Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Anti Paint Tutorial


Today I opened door number 3

and joined the world of painting bloggers,

whose work I completely admire.

Now granted,

this admiration  usually occurs from afar, while sitting in my chair

with the AC blasting.

These painting bloggers are amazing in their talent and knowledge.

I am the Anti Paint Tutorial Blogger.


I was part of a DIY team today (with two of my daughters),

who have become very, very


Five minutes in,

I was quickly demoted to third string painter,

and I was even accused of

“…trying to get out of things,

or skipping important steps in the painting process…”

Well, I never!


My first task was to

apply the primer to a campaign dresser that will

belong to Daughter #3,

once it is painted in a turquoise color called Beach Towel

and its brass fittings are all shiny and gold.

Easily distracted, I wondered if Zinsser makes

under eye concealer.

I am a slinger by trade, and when I complained about the primer,

I was then told to work on the campaign chest hardware.


This was a very hard job.

The previous owner of said campaign dresser

had spray painted the hardware with black paint.

(Truth be told,

I don’t blame them…

I feel their pain.)

This job involved dangerous,

toxic chemicals,

capable of removing layers of paint and skin.


Daughter #3 had started this job,

all while I shouted out non-stop, possibly irritating warnings of

“Danger! Be Careful! Wear those gloves!”


I was demoted from this job

when they caught me trying to dip said hardware in my silver cleaning

liquid in the kitchen

(with the AC blasting).


Stay tuned for the big reveal.


There really is a plan.

I’ll let you know

when they

let me know…

I wonder what my job will be tomorrow?


Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home said...

Love it!! Especially since I spent a good part of the weekend using that exact same primer and some turquoise paint. Sadly, I can't get demoted since I'm a one-woman show :)

Rebecca Nelson said...



Wanta know WHAT I tell my kids?

Just what they use to tell each other when they were 10 and 7...


That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

xo~Rebecca PS: I can't wait for the reveal!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I'm cracking up. I always tell my family that there are 3 Chiefs - all of them - and one Indian - me of course. Everyone wants to be the boss!
Love the blue!

Rebecca said...

Ha, this sounds so familiar... I'd like to know how they got to be the boss of me! I try not to let them gang up - the secret is to keep them separated during tasks. I have 5 to contend with... it's a losing battle

Sue said...

I love the name Beach Towel for paint! I'm not good at these painting projects. I also like the A/C, a little music and a cold drink. I'd much rather direct the process from inside the house! Can't wait to see the finished project.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Loved this post! But then again, I think this about everything you've written!

joanne said...

Oh you are my new hero and my go-to gal for paint projects!! I too, admire all the bloggy painters from afar...chicken that I am..;j

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

You put a smile on my face with this post! You go girl!

Debra@CommonGround said...

OK, Laura, I thought that black stuff was "bugs" at first. That being, I would have just run away...glad it's just paint. This is why I always paint my hardware. Can't way to see this when it's finished! xoxo Debra

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Laura, Would you say then, that your chances of becoming a serial painter are limited! LOL!

It can be daunting and when you have supervisors, it's even more trying.

Looking good though. Can't wait to see the finish.


Theresa said...

Oh I can't wait to see the finished project! Great tease:) Have a blessed day painting! HUGS!

Dixie said...

the last time I did any painting with my daughters... I had to fire all 3 of them... ;) Hey girl... at least you're the one that got fired! I like that much better!

Bet it's going to turn out great.. just like all your projects. Looking forward to seeing the end game!

blessings. Dixie...

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Oh fun! a FAMily project where everyone is included.
Glad you got to help!


Tanya said...

Is that how you get demoted? I'm gonna try it. Too funny. I love the hardware. Can't wait to see it finished.

Unknown said...

Ha Ha too funny. That stripper works great, gotta get me some of that......quick!!

etphonehome21 said...

Such a fun, but obviously hard, project!!! You know Gigi is a good painter... And I would totally help if I was in town but first we'd need a big pitcher of margaritas!

CHERI said...

Like you I admire folks who can turn an ugly piece of old furniture into a beautiful painted piece. My son refinishes furniture but likes the look of the wood...unpainted. I am so untalented I can't even spray paint something that looks that good. Sorry I haven't visited your blog in awhile...just no time to blog at all. I've miss you though! I hope to have a new post up (finally) in the next day or two. Please visit:)


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