Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Legend of White Spray Paint


Once upon a time,

a retired high school English teacher ,who loved the written word,

discovered an avenue for that word love, and it was called blogging.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I chose blogging because my 3 adult daughters all said,

“Mother, don’t you dare get on Facebook.”)

And so White Spray Paint was born.

Why the name White Spray Paint?

I wrote the answer to that in my very first post.

“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) .

In all of this white spray painting, 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.”

And so dear friends, my blog White Spray Paint was born.

Because of its name, I may have accidentally ended up in the world of DIY blogs,

but that is not the story I have to tell.

That would have tickled my mother. 

I can hear her now…   ”DIY? Well who else is going to do it? Of course I do it myself.”

I have likened my blog to that funky, dusty thrift shop on the edge of town-

sometimes open, sometimes closed- with treasures hidden in its depths.

Just know how grateful I am to those of you that are part of the wonderful motley crew who has joined me here.

You’re “doing it yourself” everyday too.


Pura Vida said...

I for one...a.d.o.r.e. your humor and wisdom...one of may favs FOR SURE!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I like to visit a variety of blogs, and I enjoy reading your posts, Laura. Some I visit for their beautiful photography, some for their needlework, and some just to have a good read!

Dixie said...

Laura... I don't blog much anymore, and don't blog much either... But I have always enjoyed your posts and stories. Glad your mom found white spray paint early on, which has allowed you to draw from a richness one can only find where the heart is... At home.
Blessings. Dixie

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Ok so we are definitely closer in age...than say a mother and daughter...but I've come to love, your 'Dear Daughters' series...full of wisdom!
The white spray paint--is a lovely tool indeed, and I think the DIY is what brought me to you.
But it is definitely NOT why I've stayed... I love everything about you!!!
...oh, and I love reading your blog too. ;)

joanne said...

and on it goes, with great abandon. I cheer you and your funky blog, it truly is a treasure.

trash talk said...

Random overspray doesn't just happen with a can of spray paint. With all of your posts, words and thoughts are left behind,leaving a beautiful pattern on our hearts that no amount of soap can wash away. You, my dear wordsmith, are my white spray paint coloring my world with your wisdom and writing.

trash talk said...

P.S. And isn't that the purpose of DIYing...repurposing the world around us?

Theresa said...

I love you! Thanks for sharing your world with "little 'ole me":) Have a blessed day sweet friend, HUGS!

Bliss said...

Every time you do a Dear Daughters post I get something out of it. I've forwarded some to my own grown daughters.

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

I love your blog, the name of your blog and how you write. I LOVE your spirit and I love the reason you named it white spray paint. DIY spots or not . IT is a great blog and I am so glad that This Rusty Pearl found you . XOXOXOX HUGS and blessings your way . I say GET ON FB TOO and when you do find my page and HIT LIKE LOL .. My kids all had a panic attack when I found my way to it LOL .. NEXT TWITTER LOL

Junkchiccottage said...

I am one of your newer followers but have come to love your blog in just a short time. You are real and down to earth with a great sense of humor.

Deb said...

I always enjoy your posts Laura...

Nancy's Notes said...

Laura, your words are always engaging, uplifting, funny, full of awe inspiring thoughts and full of wit! What's not to love about "White Spray Paint!" You are admired by so many, sweet friend.

Love you,


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