first learned about

Defining Your Blog,

I was really excited.


And then I hesitated.

How much waxing poetic can a band of

brave readers handle?

And then I changed my mind,

even though I am late.

White Spray Paint

is a place where I can confess

to a collection of silverplate holders that

made my heart race,

but are

completely useless.

There are NO clear glass inserts to be found.

White Spray Paint is about my writing.

White Spray Paint is,

according to my very first post,

over 500 posts ago,


My mother was a great proponent of white spray paint and its multiple uses and problem solving qualities in home decor. This has been an important part of our family's home toolbox for as long as I can remember. She sprayed everything and taught me to do so as well.

White spray paint transformed every piece of old furniture that my father hauled in a cattle trailer, to the first garage apartment my husband and I had. As family members arrived with precious treasures to share -my mother cleaned and sprayed, cleaned and sprayed.

White spray paint covered changing tables,baskets,picture frames,mirrors, lamps and wicker screens in the bedrooms of our three daughters- her precious, kindred spirited granddaughters. She made their bedding, their curtains, their pillows and shams- all highlighted by bright, white furniture we had sprayed and redeemed.

White spray paint traveled in the back of my suburban to every dorm room, apartment, and rent house that our daughters lived in while at Texas A&M ( as well as to all other homes thereafter) .

I know we left random spray marks in alleys and parking lots throughout town. We have always painted with such great abandon.

She taught us that too.



oldgreymare said...

I never knew this was the inspiration for the title. I love this!!!!


trash talk said...

She left more than just random spray paint marks. She left a legacy that continues and is a beautiful thing to behold.

Vintage Gal said...

What a wonderful legacy you have. Be proud and embrace your white spray paint..What a lovely post ;-)

Karen said...

I remember this post! And, oh that can of white spray paint. As for the plate holders, one of which I acquired at Edinburg Market Days ;-) I am going to have glass cut to fit in the bottom and then fill the trays up with "stuff". I am also thinking of spray painting them black.
I grew up teasing my grandmother that if we sat too long in one place we would be spray painted GOLD. She loved the Midas touch! I go for Rub 'n Buff.. after all we are a product of those important and talented women who so influenced our lives. (sigh!)
Hugs, dear neighbor,
Ladybug Creek

Claudia said...

I love hearing the story behind White Spray Paint. Your Mom was right!


Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Your white spray paint-- is to you, what duct tape is to me!

Deb said...

love it Laura.....

Loui♥ said...

how beautiful!!
so inspirational!
and the legacy lives on..
warmest hugs!

Lisa said...

It is great that you have passed the White Spray Paint tradition down to your sweet daughters and that you have shared it with us.:)

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

I love this, Laura.

Sandra said...

Your blog is beautiful! Your gift for writing and conveying the most subtle of messages is unparalleled. Have a great day Laura. xoxo

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Hi Laura, this is my first visit to your blog. I found it on the Define Your Blog party. I am a retired teacher and I have been blogging a few months. Your blog looks very interesting and I'm going to spend some time reading some of your posts. Come visit me at

Deb from WhatsInMyAttic said...

"We've always painted with such abandon." I love that line. That's how I want to do things I enjoy: so it can be said I enjoyed my life "with such abandon" that I left...well, evidence! :) This was a very sweet recollection of the relationship of your mom! Love it.

Amy Kinser said...

I love this! What a sweet tribute!!

Deb from WhatsInMyAttic said...

oh...and if you cut some luann wood to fit down in those silver plate holders and you spray paint the luann white with a nice enamel-ish paint and...

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I have to giggle -- because I have some of those too.

Theresa said...

I have lots of spray-painting to do in the weeks ahead... you inspire me:) Have a blessed Sunday dear Laura! HUGS!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

What a lovely, lovely post. How wonderful that your mother had such an amazing influence on how you run your home today!!

I'm a complete spray-paint novice (I can hear the whole blog-world gasp in shock!!) so I'm looking forward to being converted!! I'm your new follower.


Rebecca Nelson said...

You are amazing! Spray Paint RULES with white being at the top. is your MUSE and your lovely style of writing that ALWAYS draws me in.

Blessings to you this Palm Sunday...

Love to you~


Brenda Pruitt said...

Your writing always, always inspires me!

Nancy's Notes said...

Laura, what a special post, it is so heartwarming. Oh my, White Spray Paint, what an incredible personal touch offered to you by your precious mother and one that you have passed down to your sweet girls, a true blessing.

Hugs sweet friend,

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

I absolutely agree - but instead of white spray paint - I use oil rubbed bronze. I even have my husband doing it. He was working on an old door and lo and behold ~ before I knew it he had grabbed my can of oil rubbed bronze and had painted all the hardware ;-)


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