Grindstone Way Bedroom Suite

Stuffed Egg Roll Wrappers, Grindstone Way Bedroom Suite 015Stuffed Egg Roll Wrappers, Grindstone Way Bedroom Suite 011Grindstone Way Bedroom Suite

I still cannot believe I painted this furniture. This bedroom furniture has been to date the last thing that I have painted. Not too bad for someone who has no artistic ability.  Let me tell you a bit about my journey.

I’ve discovered that I have a new interest and one that is taking up a lot of my time.  Strangely enough it all began with my food blog even though it has nothing to do with food.  When I decided to begin the food blog I realized I needed props for my pictures so I set out too accumulate what I needed.  I was having a lot of fun doing it but not too long after I began I found that I had to create certain looks and the props alone didn’t do the job.  This is when on one of my treasure hunts, I was pointed in the direction of sprucing up one of the items I purchased with paint.  So off to a local paint store I went.

They had all kinds of gorgeous colours, paint supplies, furniture, stencils and even classes to sign up for.  I started to have visions of what I could create.  Which is really funny because I don’t have one ounce of artistic ability in me but I was mesmerized.  I wanted to do something but had to be content with just painting my props, for no better reason then lack of talent.

Well, I finished painting the props I needed but now what?  I LOVED working with this chalk paint but what else do you do with it?  So I set out on another mission, one that now has created a monster.

I spent most of my time on the internet gathering up information on the different painting techniques, on what I could paint, what colours I could use and was soon to discover that it was so overwhelming that I needed to take a basic class.  By this time I was thinking, ” Are you sure?”  I thought everyone would laugh because of my lack of ability.  I signed up for a class and thank goodness that none of what I imagined happened.  I did ask a few questions during the class but not too many, I just tried to listen.  I didn’t want anyone to think “Really, what are you doing here?”  The lady giving the class was so helpful, encouraging and I must say patient because after class I did ask her a lot more questions.  They have been so helpful at that store and never give you the impression that you are asking a stupid question or being a bother.

Now with a class under my belt I started to scour things in my home to paint but feeling intimidated, I decided to do a few small things and hey, hey, guess what, they turned out.  Not only did they turn out they didn’t look bad.  Oh gosh, this was fun.  On to the next step, whatever that was.  I just didn’t know at the time.  Still feeling I couldn’t do much because of lack of knowledge.  So, I was back on the internet getting ideas and trying to build up some confidence.  Gathering up information lead to another problem.  If I was to do bigger projects, where would I do them?  Oh,  the warmer weather wasn’t an issue, there was the garage but what happens when the weather was cooler?  I don’t have many places in my home where the light is good enough to see what I was painting.  After really thinking about it, I decided that if I move things around in my dining room,  I could make it painting friendly.  Not that the rest of the house was up to the challenge.  I had things everywhere but at least I could paint.  Where would I keep my painting supplies, of which I had built up an inventory.  I needed them close at hand so I didn’t have to waste time running up and down stairs getting things when I needed them .  The Mayor (my husband, at some point I will write explain why he is called the Mayor.) was now saying the paint store would be calling you if they run out of supplies.  Then there was the issue of where would I keep any items purchased to paint.  Oh yes, it was now getting to the point where I wanted to buy things to paint.  His excellency the Mayor wanted to know what we were going to do with all of this furniture I painted.  At first it was alright because we were painting our house and acquiring new furniture.  The furniture I was painting fit in, I was making sure of that.  Though it has now reached the point where there is no more room.  PROBLEM!  I still want to paint.  As to where I go from here is anyone’s guess.  All I know is that I love doing it.

I will be sharing from time to time on this blog the things that I have painted.  Maybe some of you will be kind enough to give me some feedback.  Or even some ideas.  I would love to hear from you.  Today, let me share some of the pictures I have taken of some of the things I have painted, during different stages of my journey.  Just please remember, it is still a work in progress.

These photos are a short visual version, of the journey of my newly discovered ability.  The pieces that I have painted all have names.  They receive their names from where or who they were purchased from.  I cannot take credit for this idea.  It came from a website I found during one of my searching missions.  It’s called “Studio Paint”.  The furniture on the site is gorgeous and has been an inspiration to me.

flame mirror 002

J B (SOLD)

kijiji photos 1 015

Steve (SOLD)

kijiji 3 006

Waterdown (SOLD)

table, gentlemans table, lawn mower 011

Anna (SOLD)

Liz 001

Liz (THOUGH HAVING OFFERS FROM PEOPLE TO PURCHASE THIS PIECE, IT SITS IN MY LIVING ROOM)

painted table

Burling (MINE)

mirror 003

Betty (MINE)

painted stuff 003

Elegance  (MINE)

painted stuff 004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slim (MINE)

painted stuff 006                                                                                                            Paris (MINE)

painted stuff 007

From The Barn (MINE)

This picture is one of the original props that started the whole thing.  There have been other things I’ve painted but I don’t have pictures of them all.

 

8 Comments

    • Baba says:

      Thank you M. Love doing it. The weather is way to hot for me. I prefer it to be cooler. Hope you can enjoy it for me. I’m just fine in the air conditioning. Don’t know what I’m going to do when the Mayor finishes building what he calls the studio for me, it won’t be air conditioned.

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    • Baba says:

      Thank you but I have to chuckle because I don’t have any artistic ability. Seriously I don’t. The one that surprised me was a piece called “Durham” I made it look like slate. I still can’t believe I did it. Have a look on my blog.

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  1. Julie says:

    I so enjoyed reading about your journey. What an adventure. Love, love, love your artwork! (Grindstone Way, Liz and Betty might just be my favourites…don’t tell the others!). Keep up the great work. Look forward to seeing more!

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    • Baba says:

      Oh Julie thank you so much for saying those lovely things. It has been an adventure and a huge learning experience. Believe it or not it’s only just begun. Please follow my blog and that way whenever I post you will automatically get it in your email. I’m also on Facebook – Irene Adam. I also post there. Oh and I won’t tell the others.

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